James Bryan Tapp
My background is in classical and analytical structural geology, application of numerical techniques to the analysis of structural systems, and in computational structural geology. I have worked on fractured reservoir analysis both using surface studies and numerical approximations. My key research interests at present are in structural inversion, balancing methods in areas of shear strain, as well as fold mechanics and continued work on deformation mechanisms in carbonates over a range of P, T and strain rate conditions. In addition, over the past 15 years, I have developed expertise in applications of spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems in geologic mapping and in petroleum systems analysis, as well as in environmental geology and biogeosciences.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D., Geology, University of Oklahoma, 1983
- M.S., Geology, University of Oklahoma, 1978
- B.S., Geology, University of Oklahoma, 1975
Areas of Research Focus
- Structural Geology: Inversion Structures, Balancing techniques in complex structures, fold analysis, carbonate deformation mechanisms, Finite Element Analysis of geological structures, Structural and
- Tectonic Evolution of Southern Oklahoma, Fractured Reservoirs, Reservoir characterization, Numerical Methods
- Environmental Biogeosciences
- Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis.
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Consultant to several oil companies on Oklahoma Structural and Tectonic history, fractured reservoirs, inversion and balanced cross sections, coal bed methane and applications of GIS in petroleum.
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists (Active)
- American Geophysical Union
- Geological Society of America - Campus Representative
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Tulsa Geological Society