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Karin Wright

Technical Instructor

Houston, Texas
Oil & Energy
  1. Self-employed
  1. Shell Oil Company,
  2. Shell,
  3. Rice University
  1. Rice University

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Grad Student for Life

– Present

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DR. KARIN RINGER WRIGHT is an accomplished technical geophysicist with experience in seismic data acquisition, processing, interpretation and quantitative interpretation who has worked with data sets world-wide. She served as an assistant Party Chief on a marine seismic crew, interpreted data from four continents and headed special processing team for proprietary processing projects including 2D, 3D, 4D and high resolution surveys. Areas of particular expertise include seismic processing for QI (including AVO, inversion and 4D) and technical training of new professional staff.

In our globalized economy, Karin was fortunate to have an international background with family in Australia and Europe as well as the U.S., she grew up in New Zealand, and later enjoyed an expat assignment in China. She is a mature professional with substantial academic credentials who interacts comfortably with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds who also understands the energy industry and has strong people and communication skills.

Karin attended university early and often, beginning at age 16 with a California State scholarship in hand and ending at age 42 with a doctoral degree. She received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Rice University, her M.S. in Physics from the University of New Orleans and her M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California.


Grad Student for Life

– Present (10 months)Rice

Rice has graciously admitted me to the Master of Liberal Studies program and I am in my natural element, enjoying myself enormously.

Staff Geophysicist

Shell Oil Company
(13 years 6 months)Houston, Texas Area

• Versatile technical geophysicist, primarily a member of special projects teams dedicated to resolving reservoir characterization problems, but also participated in Shell’s technical training program.
• As a member of a team dedicated to quantitative interpretation worked on technical projects globally. Hands-on experience with 4D, inversion, AVO, attribute analysis, reservoir characterization and velocity analysis for pore pressure prediction.

• As a member of Shell’s technical training staff ran the introductory technical training course for E&P professionals in Houston, and collaborated on the same course at Shell’s corporate training center in Rijswijk for entry level technical professionals globally. Able to interact effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and ages. Also served as SME for specialized geophysical courses including quantitative interpretation and time to depth conversion.

• As a member a special projects group was lead geophysicist on teams executing proprietary seismic processing projects including land and marine data, 2D, 3D and 4D data sets. Developed the workflow for Shell’s first 4D project in the Gulf of Mexico (Ram-Powell/Tahoe) and for a high resolution survey shot at Holstein.


(30 years)


Rice University
(5 years 8 months)Houston, Texas Area

Ph.D. in physical chemistry
• Continued research independently 1993-1995 during a hiatus in Beijing to accommodate spouse’s expat assignment.

• Also taught a section of Freshman Chemistry, an unusual event at Rice, where almost all classes are taught by professors.

Senior Geophysicist

Shell Oil Company
(11 years 1 month)New Orleans and Houston

Expanded geophysical skills by working in a variety Shell subsidiaries.
• Bellaire Research Center: Member of a team tasked with developing the next generation of seismic processing infrastructure.

• Shell Western E&P: As a member of an exploration team interpreted seismic data from the Paradox basin in Utah.

• Pecten International: Interpreted seismic data from Syria, Portugal, Cameroon and Chile, including a discovery, the Tanak field in Deir Ez Zor, Syria.

Learned fundamental technical skills of seismic acquisition and processing, and also essential soft skills of team membership and team leadership. Worked on marine seismic crew as Assistant Party Chief. Lead a team of twenty-five people doing proprietary processing in support of Shell’s Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale effort and later served as Shell Offshore Processing Delegate.


Douglas Aircraft
(1 year 1 month)LongBeach, California

Member of team researching aircraft fire safety for post crash survivability


  • Seismology
  • Geophysics
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Geology
  • Upstream
  • Earth Science
  • Seismic Inversion
  • 3D seismic
  • Seismic Processing
  • Seismic Imaging
  • Seismic Attributes
  • Depth Conversion
  • 4D Seismic
  • Time Lapse Seismic
  • Quantitative...
  • Pore Pressure Prediction
  • High Resolution...
  • Technical Instructor
  • Geophysical Data...
  • AVO
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Inversion
  • Characterization
  • Petrophysics
  • Energy Industry
  • Petrel
  • Reservoir Management
  • Field Development
  • Formation Evaluation
  • Offshore Drilling
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Reserves
  • Logging
  • Reservoir Simulation
  • Uncertainty Analysis
  • Data Acquisition
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Geological Mapping
  • Sedimentology
  • Log Analysis
  • Drilling
  • Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology
  • Reservoir Modeling
  • Oilfield
  • Fracture
  • Fluids
  • 3D seismic...
  • Data Processing
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Master’s Thesis “A Study of Morrison's Iterative Noise Removal Method"

University of New Orleans
September 1980

Ph.D. Thesis “A phase-based analysis of reaction dynamics”.

Rice University
December 1996

Impulsive Energy Transfer during Unimolecular Reaction via Reactive Cylinders in Phase Space

Joanna R. Fair, Karin R. Wright, John S. Hutchinson
Journal: The Journal of Physical Chemistry , vol. 99, no. 40, pp. 14707-14718, 1995

Exit-channel coupling effects in the unimolecular decomposition of triatomics

Don L. Bunker, Karin R. Wright, William L. Hase, F. A. Houle
Journal: The Journal of Physical Chemistry , vol. 83, no. 8, pp. 933-936, 1979

Analysis of HCO dissociation using classical trajectories

Karin R. Wright, Xinsheng Zhao
Journal: Chemical Physics Letters - CHEM PHYS LETT , vol. 246, no. 4, pp. 387-391, 1995

Oscillator phase and the reaction dynamics of HN3: A model for correlated motion

Karin R. Wright, John S. Hutchinson
Journal: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics - PHYS CHEM CHEM PHYS , vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 1299-1309, 1999


Rice University

Ph. D., Physical Chemistry, 3.99

• Received full fellowship for graduate study at Rice
• Selected from 1997 graduates to address Rice’s Board of Trustees at annual meeting

University of New Orleans

M.S., Applied Physics, 4.0

University of California, Irvine

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Chemistry, 3.4

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