Dr. Thomas McGilvery

Dr. Thomas <Mac> McGilvery

18 Gearhart Hall

 

Phone: 479-575-3355
FAX: 479-575-3469
macmcgil@uark.edu

Degrees Ph.D. University of Texas Austin
  M.S. University of Arkansas
  B.S. University of Arkansas
Research Interests
The application of sedimentology and facies analysis to petroleum reservoir characterization.
Depositional models for deepwater slope/basin systems based on on modern seafloor and shallow seismic goemorphology.
Seismic and sequence stratigraphy.
Academic Interests
Mac received his B. S. Geology in 1978 and M.S. Geology in 1980 from the University of Arkansas. His M. S. thesis research was focused on the lithostratigraphy of the Brentwood Mbr., Bloyd Fm. under the direction of Dr. W. L. Manger. Mac worked for Tenneco Oil co., Mid-Continent Div., Oklahoma City, OK from 1980-1987. While there, he worked exploration projects on combination structure-stratigraphic plays in the Atoka succession in the Arkoma Basin/Ouachita Mtns. Mac was then assigned to Tenneco’s South America Div., Houston TX where he work exploration projects in the Upper Magdalena Valley, Colombia SA from 1987 to 1989. That division was sold to Royal Dutch Shell in 1989.
Mac then moved to Cartagena, Colombia where he continued to work the Upper Magdalena Valley for Shell from 1989 to 1991. After two exciting years in South America, Mac returned to the U.S. and completed his Ph.D., Geology at The University of Texas at Austin in 1996. His dissertation work was focused on the Sequence Stratigraphy and Basin Fill History of the Cretaceous, Barrow Gp., Barrow Sub-Basin, North West Shelf Australia under the direction of Dr. W. E. Galloway.
Mac then joined Phillips Petroleum Co., in Bartlesville OK where he worked as their Global Stratigraphic Advisor from 1996 to 2002. Upon the merger of ConocoPhillips, Mac transferred to the Anchorage AK office where he worked as the local Chief Geologist from 2002 to 2006. After four years of working cool North Slope geology, Mac transferred to ConocoPhillips’ Gulf of Mexico Exploration Team in Houston, TX as their Stratigraphic Advisor from 2006 to 2011. Mac finished his career at ConocoPhillips as Geoscience Advisor with emphasis on subsurface reservoir prediction in the Geological Technology Gp. 2012-15. While posted to Houston, he spent four years on the ConocoPhillips, Global Exploration Review Team. This provided a unique opportunity evaluate exploration prospects around the world.
Mac retired from the Petroleum Industry in the spring of 2015 and currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas. His current research interests are the application of sedimentology and facies analysis to petroleum reservoir description, depositional models for deepwater slope/basin systems based on modern seafloor and shallow seismic geomorphology and, seismic and sequence stratigraphy.
Selected Publications
McGilvery, T. A., and Cook, D. L., 2004, Depositional elements of the slope/basin Depositional system Offshore Brunei in R. A. Nobel, A. Argenton, and C. A. Caughey (eds) Deepwater and Frontier Exploration in Asia and Australia, Proccedings of the Indonesia Petroleum Association Meeting, Jakarta Indonesia p. 407-420.
McGilvery, T. A., and Cook, D. L., 2004, Deepwater sequence stratigraphy, back to basics: a case history from Offshore Brunei: Abstract with Program, 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence Italy
McGilvery, T. A., Haddad, G., and Cook, D. L., 2004, Seafloor and shallow subsurface examples of mass transport complexes, Offshore Brunei: Offshore Technology Conference, Houston Texas, publication no. OTC 16780.
McGilvery, T. A., and Cook, D. L., 2003, The influence of local gradients on accommodation space and linked depositional elements across a stepped slope profile, Offshore Brunei, in H. Roberts (ed.) Shelf Margin Deltas and Linked Downslope Depositional Systems: Global Significance and Future Exploration Potential, Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Foundation, 2003 Annual Bob F. Perkins Research Conference. Houston, Texas. p. 387-419.
Kirschner, R. H., and McGilvery, T. A., 2003, Pre-drill depositional facies characterization of sinuous submarine channels, deepwater West Africa: Extended abstract American Association of Petroleum Geologists International Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
McGilvery, T. A. and Cook, D. L., 2003, Sediment dispersal patterns, gradients, and accommodation space across a stepped slope profile, Offshore Brunei: Abstract with Program, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City.
Cook, D. L., and McGilvery, T. A., 2003, The distribution of coeval depositional elements within a stepped slope setting, Offshore Brunei, Abstract with Program, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City.
McGilvery, T. A. and Houseknecht, D. W., 2000, Depositional systems and diagenesis of slope and basin facies, Atoka Formation, Arkoma Basin in Johnson, K. S. (ed.) Marine clastics in the southern Midcontinent, 1997 symposium: Oklahoma Geological Survey Circular 103, p. 129-140.
McGilvery, T. A., Thompson, J. J., Brennen, B., Bennet, K., and Fuller, N., 1999, Gravity mass wasting and submarine canyon development in the Porcupine Basin Offshore Ireland with lithofacies analogs from the Paleocene Wilcox Formation Gulf of Mexico: Extended Abstract, Petroleum Exploration of Ireland’s Offshore Basins Research Conference, Dublin Ireland.