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.
Anna Kathrin Uffmann
Petroleum Systems Analyst
Anna Kathrin Uffmann is a highly analytical, performance-driven geologist with nine years’ experience in basin and petroleum systems analysis, and expert knowledge of PetroMod and Novva software. She received her PhD in 2013 in Petroleum Geology from the Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Petroleum and Coal at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Her thesis research focused on Paleozoic petroleum systems in Europe, and included 3D models that reconstructed the thermal history and hydrocarbon generation and migration in several basins.
Anna worked for IES Schlumberger with a focus on Petromod software analysis, quality control, and pre-release software testing, where she also developed workflow tests and tested plug-ins for Petrel software. More recently, in the Geochemistry division at CGG she gained experience in 1D, 2D, and 3D multiclient and proprietary projects. At CGG she was also involved in QC of the petrographic section of the company (vitrinite reflectance & kerogen microscopy), and integration of seismic techniques with basin modeling.
Her work experience is worldwide, including studies of basins in the North Sea, North Atlantic, Norwegian Sea, Central European Basin System, Mesopotamian Basin, Black Sea, Gulf of Mexico, NW Shelf Australia, Lower Indus Basin, and West Africa. Anna has demonstrated expertise in exploration applications of basin analysis and petroleum systems modeling to both conventional and unconventional petroleum systems. Her special areas of expertise include source rock evaluation, hydrocarbon charge risk assessment, thermal maturity, temperature and pressure prediction, and prospect evaluation.
Anna has been a mentor and trainer in petroleum systems modeling, theory, and application in both academia and industry. She has a number of publications and has made several oral presentations at international meetings.
As scientist at Sirius Exploration Geochemistry, Anna takes the lead role in multi-dimensional basin modeling. She will be involved 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.