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Sedimentary Basins Analysis

Lesli Wood, Ph.D.
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Is a Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Bureau of Economic Geology in the University of Texas, Jackson School of Geosciences. She holds a Ph.D. from Colorado State University (1992), and an M.S. degree from the University of Arkansas (1988). Dr. Wood has served as President of the Gulf Coast SEPM and national Secretary-Treasurer of SEPM, and in addition is a member of AAPG, GSA and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago. She spent five years in industry with Amoco Production Company before moving to the faculty at the University of Texas where she directs the Quantiative Clastics Laboratory Industrial Associates program. Her research interests are in clastic systems, basin analysis and petroleum E and P, specifically in the region of the southern Caribbean Margin, quantitative seismic geomorphology, shale diapirism and mobile shale basin development, the distribution and influence of gas hydrates on margin development and the morphology of deltas on Mars. She has authored numerous papers on these subjects and presented hundreds of lecturers and posters at society meetings, universities and public venue.


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The course will examine modern and ancient continental margin tectonics, sedimentation, and stratigraphy. The course content will be conveyed through formal presentations, discussion, both informal presentation and informal debate and question/answer sessions. We will (1) build a basic understanding of margin processes, stratigraphy, and structure through review of modern literature, published and unpublished research (2) examine representative examples of modern and ancient continental margins, and (3) through seismic and well-log projects will provide hands-on experience in describing and interpreting margin successions. An annotated reference list will be provided participants.

No required text, but suggested reading would include:

  • Philip A. Allen and John R. Allen, “Basin Analysis, Principles and Applications” Second edition, Blackwell Publishing
  • C.J. Busby and R.V. Ingersoll "Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins.” Caribbean Basins, P. Mann, ed. 



  • Improved knowledge of the petroleum systems that characterize various types of basins.
  • Improved ability to interpret structure in different types of basins, through recognition of the stress regimes and resultant fault types and distributions that characterize these basins.
  • Improved understanding of how to interpret stratigraphy in different types of basins, and prediction of potential pathways of sediment from source to sink.
  • Specific techniques in seismic interpretation of stacking patterns and seismic geomorphologic elements and implications for prospectivity in different types of basins.
  • Specific techniques in interpretation of log, core and samples data and the integration of those data to address uncertainty in exploration and development



New and experienced explorationists (geologist, geophysicists and engineers). We will learn new techniques in seismic geomorphology and interpretation.  Mixing new and experienced individuals, often with varied perspectives, creates a more positive exchange of ideas, more mentoring of younger scientists and more creative insight for older scientists.






  • Initial margin development.
  • Stratigraphic sequences and their bounding discontinuities.
  • Geological processes and feedback mechanisms.
  • Formation of discontinuities in actively deforming margins and Methods in Interpretation



  • Sequence development and sediment supply.
  • Shallow to deep water depositional processes.
  • Continental margin slope stability.
  • Non-marine accommodation.
  • Carbonate vs. siliciclastic margin development



  • Climate change and current-controlled deposition and erosion.
  • Quantitative stratigraphic models.
  • Flux of fluids at continental margins.
  • Petroleum Systems



Review of Petroleum Systems of:

  • Rift basins
  • Foreland basins
  • Passive margin basins
  • Intercratonic basins
  • Strike slip basins
  • Forearc and backarc basins
  • Mobile substrate systems



  • Petroleum Systems and Basins of the Southern Caribbean Margin 

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