Prof. Liner joined the faculty of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas in August 2012 as the Maurice F. Storm Professor of Petroleum Geology. He earned a BS in Geology (U. Arkansas, 1978), MS. in Geophysics (U. Tulsa, 1980), and PhD in Geophysics (Colo. School of Mines, Center for Wave Phenomena, 1989). He has 11 years industrial experience in exploration (Conoco) and geophysical research (Western Geo, Fairfield, Saudi Aramco). From 1990-2004 Liner was a faculty member in Geosciences at The University of Tulsa. In January 2008 he joined the faculty of the University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences as Professor and Associate Director of the Allied Geophysical Labs industrial consortium. In fall 2011 he was named Department Associate Chair and Interim Chair in spring 2012. Prof. Liner’s research interests include Petroleum reservoir characterization and monitoring, CO2 sequestration geophysics, advanced seismic interpretation methods, seismic data analysis and processing, near surface, anisotropy, and seismic wave propagation. He has served as Editor of Geophysics (1999-2001), authored many technical papers, scientific meeting abstracts, The Leading Edge column Seismos (since 1992), and the text book Elements of 3D Seismology now in 2nd edition. Liner is a member of SEG, AAPG, AGU, and the European Academy of Sciences.
Back in a Jan 2011 blog entry I showed a great oil seep outcrop photo and referred there to the Atrush-1 well then being drilled nearby. It was recently announced the well came in with initial production potential (IP) of about 6400 barrels per day of 26.5 gravity oil.
Also of note, it looks like an oil export agreement might be back in place to actually allow oil production from the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Squabbling between the Kurdish regional government and the central government in Bagdad had stopped exports for a while, the main hang-ups being revenue sharing and which government entity gets the initial money and makes the split.