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Dr. Joseph Carl Fiduk, 2018 Distinguished Service Award

fidukThe Gulf Coast Section SEPM Distinguished Service Award for 2018 is given to Dr. Joseph Carl Fiduk, owner of Fiduk Consulting, LLC, in Houston, Texas.

Carl Fiduk is presently an independent consultant and owner of Fiduk Consulting, LLC. He has 36 years of combined exploration, production, research, service-company, and private consulting experience in the petroleum industry and academia. He earned his BA and MS in geology from the University of Florida, an MBA from The University of Texas Permian Basin, and a PhD in geology and geophysics from The University of Texas at Austin. Carl has previously been an explorationist at Gulf Oil, BP, and Freeport McMoRan, a researcher at the Bureau of Economic Geology and the University of Colorado, and the Chief Geologist at CGG, CGGVeritas, and WesternGeco. He might be best described as a "jack of all trades." At various times he has been employed as either a geophysicist or a geologist. He has done everything from prospect generation to regional seismic mapping, from modeling petroleum systems to detailed sequence stratigraphic analysis, from 2D structural restorations to seismic project management, from mentoring young professionals to teaching industry training classes, and much in between. To his consulting clients he provides expertise in petroleum exploration, salt tectonics, marine depositional processes, basin analysis, seismic interpretation, seismic processing, and structural geology. He has explored in almost all the major salt basins of the world. He has published just over 100 peer-reviewed abstracts/papers and is a past AAPG Distinguished Lecturer.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to those members who have given significantly of their time to support the activities of the Section or Foundation. Carl’s scientific contributions to the GCSSEPM and its members extend back for more than 20 years. Starting in 1995, Carl and his co-authors began presenting exceptional papers at the annual conference that have addressed topics such as the origin of the Perdido Fold Belt, salt kinematics, and source-rock potential of the Gulf of Mexico. He was elected to the Executive Council in 2013 as president elect, becoming president in 2014 and past president in 2015. He has consistently helped with fundraising for the annual meeting, both through helping to secure corporate sponsorship and through making personal contributions. In 2014, Carl joined Bruce Hart as a co-instructor on an Introduction to Seismic Interpretation course that has since been offered, pro bono, to more than 150 graduate students from universities in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. Whether it be through his professional activities, or curating the Section’s digital publications in his garage, Carl has truly given significantly of his time to support the GCSSEPM.

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