William MorganCarbonate Sedimentology
Depositional facies, stratigraphy, and diagenesis of carbonate successions as they relate to petroleum reservoirs have been the main topics of research during my years in the petroleum industry. During that time, I was fortunate to work on a wide variety of carbonate systems, ranging from Cambrian to recent, in many basins, including:
Africa: offshore West African subsalt; Libya (Sirt basin); Morocco
Australasia: Australia (Carnarvon basin); Papua New Guinea
Caribbean: Bahamas; Cuba
Europe: France (Aquitaine, Paris basins); Italy (Adriatic); North Sea
Former Soviet Union: Black Sea; Timan Pechora basin
India: Cauvery, Krishna-Godavari (KV) basins
Middle East: Cyprus; Iraq; Kuwait; Lebanon; Saudi Arabia; Qatar
North America: Anadarko, Big Horn, Gulf Coast, Paradox, Permian, Powder River, Williston basins; Scotian Shelf
South America: Brazil (Campos, Santos subsalt basins); Venezuela (Gulf of Paria)
Southeast Asia: Indonesia (East Java, South Sumatra, basins); Philippines; Vietnam (Cuu Long, Nam Con Son basins)
I will be co-teaching Carbonate Geology 731 with Shanan Peters. While working in industry, I taught numerous carbonate geology classes and led field trips to the Pleistocene and recent of the Bahamas and British West Indies, Permian of the Guadalupe Mountains, Mississippian and Pennsylvanian of the Sacramento Mountains, and the Cambrian and Cretaceous of central Texas.
I have enjoyed serving on and chairing several committees, as well as being program chair for conferences and research symposia for The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), The Geological Society of London, and the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM). I have been an associate editor of the AAPG Bulletin and served as President of the Mid Continent Section of SEPM, and Secretary-Treasurer and President of the national SEPM. I have also served as Treasurer of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents and as a member and chair of the Board of Visitors for the UW Department of Geoscience.
Honors include: The Robert H. Dott, Sr. Memorial Award (Best AAPG Special Publication, 2003), SEPM Honorary Membership (2009), AAPG Distinguished Service Award (2012), Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Geoscience Distinguished Alumnus Award (2015).
I am a licensed professional geologist by the Texas Board of Professional Geologists (License 1519) and the Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists (License PG-760).
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Morgan, W.A.,1980, Euxinic Early Permian sedimentation in the Cassia Basin of southern Idaho, in T.D. Fouch and E.R. Magathan (eds.), Paleozoic Paleogeography of west-central United States: Rocky Mountain Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, p. 305-326.
Morgan, W.A., Schneider, R.E., and Copley, J.H., 1982, Identification of subtle porosity and traps within the Frisco Formation (Devonian, Hunton Group); Canadian County, Oklahoma: a geologic, seismic-waveform approach, in M.T. Halbouty (ed.), The deliberate search for the subtle trap: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 32, p. 93-114.
Mytton, J., Morgan, W.A., and Wardlaw, B.R., 1983, Stratigraphic relations of Permian units, Cassia Mountains, Idaho, in D.M. Miller, V.R. Todd, and K.A. Howard (eds.), Tectonic and stratigraphic studies in the eastern Great Basin: Geological Society of America Memoir 157, p. 281-303.
Morgan, W.A., 1985, Silurian reservoirs in upward-shoaling cycles of the Hunton Group, Mt. Everette and Southwest Reeding fields, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, in P.O. Roehl and P.W. Choquette (eds.), Carbonate petroleum reservoirs: New York, Springer-Verlag, p.107-120.
Morgan, W.A., and Babcock, J.A. (eds.), 1988, Permian rocks of the Midcontinent: Midcontinent Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Special Publication 1, 224 p.
Young, Susan W., Caamano, Edward, Jackson, Darron B., Morgan, William A., Sheedlo, Mark K., and Ahr, Wayne M., 1998, North Dakota’s Lodgepole play: a look at the reservoir and producing characteristics: Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE 39804, 15 p.
Downey, Marlan W., Threet, Jack C., and Morgan, William A. (eds.), 2001, Petroleum provinces of the 21st century, Pratt II Conference: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 74, 573 p.
Ahr, Wayne M., Harris, Paul. M., Morgan, William A., and Sommerville, Ian, 2003, Permo-Carboniferous Carbonate Platforms and Reefs: SEPM Special Publication 78/ AAPG Memoir 83, 414 p.
