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dolomites, geoscience, sedimentology, oil, Bakken, stratigraphy


The Upper Devonian-Mississippian Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin is one of the most prolific onshore petroleum systems in the continental U.S., consisting of a middle carbonate-siliciclastic member sandwiched between two organic-rich units, the Lower and Upper Bakken shales. Dr. Egenhoff discusses the formation’s surprising departures from standard stratigraphy models and depositional models which contribute to its unique characteristics.

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Dr. Sven Egenhoff is an Associate Professor of Geosciences at Colorado State University where he was voted CSU Best Teacher in 2012 by students. He was born in Germany and raised in Germany, Iran, and Argentina which helped shape his career path as a geologist. He earned his master’s degree at Heidelberg University in Germany, studying the Italian Dolomites. He was awarded a PhD from Technische University at in Berlin, Germany and his project involved a basin analysis in southern Bolivia. He joined Colorado State University in 2006. Sven is an expert in carbonate and shale sedimentology, basin analysis, and geologic mobility of oil and gas resources.