first full-scale gas hydrate production test studies using the thermal and pressure drawdown stimulation methods. He has contributed significantly to the development of an integrated national gas hydrate research program within Natural Resources Canada and regional gas hydrate studies in the circumpolar Arctic. He earned his M.A.(Sc.) in geotechnical science from Carleton University.


Gonzalo (Gonz) Enciso has a wide range of international and domestic experience as an exploration geologist in the oil and gas industry. He is presently an independent oil and gas consultant, having recently retired from Shell Exploration and Production Company. He spent the first 17 years of his career with Shell working in various roles domestically and internationally. Thereafter, he joined Seagull Energy as director of new ventures in 1998. Following the merger between Seagull and Ocean Energy, he was named vice president of evaluation and chief geologist. When Ocean Energy merged with Devon Energy in 2003, Mr. Enciso was named chief geologist for the corporation, and contributed significantly to their prospect consistency effort. He then joined Spinnaker Exploration as vice president and chief geoscientist with the responsibility to establish a regional geologic perspective and to oversee project evaluation and risking. Following the merger with Norsk Hydro, he continued as an executive of the newly formed Hydro Gulf of Mexico L.L.C. as vice president of exploration portfolio and chief geoscientist. Mr. Enciso then served as a senior associate for Rose & Associates, teaching risk analysis for exploration to oil and gas companies around the world before returning to Shell as a geologic advisor. His expertise includes project risk evaluation, deep-water depositional systems, and seismic stratigraphy, and he applies this knowledge in mentoring roles. Mr. Enciso, who is fluent in Spanish, has presented a number of papers on deepwater sedimentation topics and risk analysis in national and international conferences. He is past chairman of the Diversity Membership Subcommittee of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist and past member of the Board of Advisors for the Energy Geological Institute. Mr. Enciso earned both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of Kansas.



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