P. Ted Doughty


Ted received a B.A. in geology from Washington University (St. Louis) in 1986, a M.S. in geology at the University of Montana (1990) and Ph.D. from Queens University (Ontario) (1996). He has 28 years of experience as a professional geologist with Amoco and  Exxon-Mobil, and as an associate professor at Eastern Washington University.   Currently he is the President of PRISEM Geoscience Consulting, and has worked with such respected companies such as Halliburton Colombia, Rosetta Resources, Petrobakken, Crescent Point, Talisman Energy, Hess Corporation, Husky Energy, and Amarok Energy to name a few. 

George W. Grader Jr.


George received his BS in earth science and philosophy from Colby College and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in geology from the University of Idaho. His research has focused on Devonian and Mississippian sedimentology and stratigraphy of the northern Rockies, and Carboniferous–Permian through Triassic siliciclastics and carbonates of the central Andes. Since 2007, he has been involved in oil and gas projects in Montana and North Dakota focused primarily on Bakken and Heath projects, but also including lower Paleozoic and Mesozoic targets. Extensive fieldwork in the Late Devonian Jefferson, Three Forks, Sappington and Lower Madison has produced original PRISEM field trips. 

Steven D. Sheriff


Armed with a Geophysics Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming since 1981, Steve spent a year in magnetic and gravity consulting before joining the faculty at the University of Montana Department of Geosciences. At UM, where he chaired the department for 17 years, his research included geophysical solutions to structural and tectonic problems, environmental assessment, and recently the application of near surface geophysics to archaeological targets. The skill sets include potential fields, seismic exploration, electrical, and electromagnetic techniques. Contributions over the years include commercial gravity/magnetic programming and software, academic publications, and numerous private and public project reports. His expertise is magnetic and gravity exploration in the energy and minerals arenas and archaeological prospection.

Bob Quartero


Mr Quartero has over 30 years of industry experience. Thenty one years in the Canadian and U.S. foothills with Talisman Energy (now Repsol). He is well known for his ability to find hydrocarbons in the Canadian thrust belt. Mr. Quartero has tested more than 200 prospects in the foothills and has found about 2TCF of natural gas reserves. He pioneered horizontal drilling technologies in the Alberta foothills in the 1990’s, including some of the first laterals drilled along fold hinges in fractured reservoirs. As a technical lead and senior manager at Talisman, he played a significant role in growing their foothills production from less than 10MMCFD to more than 350 MMCFD. As a District Manager in the foothills at Talisman, he led a world-class technical team and managed budgets in excess of $300 million.