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  • Chris Chaffin
    (832) 455-9677


Geologist with over 19 years experience. I am currently working in an advisory role for Macquarie in the upstream oil and gas banking industry until October 6, 2020. I have worked extensively in an A&D role looking at acquisitions in Permian, Mid-Continent, Rockies, among other basins. The bulk of my experience before was in the LA/TX Gulf Coast onshore. I have also worked MS, NLA, ETX and TX Panhandle. I have done both exploration and development utilizing 3D seismic and subsurface mapping/correlation. 


Houston, TX


August 2019 – October 2020 Macquarie Group
Houston, TX Vice President
Joint technical advisor responsible for providing geologic understanding, analysis and support to investment banking teams in the Macquarie Capital division as well as the debt side for the Commodities and Global Markets group. Prepare geological analyses and other technical marketing materials such as data room presentations and data room exhibits for upstream/midstream clients in oil and gas. Present and explain geologic portion of data room presentations as well as provide technical support. Responsible for developing, organizing and managing project technical files and displays. Assist in finalizing reserve evaluations from a risk management perspective and document both quantified and unquantified upside potential. Support the team in networking and business development.

October 2014 – January 2019 Blue Whale Energy North America Houston, TX Vice President - Geoscience
Responsible for all geological and geophysical decisions in acquisition analysis; assisted in acquisition of northern Midland Basin (Wolfcamp/Spraberry) properties from Tall City Exploration/Element Petroleum ($1.16 billion), Clearfork waterflood from Juno Energy ($315 million) and East Texas Eaglebine properties from Sabalo Operating ($141 million); keep up to date on multiple lower 48 basins with regional studies and offset operator analysis; helped screen multiple opportunities across United States with geologic mapping, cross-section work and petrophysical analysis; function as information technology liaison for Blue Whale office; work closely with engineer, land staff and finance at Blue Whale, with operating team for above properties at Surge Energy, as well as technical team based in Beijing, China.

January 2012 – October 2014 Midstates Petroleum Company Houston, TX Geoscience Advisor
Functioned as part of the Business Development unit; assisted in multiple $600+ million acquisitions (Eagle Energy, Panther Energy); helped with transition of both Tulsa based companies and their people into Midstates by functioning as asset manager and geologist; screened numerous acquisition and deal opportunities in the lower 48 states; secured 300+ square miles of proprietary 3D seismic data over Mississippian Lime assets; performed field studies to aid in divestiture candidates; assisted in hiring geologists/geophysicists for both Houston and Tulsa based staff; standardized and brought forward for approval geological/geophysical software packages for use; worked closely with reservoir engineer, analysts, drilling engineers and land staff.

October 2009 – January 2012 Samson Lone Star, LLC Houston, TX Senior District Geologist
Generated prospects onshore Gulf Coast in the Hackberry and Yegua trends; responsible for field development at Gheens field in Lafourche Parish; communicated with various partners and consultants for Gulf Coast well programs; prospect screening and evaluation; geologic operations for S Louisiana wells.

September 2005 – October 2009 Penn Virginia Oil & Gas, L.P. Houston, TX Explorationist
Generated prospects onshore S Louisiana; assisted in discovery and development of new drilling at Bayou Postillion Field in Iberia Parish; responsible for drilling programs S Creole Field in Cameron Parish and at Stella Field in Plaquemines Parish; sold down internally generated prospects; prospect screening and evaluation; handled geologic operations for S Louisiana wells; worked in tandem with geophysicist generating on 3500+ square miles of 3D data.

April 2004 – September 2005 Hilcorp Energy Company Houston, TX Staff Geologist
Development of mature fields in the Gulf Coast; active drilling (infill and development of deeper reservoirs) program at Tom O’Connor Field in Refugio County, Old Ocean Field in Matagorda County, N Rucias Field in Brooks County as well as 11 more fields throughout SE Texas; propose drilling locations and behind-pipe/up-hole recompletions and workovers.

January 2002 – April 2004 El Paso Production Company Houston, TX Sr Geologist/Geologist – Domestic Onshore Exploration
Generated deep gas prospects along the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast in the Frio/Vicksburg trends; Subsurface/seismic mapping in the following areas: Texas Gulf Coast, Texas Panhandle, E Texas, N Louisiana, S Mississippi, Utah; handled geologic operations on wells in Texas, N Louisiana, Wyoming; extensive training classes in geology/geophysics and geological software packages.

July 2000 – December 2001 Rainier Minerals Corporation Lafayette, LA Geologist/Geologic Technician
Well log correlation in Oligocene and lower Miocene onshore S Louisiana; assisted with oil/gas prospects and unitization projects; digitized and drafted various types of geologic maps/displays; researched oil/gas fields through Louisiana Department of Conservation and log libraries; created oil/gas production reports.


acquisitions and divestitures
subsurface mapping
well log correlation
2D and 3D seismic interpretation
prospect screening and evaluation
geologic operations
team player


Master of Science in Geology, December 2001
Thesis title: The Carbonate Petrology and Sedimentology of the Type Section of the Honaker Trail Formation, Southeastern Utah
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Bachelor of Science in Geology, December 1998
Minor: Geography, graduated Magna Cum Laude
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga