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John D. Pigott, "Dr. P"

John D. Pigott

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, 1981 Northwestern University
M.A., Geological Sciences, 1978, University of Texas
B.A. Zoology (Honors), B.S. Geology, 1974, University of Texas

Office: SEC 944

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Areas of Interest

Pure Science: Eclectic Interest in Global Carbon Cycles, Past, Present, and Future within the Four Spheres* with a focus upon Carbonates

Applied Science: Exploration-Exploitation Geology and Geophysics through Basin Analysis and Seismic Stratigraphy with a focus upon Carbonates

*Lithosphere, Biosphere, Atmosphere, and Hydrosphere


My interests are diverse and yet specialized, distinct while interrelated, fulfilling though insatiable…and my students definitely do not help, as they draw me into various journeys in which each page of their thesis/dissertation represents a prosaic record of a joint ethereal adventure. If you do not find me in my office or lab, then most likely I am at the Equator or Palaeoequator, on top of a mountain or under the sea, doing what I love “Practicing Geology and Geophysics.”

Allow me to elaborate, for as I tell my colleagues:

Lasciate ogne spearanza, voi ch’intrate

Courses Taught

Physical Geology, Seismic Interpretation

Basin Analysis, Carbonate Geology, Chemistry of Natural Systems I, II, Seismic Processing, Sequence Stratigraphy, Seismic Stratigraphy, Advanced Seismic Stratigraphy

Selected Publications

Mackenzie, F.T. and J.D. Pigott, 1981, Tectonic controls of Phanerozoic sedimentary rock cycling: J. Geol. Soc. London, Vol. 138, p. 183-196.Pigott, J.D. and Sattayarak, N., 1993, Aspects of sedimentary basin evolution assessed through tectonic subsidence analysis; Example: Northern Gulf of Thailand, Journal Southeast Asian Earth Sciences, 8, p. 407-420.

Pigott, J.D., 1985, Assessing source maturity in frontier basins: Importance of time, temperature, and tectonics:  Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull., v. 69, no. 8, p. 1269-1274.

Ru, Ke and J.D. Pigott, 1986, Episodic rifting and subsidence in the South China Sea:  Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull., v. 70, p. 1136-1155.

Pigott, J.D. and L.S. Land, 1986, Interstitial water chemistry of Jamaican reef sediment: sulfate reduction and submarine cementation:  Marine Chemistry, v. 20, p. 60-84.

Pigott, J.D., 1988, Coupled ion-selective electrode measurement of aqueous carbonate and bicarbonate ion activities:  Analytical Chemistry, v. 61, p. 638-640.

Cullen, A.B. and J.D. Pigott, 1989, Post-Jurassic tectonic evolution of Papua New Guinea:  Tectonophysics, v. 162, p. 291-302.

Pigott, J.D. and J.E. Laughlin, 1989, Carbon dioxide budget of a modern tropical lagoon:  Proceedings of the Sixth International Coral Reef Symposium, Townsville, Australia, 1988, v. 2, p. 569-575.

Sheu, D.-D., A. Shakur, J.D. Pigott, D.A. Wisenburg, J.A. Brooks, and H. Roy Krouse, 1988, Sulfur and oxygen isotopic compositions of dissolved sulfate in the Orca Basin: Implications for origin of the high-salinity brine and oxidation of sulfides at the brine-seawater interface:  Marine Geology, v. 78, p. 303-310.

Pigott, J.D. and N. Sattayarak, 1993, Aspects of sedimentary basin evolution assessed through tectonic subsidence analysis, example:  Northern Gulf of Thailand, Jour. of Southeast Asian Ear. Sci., 8, #1-4, p. 407-420.

Ramon, J.C., J. Pigott, A. Fajardo, and K. Bayer, 1993, Modelamiento de Cuencas- Un nuevo enfoque en analisis de Cuencas:  Ejemplos en la subcuenca de ortega y el Piedemonte Llanero, Proc. of V. Congreso Colombiano del Petroleo, Santafe de Bogota., p. 69-72.

Pigott, J.D., 1995, A seismic classification scheme for clastic shelf wedges (Deltas), in M.N. Oti and G. Postma, eds. Geology of Deltas, Balkema, Roterdam, p. 17-29.

Anderson, Owen L. and John D. Pigott, 2004, Seismic Technology and Law: Partners or Adversaries? : Proceedings of the 24th Annual Energy and Mineral Law Institute, 1-3 June, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, p 285-434. Energy Mineral Law Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky. 95 pp.

Pigott, John D. and Pigott, Kulwadee L., 2004, Does the Earth Matter? A Geoethical Approach, 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy, Part 2, 218-1, p. 1009.

Pigott, John, Rich, Andrew, Sadek, Ali, Sadek, Sherief, Pigott, Kulwadee, and Gonzalez, Hansel, 2004, A Novel Paleo-Stress Analysis Technique Applied to Gulf of Suez Outcrops:  Signal Processing of Fracture Datra, Abstract, 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy, Part 1, 138-9, p. 628-629.

