Dr. Jim Handschy

Dr. Jim Handschy

2022

Education

  • Ph.D., Rice University, 1988
  • M.S., University of Texas-El Paso, 1985
  • B.S., University of Texas-El Paso, 1983

We were saddened by the death of Jim Handschy on November 16, 2023 while he was hiking the Grand Canyon. Our department extends our greatest sympathy to his family and close friends. 

Work history

Indiana University Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,
2015 (April)–present.

  • Executive Director, Judson Mead Geologic Field Station (2018-2022)
  • Professor of Practice, Sedimentary Basin Analysis and Petroleum Geology (2018-2022)
  • Adjunct Professor, Sedimentary Basin Analysis and Petroleum Geology (2015-present)

ConocoPhillips, 1998–2015

  • Global Chief Geoscientist–12 years
  • General Manager, Global New Ventures Exploration–2.5 years
  • General Manager, Gulf Coast Business Unit–1 year
  • Senior Geoscience/Exploration Advisor–1.5 years

Shell Oil Company, 1988–1998

  • Manager of Trap Evaluation Research and Services–2 years
  • Structural Geology Research and Services–5 years
  • Exploration geologist–3 years

El Paso Natural Gas Company, 1980 – 1983

  • Student Reservoir Geologist/Engineer

Experience

Worked in more than 100 sedimentary basins, on all continents, and most tectonic plates except Antarctica.

Primary skills

  • Tectonics and sedimentation
  • Structural geology
  • Depositional systems and sequence stratigraphy
  • Petroleum systems analysis
  • Geologic uncertainty analysis
  • Economics and business decision making in geoscience industries

Research interests

  • Formation, Evolution and Destruction of Continental Margin Basins
  • Tectonic vs. eustatic drivers for unconformities and the geologic history missing along unconformities
  • Paleogeography, basin-scale distribution of sedimentary facies, and changes thru time
  • Deposition and preservation of organic carbon rich sedimentary rocks
  • Subsidence, sedimentation, thermal history and diagenesis/metamorphism in basins

Areas/regions of interest

  • Western and Southern Margins of North America
  • Circum-Caribbean
  • Southeast Asia

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of America
  • ConocoPhillips Archimedes Award for Knowledge Sharing (2012)
  • UTEP Gold Nugget Award (2009)
  • ConocoPhillips Spirit Awards (2008 for talent management, 2006 for operations excellence)
  • Phillips Technology and Services "Star" Award (1999)
  • Best of Hedberg poster, AAPG (1998)
  • Shell Special Recognition Awards (1994, 1995 and 1996)
  • Torklid Rieber Award, Texaco and Rice University (1989)
  • Outstanding Student, Houston Geological Society (1988)
  • Rice University Research Fellow (1985 - 1988)
  • Gulf Oil Co. Research Fellow (1983 – 1985)

Boards and service activities

  • 2002-present: Board of Trustees, American Geosciences Institute Foundation
  • 2016-2018: Drillinginfo Advisory Board
  • 2009-2018: UTEP College of Science Advisory Board
  • 2008-2015: AAPG Corporate Advisory Board
  • 2002-2014: Advisory Board, Energy and Geoscience Institute, Univ. of Utah
  • 2005-2009: Board of Directors, Offshore Energy Center (Houston)
  • 2011-2014: Helped teach – G429, Indiana University
  • 2014: Taught – Fundamentals of Petroleum Systems, Indiana University
  • 2012: Taught – Fundamentals of Petroleum Systems, University of Texas at El Paso
  • 2000-2008: Member, AAPG Publications Committee
  • 2004-2005: Chairman, AAPG Research Committee
  • 2000-2001: Chairman, AAPG Reservoir Scale Deformation Research Workgroup