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  • Daniel McCuan


Geophysicist/Geologist with extensive experience in both Oil and Gas and Environmental fields. Experienced in both Domestic and International sedimentary basins with a variety of reservoir types, drive mechanisms and depositional environments. A proven Oil and Gas finder with the ability to design, permit and execute seismic exploration surveys. Project management experience focusing on execution efficiencies through synergistic opportunities.


Bakersfield, CA willing to relocate on my dime


California Resources Corporation, Bakersfield, CA 2014-2020
Senior Geophysicist
Exploration geophysicist for the San Joaquin and Sacramento Basins of California, New Ventures geophysicist for Veracurz and Sureste Basins, Mexico
• Identified 1,960 MMBOE Pmean conventional and unconventional prospects using a combination of Geologic and Geophysical data of various vintages and types.
• Managed prospects from initial identification, through permitting and drilling stages.
• Worked with Environmental Permitting team to develop SB4 and Groundwater Monitoring plans for stimulated Exploration wells.
• Led multi-disciplinary team responsible for joint venture prospect management.
• Mentored early career Geologists and Geophysicists.
• Performed Seismic Survey design, permitting, and execution.
• Managed the merge and reprocessing of 3D surveys of varying vintages in both time and depth.
• Member of Elk Hills Carbon capture and sequestration grant writing team.

Occidental Oil and Gas, Bakersfield, CA 2011-2014
Staff Geophysicist
Exploration and development geophysicist working in the Ventura, San Joaquin, Sacramento and Eel River Basins of California.
• Development Geophysicist for 50+ fields.
• Operations Geologist for Elk Hills Oil Field with up to 19 rigs running simultaneously.
• Brown-field prospect development.
• Worked with Geologist, Reservoir Engineer and Production Engineer to grow reserves year over year.
• Managed and QC the reprocessing of vintage 3D data.
• Assisted in the permitting and acquisition of 2D and 3D seismic data.

California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA 2011-2013
Lecturer of Geology
Courses taught included Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Historical Geology and Field Methods.

Vintage Production, Bakersfield, CA 2010
Geophysical Intern
Geologic and geophysical mapping of the Bowerbank Oil Field, San Joaquin Basin, California
• Developed the structural and stratigraphic framework prior to shooting 3D seismic.
• Hi-graded areas on interest.
• Modeled seismic response for both oil and gas in shallow reservoirs.


Structural Geology, Seismic Interpretation, ArcGIS, Basin Analysis, Prospect Development, Landmark Decision Space, Sedimentology, Seismic Survey Design and Execution, Kingdom, Petroleum System Analysis, Hampson-Russell, Project Management, Seismic Inversion, Petrel


California State University, Bakersfield
Master of Science (MS), Geology/Earth Science
MS Thesis: Late Pleistocene Geomagnetic Field Recorded in Sediments from the Depocenter of the Pluvial Lake Chewaucan, Lake County, OR

California State University, Bakersfield
Bachelor of Science (BS), Geology