Short Course

Short Course:

Applications of organic petrography in the North American shale petroleum systems

Sept 22nd, 2017

This full-day course will present a comprehensive examination of organic petrography applications in the North American shale plays, discussing reflectance analysis, fluorescence microscopy, SEM and other micro-spectrometry approaches to characterization of organic matter in shale reservoirs. Petrographic applications will be integrated with observations from programmed pyrolysis to interpret thermal maturity, present-day and original organic matter type, and development of organic porosity. Pros and cons of organic petrographic approaches to shale reservoir characterization will be reviewed in the tight oil plays including the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Niobrara, and shale gas and condensate plays such as the Barnett, Duvernay, Haynesville-Bossier, Marcellus, Utica, and Woodford.


Brian J. Cardott, Oklahoma Geological Survey

Brian is an organic petrologist and coal geologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey where he established the Organic Petrography Laboratory in 1981.  His primary research involves coalbed methane, gas shales, tight oil, and the petrologic characterization of coals, hydrocarbon source rocks, and solid hydrocarbons of Oklahoma.

He has written more than 60 articles and books on coal, coalbed methane, gas shales, tight oil, unconventional energy resources, hydrocarbon source rocks, solid hydrocarbons, organic weathering, and graptolite reflectance.

He is a member of The Society for Organic Petrology (serving as President, 1995-1996), International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (serving as President of the Energy Minerals Division, 2004-2005), Geological Society of America, Oklahoma City Geological Society, and Tulsa Geological Society.

Brian received a B.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois at Urbana (1977) and M.S. in Geology (specialty area in coal petrology) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1981).

Paul Hackley, US Geological Survey

Paul is a Research Geologist at USGS in Reston, Virginia where he manages the USGS Organic Petrology Laboratory.


He received his BA in Geoenvironmental Studies in 1995 from Shippensburg State University, PA, and MSc in Geology in 1999 from George Washington University, Washington, DC. He currently is completing a PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

His experience includes international work on coal deposits and source rocks, and Gulf Coast basin energy resource studies including coalbed methane, coal resource assessment, conventional oil and gas assessment and shale petroleum systems.

His primary research interests are in organic petrology and its application to fossil fuel assessment.

Paul is a member of The Society of Organic Petrology, serving as Secretary, 2006-2011, and as Membership Committee Chair from 2005 to present. He also serves as a Council member in the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology, 2009 to present, as ASTM Subcommittee D05.28 Chairperson for Coal and Coke Petrography, 2008 to present, and as AAPG EMD Vice President 2015-2016. He is a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Society for Sedimentary Geology.