Marc B. Edwards, GCSSEPM Honorary Member
Marc began his career in science back in 1961, when he attended the Bronx Science High School. This was the first and probably one of the most famous "magnet schools," created to attract the best and the brightest future scientists in the New York area. He graduated in 1964 and went to City College of New York. He actually began with a strong interest in hard rock geology, but shifted to stratigraphy and sedimentology during his tenure there. Marc received his B.S. in geology in 1968 and immediately went to Oxford University to purse his Ph.D. At Oxford, he was privileged to work for one of the top sedimentologists in the world, Dr. Harold Reading. Through a study of basin analysis, stratigraphy and sedimentology, he reconstructed the Upper Proterozoic glaciation of a northern province on Norway called Finnmark as his Ph.D. research.
After completing his Ph.D. in 1972, Marc went to work for the Norwegian Polar Institute (Norsk Polarinstitutt) in Oslo. The Norwegian sector of the North Sea had only recently been established as commercially significant, and Statoil did not yet exist. He was hired as a member of "The Barents Sea Project," a joint effort between the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Continental Shelf Institute. He evaluated sediments scraped off the bottom of the Norwegian continental shelf, and interpreted their significance. Marc also participated in fieldwork on Svalbard (Spitsbergen), which attempted to extrapolate the geology of this area to the surrounding submerged area of the Barents Shelf. Along with four other geoscientists, he measured key Mesozoic sections for depositional environments, paleocurrents, and sandstone petrography. They also collected reference materials for the micropaleontologic dating of these sections that would then be related to other sections in the North Sea and other Arctic areas. The expedition discovered the footprints that represented the first evidence for carnivorous dinosaurs in Svalbard. Marc left sunny Norway and joined the Bureau of Economic Geology in 1978. It was there he began a life-long love affair with Paleogene geology of the Gulf Coast. He was put on a Gas Research Institute (GRI) grant to study geopressured-geothermal energy in the Gulf Coast Tertiary section. This led to Marc publishing one of the key papers on the geology of the Upper Wilcox in 1981, entitled: Upper Wilcox Rosita Delta system in South Texas: Growth-Faulted Shelf Edge Deltas. Marc received the Cam Sproule award from AAPG for this paper.
Marc left the BEG in 1982 and became an independent consultant. He began his career in consulting by putting together a course on correlation of well logs in the growth-faulted region of the Gulf Coast. This course was sponsored by AAPG and was taught throughout the United States, in Mexico, and in Nigeria. Marc also began doing regional studies of Gulf Coast strata. He teamed up with Lloyd Tuttle, a micropaleontologist, to complete two studies in the Yegua Formation one in the Miocene of south Louisiana and most recently two regional studies of the Wilcox Group. The Yegua studies were completed in the late 80s and were so popular that they earned Marc the nickname, Mr. Yegua. During a large portion of the last ten years Marc has spent most of his time completing proprietary projects for various oil and gas companies, service companies and National oil companies. These include: Frio Formation, Yegua and Wilcox throughout the Texas Gulf Coast, Deep-water Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Basin, Burgos Basin of Mexico, Boqueron Field in Venezuela, Brazil, T ertiary Chicontepec in Mexico, Lake Maracaibo field studies in Venezeula, and Matzen Field in the Vienna Basin.
Marc married his present wife, Deanne, in 1990. He has two children Saul, 23 and Lynnea, 21 from a previous marriage. He was awarded custody of his children and raised them (part of the time as a single parent) while working as a consultant. He has also helped to raise Deanne's child Andrew, 19, from a previous marriage, Saul works for Sun Microsystems in San Francisco where as Marc says: "He makes more money than me." Lynnea is a student at North Texas State University in Denton where she majors in music. Andrew is a student at Washington University in St. Louis and is also music major. Marc himself is an accomplished pianist and a fair auto mechanic. He is very proud of the fact that he has kept his 1977 Honda "running like a top" for God knows how many miles.