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Lorena Moscardelli

Professional Summary

August 1, 2012


Business address: The University of Texas at Austin

Bureau of Economic Geology

University Station, Box X

Austin, Texas 78713-8924

(512) 471-4971

E-mail address: lorena.moscardelli@beg.utexas.edu


Academic Background


B.Sc. Geology, Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Caracas, 2000

Ph.D. Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, May 2007


Areas of Expertise


  1. Study and characterization of

  2. mass transport complexes around the world.

  3. Application of quantitative seismic geomorphology techniques in

  4. shallow and deep-water deposits.

  5. Subsurface mapping of depositional systems.

  6. Basin analysis.


Professional Work Experience


A. Present Position: Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (June 2007 - Present).


Part of the Quantitative Clastic Laboratory Industry Associates Program (QCL), conducting research as a team member in the use of seismic geomorphic data to understand depositional processes from shallow- to deep-water systems around the world.


B. Graduate Research Assistant, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (2003 - 2007).


Part of Quantitative Clastic Laboratory Consortium

Study of gravity-induced deposits in continental margins around the world

Seismic-stratigraphic interpretation and application of state-of-the-art visualization techniques.


C. Summer Intern, BHP Billiton (2006 - 2006).


Study of deep-water deposits in GOM; results used as input for reservoir characterization.


D. Summer Intern, OXY Occidental Oil and Gas (2005 - 2005).


Quantitative seismic geomorphological evaluation of the Hugoton Embayment (Kansas); results used as input for reservoir modeling.


E. Exploration Geologist, Petroleos de Venezuela PDVSA (August 2001 - January 2003).


Tectonic team - Stratigraphic support in projects in the Eastern Venezuela Basin

Seismic-stratigraphic interpretation (North of Monagas and La Blanquilla projects)

Generation of new prospects in onshore and offshore Eastern Venezuela.


F. Exploration Geologist, RICE & AVENDANOS (October 2000 - June 2001).


Plataforma Deltana Exploration Team–stratigraphy and sedimentation

Biostratigraphic/electrofacies/paleoenviromental interpretations– work on multidisciplinary team.


G. Teaching Assistant, Universidad Central de Venezuela (July 1997 - October 2000).


Geology Department – Physical Geology.


^ Awards and Honorary Societies


Publication Award, Bureau of Economic Geology (exemplary publication of scientific or economic impact), 2010


, 2010


Ed Picou Full Fellowship Grant, Gulf Coast Section of SEPM, 2007


AAPG Grant in Aid, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, 2006


Graduate Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America GSA, 2005


Thomas R. Banks Memorial Scholarship, San Antonio Area Foundation, 2004


Outstanding Student Paper Award, Hydrology Section AGU, 2004


L.Austin Weeks Grant, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, 2004


Exxon-Mobil Student Grant Participation Award, AAPG/SEPM Annual Convention, 2001


Graduation Award (best student) – Geology Department UCV, 2000


Best Thesis Award – Geology Department UCV, 2000


^ Committee Responsibilities and Professional Activities


Member, Graduate Student Council, Jackson School of Geosciences, 2011 - present


Session Chair, Mass Wasting Events and Related Sediments, 18th International Sedimentological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina, 2010


Session Chair, Session: Mass Movements and Their Consequences for Deepwater Exploration and Production, 2010 American Association of Petroleum Geologists / Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Annual Meeting, 2010


Convenor, International Geoscience Programme 511, 4th Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Austin, Texas, 2009


Member, Alumni Council, Jackson School of Geosciences, 2009 - present


Member, Energy Search Committee, Jackson School of Geosciences, 2007 - present


Session Co-Chair, Recent Advances in Deepwater and Shelf Siliciclastic Facies Models: Implications for Reservoir Characterization, American Association of Petroleum Geologists / Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 2006


Publications


Books, Manuals


Mosher, D. C., Shipp, C., Moscardelli, L., Chaytor, J. D., Baxter, C. D. P., Lee, H. J., and Urgeles, R., 2010, Submarine mass movements and their consequences: 4th International Symposium: Springer, v. 28, DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-3071-9, 775 p.


Chapters/Sections


Mosher, D. C., Moscardelli, L., Shipp, C., Chaytor, J. D., Baxter, C. D. P., Lee, H. J., and Urgeles, R., 2010, Submarine mass movements and their consequences, in Mosher, D. C., Shipp, R. C., Moscardelli, L., Chaytor, J. D., Baxter, C. D. P., Lee, H. J. and Urgeles, R., eds., Submarine mass movements and their consequences: 4th International Symposium: Springer, v. 28, p. 1–8.


