John is a multi-disciplined scientist who graduated from Alfred University (BA Biology), completed an undergraduate major in Geology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and then completed an MS in Geology there with a thesis focus on deltaic depositional environments. His ongoing career in the oil and gas industry began in 1973 where early on John was cross trained in Geophysics which was his primary career responsibility in onshore and offshore conventional reservoir exploration and production assignments in many of the US basins. His Geophysical unconventional reservoir experience began in 2010 in the Barnett Shale and continued to unconventional reservoirs in West Texas. John retired from Devon Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City in 2013 at the level of Senior Geophysical Advisor and immediately began an active consulting career focusing in West Texas. He is currently under contract with Brahman Resource Partners, Houston, Texas.
In conjunction with oil and gas consulting, John maintains apiaries on his Middle Tennessee properties that support a honey business which began in 2013. Beekeeping has led him back to his Biological interests which have been expanded to include various types of flora that are pollen and nectar sources for bees; resulting in a passion for wildflower photography, subsequent cataloging of photographs based on scientific names and making presentations to various bee associations in Tennessee. As for his Geologic interests, he enjoys field trips which provide opportunities to add mineral and fossil specimens to his collection, as well as working with students and professors in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UT.
John is the father of three children and married for 45 years where he lives with his wife Debby, in Seymour, Tennessee; their final stop after living in numerous locations throughout the US.
Clastic Depositional Environments, Geophysical Interpretation, Reservoirs
B.A. 1968 M.S. 1975