Pablo Lacerda Silva, PhD Student, University of British Columbia


Pablo is a petrophysicist with background in geology and seven years of experience in the petroleum industry, currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia, researching geochemical and reservoir properties of source-rock reservoirs. He joined Chevron in 2008 after obtaining a BSc. degree in Geology, and worked as a geologist in the development of a deep-water oil field, offshore Brazil. In 2011 he started a petrophysics competency development assignment in San Ramon, California, and in 2013 he obtained his MSc. degree in Geology on the stratigraphy and facies of deep-water deposits. Upon completion of his training as a petrophysicist, he took on the position of lead petrophysicist for Chevron in Brazil, until 2015. He is currently pursuing higher education in the field of source-rock reservoirs, as a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia.

Project: Petroleum System Analysis of the Doig Formation, Triassic of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin

This research focuses on the evaluation of the potential of the Doig Formation as a self-contained petroleum system through a petroleum system analysis. It combines facies mapping, petrophysical analyses and integrated log analyses applied to the characterization and mapping of source-rock properties, reservoir properties, and back-strip modelling of the basin in order to reconstruct and determine the timing of thermogenic hydrocarbon generation, migration, expulsion and retention.