Pukar Mainali received his B.S. Geology/Engineering (2009) and M.S. Geology (2011), both from University of Texas at Arlington, United States. He completed M.S. thesis study entitled “Chemostratigraphy of the Haynesville Shale, East Texas Basin” and published several meeting abstracts based on that research. He joined Weatherford Laboratories in early 2012 as a Geologist/Elemental Petrologist and has performed studies on most of the North American unconventional plays including the Permian Basin unconventional play, the Big Lime Formation, Marcellus Shale, Lewis Shale, Niobrara Formation, Vaca Muerta Formation, and many others. He has also contributed to the chemostratigraphic interpretation of the Sargelu-Najmah sequence in Umm Gudair Field, Kuwait. Pukar has used elemental techniques for chemostratigraphic correlation, formation evaluation, and improved drilling in shale, and carbonate reservoirs in North America, South America, the Middle East, China, and Australia.
Pukar has over 4 years of rock-based experience, including sedimentary petrology, Chemostratigraphy and elemental geochemistry. His primary role at Weatherford Laboratories as a Technical Advisor is to develop and promote Wellsite Geoscience Services (WGS).
Pukar is a member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and Houston Geological Society.
Dix, M.C., Mainali, P., Matson, C., Hankins, B. Using Cuttings-Based Elemental, Mineralogical, and Organic Data to Assist Drilling Operations: The First 12 Years and Directions for the Future (abstract, oral presentation). In: 2014 West Texas Geological Society Fall Symposium (WTGS 2014).
Mainali, P., Stillwell, H., Yemidale, G. An integrated approach to evaluating the Second White Specks Formation in Alberta using elemental chemostratigraphy, pyrolysis, and advanced mud-gas compositional data (abstract, oral presentation). In: 2014 Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG)
Ingram, W., Mainali, P., Hartman, C., Casarta, N. A New Approach to Applied Geochemistry in Reservoir Evaluation: An Integrated multi-mineral And Porosity Model. Poster Presentation In: AAPG, Houston 2014.
Hollon, B.E., Mainali, P., Dix, M.C., Fu, R., Houghton, N., and Waddell, M., 2014, Application of whole rock bulk geochemistry for evaluating a CO2 injection well in Late Triassic Sandstones, South Georgia Basin, USA: American Association of Petroleum Geologist, Abstracts, Annual Convention, Houston, Texas, USA.
Mainali, P., Rowe, H. Chemostratigraphic Constraints on Late Jurassic Paleoceanography of the East Texas Basin, Southern Margin of North America (abstract). In: American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2010, abstract #PP33A-1659.
Mainali, P., Rowe, Harry. Preliminary Geochemistry of The Bossier-Haynesville Formation from East Texas Basin, East Texas and Louisiana (abstract). In: 2010 Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 297.
Mainali, P., Rowe, H. Chemostratigraphy of the Bossier-Haynesville Formation, East Texas Basin, Texas and Louisiana (abstract). In: AAPG Bulletin Fall 2010.