Moscardelli, L., Hornbach, M., and Wood, L. J., 2010, Tsunamigenic risk associated with mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad and Venezuela, in Mosher, D. C., Shipp, R. C., Moscardelli, L., Chaytor, J. D., Baxter, C. D. P., Lee, H. J. and Urgeles, R., eds., Submarine mass movements and their consequences: 4th International Symposium: Springer, v. 28, p. 733–744.


Articles


Peer Reviewed


Moscardelli, L., Dooley, T., Dunlap, D. B., Jackson, M. P. A., and Wood, L. J., 2012, Deep-water polygonal fault systems as terrestrial analogs for large-scale Martian polygonal terrains: GSA Today, v. 22, no. 8, p. 4‒9. doi:10.1130/GSATG147A.1.


Moscardelli, L., Wood, L. J., and Dunlap, D. B., 2012, Shelf-edge deltas along structurally complex margins: a case study from eastern offshore Trinidad: AAPG Bulletin, v. 96, no. 8, p. 1483‒1522.


Salazar, M., Moscardelli, L., Fisher, W. L., and Lorente, M. A., 2011, Tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Morichito piggyback basin, Eastern Venezuelan Basin: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 109–125.


Moscardelli, L., and Wood, L. J., 2011, Deep-water erosional remnants in eastern offshore Trinidad as terrestrial analogs for teardrop-shaped islands on Mars: implications for outflow channel formation: Geology, v. 39, no. 7, p. 699‒702.


Garciacaro, E., Escalona, A., Mann, P., Wood, L. J., Moscardelli, L., and Sullivan, S., 2011, Structural controls on Quaternary deepwater sedimentation, mud diapirism, and hydrocarbon distribution within the actively evolving Columbus foreland basin, eastern offshore Trinidad: Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 149‒176.


Moscardelli, Lorena, and Wood, L. J., 2008, New classification system for mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad: Basin Research, v. 20, no. 1, p. 73–98.


Moscardelli, L., Wood, L. J., and Mann, Paul, 2006, Mass-transport complexes and associated processes in the offshore area of Trinidad and Venezuela: AAPG Bulletin, v. 90, no. 7, p. 1059–1088.


Parra, M., Moscardelli, L., and Lorente, M. A., 2003, Late Cretaceous anoxia and lateral microfacies changes in the Tres Esquinas Member, La Luna Formation, Western Venezuela: Palaios, v. 18, no. 4, p. 321–333.


Abstracts


Moscardelli, Lorena, Dooley, Tim, Dunlap, D. B., Wood, L. J., and Jackson, M. P. A., 2012, Deepwater polygonal fault systems as terrestrial analogs for Martian polygonal terrains (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Annual Convention, Abstract 1225531, 1 p.


Moscardelli, Lorena, and Wood, L. J., 2012, Deepwater erosional shadow remnants as terrestrial analogs for teardrop-shaped islands on Mars: implications for outflow channel formation (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Annual Convention, Abstract 1225516, 1 p.


Prieto, M. I., Moscardelli, Lorena, and Wood, L. J., 2012, Sedimentary and erosional processes in a deepwater setting: an ultra-high resolution study of multiple regions in the ultra-deep water of the eastern Gulf of Mexico (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Annual Convention, Abstract 1236498, 1 p.


Salazar, M., Moscardelli, Lorena, and Wood, L. J., 2012, Morphologic variability of clinoforms within the giant Foresets Formation of the northern Taranaki Basin, New Zealand (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Annual Convention, Abstract 1236413, 1 p.


Ramnarine, S., Wood, L. J., and Moscardelli, Lorena, 2011, Late Cretaceous-age, half-graben basin, turbidite fills in the North Sea Heidrun field, mid-Norwegian Continental Shelf (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention & Exhibition Abstracts Volume, v. 20, p. 149.


Salazar, M., Moscardelli, Lorena, and Wood, L. J., 2011, Shelf edge architecture and source-to-sink dynamics in the northern Taranaki Basin, New Zealand (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention & Exhibition Abstracts Volume, v. 20, p. 157.


Salazar, M., Moscardelli, Lorena, Fisher, W. L., and Lorente, M. A., 2010, Tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Morichito piggyback basin, eastern Venezuelan basin (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention & Exhibition, v. 19, p. 222.


Davila, A., Moscardelli, Lorena, and Wood, L. J., 2010, Structural domains in the eastern offshore area of Trinidad/Venezuela and their influence on paleo-Orinoco shelf-edge delta architectures (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention & Exhibition, v. 19, p. 55.


