D. Joe Benson

Professor, Emeritus/Retired

  • dbenson@ua.edu

Education

BS, College of Woster, 1968

MS, University of Cincinnati, 1971

PhD, University of Cincinnati, 1976

Research Interests

Professor Benson’s primary research interests are in the areas of carbonate depositional systems and diagenesis. He and his students are studying the depositional setting of lower Paleozoic (Cambrian-Ordovician) carbonates in the Alabama Appalachians, cyclicity in Mississippian carbonates in the southern Appalachians, and the depositional setting and history of the Jurassic Smackover Formation in Alabama. In the area of carbonate diagenesis, he is investigating diagenesis in the Smackover Formation, particularly as it relates to reservoir development and quality. He is also studying reservoir heterogeneities in the Smackover to identify the influence they have on primary and secondary recovery of hydrocarbons.

Representative Publications

1999, Benson, D.J., and Mancini, E.A., Diagenetic influence on reservoir development and quality in the Smackover updip basement ridge play, southwest Alabama: Transactions Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, v. 49, p. 96-101.

1998, Mancini, E.A., and Benson, D.J., Upper Jurassic Smackover carbonate reservoir, Appleton Field Escambia County, Alabama, 3-D seismic case history study: in J.L. Allen, T.S. Brown, C.J. John, and C.F. Lobo (eds.), 3-D Seismic Case Histories from the Gulf Coast Basin, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Special Publication, p. 1-14.

1998, Nolte, R.A., and Benson, D.J., Silica diagenesis of Mississippian carbonates of Northern Alabama: Transactions Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, v. 48, p. 301-310.

1998, Mancini, E.A., Parcell, W.C., Benson, D.J., Chen, H., and Yang, W-T., Geological and computer modeling of Upper Jurassic Smackover reef and carbonate shoal lithofacies, Eastern Gulf Coastal Plain: Transactions Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, v. 48, p. 225-234.

1998, Mancini, E.A., and Benson, D.J., Fracture porosity and stylolites in Upper Jurassic Norphlet Sandstone and Smackover carbonate deep gas reservoirs, northeastern Gulf of Mexico: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Fractured Reservoirs: Practical Exploration and Development Strategies Symposium, p. 365-368.

1998, Carlson, E.C., Benson, D.J., Groshong, R.H., and Mancini, E.A., Improved oil recovery from heterogeneous carbonate reservoirs associated with paleotopographic basement structures: Appleton Field, Alabama: SPE/DOE Eleventh Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery, p. 99-105.

1997, Benson, D.J., Schroeder, W.W., and Shultz, A.W., Sandstone hardbottoms along the western rim of DeSoto Canyon, northeast Gulf of Mexico: Transactions Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies, v. 47, p. 43-48.

1997, Benson, D.J., Groshong, R.H., Fang, J.H., Pultz, L.M., Mancini, E.A., and Carlson, E.S., Petroleum geology of Appleton Field, Escambia County, Alabama: Transactions Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies, v. 47, p. 35-42.

1996, Benson, D.J., Pultz, L.M., and Bruner, D.D., The influence of paleoto-pography, sea level fluctua-tion, and carbonate productivity on deposition of the Smackover and Buckner Formations, Appleton Field, Escambia County, Ala-bama: Trans-actions Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies, v. 46, p. 15-23.

1996, Benson, D.J., Classification of heterogeneities in Smackover reservoirs, south-west Alabama: Geo-logical Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 28, no. 2, p. 3.

1993, Benson, D.J., Batchelder, E.C., and Hooks, J.D., Deposition and diagenesis of the Knox Group in the Southernmost Appalachians:American Association Petroleum Geologists Convention Program, p. 74-75

1992, Nolte, R.A., and Benson, D.J., Genesis of cherts in Upper Mississippian carbonates of northern Alabama: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 24, no. 2, p. 55-56.

1991, Benson, D.J., Markland, L.A., and Powers, T.J., Paleotopographic control on Smackover reservoir evolution: Southwest Alabama: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 75, p. 540-41.

1990, Benson, D.J., Origin of Smackover Dolomites: Southwest Alabama: American Association Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 74, p. 609.

1988, Vaughan, R.L., and Benson, D.J., Diagenesis of the Upper Jurassic Norphlet Formation, Mobile and Baldwin Counties and offshore Alabama: Transactions Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies, v. 38, p. 543-551.

1988, Benson, D.J., Depositional history of the Smackover Formation in Southwest Alabama: Transactions Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies, v. 338, p. 197-205.

1986, Benson, D.J., Structural and stratigraphic setting of the Middle Ordovician of Alabama: in Benson, D.J., and Stock, C.W. (editors), Shelf to basin transition in Middle Ordovician carbonates of the Alabama Appalachians: Field Trip Guidebook, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1986 Annual Meeting, p. 2-15.

1986, Benson, D.J., Depositional setting and history: in Benson, D.J., and Stock, C.W. (editors), Shelf to basin transition in Middle Ordovician carbonates of the Alabama Appalachians: Field Trip Guidebook, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1986 Annual Meeting, p. 38-58.

1985, Benson, D.J., Diagenetic controls on reservoir development and quality, Smackover Formation of southwest Alabama: Transactions Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies, v. 35, p. 317-326.

1984, Benson, D.J., and Mancini, E.A., Porosity development and reservoir characteristics of the Smackover Formation in southwest Alabama, in Jurassic of the Gulf Rim: Proceedings of the Third Annual Research Conference GCS-SEPM , p. 1-17.

1983, Benson, D.J. and Mink, R.M., Depositional history and petroleum potential of Middle and Upper Ordovician strata of the Alabama Appalachians: Transactions Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies, v. 33, p. 67-79.

1982, Benson, D.J. and Mancini, E.A., Petrology and reservoir characteristics of the Smackover Formation, Hatter’s Pond Field: implications for Smackover exploration in southwestern Alabama: Transactions Gulf Coast Association Geological Societies, v. 32, p. 67-76.