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Stanley "Scott" Birkhead

Stanley "Scott" Birkhead
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Stanley S. Birkhead joined DeGolyer and MacNaughton in 2020 as a petrophysicist, specializing in all stages of petrophysical and geologic integration and interpretation. Prior to joining D&M, Birkhead worked at Kerr McGee, Anadarko Petroleum, and Occidental Petroleum.

Birkhead received his bachelor’s degree in geology in 2001 and his master’s degree in geology in 2005, from Texas A&M University. He was on the leadership team for the Unconventional Resources Special Interest Group (SPWLA affiliated) for several years and has most recently been associated with the Petrophysical Interest Group (AAPG affiliated) as a petrophysical lecturer.

Geographical Experience

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Benin
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • The Falkland Islands
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Newfoundland
  • Nigeria
  • Peru
  • Russian Federation
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leonne
  • South Africa
  • The Gambia
  • Trinidad
  • Tunisia
  • United States

Topical Areas of Expertise

  • Full life cycle petrophysics
  • Log quality control
  • Field studies/geologic integration
  • Low contrast/low resistivity pay
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Core analysis planning/integration
  • Formation pressure interpretation
  • Clastic/carbonate/volcanics/
    multimineral analysis
  • Uncertainty
  • Rock typing
  • Laminated sand/shales
  • Mentoring/training
  • Unconventional reservoirs

Major Projects

Birkhead’s previous work covered a large variety of depositional environments and play types, including unconventional, tight sand, clastics, carbonates, and volcanics.

He was the exploration petrophysicist, and later the development petrophysicist, for Ghana during the West African exploration expansion, which led to work on high-profile exploration wells in Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. These challenging reservoirs included freshwater, laminated sands, variable diagenesis, and perched systems.

Birkhead has co-developed models for several shale gas reservoirs, including the Haynesville, Marcellus, and Eagleford Shales and international work on the Frasnian Shale.

Birkhead was also responsible for the petrophysical work undertaken in Mozambique with the discovery of the world-class Prosperidade field and many exploration wells drilled in the region.