Dr. Paul Mann
Currently Funded Research Projects
- Caribbean basins, tectonics, and hydrocarbons (CBTH): Phase I (2005-2008); Phase II (2008-2011); Phase III (2011-2014). Consortium of twelve US and foreign oil companies funded through August, 2011. The geographic study area of this project extends from the Gulf of Mexico (both US and Mexico sectors), across the Caribbean and northern South America, to northeastern South America and its conjugate margin in Western Africa. For a complete description of the project and a map of the study area and list of current students supported at the University of Houston see our website and newsletters posted at: http://cbth.uh.edu/index.php
- Haiti subsurface imaging project (HASI) (joint with Dr. Robert Stewart). This project follows up on the 2010 NSF Haiti Rapid Response Science Mission and is supported by SEG’s Geophysicists without Borders Program. The project started in in 2012 and will end in 2014. The objective is to use shallow and deep-pentration seismic reflection methods to image and sources of the 2010 Haiti earthquake as several areas along the Enriquillo-Plaintan Garden fault zone.
Other areas of current research interest:
- Tectonic evolution and petroleum of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
- Tertiary tectonics, sedimentation, and petroleum in China
- Tectonic evolution of Kamchatka
- Restraining and releasing bends in active and ancient strike-slip zones
- High-resolution seismic surveys of active faults and submarine slides in the circum-Caribbean area
- Tectonic setting and database of the world's giant oil fields
Recently Completed Research Projects
- BOLIVAR: Crust mantle Interactions During Continental Growth and High Pressure Rock Exhumation at an Oblique Arc Continent Collision Zone: SE Caribbean Margin
NSF - Continental Dynamics (2002-2008)
Co-PI: Gail Christeson
UT MS grad students supported: Trevor Aitken (MS, 2005, now at Devon Energy), David Gorney (MS, 2005, now at Marathon), and Margaret Kroehler (MS, 2007, now at Noble Energy).
- NicLakes: Distinguishing Tectonic Mechanisms of Extension and Forearc Translation Near the Central American Volcanic Arc by High-Resolution Seismic Profiling in Lakes Nicaragua and Managua
NSF MARGINS and Jackson School of Geosciences funded project (2004-2008)
Co-PI: Kirk McIntosh
Post-doctoral researcher supported by NSF and JSG: Sabine Wulf (2006-2008).
UT MS student supported: Justin Funk (MS, 2007, now at Devon Energy)
- Assessing site stability at Caracas Bay, Curacao
Algemeen Pensioenfonds van de Nederlandse Antillen (2007-2008)
Co-PI: Matt Hornbach
Post-doctoral researcher supported by grant and JSG: Sabine Wulf (2007-2008).
UT undergraduate students supported: Rebecca Boon (2007-2008, now PhD student at Penn State)