Daniel Jarvie

  Daniel Jarvie

            Consulting Geochemist

Daniel Jarvie is an analytical and interpretive organic geochemist. He has studied or been involved in evaluation of conventional petroleum systems around the world, but is most noted for his ongoing work in unconventional shale-gas exploration particularly the Barnett Shale of the Fort Worth Basin, Texas since the late 1980s. His specialties include source rock characterization especially for resource assessments, but also detailed source rock characterization for conventional petroleum systems analysis including bulk and compositional kinetic determinations, high resolution light hydrocarbon and fingerprinting analysis, pyrolysis and catalysis studies. Mr. Jarvie’s current work is as a consultant to industry focused on unconventional shale resource plays and prospects.

He founded and was president of Humble Instruments and Humble Geochemical Services from 1987 to 2007, which were sold to Weatherford in 2007. Prior to starting Humble, Dan worked for Delsi, Inc., the manufacturer of the Rock-Eval® instrument and then with Wallace Dow at DGSI, a geochemical laboratory now also merged into Weatherford Labs. Dan is now president of Worldwide Geochemistry, LLC, working as a consultant to industry.

Mr. Jarvie is also an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University (TCU) and a member of the Energy Institute. He also is an affiliate professor at the University of Oklahoma. These affiliations include specific research projects with professors and students at these institutions. Mr. Jarvie is also a visiting scientist at the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) in Rueil-Malmaison, France. The primary focus of this research is a compositional model of hydrocarbon generation from shales including late gas generation and carbon isotopic modeling as applicable to shales.

He earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and was mentored in geochemistry by Wallace Dow and Don Baker of Rice University.

Mr. Jarvie served in the United States Navy from 1968-1972 primarily on the USS Sperry AS12, under the Commander, Submarine Fleet Pacific, Pt. Loma Naval Station, San Diego but with other assignments at Treasure Island, California and Norfolk, Virginia.

Career in Geochemistry

•Consulting Geochemist, 2015-Present

•Chief Geochemist, EOG Resources, 2013-2015

•Consulting Geochemist, Worldwide Geochemistry, 2008-2013

•President, Humble Geochemical Services, 1987-2007

•Laboratory Manager, DGSI, 1984-1987

•Applications Chemist, Delsi, 1982-1984


•Adjunct Professor, Energy Institute at TCU

•Affiliate Professor, University of Oklahoma

•Visiting Scientist, Institut Francais du Petrole


•American Chemical Society

•American Association of Petroleum Geologists

•European Association of Organic Geochemists

•Houston Geological Society

•Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists

•Society of Petroleum Engineers

•Society for Sedimentary Geology

•The Society for Organic Petrology, and European Association of Organic Geochemists

•West Texas Geological Society


•Hart Energy’s Most Influential People in the Next Decade for the Petroleum Industry, 2010

•EMD Best Poster Award, 2008, Qualification of Thermal Maturity Indices and Relationships to Predicted Shale Gas Producibility: Gate-way visualization and attribute Technique, Mike Cameron, Frank Walles, and Dan Jarvie

•Top Ten Oral Award, for one of the top ten oral papers at the AAPG National Convention, Long Beach, California, 2007, with Frank Mango entitled “Catalytic Gas in Deltaic Basins”.

•L. Cox Award, 2007, for poster entitled “Unconventional Shale-Gas Resource Systems and Processes Affecting Gas Generation, Retention, Storage, and Flow Rates”, at AAPG Southwest Sectional Meeting, April 22-24, 2007, Wichita Falls, Texas

•Levorsen Best Paper Award, 2005, “Hydrocarbon Generation and Storage in the Barnett Shale, Ft. Worth Basin, Texas”, AAPG Southwest Section Meeting, April 10-12, 2005, Fredericksburg, Texas.

•EMD Best Poster Award, 2004, “Characterization of thermogenic gas and oil in the Ft. Worth Basin, Texas”, AAPG National Convention, April 18-21, 2004, Dallas, Texas.


