John R. Dribus

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John R. Dribus

Global Geology Advisor
Schlumberger's Reservoir Characterization Group

John Dribus is the Global Geosciences Advisor for Schlumberger Oil Field Services. He is a Reservoir Geologist with over 40 years’ experience, and has worked all aspects of petroleum exploration, exploitation, and production geology. He worked five years as a uranium field geologist, and then 20 years for Mobil Oil Corporation as a petroleum geologist, including 14 years working the deep water Gulf of Mexico and subsalt province, and managing their Gulf of Mexico Geologic Risk Analysis team.

He has worked the past 17 years for Schlumberger as Northern Gulf of Mexico Data and Consulting Services Manager, and as the Global Geologic Advisor for exploration. He has worked deep water basins on both sides of the Atlantic margin from Western Greenland to the Malvinas/Falkland Island Basins, and also in the Black, Mediterranean, and Red Seas.

His primary focus has been on understanding the petroleum system characteristics of turbidite reservoirs and seals, and pre-salt and subsalt carbonates and carbonate diagenesis. His expertise is in exploration, clastic and carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, petroleum systems analysis, exploring in salt basins, sea floor and salt-related hazards, and geological risk analysis.

He is the former Chairman of the Advisory Broad of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Delta Chapter, serves on the Imperial Barrel Award Committee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and is a member of the AAPG (30 years), New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS), Houston Geological Society (HGS), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).

In 2013, he was recognized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers with the Eastern North America Region Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award. In 2014, he was an invited speaker at the AAPG Discovery Thinking and Playmaker Forums, and received the Meritorious Service Award from the American Petroleum Institute (API) Delta Section. In 2017 he was recognized by the AAPG as an AAPG Heritage Geologist at the 100th Annual Convention in Houston.


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