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Joseph K. Ellis

Joseph K. Ellis

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Joseph K. Ellis joined DeGolyer and MacNaughton in 2007. He is geoscientist with extensive background in 3–D workstation seismic interpretation, prospect generation, field development, and reserves analysis.

Prior to joining D&M, he worked for 16 years with Landmark Graphics of Houston, Texas, as a technical advisor for geoscience applications. Prior to Landmark, he spent 15 years with Shell Oil Co. in seismic acquisition, interpretation, and field development.

Ellis earned a bachelor’s degree in geology with high honors in 1974 from the State University College at Oneonta, New York. In 1975 he was awarded a master’s degree in geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, New York. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the Dallas Geophysical Society and is a Certified Texas Geoscience Professional.

Geographical Experience

  • Algeria
  • Arabian Gulf
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Kurdistan
  • Kuwait
  • Mexico
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • North Sea
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • United States (North Slope of Alaska)
  • Vietnam

Topical Areas of Expertise

  • 3–D interpretation and AVO analysis
  • Pre-stack and post-stack seismic attribute analysis
  • Seismic-stratigraphic analysis
  • Depth conversion and velocity modeling
  • Reserves calculations
  • Prospect evaluation and generation

Major Projects

  • Reserves estimation for fields on six continents.
  • Regional structural mapping on Arabian shelf.
  • Seismic interpretation in deepwater offshore East Africa.
  • Regional mapping and prospect development in Siberia.
  • Prospective resources analysis.
  • Evaluation of exploration areas for bid rounds in Mexico, including regional seismic interpretation, prospect mapping, risk analysis, and identification of exploration opportunities and upside.
  • Use of seismic attributes to calculate reservoir properties.