Maynard, Keith and Morgan, William A., 2005, Appraisal of a complex platform carbonate, Bukit Tua discovery, Ketapang Block, East Java Basin, Indonesia: Indonesian Petroleum Association 30th Annual Convention and Exhibition, p.
Morgan, William A., 2008, Holocene Sediments of Northern and Western Caicos Platform, British West Indies, in, Morgan, William .A. and Harris, P.M. (eds.), Workshop on Developing Models and Analogs for Isolated Carbonate Platforms – Holocene and Pleistocene Carbonates of Caicos Platform, British West Indies: SEPM Short Course, p. 75-104.
Morgan, William A. and Harris, P.M. (eds.), 2008, Developing Models and Analogs for Isolated Carbonate Platforms – Holocene and Pleistocene Carbonates of Caicos Platform, British West Indies: SEPM Core Workshop 22, 213 p.
Morgan, William A, 2008, Potential underexplored plays in Paleocene carbonates of the Sirt basin, Libya, in Geology of Southern Libya, 4th Libya Basins Symposium Abstracts, and p. 70.
Morgan, William A, Mitchell, Raymond W III, Snow, John H., Kuvaev, Igor, and Swirydczuk, Krystyna, 2009, Stratigraphic Partitioning of Lower Permian Carbonate Reservoir Facies at Yuzhno Khilchuyu (YK) Field, Timan Pechora Basin, Russia – Integrating Sequence Stratigraphic, Biostratigraphic, Geochemical, and Seismic Inversion Data for Improved Reservoir Prediction: American Association of Petroleum Geologists 2009 Annual Convention Program, p. 148.
Mancini, Ernest A., Ahr, Wayne A., Purcell, William C., and Morgan, William A, eds., 2010, Microbial Carbonate Reservoirs: American Association of Petroleum Geologists/Datapages Getting Started Series No. 19, CD-Rom/Adobe PDF.
Morgan, William A., George, Annette D., Harris, Paul M. (Mitch), Kupecz, Julie A., and Sarg, J.F. (Rick), 2010, Cenozoic carbonate systems of Australasia – introduction and perspectives, in Morgan, William A., George, Annette D., Harris, Paul M. (Mitch), Kupecz, Julie A., and Sarg, J.F. (Rick), eds., Cenozoic Carbonate Systems of Australasia: Society for Sedimentary Geology, Special Publication 95, p.
Ahr, Wayne M., Droxler, André W., and Morgan, William A., 2011, Microbial Carbonates in the Upper Cambrian of Central Texas: Houston Geological Society AAPG/SEPM Post-Convention Field Trip 9, 44 p.
Morgan, William A., 2012, Sequence Stratigraphy of the Great American Carbonate Bank, in, Derby, James R., Fritz, Richard D, Longacre, Susan A., Morgan, William A., and Sternbach, Charles A., eds., The Great American Carbonate Bank: Geology and Economic Resources of the Cambrian–Ordovician Sauk Sequence of Laurentia: AAPG Memoir 98, p 37-82.
McNeill, Donald F., Klaus, James S., O’Connell, Laura A., Coates, Anthony G., and Morgan, William A., 2013, Depositional Sequences And Stratigraphy of the Colón Carbonate Platform: Bocas Del Toro Archipelago, Panama: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 83, no.2, p. 183-195.
Mancini, Earnest A., Morgan, William A., Harris, Paul M. (Mitch), and Parcell, William C., 2013, Introduction to Microbial Carbonates, in, Mancini, Earnest A., Morgan, William A., Harris, Paul M. (Mitch), and Parcell, William C., (eds.), Microbial Carbonates, A Hedberg Conference Issue: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 97, no. 11, p.1835-1847.
Bosence, D. W. J., K. A. Gibbons, D. P. Le Heron, W. A. Morgan, T. Pritchard and B. A. Vining, 2015, Microbial Carbonates in Space and Time: introduction, in, Bosence, D. W. J., K. A. Gibbons, D. P. Le Heron, W. A. Morgan, T. Pritchard and B. A. Vining, eds., 2015, Microbial Carbonates in Space and Time: Implications for Global Exploration and Production: Geological Society of London Special Publications 418, p. 1-15.