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Robert J. Gillis

Robert J. Gillis

Structural geology, geologic mapping, thermochronology

Education and/or Training

M.S. 2005, University of California, Los Angeles (Geology)
B.S. 2001, University of Arizona (Geology)

Projects and/or Research Interests

I serve as the manager of the Cook Inlet Basin Analysis Program and co-manager of the Interior Basins Program at the State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS), for which we conduct field-based stratigraphic, structural, petrologic, and petroleum systems studies to assess the hydrocarbon potential of Alaska's sedimentary basins and reconstruct their geologic histories. My research interests center on the application of geologic mapping, interpretation of map-scale structural geometries, outcrop structural kinematics, and thermochronology to understand how basin margins deform over time, the implications for basin subsidence, and the evolution of potential structural hydrocarbon traps. These results are integrated with results of DGGS stratigraphic field studies to develop source-to-sink histories of prospective and potentially prospective hydrocarbon basins.

My work in Alaska has been focused in the Cook Inlet basin, North Slope and northern foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska Peninsula, and Susitna and Tanana/Nenana basins. I have also led, or collaborated on geologic research projects in Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Iran, and southern Mexico.

Professional Experience

2006-present, Geologist, State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2005-2006, Operations geologist, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Anchorage, AK

Selected Professional Activities

2012-present, Affiliate Faculty, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Geology and Geophysics Dept.
Member, Geological Society of America
Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

2001, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona
2000, Evans B. Mayo Award, outstanding achievement, geology field camp, University of Arizona

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

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