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Eugene Rankey

Associate Professor in Geology, & Consultant University of Kansas


Dr. Rankey's background includes both industry consulting and the academe. He has worked with Exxon and has had various consultancies since then, and is now a co-lead investigator of a 12-company industrial consortium, with member companies including Shell, Statoil, Pemex, Pioneer Natural Resources, Repsol, ConocoPhillips, BHP Billiton, Devon, Anadarko, Saudi Aramco, Chevron, and Total. More specifically, in terms of consultancies, Dr. Rankey has provided short courses, field short courses, or geological/geophysical consultancy (everything from seismic interpretation to core description to geologic modeling) with the following companies: ExxonMobil, Shell, Pioneer Natural Resources, BHP Billiton, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, and Saudi Aramco.

He is currenlty an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas. His research programs focuses on understanding and quantifying the nature and controls on variability in surface processes and geomorphic forms in modern tropical marine and nearshore carbonate sedimentary systems. To achieve these goals, his work at KU emphasizes field study of modern systems and atolls, where both process (waves, tides, etc.) and product (sediment accumulations) can be observed, and their relations rigorously evaluated and modeled, to develop testable quantitative and conceptual models for the origin of the stratigraphic record of carbonate successions. Recently, the focus has naturally evolved to evaluating the impact of global change on Earth-surface processes in shallow marine and coastal tropical systems, including reefs and tropical coastlines.

Dr. Rankey’s experiences also include integration of geologic data with seismic interpretation, seismic modeling, and seismic attribute analysis, from regions including GOM, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, west Texas, offshore Brazil and Canada. He teaches short courses in seismic interpretation and stratigraphy of carbonate successions as well.


Industry Training include providing workshops, classes and short courses in seismic interpretation of carbonate successions, carbonate depositional systems, carbonate and siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy, and modern carbonate field geology for ExxonMobil, Shell, BHPBilliton, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Schlumberger, and Saudi Aramco.


• Mississippian Regional Stratigraphy, Midland Basin - SM Energy
• Pennsylvanian Regional Stratigraphy, Southeast Colorado - Pioneer Natural Resources
• Cretaceous (Edwards) Shelf Margins, Pawnee Field and Regional Aspects, South Texas - Pioneer Natural Resources
• Mississippian Regional Exploration, Southeast Colorado - Pioneer Natural Resources
• Miocene Isolated Buildups, South China Sea - BHPBilliton
• Jurassic Regional Seismic Stratigraphy, West Africa - Tullow Oil
• Mississippian Regional Stratigraphy, Midland and Delaware Basins - Pioneer Natural Resources
• Cretaceous Regional Seismic Stratigraphy, West Africa - Tullow Oil
• Jurassic Play Concepts, Eastern GOM - Anadarko Petroleum Corporatin
• Jurassic Regional Seismic Stratigraphy, Eastern GOM - BHPBilliton


  • Rankey, E.C., and Garza-Perez, J.R., 2012, Seascape metrics of shelf-margin reefs and reef sand aprons of Holocene carbonate platforms: Journal of Sedimentary Research, 82, 53-71.
  • Reeder, S.L., and Rankey, E.C., 2009, Controls on morphology and sedimentology of carbonate tidal deltas, Abacos, Bahamas: Marine Geology,
  • Rankey, E.C., and Harris, P.M., 2008, Remote sensing and comparative geomorphology of Holocene carbonate depositional systems: Controls on Carbonate Platform and Reef Development (edited by Jeff Lukasik and J.A. (Toni) Simo) SEPM Special Publication 89, 317-322.
  • Reeder, S.L., and Rankey, E.C., 2008, Relations between sediments and tidal flows in ooid shoals, Bahamas: Journal of Sedimentary
  • Research, 78, 175-186. [Honorable Mention, Outstanding Paper Award 2008]

Summary of his professional achievement:

- American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Lecturer (2008-2009)

- Honorable Mention, Outstanding Paper Award, Journal of Sedimentary Research (2012, with Rodrigo Garza-Perez)