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Jim Handschy

Jim Handschy

Professor of Practice, Geology
Executive Director, IU Geologic Field Station

Office:   GY521
Email:   jwhandsc@iu.edu
Phone: 406-600-1821

Educational Background

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

Work History

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

  • Executive Director, Judson Mead Geologic Field Station (2018-present)
  • Professor of Practice, Sedimentary Basin Analysis and Petroleum Geology (2018-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Sedimentary Basin Analysis and Petroleum Geology (2015-2017)

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
  • SE Asia

Awards

  • 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