Singh, K. A., Wood, L. J., and Moscardelli, Lorena, 2009, Geometry and nature of modern and ancient mas transport deposits (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, v. 18, p. 196.


Dunlap, D. B., Moscardelli, Lorena, Hornbach, M., and Wood, L. J., 2009, Potential causal mechanisms for MTC generation from the Northwest African Shelf (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, v. 18, p. 59.


Moscardelli, Lorena, Wood, L. J., Torres-Vargas, Ricardo, Bermúdez, Juan, and López-Leyva, Gerardo, 2008, Processes of late Tertiary-age mass transport and associated deposits along the eastern Mexico margin, southern Gulf of Mexico (abs.): AAPG 2008 Annual Convention and Exhibition Abstracts Volume, v. 17, p. 144.


Dunlap, D. B., Wood, L. J., and Moscardelli, Lorena, 2008, Mass transport deposits in offshore Morocco, Savi Haute Mer area (abs.): AAPG 2008 Annual Convention and Exhibition Abstracts Volume, v. 17, p. 49.


Wood, L. J., Moscardelli, Lorena, Bermúdez, Juan, Caraveo, C., Ambrose, W. A., and López-Leyva, Gerardo, 2008, Source-to-sink linkages between clinoform architecture and deepwater deposits, eastern Mexico margin, southern Gulf of Mexico (abs.): AAPG 2008 Annual Convention and Exhibition Abstracts Volume, v. 17, p. 216, 223.


Moscardelli, Lorena, Wood, L. J., and Dunlap, D. B., 2007, Mass transport processes in worldwide continental margins and their significance for tsunamigenic hazards (abs.): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no. 6.


Mann, P., Wood, Lesl, Garciacaro, Emilio, Escalona, Alejandro, Moscardelli, Lorena, and Sullivan, Sean, 2007, 3D anatomy of the Columbus Foreland Basin, Eastern Offshore Trinidad (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Meeting Official Program, v. 16, Long Beach, California.


Moscardelli, L. and Wood, L. J., 2006, Seismic geomorphology of mass transport deposits and controls on formation and character, eastern offshore Trinidad (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, v. 15, p. 76.


Moscardelli, L., Woods, Denise, and Wood, L. J., 2006, Quantitative seismic geomorphology study in fluvial systems—a new approach (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, v. 15, p. 76.


Moscardelli, L., and Wood, L., 2006, Identification and classification of mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad/Venezuela and their potential anthropogenic impact as tsunamigenic hazards (abs.), in AGU Proceedings Fall Meeting, San Francisco/California USA.


Moscardelli, L., and Wood, L., 2006, Morphometry of mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad (abs.), in External controls on deep water depositional systems; climate, sea-level and sediment flux, London, UK.


Moscardelli, Lorena, 2006, Mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad and world wide analogs (abs.), in Houston Geological Society.


Moscardelli, L., and Wood, L., 2005, Visualization technology and quantitative morphometrics of mass transport complexes along the continental margin of Trinidad, West Indies (abs.), in SEPM Research Conference Proceedings, Houston, Texas, USA.


Moscardelli, L., Wood, L. J., and Mann, Paul, 2004, Debris flow distribution and controls on slope to basin deposition, offshore Trinidad (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention Abstracts Volume, v. 13, p. A100.


Moscardelli, L., Wood, L. J., and Mann, P., 2004, Debris flow architecture and processes offshore Trinidad: implications for basin fill in tectonically active margins (abs.), in AGU Proceedings Fall Meeting, San Francisco.


^ Contract Reports


Hudec, M. R., Jackson, M. P. A., Dooley, Tim, Wagner, Bryce, McDonnell, Angela, Pequeno, Monica, Norton, Ian, and Moscardelli, Lorena, 2008, Applied Geodynamics Laboratory annual report to Industrial Associates for 2008: slide set 27: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, annual report prepared for Anadarko, BHP Billiton, BP, CGGVeritas, Chevron, Cobalt, ConocoPhillips, Devon, ENI, ExxonMobil, Fugro, GX Technology, Hess, IMP, Maersk, Marathon, Mariner, Murphy, Nexen, Noble, Pemex, Petrobras, PGS, Repsol-YPF, Samson, Saudi Aramco, Shell, StatoilHydro, TGS-Nopec, Total, WesternGeco, and Woodside, CD-ROM.


Thesis


Seismostratigraphic study of a Miocene-Pleistocene subsurface interval, northern Monagas, eastern Venezuelan Basin.


Dissertation


Mass transport processes and deposits, and their role in continental margin development.


