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Dr. W. Lynn Watney

Senior Scientific Fellow, Kansas Geological Survey
Courtesy Professor, KU Department of Geology, Kansas State University Department of Geology

Address Information

Kansas Geological Survey
1930 Constant Avenue
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66047-3724

Phone: 785-864-2184
FAX: 785-864-5317


BA, 1970, Geology, Iowa State University
MS, 1972, Geology, Iowa State University
PhD, 1985, Geology, University of Kansas


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Ongoing Research

Sequence Stratigraphy,Tectonics and Sedimentary Processes

Areas of current emphasis:

Carbonate Geology

Petroleum Geology

Synergistic Activities

Selected Publications

Watney, W.L., French, J.A., Doveton, J.H., Youle, J.C., and Guy, W.J., 1995, Cycle hierarchy and genetic stratigraphy of Middle and Upper Pennsylvanian strata in the upper Mid-Continent, in Hyne, N., ed., Sequence Stratigraphy in the Mid-Continent, Tulsa Geological Society, Special Publication #3, p. 141-192.

Bohling, G.C., Doveton, J.H., and Watney, W.L., 1996, Systematic identification of sequence stratigraphic units from wireline logs: in, Pacht, J.A., Sheriff, R.E., and Perkins, B.F., Stratigraphic Analysis Utilizing Advanced Geophysical, Wireline, and Borehole Technology for Petroleum Exploration and Production: Seventeenth Annual Research Conf., Gulf Coast Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Foundation, Houston, Tx., p. 29-37.

Watney, W.L.., Davis, J.C., Olea, R. A., Harff, J., and Bohling, G.C., 1997, Modeling of sediment accommodation realms by regionalized classification: Geowissenschaften, v. 15, p. 28-33.

Watney, W.L., Kruger, Davis, J.C., Harff, J., Olea, R.A.., and Bohling, G.C., 1999, Validation of Sediment Accumulation Regions in Kansas, U.S.A.: Proceedings of Symposium, Computerized Modeling of Sedimentary Systems, Harff, ed., Computerized Basin Analysis, Springer, p. 341-360.

Watney, W.L., Rankey, E., and Harbaugh, J., 1999, "Of the Making of Earth Science Models There is No End....": in Harbaugh, J., Watney, W.L., Rankey, E., Goldstein, R., and Franseen, E., eds., Numerical Experiments in Stratigraphy, SEPM – Society of Sedimentary Geology, Special Publication 62, p. 3-21.

Watney, W.L., W.J. Guy, J.H. Doveton, S. Bhattacharya, P. M. Gerlach, G. C. Bohling, T. R. Carr, 1999, Petrofacies Analysis - A petrophysical tool for geologic/engineering reservoir characterization: Proceedings of the Fourth International Reservoir Characterization Technical Conference, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 71, p. 73-90.

Bhattacharya, S., Watney, W.L., Doveton, J.H., Guy, W.J., Bohling, G., 1999, From geomodels to engineering models – Opportunities for spreadsheet computing: Gulf Coast Section Society SEPM, Advanced Reservoir Characterization for the Twenty-First Century, Nineteenth Annual Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, Gulf Coast Section, SEMP Foundation, Houston, TX. , p. 179-193.

Doveton, J.H., Watney, W.L., and Guy, W.J., 2000, Integrated analysis of reservoir petrofacies in platform carbonates of Kansas: techniques and case studies, in Johnson, K.S., ed., Platform carbonates in the southern Midcontinent, 1996 symposium: Oklahoma Geological Survey Circular 101, p. 223-225.

Watney, W.L., Guy, W.J., and Byrnes, A.P., 2001, Characterization of the Mississippian Osage Chat in South-Central Kansas: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 85, p. 85-114.

Heckel, P.H., and Watney, W.L., 2002, Revision of Stratigraphic Nomenclature and Classification of the Pleasanton, Kansas City, Lansing, and Lower Part of the Douglas Groups (Lower Upper Pennsylvanian, Missourian) in Kansas: Kansas Geological Survey Bulletin 246, 68 p.

Watney, W.L., Nissen, S.E., Bhattacharya, S., and Young, D., 2003, Evaluation of the Role of Evaporite Karst in the Hutchinson, Kansas Gas Explosions, January 17 and 18, 2001, in Johnson, K. S.; and Neal, J. T., eds., Evaporite karst and engineering/environmental problems in the United States: Oklahoma Geological Survey Circular 109, p. 119-147.

Nissen, S.E., Watney, W.L., Xia, J., 2004, High-resolution seismic detection of shallow natural gas beneath Hutchinson, Kansas: Environmental Geosciences. v.11, no. 3, p. 129-142.

Victorine, J., Watney, W.L., and Bhattacharya, S., 2005, Use of XML and Java for Collaborative Petroleum Reservoir Modeling on the Internet, Computers and Geosciences, v. 31, no. 9, p. 1151-1164.

Raef, A.E., Miller, R.D., Franseen, E.K., Byrnes, A.P., Watney, W.L., and Harrison, W.E., 2005, 4D Seismic to Image a Thin Carbonate Reservoir During a Miscible CO2 Flood: Hall-Gurney Field, Kansas, USA: The Leading Edge, v. 24, no. 5, p. 521-526.

Rankey, E.C., Reeder, S.L., Watney, W.L., Byrnes, A., 2006, Spatial Trend Metrics of Ooid Shoal Complexes, Bahamas: Implications for Reservoir Characterization and Prediction: Gulf Coast SEPM Transactions: in Slatt, R.M., et al., eds., Reservoir Characterization: Integrating Technology and Business Practices Bob F. Perkins Research Conference: 26th Annual Gulf Coast Section SEPM Foundation.

Sawin, R.S., West, R.R., Franseen, E.K., Watney, W.L., and McCauley, J.R., 2006, Carboniferous-Permian Boundary in Kansas, Midcontinent, U.S.A.; in, Current Research in Earth Sciences: Kansas Geological Survey, Bulletin 252, part 2.

Sihuang, X., and Watney, W.L., 2007, Dominant factors in controlling marine gas pools in South China: Frontiers of Earth Science in China, v. 1, no. 4, p. 1673-7385.

Raef, R.E., Miller, R.D., Byrnes, A.P., Watney, W.L., and Franseen, E.K., 2007, 3D Seismic imaging of Structural and Lithofacies Properties and Time Lapse monitoring of an EOR-CO2-Flood: Hall-Gurney Field, Kansas, USA: 14th European Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery — Cairo, Egypt, 22 - 24 April 2007, 9 p.

Watney, W.L., Franseen, E.K., Byrnes, A.P., and Nissen, S.E., 2008, Contrasting styles and common controls on Middle Mississippian and Upper Pennsylvanian carbonate Platforms in the Northern Midcontinent, U.S.A.: in Lukasik, J., and Simo, A., editors, Controls on Carbonate Platform and Reef Development, SEPM Special Publication 89, Society of Sedimentary Geology, Tulsa, p. 125-145.

Bhattacharya, S., Byrnes, A.P., Watney, W.L., and Doveton, J.H., 2008, Flow unit modeling and fine-scale predicted permeability validation in Atokan sandstones: Norcan East field, Kansas: AAPG Bulletin, v. 92, no. 6, p. 709-732.

Kansas Geological Survey, Energy Research Section
Updated May 30, 2008
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