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Dr. Pete Holterhoff
Carbonate Petrology, Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy.
Ph.D. 1993, University of Cincinnati.
Pete received his B.S. in Geology from Ohio University, and then earned his M.S. in Geology from the University of Nebraska. He then returned to his hometown to earn his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati. Heading west to Tucson, he then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Research Training Group in the Analysis of Biological Diversification at the University of Arizona. During this academic period, his research interests focused on patterns of paleocommunity and evolutionary ecology as preserved in the rock record.
After several years at Arizona, Holterhoff joined Exxon Exploration Company as a Petroleum Geologist. During his nine years with Exxon and ExxonMobil, he worked in all phases of upstream geoscience, from regional exploration to mature field production. However, most of his tenure was spent conducting research on petroleum reservoirs with the Upstream Research Company. As a researcher he also taught corporate technical courses in various geoscience disciplines and in 2005 earned an Outstanding Instructor Award.
Pete joined the Geosciences faculty in 2006. His current research interests involve integrating elements of paleontology, stratigraphy, and sedimentology to better understand the sedimentary rock record and to fully describe and model the distribution and character of hydrocarbon and aquifer reservoirs.
Holterhoff is also quite interested in science education, and was very active in the ExxonMobil Foundation Science Ambassadors Program. This is a community outreach program that teams ExxonMobil scientists and engineers with K-12 science and math teachers.