Research Mathematical Statistician
Eastern Energy Resources
US Geological Survey
Valley Dr., MS 956
Visiting Research Scientist, 2004-2005
Most recent updating: January 2007
RECENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
and statistical applications to petroleum geology and engineering
of interactive geostatistical software for spatial and spatiotemporal
analysis of epidemics
assessment for public health and remediation
of recent marine sediments as indicators of climatological changes
well-log correlation applied to petroleum geology and nuclear waste
optimization of attributes with geographical distribution
evaluation of projects
UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (USGS), Research Mathematical Statistician
[November 2006 - Present]
Provides statistical support to a team of 50 scientists and conducts
independent projects aiming at advance understanding and prediction of fossil
fuel reserves in the United States.
KANSAS GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, UNIVERSITY
[1985 - Present]
Scientist, 2003 - Present
Scientist, 1995 - 2003
Scientist, 1987 - 1995
Associate, 1985 - 1987
As Senior Scientist, conducted original applied
research, provided technical support, and prepared grant proposals primarily in
the areas of geostatistics, applied mathematics, and computer science applied
to earth sciences. Carried out responsibilities both individually and in
national or international collaboration with other nationally and
internationally reputed scientists. Delivered results in the form of
publications, lectures, graduate-level classes, short courses, computer
programs, and maps. Produced as author or coauthor 140 publications in
journals, books, technical reports, and proceedings. Provided information and
advice to state, national, and international agencies, organizations, and
societies. Served the profession through participation in the activities of
technical and scientific organizations.
and documented the program CORRELATOR, a major application in Fortran and
the textbook Geostatistics for Engineers and Earth Scientists (http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,4-0-22-33305734-0,00.html?referer=www.wkap.nl).
Geostatistical Glossary and Multilingual Dictionary (http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/EarthSciences/Geology/?view=usa&ci=0195066898).
monograph Geostatistical Analysis of Compositional Data, jointly with Dr.
Vera Pawlowsky, University of
the method of regionalized classification of multivariate samplings together
with scientists at KGS and Baltic Sea Research Institute (IOW), Warnemünde, Germany.
the scientific and industrial knowledge of the geology of the state of Kansas.
the observation network of wells used to monitor the water level in the
High Plains aquifer of Kansas, resulting
in a more accurate network, less expensive to operate.
knowledge of the geology and climatic change of the Baltic
with geophysicists in several grant projects, including location of gas
hydrates in Alaska, coal methane in the Yukon, and ground
characterization for the sensing military vehicles.
quantitative methods for the improvement of reservoir characterization
PRIVATE CONSULTANT [1985 – October 2006]
Conducts activities both independently and as an associate with Davis
several seminars on geostatistics in North and South America, Europe, and Africa.
an environmental study of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in
the Hudson River for the General Electric
for Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohhstoffe (BGR) in the
selection of sites for the permanent disposal of highly radioactive waste
by computer well log correlation.
waste sites in Thailand
using computer well log correlation to investigate groundwater
the feasibility of tertiary oil recovery in Chile for Empresa Nacional del
technical feasibility studies on the use of geochemistry in oil
exploration in Tunisia
for Marathon Oil Company
BALTIC SEA RESEARCH INSTITUTE (IOW), Visiting Research Scientist [Second
semester 2006, May to October 2006]
Worked on stratigraphic applications to infer climatological conditions during
the last 10,000 years and was active in the geostatistical characterization of
geotechnical properties of sea floors.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Blaustein Visiting Professor [Winter Quarter, 2006]
Offered seminars and conducted technical review of S-GEMS, a major software
development of spatial statistics.
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH
CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL, Visiting Research
Scholar [Jan 2004 – June 2005]
Conducted original research and teaching in areas of mathematical modeling
applied to epidemiology and possible interactions between environmental
conditions and public health.
Contributed to software developments.
Started and completed collection of information
about mortality and duration of the Black Death epidemic (http://www.unc.edu/depts/case/BMElab/projects/BlackDeath/).
Coauthored a book on interdisciplinary epidemic
Discovered a scaling law between city size and
duration of Black Death (http://muse.jhu.edu/journal/human_biology/toc/hub77.3.html)
Was co-instructor for the one-semester course Model-based Exposure Mapping and Risk
Served on the committee for the successful
graduation of one master student and a doctoral student.
EMPRESA NACIONAL DEL
PETROLEO [1967 - 1985]
Advisor, Engineer, Financial Modeler, and Seismologist
During this time, this government-owned company was in charge of the
exploration, development, and production of all oil and gas resources in the Chile.
Prepared 90 technical reports documenting new methodologies and communicated
several highly accurate seismic interpretations, one of them leading to
the discovery of the Río del Oro oil field in Tierra
the use of reservoir simulation in the Chilean oil industry.
computer formation evaluation, which resulted in more thorough assessments
and well completions.
several computer programs for the routine economic evaluation of
exploration plays, which radically changed the company's decision-making
economic evaluation for negotiating joint international venture contracts.
computer-contour mapping, which resulted in the elimination of
inconsistencies and opened the possibility to assess sampling reliability.
Doctor of Engineering in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering with minor in
project evaluation and management, University of Kansas, 1982
Master of Science in Computer Science, University of Kansas, 1972
Mining Engineer with a minor in geophysics (6-year program), Universidad de
Association for Mathematical Geology, with 15 years of service on the Board of
Member (2000 - 2004)
(1996 - 2000)
General (1992 - 1996)
(1989 - 1992)
of organizing committees for five international conferences.
Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Active Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Member, Geological Society of Washington
William Christian Krumbein medal, highest honor awarded by the
International Association for Mathematical Geology
Emeritus Scientist, University
Best Paper Award, Mathematical Geology, the flagship journal of the
International Association for Mathematical Geology
Task Committee Excellence Award, American Society of Civil Engineers
Juan Brüggen prize to best graduating mining engineer in the country,
Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas de Chile