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Dr. Richard Denne

Dr. Richard Denne
Professor of Professional Practice, Hunter Enis Chair in Petroleum Geology Direct: 817.257.4423
B.S. with Honors University of Iowa, 1985 Geology Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 1990 Geology

Background and Research Interests


I have worked as a geologist in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years, working with integrated teams in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons from deep-water basins across the globe, including the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, and the North Sea.  Recently, I have also been heavily involved in unconventional shale plays, particularly the Haynesville and Eagle Ford of Texas.  I began my career at Exxon, and was at Marathon Oil prior to coming to TCU, where I was the corporate Biostratigraphy Subject Matter Expert with oversight of the application and integration of biostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy in unconventional shale, deep-water, and carbonate plays.


My specialty is using biostratigraphy and geochemistry to resolve the sequence stratigraphy, paleoenvironment, and paleoceanography of hydrocarbon reservoirs and source-rocks.  My expertise is in the biostratigraphic application of microfossils such as calcareous nannofossils and foraminifera, but I also work with log data, stable isotopes, bulk geochemical data, and other fossil groups.


My current research is focused on depositional systems that have produced organic-rich rocks, especially those from the Cretaceous of Texas and the Eagle Ford / Woodbine system in particular.  I have also published on the results of several studies on the effects of the end- Cretaceous Chicxulub bolide impact on the Gulf of Mexico and plan to continue that work.