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C. Robertson Handford, Ph.D.

High-resolution sequence stratigraphy, Depositional facies analysis, Training

1976    Louisiana State Univ., Ph.D., in Geology.
1969    Univ. of Arkansas, M.S., in Geology
1969    Northeast Louisian College, B.S. in Gelogy



Computer Skills:

Canvas, Photoshop,Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Deltagraph, Stratworks, Seisworks

Carbonate geologist with 25 years experience

Strata-Search, LLC
Bureau of Economic Geology
ARCO Exploration and Production Tech.
University of Arkansas
Amoco Production Company
Louisiana Geological Survey
Bureau of Economic Geology
Union Oil Co. of California
North America, Central America, and South America, to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and Southeast Asia

1999- present Strata-Search, LLC, USA

Consultant. Clients included : Saudi Aramco to develop a high-resolution sequence stratigraphic framework for the worlds greatest reservoir (Arab-D carbonates) in the worlds largest field (Ghawar Field) and the surrounding area. In addition, he recently completed an investigation into the high-resolution sequence stratigraphy of Miocene alluvial fan to shoreface clastics in the Vienna Basin, Austria and Cretaceous carbonate and Tertiary siliciclastic reservoirs in Venezuela.,


  • Regional stratigraphy and depositional facies of the Arab-D Member, Saudi Arabia
  • Depositional facies and high-resolution sequence stratigraphy of the Arab-D Formation, Ghawar Field, Saudi Arabia
  • High-frequency sequences and stacking patterns of Miocene fan-delta and shoreface sandstones, Matzen Field, Vienna Basin, Austria
  • Depositional facies and sequence stratigraphy of Cretaceous braided fluvial to tide-dominated estuarine clastics, Castilla Field, Llanos Basin, Colombia
  • High-resolution sequence stratigraphy of Misoa-C sands (Tertiary), Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Reservoir characterization of Cretaceous carbonates in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Modern and ancient karst/cave collapse features and their application to exploration in paleokarst reservoirs
  • High-resolution sequence stratigraphy and reservoir characterization of Pennsylvanian carbonate reservoirs, Cogdell Field of the Horseshoe Atoll, west Texas
  • High-resolution sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology of Cretaceous estuarine and incised valley deposits, Apure-Apiay fields, Llanos Basin, Colombia
  • Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of Jurassic shoreface and desert-plain siliciclastic reservoirs (Haynesville Fm.), south Alabama
  • Seismic sequence stratigraphy of Oligocene-Miocene basin-floor to slope-fan siliciclastic turbidites and platform-basinal carbonates, lower Magdalena River Valley, Colombia


  • Regional seismic sequence stratigraphy, depositional systems, and stratigraphic trap potential of Cretaceous shoreface and incised valley siliciclastic facies of the hydrocarbon-bearing Caballos and Villeta Formations, Putumayo Basin, Colombia, South America
  • Seismic sequence stratigraphy of gas-bearing Plio-Pleistocene carbonates and siliciclastic mud-dominated and slumped shelf edges, Java Sea, Indonesia
  • Seismic sequence stratigraphy of prospective Eocene carbonate buildups, Java Sea, Indonesia
  • Seismic sequence stratigraphy of carbonate platform margins and associated deep-water slope and basin deposits - Permian System, Midland Basin, Texas
  • Seismic sequence stratigraphy of Jurassic-Cretaceous shelf edges, Louisiana and Texas
  • Sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology of Mississippian oolitic grainstone reservoirs, Big Bow Field, Kansas
  • Sedimentology of Cretaceous braided stream deposits of the Turkana Grits, northern Kenya
  • Sedimentology and seismic sequence stratigraphy of Permian slope-basin clastic and carbonate facies, Bone Spring Formation, Delaware Basin, New Mexico
  • Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of Mississippian carbonate eolianites and fluvial siliciclastics, Kansas
  • Sedimentology of modern evaporite deposits, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
  • Sedimentology of shallow-marine, mixed clastic and carbonate facies of middle Ordovician age, Arkansas
  • Sedimentary facies of Permian carbonates, Khorat Plateau, Thailand
  • Sedimentary facies and diagenesis of Lower Cretaceous carbonates, Sharjah, U.A.E.
  • Modern supratidal and distal alluvial fan sedimentation, northwest Gulf of California, Baja, Mexico
  • Alluvial fan to playa sedimentation and evaporite sedimentology, Bristol Dry Lake, California
  • Lower Permian facies tracts and evolution of carbonate shelf margins, Palo Duro Basin, Texas
  • Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of shoreface siliciclastic facies of the Simpson Group, southern Oklahoma
  • Sedimentology and geochemistry of Permian evaporites, Palo Duro Basin, Texas
  • Sedimentology of Miocene deep-water carbonate reservoirs and associated evaporites, Gulf of Suez, Egypt
  • Origin of pisolites and teepees, Lake MacLeod evaporite basin, Western Australia
  • Deep-water facies and stratigraphy of Spraberry-Dean formations (Permian), Midland Basin, Texas
  • Sedimentology and diagenesis of Lower Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs, Guatemala
  • Seismic sequence stratigraphy of Cretaceous System, Gabon


  • SEPM Honorable Mention for best paper published in Journal of Sedimentary Research in 1995. Title - "Baselap patterns and the recognition of lowstand exposure and drowning - a Mississippian ramp example and its seismic signature"
  • AAPG Distinguished Lecturer on carbonate stratigraphy for 1995-96
  • SEPM Excellence of Presentation Award and second runner-up for AAPG Jules Braunstein Memorial Award for best poster-session paper at 1991 AAPG Annual Convention, Dallas. Paper was entitled "Unique signature of carbonate strata and the development of depositional sequence and systems tract models for ramps, rimmed shelves, and detached platforms."
  • SEPM Excellence of Presentation Honorable Mention, 1987 SEPM Mid-year Meeting, Austin for talk entitled "Halite depositional fabrics in solar salt ponds, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles."
  • SEPM Excellence of Presentation Award for 1981 GCAGS meeting, Corpus Christi for talk entitled "Genetic characterization of modern and ancient sabkha systems."
  • SEPM Excellence of Presentation Award for 1979 Annual Meeting, Houston for talk entitled "Lower Permian facies tracts and evolution of carbonate shelf margins, Palo Duro Basin, Texas Panhandle."


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