•Chairman, Shale Resource Systems, Hedberg Research Conference, December 2010

•Assessment of Unconventional Shale Resources Courses

•Technical Committee, AAPG National Convention in 2009

•Session Chairman, Unconventional Shale Resource Plays, AAPG National Convention 2008

•Editor, AAPG Bulletin Special Issue, Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, Texas Chairman, Strategic Research Institute Shale-Gas, Dallas 2007

•Session Chairman, Unconventional Shale-Gas Systems, AAPG National Convention 2007

•Session Chairman, Unconventional Gas Systems, AAPG National Convention 2006

•Session Chairman, Hydrocarbon Generation, IMOG Meeting, Nancy, France 2001

•Session Chairman, Hydrocarbon Generation, Gordon Research Conference, 1998

•Advisory Board, Energy Institute, Texas Christian University

Research Activities

•Compositional kinetic and isotopic modeling of the Barnett and Posidonia shales (IFP)

•Resource assessment of the Wealden and Posidonia shales, Lower Saxony Basin, Germany (ExxonMobil)

•Catalytic activity of carbonaceous char and transition metals in petroleum source rocks (Petroleum Habitats)

•Carbon isotopic modeling of source rocks, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (CalTech)

•Bakken Formation Resource System (TCU and Whiting Petroleum)

Recent Publications

•Johnson, Michael S., Daniel M. Jarvie, and Robert J. Coskey, 2011, Trapping Mechanisms and Geochemistry of the Parshall Field Area, North Dakota, Williston Basin, USA, in preparation.

•Behar, Francoise and Daniel Jarvie, 2011, Compositional modeling of gas generation from two shale gas resource systems: Mississippian Barnett Shale (USA) and Lower Jurassic Posidonia Shale (Germany), Org. Geochem., submitted.

•Jarvie, Daniel M., 2011, Shale Resource Systems for Oil and Gas, in AAPG Memoir 97, Shale Reservoirs – Giant Resources for the 21st Century, John Breyer, ed., in press.

•Jarvie, Daniel M., 2011, The Evolution and Geochemical Characteristics of Shale Resource Plays, Mar. Pet. Geol., submitted.

•Behar, Francoise, Stephanie Roy, and Daniel Jarvie, 2010, Artificial maturation of a Type I kerogen in a closed system: mass balances and kinetic modeling, Org. Geochem., v. 41, no. 11, pp 1235-1247.

•Mango, Frank D. and Daniel M. Jarvie, 2010, Metathesis in the generation of low-temperature gas in marine shales, Geochem. Trans., 11:1, 9 p.

•Loucks, Robert G., Robert M. Reed, Stephen C. Ruppel, Daniel M. Jarvie, 2009, Morphology, Distribution and Genesis of Nanometer-Scale Pores in the Mississippian Barnett Shale, Journal Sed. Res., v. 79, pp. 848-861.

•T. J. Kinley, C. W. Cook, J. A. Breyer, D. M. Jarvie and A. B. Busbey, 2008, Hydrocarbon Potential of the Barnett Shale (Mississippian), Delaware Basin, West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico, AAPG Bull., v. 92, no. 8, pp. 967-991.

•Boëda , Eric, Stéphanie Bonilauri, Jacques Connan, Dan Jarvie, Norbert Mercier, Mark Tobey, HélèneValladas, Heba al Sakhel, Sultan Muhesen, 2008, Middle Palaeolithic bitumen use at Umm el Tlel around 70,000 BP, Antiquity, v. 82, p. 1-9.

•Jarvie, Daniel M., Ronald J. Hill, Tim E. Ruble, and Richard M. Pollastro, 2007, Unconventional shale-gas systems: The Mississippian Barnett Shale of north-central Texas as one model for thermogenic shale-gas assessment, AAPG Bull., Vol. 91, No. 4, pp. 475-500.

•Hill, Ronald J., Daniel M. Jarvie, Richard M. Pollastro, Mitchell Henry and J. David King, 2007, Oil and gas geochemistry and petroleum systems of the Fort Worth Basin, AAPG Bull., Vol. 91, No. 4, pp. 437-444.

