Langhorne (Taury) B. Smith Jr. (Ph.D.,1996, Virginia Tech)

(518)-473-6262 email

Adjunct Professor
Senior Scientist, New York State Museum

Center for Stratigraphy and Paleontology
New York State Museum
Albany, NY 12230

photo of Taury SmithMy primary research interest is in integrated carbonate reservoir characterization.  I use sequence stratigraphy, petrography, geochemistry, log and seismic analysis and other techniques to better understand oil and gas reservoirs of New York and around the world.  Most of my current research is focused on better understanding hydrothermal processes and the impact of hydrothermal alteration on the formation and enhancement of oil and gas reservoirs. I am also interested in using stratigraphy to better understand local tectonics and global climate change.



Empire State Oil & Gas Information System  (Well data)

Graduate students supervised by Dr. Smith at the University at Albany

Selected Publications:

Smith, L. B., Al-Tawil, A. A., and Read, J. F., in press, High-Resolution Sequence Stratigraphic Setting of Mississippian Carbonate Eolianites, Illinois and Appalachian Basins in: Abegg, F. A., and Harris, P. M., eds., Carbonate Eolianites, SEPM Special Publication.

Nelson, W. J., Smith, L. B., Treworgy, J. D., in press, Sequence Stratigraphy of Lower Chesterian (Mississippian) Strata of the Illinois Basin, Illinois Basin Consortium Special Publication, ~100p.

Smith, L. B., Eberli, G. P., and Sonnenfeld, M. D., Sequence Stratigraphic and Paleogeographic Setting of Reservoir-Quality Dolomite, Madison Formation, Wyoming and Montana, AAPG Memoir on Carbonate Reservoir Characterization.

Smith, L.B., Eberli, G.P., Massafero, J.L., von Konijnenbourg, J.H., and Al-Dhahab, S., Discrimination of Effective from Ineffective Porosity in Heterogeneous Cretaceous Carbonates, Al Ghubar Field, Oman, AAPG Bulletin, .

Smith, L.B. and Sonnenfeld, M. D., 2001, Sequence stratigraphy, dolomitized reservoirs and breccia types of the Mississippian Madison Formation, Wyoming: a Field Guide for Field Trip after 2001 AAPG National Meeting, 150pp.

Smith, L. B. and Read, J. F., 2001, Discrimination of the effects of eustasy, tectonics and climate on Upper Mississippian Mixed carbonates and siliciclastic sequences, Illinois Basin, USA,  J. Sedimentary Res., p. 985-1002.

Smith, L. B., Al-Tawil, A. A., and Read, J. F., 2001, High-Resolution Sequence Stratigraphic Setting of Mississippian Carbonate Eolianites, Illinois and Appalachian Basins in: Abegg, F. A., Harris, P. M., and Loope, D.B., eds., Modern and Ancient Carbonate Eolianites, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Special Publication 71, 167-182.

Smith, L. B., and Read, J. F., 2000, Rapid onset of late Paleozoic glaciation on Gondwana, evidence from upper Mississippian strata of the midcontinent, United States. Geology, 28, p. 279-282.

Smith, L. B., and Read, J. F., 1999, Application of high-resolution sequence stratigraphy to tidally influenced Upper Mississippian carbonates, Illinois basin, in: Harris, P. M. et al., eds., Advances in carbonate sequence stratigraphy: application to reservoirs, outcrops, and models.  SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Special Publication 63, 107-126.

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