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Dr. Xiangyang 'Cheyenne' Xie

Xiangyang Xie
Associate Professor Direct: (817) 257-4395
BS Lanzhou University, China, 1992 Geology MS Northwest University, China, 1996 Petroleum Geology Ph.D. University of Wyoming, 2007 Geology

Research Interests and Primary Goals

My research interests focuses on:

  1. reservoir characterization and modeling
  2. basin analysis and sequence architecture
  3. regional tectonics and sedimentation.

My primary goals include:

  • combining outcrop and subsurface data to document sandstone reservoir characteristics, quality, and potential
  • using multidisciplinary approach to understand tectonic processes impact and control to basin evolution and stratigraphy.

Some of my projects include:

  • 2D/3D seismic interpretation
  • well log interpretation and correlation
  • outcrop measurements, sandstone petrology
  • geostatistical analysis and reservoir stochastic modeling
  • depositional systems and facies analysis
  • subsidence analysis and basin modeling
  • provenance studies
  • U-Pb zircon geochronology
  • field mapping
  • GIS.

Recent Publications

  • Xie, Xiangyang, Heller, Paul, 2009. Plate tectonics and basin subsidence history, GSA Bulletin, January, Vol. 121, No.1-2, p. 55-64.
  • Xie, Xiangyang, Mann, Paul, Escalona, Alejandro, 2010. Provenance, tectonics, and paleogeography reconstructions: Eocene northern South America constrained by U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, March, Vol. 291, No.1-4, p. 159-171
  • Jiang, S., Wang, H., Cai, D., Xie, Xiangyang, Guo, H., 2011. Characteristics of the Tan-Lu Strike-Slip Fault and its Controls on Hydrocarbon Accumulation in the Liaodong Bay Sub-Basin, Bohai Bay Basin, China, Advances in Petroleum Exploration and Development, December, Vol.2, No.2, p. 1-11
  • Xie, Xiangyang, Heller, Paul L., 2013. U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology and its implications: The early Late Triassic Yanchang Formation, south Ordos Basin, China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, March, Vol. 64, p. 86-98.
  • Xie, Xiangyang, Mann, Paul, 2014. U-Pb detrital zircon age patterns of Cenozoic clastic sedimentary rocks in Trinidad and its implications. Sedimentary Geology, June, Vol. 307, p. 7-16.
  • Xie, Xiangyang, 2016. Provenance and sediment dispersal of the Triassic Yanchang Formation, southwest Ordos Basin, China, and its implications. Sedimentary Geology, Vol. 335, p. 1-16.
  • Xie, Xiangyang, Cains, Will, Walter, Manger L., 2016, U-Pb Detrital Zircon Evidence of Transcontinental Sediment Dispersal: Provenance of Late Mississippian Wedington Sandstone member, NW Arkansas. International Geology Review, Vol. 58, p. 1951-1966.
  • Xie, Xiangyang, O’Connor, Patrick, Alsleben, Helge, 2016, Carboniferous sediment dispersal in the Appalachian-Ouachita juncture: Provenance of selected late Mississippian sandstones in the Black Warrior Basin, Mississippi, United States. Sedimentary Geology, Vol. 342, p. 191-201.

Supervised Graduate Students (2010 to present)

  • Taylor Friesenhahn, MS student at the University of Arkansas, 2010-2012, employed with ConocoPhillips Houston office
  • Elvis Bello, MS student at the University of Arkansas, current PhD candidate at the University of Arkansas
  • Brett Whitman, MS student at the University of Arkansas, 2011-2013, employed with Marathon Houston office
  • William Cains, MS student at the University of Arkansas, 2012-2013, employed with Devon Energy in Oklahoma City
  • Greg Buratowski, MS student at the University of Arkansas, 2012-2014, employed with Marathon Houston office
  • John Anthony, MS student at Texas Christian University, 2013-2015, employed with Concho Resources, Midland, TX
  • Patrick O’Connor, MS student at Texas Christian University, 2013-2015, employed Hunt Oil, Dallas, TX
  • Robert Cepero, MS geology at Texas Christian University, in progress, expecting to graduate in December, 2016·
  • Matt Linden (co-supervising), MS geology at Texas Christian University, in progress, expecting to graduate in December, 2016
  • Ali Ramos Gomez, MS geology at Texas Christian University, in progress, expecting to graduate in May, 2017
  • Preston McGuire, MS geology at Texas Christian University, in progress, expecting to graduate in May, 2017
  • Jonathon Weiss, MS geology at Texas Christian University, in progress, expecting to graduate in May, 2017

Courses

  • Petroleum Geology
  • Subsurface Geological data
  • Fundamentals of subsurface geology
  • AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition
  • Globe Tectonics and Basin Analysis (co-teaching with Dr. Alsleben)
  • Prospect to Production (assisting Prof. Brogdon)

Research Opportunities

I am always looking for motivated MS students to work on Tectonics and Sedimentation projects in central China and South America; Basin analysis projects in mid-continental region; and Reservoir characterization and older field re-evaluation projects in Texas and Oklahoma. If you are interested, please contact me (email: x.xie@tcu.edu, phone: 817-257-4395) for more details.