•Pollastro, Richard M., Daniel M. Jarvie, Ronald J. Hill, and Craig W. Adams, 2007, Geologic framework of the Mississippian Barnett Shale, Barnett-Paleozoic total petroleum system, Bend arch-Fort Worth Basin, Texas, Vol. 91, No. 4, pp.405-436.

•Wei, Zhibin, J. Michael Moldowan, Shuichang Zhang, Ronald Hill, Daniel M. Jarvie, Huitong Wang, Fuqing Song and Fred Fago, 2007, Diamondoid hydrocarbons as a molecular proxy for thermal maturity and oil cracking: Geochemical models from hydrous pyrolysis, Org. Geochem., Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 227-249.

•Wei, Zhibin, J. Michael Moldowan, Daniel M. Jarvie, and Ronald J. Hill, 2006, The Fate of Diamondoids in Coals and Sedimentary Rocks, Geology, Vol. 34, No.12, pp. 1013-1016.

•Wei, Zhibin, J. Michael Moldowan, Jeremy Dahl, Theodore P. Goldstein and Daniel M. Jarvie, 2006, The catalytic effects of minerals on the formation of diamondoids from kerogen macromolecules, Org. Geochem., Vol. 37, No. 11, pp. 1421-1436.

•Ehinola, O. A., O.O. Sonibare, A. M. Falana, and D. M. Jarvie, 2006, Organic geochemistry and biomarker evaluation of shale units of the Maastrichtian Patti Formation, Bida Basin, Nigeria, NAPE Bull., Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 78-88.

•Sonibare, Oluwadavo O., Taofik Adedosu, A.O. Ekundayo and Daniel M. Jarvie, 2006, Geochemical significance of Aliphatic and Aromatic Biomarkers distributions in Coals from Benue Trough, Nigeria, Mar. and Pet. Geol.

•Montgomery, Scott L., Daniel M. Jarvie, Kent A. Bowker, and Richard M. Pollastro, 2005, Mississippian Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, North-Central Texas: Gas-Shale Play with Multi-Tcf Potential, AAPG Bull., E&P Note, Vol. 89, No. 2, pp. 155-175.

•Jarvie, Daniel M., Ronald J. Hill, and Richard M. Pollastro, 2005, Unconventional energy resources in the southern midcontinent, Oklahoma Geol. Survey, Circular 110, pp. 37-50.

•Akinlua, A., T. R. Ajayi, D. M. Jarvie, and B. B. Adeleke, 2005, A re-appraisal of the application of Rock-Eval pyrolysis to source rock studies in the Niger Delta, J. Pet. Geol., Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 1-12.

•Killops, Steve, Dan Jarvie, Richard Sykes, and Rob Funnel, 2002, Maturity-related variation in the bulk-transformation kinetics of a suite of compositionally related New Zealand coals, Marine and Pet. Geol., Vol. 19, pp. 1151-1168.

•Canipa-Morales, Nora K., Carlos A. Galán-Vidal, Mario A. Guzman-Vega, and Daniel M. Jarvie, 2002, Effect of Evaporation on C 7 Light Hydrocarbon Parameters, Org. Geochem., Vol. 34, No. 6, pp. 813-826.

•Jarvie, Daniel M., Alejandro Morelos, and Zhiwen Han, 2001, Detection of Pay Zones and Pay Quality, Gulf of Mexico: Application of Geochemical Techniques, Gulf Coast Assoc. of Geol. Soc. Transactions, Volume LI, 2001, pp. 151-160.

•Jarvie, Daniel M., 2001, Williston Basin Petroleum Systems: Inferences from Oil Geochemistry and Geology, The Mountain Geologist, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 19-41.

•Jarvie, D. M. and L. L. Lundell, 2001, Chapter 15: Amount, type, and kinetics of thermal transformation of organic matter in the Miocene Monterey Formation, in The Monterey Formation: From Rocks to Molecules, Caroline M. Isaacs and Jurgen Rullkotter, eds., Columbia University Press, pp. 268-295.

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