Janok Bhattacharya - University of Houston
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Janok Bhattacharya

Janok Bhattacharya

Janok Bhattacharya

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UH Research Professor of Sequence Stratigraphy
Professor, School of Geography & Earth Science, McMaster University, Canada

Ph.D. 1989 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
B.Sc. 1981 Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Phone: (713) 893-1290

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Research Interests

My general research program is mostly focused on investigating the sequence stratigraphy and 3D facies architecture of shallow marine, paralic, and fluvial depositional systems. Although much industry exploration effort is currently focused on deepwater depositional systems, about 50% of global oil production is currently from shallow marine, paralic and fluvial strata. Despite the continued importance of these reservoir types, ours is one of the only research programs devoted to this important area.

I am also investigating the interrelationships between structure and stratigraphy as a paired process. Specific projects are aimed at examining the effects of meso-scale tectonic structure on high-frequency sequence stratigraphic architecture in foreland basins and the relationship between sedimentation processes and formation of growth faults associated with deltaic depositional systems.

My research program is founded on the fundamentals of sedimentology, fieldwork, facies analysis, and sequence stratigraphy. Our program also crosses the boundaries between geophysics and engineering disciplines and provides an important environment for teamwork and integration that we believe provides a model for industry.

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Currently I teach the following courses:

  • Sequence Stratigraphy (GEOL 6380) - Graduate course in sequence stratigraphy, including historical overview, seismic stratigraphy and application to outcrop, core and well logs.
  • Rivers and Deltas (GEOL 6397), Examination of modern processes and translation into ancient counterparts of river and delta deposits. The emphasis of the course is on reading the primary literature on rivers and deltas, as well as course lectures and writing assignments.
  • Introduction to Petroleum Geology (GEOL 4382) - Fundamentals of petroleum geology; source rock, reservoir, and trap studies. Practical exploration methods such as subsurface stratigraphy and mapping.
  • Principles of Stratigraphy (GEOL 3550) This course provides an overview of the fields of sedimentology and stratigraphy.

I also teach short courses in rivers, deltas, sequence stratigraphy and petroleum geology. My UH courses can be accessed through VNET.

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