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Charlie Kerans

Charlie Kerans

Professor, Robert K. Goldhammer Chair in Carbonate Geology, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences

  • PhD, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • BS, Geology, St. Lawrence University

Charlie Kerans is Goldhammer Chair of Carbonate Geology at the Department of Geological Sciences, and co-Principal Investigator of the Bureau of Economic Geology’s Carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. From 1985-1990 Kerans was a Research Associate and Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, being named a Senior Research Scientist in 1992. In 2006 Kerans took a full-time appointment at the Department of Geosciences as Goldhammer Chair and offers courses in modern and ancient carbonate deposition and diagenesis as well as sequence stratigraphy.

His areas of focus are in carbonate sequence stratigraphy and reservoir characterization, with an emphasis on integrating outcrop analog information for improved understanding of the subsurface. He has studied carbonate reservoirs in North America, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, and widely in the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar. Major areas of outcrop study include the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas and New Mexico, the Cretaceous of the southwestern U.S., Carboniferous of Wyoming/Montana, and the Devonian of northwestern Australia. Carbonate ramps, rimmed shelves, deep-water carbonates, paleokarst, and most recently fractured carbonates are major areas of research.

He has won 10 best paper/poster/oral presentation awards with co-workers and students, including two Wallace Pratt awards for best published paper in AAPG, and the Carlos Dengo award for best paper presented at the International AAPG in South Africa in 2008. He has been both a U.S. and International AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and has taught courses on carbonate sequence stratigraphy and reservoir characterization for AAPG and the industry both domestically and abroad.

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