Teaching Staff

All teaching staff, with experience in the petroleum industry plus teaching and supervising international students have been hired specifically for the Petroleum Geoscience program. Other full-time teaching staff from the Geology Department will contribute to the teaching of some of the courses, as will several Visiting Professors. 

Professor Dr. John K. Warren

Dr. Warren earned B.Sc. Hon. and Ph.D. in Geology from Flinders University. He has more than 23 years of university teaching experience, including six years at the University of Texas, eight years in the Department of Petroleum Geoscience at Universiti Brunei Darussalam and most recently as the Shell Chair in Carbonate Studies at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Warren has worked with the petroleum industry as a technical consultant. Dr. Warren has written three books on Evaporite Sedimentology and has published more than 60 papers in international journals. Most of his research focuses on carbonate reservoir characterization and applied evaporite sedimentology.

Mr. Angus John Ferguson

Angus’s background and expertise:
Proven teaching skills and industry experience in Geophysics and Geology for 35 years
Industry training as Field trip leader for Modern and Ancient Mahakam Delta, Kalimantan, Indonesia from 1998 to recent for petroleum companies
M.Sc.in Geology/Quaternary Geology, University of Calgary
B.Sc. Earth Science,Hons., University of Waterloo
B.Sc. Geophysics, University of Calgary
– 2001-2005 Senior Lecturer in Geophysics in Department of Petroleum Geoscience, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
– Industry training as Field trip leader for Modern and Ancient Mahakam Delta, Kalimantan, Indonesia from 1998 to recent for
petroleum companies
– Extensive industry experience and contacts that can be used to set up successful MSc student thesis projects

Professor Dr.  Punya Charusiri, PhD.

Dr. Punya graduated with a Ph.D. in geology from Queen’s University, Canada. His major interest has been focused recently on active-fault and tectonics of Southeast Asia. He is also interested in structural evolution of Khorat, Andaman, and Gulf of Thailand Cenozoic basins. Apart from mineral and energy resource exploration, his research is focused on the geohazards and archeology.

Associate Prof. Dr. Thasinee Charoentitirat (Program Director)

Dr. Thasinee micropaleontologist, received her Ph.d. in Stratigraphy & Paleontology, University of Tsukuba, Japan, in year 2002.

Dr. Christopher K. Morley

Mixed history of oil industry exploration and structural geology specialist, coupled with academic teaching and a strong history of research. Has an extensive background in integrating outcrop geology, seismic and well data for both structural, regional geology, sedimentary and exploration projects. Used to working in both industry, academic and joint collaborative teams. Author and co-author of over 110 papers in international journals. Extensive experience working in rift systems (East Africa, North Sea, SE Asia, Gulf of Suez), orogenic belts (Norwegian Caledonides, Pyrenees, Rif-Tell, Carpathians, SE Asia), salt and shale tectonics (North Africa, Gulf of Suez, Central Graben North Sea, Brunei Darussalam, Niger Delta, Moroccan Rif, Central Iran), inversion (East Africa, SE Asia, Central Iran) and deepwater fold and thrust belts (Brunei, Nigeria, Makassar Straits). Work is from the plate to the reservoir scale.

Dr. Michael Bidgood

Mike Bidgood is an independent biostratigraphic advisor formerly with Halliburton Energy Services and GEUS (the Geological Survey of Denmark & Greenland). He has over 27 years of applied biostratigraphic experience in the hydrocarbon industry and specialises in foraminifera, diatoms, ostracods and radiolaria. He is a biostratigraphic advisor to Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd. and holds honorary lectureships & professorships with Aberdeen University and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He regularly undertakes both office-based and wellsite-based projects. Mike lives near Aberdeen, Scotland.

Mr. David Baxendale

David Baxendale, C.Math, MIMA, C.Sci., MEI is a Senior Petroleum Engineering Advisor with over 35 years reservoir engineering experience in the petroleum industry. David has extensive experience in Reservoir Simulation and Field Development Planning, as well operating producing fields. His experience includes carbonates and sandstones, as well as heavy oil, gas, gas condensate, oil, and volatile oil reservoirs. David also was an Adjunct Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Department of Petroleum Geosciences from 1996 to 2010 teaching the Petroleum Engineering module for the M.Sc. course.

Dr. Douglas W. Waples

Douglas Waples received his PhD in physical organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1971, but shifted his emphasis to petroleum geochemistry during postdoctoral fellowships in West Germany and Chile. He spent three year in Chevron’s research laboratory in the Los Angeles area, where he was one of the first to apply maturity modeling to oil exploration. After leaving Chevron he taught at the Colorado School of Mines until 1980, when he took a job with Mobil in Dallas that combined geochemical research and application of geochemistry to oil exploration. Since 1983 he has worked from Denver, Colorado, as an independent consultant to oil companies in numerous countries. His assignments have covered much of the world, and include long-term relationships with Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC) in Japan, Petronas in Malaysia, Maersk in Denmark, Pemex in Mexico, and PTTEP in Thailand. Doug also lived in Japan for three years as a researcher for JNOC. He has participated in development of several types of commercial software for basin modeling. His publications include three books and about 85 papers on geochemistry and basin modeling, one of which won the 1982 Sproule Award from the AAPG. Doug has taught short courses in Basic Geochemistry, Advanced Petroleum Geochemistry, and Maturity Modeling in English or Spanish in more than 20 countries on six continents.

Dr. Sarawute Chantraprasert

Peter Baillie
CGG, Perth, Australia

Dr. Michael Boyles
Retired Shell Geologist

Andy Crossley