Pigott, John D., and Harn, Jr., David L., 2004, Hindcasting Offshore Gulf of Mexico Reserves Through Monte Carlo Continuous, Monte Carlo Discrete, and Fuzzy Arithmetic Risk Analysis, Abstr., AAPG Annual Meeting, April 18-21, 2004 Dallas, Texas,  Bulletin Vol. 88 (2004), No. 13 (Supplement).

Metwalli, Farouk I., and John D. Pigott, 2005, Petroleum System Criticals of the Matruh-Shushan Basin, Western Desert, Egypt, Journal of Petroleum Geology, Vol 11, p. 157-178.

Radivojevic, Dejan and John D. Pigott, 2010, Seismic Stratigraphic Based Chronostratigraphy (SSBC) of the Serbian Banat Region of the Basin (Pannonian Basin), Central European Journal of Geosciences, 2(4), p 481-500.

Pigott, John D., Moo-Hee Kang, Hyun-Chul Han, 2013, First Order Seismic Attributes for Clastic Seismic Facies Interpretation: Examples from the East China Sea, Journal of Asian Earth Science, v10, p. 34-54.

Pigott, John D., and Abdel-Fattah,Mohamed I., 2014, Seismic Stratigraphy of the Messinian Nile Delta Coastal Plain: Recognition of the Fluvial Regressive Systems Tract and its Potential for Hydrocarbon Exploration, Journal of African Earth Sciences 95, p. 9-21.

Zhou, Yong, Youliang Ji, John D. Pigott, Qi’an Meng, and Lu Wan, 2014, Tectono-stratigraphy of Lower Cretaceous Tanan-sub-basin, Tamtsag Basin, Mongolia: Sequence architecture, depositional systems and controls on sediment fill, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v49, p. 176-202.

Pigott, John D. and Bradley, Bryant W., 2014, Application of production decline curve analysis to clastic reservoir facies characterization within a sequence stratigraphic framework: Example- Frio Formation, South Texas, GCAGS Journal, Vol 3, p. 112-133.

Zhou, Yong, Youliang Ji, John D. Pigott, Qi’an Meng, and Lu Wan, 2014, Tectono-stratigraphy of Lower Cretaceous Tanan-sub-basin, Tamtsag Basin, Mongolia: Sequence architecture, depositional systems and controls on sediment fill, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v49, p. 176-202.

Pigott, John D. and Mohamed O. Abouelresh, 2016, Basin deconstruction-construction: Seeking thermal-tectonic consistency through the integration of geochemical thermal indicators and seismic fault mechanical stratigraphy- Example from Faras Field, North Western Desert, Egypt, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 114, p. 110-124.

Crosby, Charles B., John D. Pigott, and Kulwadee L. Pigott, 2017, Bone Spring Formation High Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy, Northern Delaware Basin, Eddy and Lea Counties, New Mexico, AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Houston, TX.

Abdel-Fattah, Mohamed I., John D. Pigott, and Zakaria M. Abd-Allah, 2017, Integrative 1D-2D Basin Modeling of the Cretaceous Beni Suef Basin, Western Desert, Egypt, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 153, p. 297.

Harouna, M., J.D. Pigott, and R.P. Philp, 2017, Burial History and Thermal Maturity Evolution of the Termit Basin, Niger, Journal of Petroleum Geology, Vol. 40 (3), p. 277-297.

Pigott, John D., Rui Zhai, Matthew P. Lynch, Cyril S. Frazier, Tyler W. Bickley, Kulwadee L. Pigott, and Esra Yalcin, 2021, 3D Seismic geomorphology and sequence stratigraphy of the Northern Delaware Basin Bone Spring Formation: Constraint from deepwater bipartite petrophysical motifs, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Global Super Basins Leadership Conference, 25-26 January, 2021.

Buist, Carl,  Heather Bedle, Matthew Rine, and John Pigott , 2021, Enhancing paleoreef reservoir characterization through machine learning and multi-attribute seismic analysis: Silurian reef examples from the Michigan Basin, Geosciences 2021, 11, 142.

Caf, Abidin B. and John D. Pigott, 2021, Dolomitization geometry and reservoir quality from supervised Bayesian classification and probabilistic neural networks: Midland Basin Leonardian Wichita and Clear Fork Formations, Interpretation,

Pigott, John D., Kulwadee L. Pigott, and Jerry Zhai, 2021, Frontier offshore carbon dioxide sequestration exploration: Integration of basin analysis and seismic stratigraphy - example U.S. Atlantic, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Conference, 23-25 March, 2021.

Pigott, John D., Kristina D.A. Mojica, and Kulwadee L. Pigott, 2022, Pulsing the Biological Pump in the Oligotrophic Gulf of Mexico: A Model for Atmospheric Carbon Capture through the Oceanic Reclamation of Nutrients, Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022, Honolulu, Hawaii.