University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jamie Robertson

Salt Creek PetroleumJamie Robertson
MS 1972
PhD 1975
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Geophysical and glaciological research in Antarctica formed the core of my five years of graduate study at UW-Madison after I received a B.S.E. in geological engineering from Princeton University in 1970. The professors, staff and students in the UW Geophysical and Polar Research Center created an energizing and collegial environment for research and course work, and I thoroughly enjoyed three field seasons on the continent of Antarctica.

In 1975, I joined Atlantic Richfield Company (now part of BP plc) and spent twenty-five years in petroleum exploration as an employee of a large company. For the first ten years, I developed new technology in seismic analysis, particularly 3D seismic interpretation of the structure and rock properties of oil and gas reservoirs. I explored for oil and gas inside the United States for five years, and finally spent ten years in international exploration. Some highlights were participating in the 1990’s re-emergence of private company exploration in China, Venezuela and the Caspian Sea and in the 1994 discovery of a giant gas field called Tangguh in the province of Irian Jaya in eastern Indonesia. I volunteered extensively in professional society activities and served a term (1994-95) as president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Following retirement from BP in 2000, I started a consulting company (Rannoch Petroleum) and then co-founded an independent oil and gas company (Salt Creek Petroleum) that takes non-operated working interests in onshore U.S. oil and gas exploration projects. Salt Creek is a “virtual” company run from the home offices of the partners, and I expect to work part-time as a petroleum independent throughout retirement.