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We look forward to seeing you at the following conferences in 2018.

​ •  Pacific Section AAPG - Bakersfield  •  EAGE Copenhagen •  

​•  EAGE Education Days Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and Houston

​•​  Perkins-Rosen Research Conference

Deep-water Depositional Systems of the Taranaki Basin (New Plymouth)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​RECENT PUBLIC WORK




COMMUNITY          •          PHILANTHROPY           •          COLLABORATION

Please join one or more of the excellent short courses at EAGE Copenhagen 2018, and thank you to EAGE and generous sponsorship from ExxonMobil, Maersk Oil, Saudi Aramco, and Aker BP.  Thank you to the San Joaquin Geological Society for co-sponsoring our Fundamentals ​of Deep-water Petroleum Reservoirs course as part of the Pacific Section AAPG Convention in Bakersfield 25-26 April.

We were a proud sponsor of the 67th Annual GCAGS Convention in San Antonio.  Thank you to all our speakers and sponsor ExxonMobil for delivering the excellent Deep Water Symposium focused on deep-water depositional systems and oil and gas E&P.  See you in 2018 in Shreveport!

​Please join one of our new field mapping courses in California and New Zealand with the Black Hills Field Station.

​Check out the excellent work being done at these companies, universities, and professional organizations:

•  Rice University  •  University of Texas at Austin  •  Stanford PIC  •  Denver Geophysical Society  •​  Paradigm  •​  Spectrum  •​  Texas A&M University​  •  Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists  •  Houston Geological Society  •  San Joaquin Geological Society  •  Gulf Coast Section SEPM  •  Tullow Oil  •  Dallas Geological Society  •  New Orleans Geological Society  •  West Texas Geological Society  •  University of Toronto  •​  Baylor University  •​  University of Texas at Dallas  •​  HOT Engineering  •  Imperial College London  •  UC Dublin  •  University of Houston  •  SEG Wavelets  •  EAGE  •  South Texas Geological Society  •  Bureau of Economic Geology  •  Caelus Energy  •  Pioneer Natural Resources  •  Murphy Oil  •  RS Energy  •  Kosmos Energy  •  Houston Energy  •  University of Geneva  •  Shell  •  Barbados National Oil Company  •  INPEX  •  Core Laboratories  •  TOTAL  •  Colorado School of  Mines  •  Anadarko •  Unit Petroleum Company  •  TU Delft  •  Royal Holloway, University of London  •  Zhejiang University  •  Ismar-CNR  •  SIPES San Antonio  •  Stanford Earth Alumni Council  •  LLOG  •  South Dakota School of Mines & Technology  •  Cobalt International Energy  •  Texas Christian University  •  Fort Worth Geological Society  •  Stephens Production Company  •  Aspect Holdings  •  Aramco Services Company  •  Lafayette Geological Society  •  Stephen F. Austin State University  •  Welder Exploration & Production  •  Nye Exploration and Production  •  Lafayette Chapter of SIPES  •  California Resources Corporation  •  Aera Energy  •  Chevron  •  UT Permian Basin  •  Cairn Energy  •  Ghana National Petroleum Corporation  •  Orlen Upstream Limited  •  VBPR  •

Marine Depositional Systems of Southeast France (Annot)

Specializing in clastic reservoirs at a variety of scales.

Jon R. Rotzien is President and Founder of Basin Dynamics.  His expertise is the sedimentology and stratigraphy of deep-water depositional systems, source-to-sink sediment transfer, and basin analysis.  Jon aims to address global challenges in the exploration and production of petroleum, including reservoir presence and quality forecasting in frontier basins, and reservoir connectivity and deliverability.  Prior to his present position at Basin Dynamics, he was an exploration and appraisal geoscientist at BP.  He received a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University and a B.A. degree in Geology from Colorado College.  While pursuing his Ph.D., he earned the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious fellowships awarded to young scientists.  He has published peer-reviewed research papers and scientific conference proceedings pertaining to petroleum geology, reservoir quality, reservoir characterization, sequence stratigraphy, process sedimentology, basin analysis, and geophysics.

Marine Depositional Systems of the Western Irish Namurian Basin (Kilkee)

Know your reservoir.

Basin Dynamics provides innovative geoscience and reservoir characterization solutions dedicated to the global oil and gas industry to quantify geologic risk and associated uncertainty.  The company's core strengths enable operators to replace traditional reservoir description with high resolution data derived from advanced knowledge in reservoir architecture, process sedimentology, depositional systems, and sedimentary basins.  ​​​​


Basin Dynamics was formed to fill a niche in the area of understanding process sedimentology and reservoir architecture in deep-water depositional systems from deltaic environments to basin floor.  The company pioneers methods and services to reduce uncertainty in some of the main risks in oil & gas drilling.  Basin Dynamics offers interpretation services for the global oil and gas industry, conducts original research, and leads training courses for industry professionals.

New Zealand Field Camp

​​Increase your exploration success. 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Basin Dynamics concentrates on delivering its core competencies in the following areas to help you advance your drilling program:

​​Please contact to learn more. 

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Deep-water Depositional Systems of Northern California (Palo Alto, Monterey, Coalinga)

Deep-water Clastic Reservoirs (5-day course)​

SEG Wavelets

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Global geoscience solutions

Basin Dynamics, LLC
Houston, TX 77027


For more information on field courses in 2018-2020, please email

Observation is key.

For years, coarse-scale stratigraphic observation has been sufficient to address industry challenges – especially in deep-water reservoirs.  In E&P drilling today, the specificity of the detailed questions requires higher resolution data.  Basin Dynamics has created multiple platforms to help you quickly, accurately, and precisely characterize and quantify your reservoir.  We want to help you add value by improving your subsurface characterization, reservoir models, and well placement.