Dr. Alison Malcolm Appointed Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization at Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John’s, NL, June 20, 2013 – Dr. Alison Malcolm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been appointed the inaugural Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization.

Dr. Malcolm, who will assume the position in summer 2014, will establish an applied research program relevant to petroleum geology and geophysics, with special emphasis on integrated reservoir characterization. This field covers a broad area of activities, involving the determination of reservoir architecture, establishing geologic flow units, constructing reservoir models and identifying petroleum reserve growth potential.

As the Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization, Dr. Malcolm will work to help reduce reservoir uncertainty in support of improving the predicted oil in place, static and dynamic reservoir models, production performance and ultimate recovery.

“The offshore oil and gas fields of Newfoundland and Labrador provide a natural laboratory for the study of petroleum geology,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University. “Dr. Alison Malcolm, together with Dr. Lesley James, our Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering, will complement and expand existing expertise at Memorial and enhance our strong ties with the petroleum industry.”

A five-year, $1-million partnership to provide funding for the position is being created by Chevron Canada Limited, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and Memorial University. 

“We are very pleased with the appointment of Dr. Alison Malcolm as Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization,” said Mark MacLeod, vice-president (Atlantic Canada), Chevron Canada Limited. “Dr. Malcolm’s research and teaching focus will be of significant benefit to students at Memorial University, which is a key goal for Chevron Canada in funding this Chair position.”

“This is an excellent opportunity to build further R&D capacity at Memorial University in a critical area for this province,” said Glenn Janes, Chief Executive Officer, RDC.  “Petroleum geoscience is critical to future exploration and development offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, and, as an industrial research chair, Dr. Alison Malcolm will play a critical role in developing the next generation of expertise in this important area.”

In 2008, Memorial University was selected for Chevron Corporation’s University Partnership Program. Through this program, support is provided to a global network of more than 95 colleges and universities to develop talent in key academic disciplines, foster research capacity, increase community engagement, and build relationships critical to the global workforce.


About Alison Malcolm

Dr. Alison Malcolm holds a Ph.D. in geophysics with a minor in mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.Sc. in Geophysics (Hons) from the University of British Columbia. She comes to Memorial University from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is an assistant professor of geophysics and the Atlantic Richfield Career Development Chair in Energy Studies.

Dr. Malcolm was one of the 2012 recipients of the J. Clarence Karcher Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), USA. It is given in recognition of significant contributions to the science and technology of exploration geophysics by a young geophysicist of outstanding abilities.

About Chevron Canada

Chevron Canada Limited is an indirect subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. Since 1938, Chevron Canada has been involved in exploring for, developing, producing and marketing crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids in Canada. The company focuses its exploration and production activities in Atlantic Canada, Northern Canada, the Athabasca oil sands and unconventional resource plays in Western Canada. In offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Chevron Canada has significant interests in the Hibernia Field, the Hebron Development as well as exploration acreage in the Orphan Basin andthe Flemish Pass Basin. For more information about Chevron Canada, go to www.chevron.ca.

About the Research & Development Corporation

The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s R&D performance. RDC works with R&D stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and departments. For more information about RDC, go to www.researchnl.com.


For more information:

Chevron Canada   
Tim Murphy
External Affairs Manager (Atlantic Canada)

Research & Development Corporation 
Krista Quinlan
Vice President of Policy, Evaluation and Government Relations

Memorial University of Newfoundland
Kelly Foss
Communications Coordinator, Faculty of Science