^ Research Support


Principal Investigator: Shell 3-D Reservoir Architecture and Subsurface Performance of Shelf Edge Deltas along Structurally Complex Margins: A Case Study in Eastern Offshore Trinidad, Industry Funded (2009 - 2010, $200,000).


Principal Investigator: CLASS / Chevron Laboratory for Analysis of Seismic and Subsurface Data, Industry Funded (2010, $200,000).


Lecturing


Lectures and Addresses


Deepwater erosional shadow remnants as terrestrial analogs for teardrop-shaped islands on Mars: implications for outflow channel formation: presented at American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention & Exhibition, Long Beach, California, April 2012.


Mass-transport deposits and the advantages of a real three-dimensional perspective: invited talk presented at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 14, 2010.


The economics of diversity—competing for and leveraging employee diversity in a global petroleum industry: invited panelist, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 14, 2010.


Cultural differences: people who have been successful at leveraging cultural differences: invited panelist, 2009 Women’s Global Leadership Conference in Energy and Technology, Houston, Texas, November 3–4, 2009.


Processes of late Tertiary-age mass transport and associated deposits along the eastern Mexico margin, southern Gulf of Mexico: presented at the AAPG Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, April 2008.


Mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad and their significance as potential tsunamigenic hazards: presented at Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences: Third International Symposium, Santorini, Greece, October 1–3, 2007.


Mass transport processes in worldwide continental margins and their significance for tsunamigenic hazards: presented at Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, October 28, 2007.


Mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad and world wide analogs: presented at Houston Geological Society International Dinner, Houston, Texas, March 2006.


Seismic geomorphology of mass transport deposits and controls on formation character, eastern offshore Trinidad and Venezuela: poster presented at AAPG Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, 2006.


Quantitative seismic geomorphology study in fluvial systems – a new approach: poster presented at AAPG Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, 2006.


Identification and classification of mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad/Venezuela and their potential anthropogenic impact as tsunamigenic hazards: presented at AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, 2006.


Morphometry of mass transport complexes in offshore Trinidad: presented at Conference on External Controls on Deep Water Depositional Systems: Climate, Sea-Level and Sediment Flux, London, England, 2006.


Visualization technology and quantitative morphometrics of mass transport complexes along the continental margin of Trinidad, West Indies: presented at SEPM Research Conference, Houston, Texas, 2005.


Debris flow architecture and processes offshore Trinidad: implications for basin fill in tectonically active margins: poster presented at AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Texas, 2004.


Debris flow distribution and controls on slope-to-basin deposition, offshore Trinidad: poster presented at AAPG Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas, 2004.


High-impact cycle-stratigraphy (HIC): a method applied in a Miocene-Pleistocene subsurface section, Northern Monagas, Eastern Venezuela Basin: presented at AAPG International Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 2003.


Tectonic and paleoenviromental changes at the end of La Luna Formation Sea and its exploration implications: poster presented at AAPG Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 2001.


Seismostratigraphic Study of a Miocene-Pleistocene Subsurface Interval, Northern Monagas, Eastern Venezuelan Basin: poster presented at AAPG Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 2001.


University Teaching


Co-Instructor GEO 384G Subsurface Mapping and Petroleum Workstations: Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, Fall 2009.


^ Reviews of Articles, Abstracts, and Research Proposals


AAPG Bulletin (Article), 2010


Basin Research (Article), 2010


GCSSEPM (Extended Abstract), 2010


GCAGS (Extended Abstract), 2010


GSA Bulletin (Article), 2010


Marine Geology (Article), 2010


Sedimentology (Article), 2010


Geology (Article), 2010


AAPG Bulletin (Article), 2009


AAPG Bulletin (Article), 2009


AAPG Bulletin (Article), 2009


Blackwell Science (Book Chapter), 2009


IODP (Proposal), 2009


Marine Geology (Article), 2009


Marine and Petroleum Geology (Article), 2009


Marine and Petroleum Geology (Article), 2009


AAPG Bulletin (Article), 2009


AAPG Special Publication (Article), 2007


AAPG Special Publication (Article), 2006


GSL Special Publication (Article), 2006


Graduate Student Committee Participation


Co-Supervisor, Ph.D. Dissertation Committee, Maria Prieto, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012


Co-Supervisor, M.A. Thesis Committee, Sarika Rammarine, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011


Co-Supervisor, Ph.D. Dissertation Committee, Migdalys Salazar, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011


Co-Supervisor, M.S. Thesis Committee, Anmar Davila, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011


Co-Supervisor, M.S. Thesis Committee, Migdalys Salazar, The University of Texas at Austin, 2008



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