Douglas Waples received his PhD in 1971 in physical organic chemistry from Stanford University, and immediately shifted his interest to petroleum geochemistry. His work experience has included stints in research laboratories at Chevron, Mobil, and the Japan National Oil Corporation, a faculty position at the Colorado School of Mines, and 30 years as an independent consultant in oil exploration. He has participated in the development of several commercial software programs and is one of the founders of modern basin modeling. More recently, he has been responsible for the development of source-rock kinetics as a revolutionary technology capable of functioning as a new and direct indicator of hydrocarbon generation and thermal maturity, and as a means of identifying distinct organofacies. Doug was named the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists’ Outstanding Scientist for 2012. His publications include three books and more than 85 technical papers and book chapters, as well as numerous abstracts.
Doug has exploration experience in both conventional and unconventional plays in the US, Canada, and many other parts of the world, especially Southeast Asia. Long-term work relationships include Petronas Carigali (Malaysia), PTTEP (Thailand), Pemex (Mexico), Maersk (Denmark), JNOC (Japan), and Statoil (Norway).
Doug has taught training courses in petroleum geochemistry and basin modeling in more than 20 countries on six continents, in both English and Spanish. Since 1994 he has also taught in the Masters programs in Petroleum Geoscience at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
As president and chief scientist at Sirius Exploration Geochemistry, Doug takes the lead role in software development, data interpretation, execution of studies, training, and marketing.
Doug Neese received his B.S., and M.S. in Geology (1975, 1978), from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. (Geology 1984) from the University of Oklahoma. His work experience includes exploration and production projects with Texaco, Conoco, Maxus Energy, and Anadarko. During 18 years of international work, Doug has frequently incorporated basin modeling and geochemistry into both conventional and unconventional exploration projects. Publication topics include basin analysis, carbonate stratigraphy\diagenesis, and hydrocarbon field development. To fully utilize his skills in integrating all aspects of geochemistry and geology in basin, play, and prospect analysis, Doug is in charge of the planning, organization, and execution of regional studies. He will also play important roles in training and client contact.