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A View from the Chief Geologist’s Office Window
Carlotta B. Chernoff
Over a more than 20-year career with ConocoPhillips, Global Chief Geologist, Dr. Carlotta Chernoff, has had the privilege to work on a wide variety of subsurface projects across a number of different basins. Along the way, she has learned essential lessons about the importance of Geoscience in helping ensure good business decisions for projects across the E&P lifecycle. Key among those learnings are the value of carrying multiple working hypotheses, the importance of partnering across disciplinary boundaries to create integrated solutions and the ability to tell a good story. She will share some examples from her career that illustrate why Geoscientists need to be prepared for the rocks to yield surprises, the value of a simple cartoon to communicate complex concepts and why you are never too old (or too experienced!) to learn something new.
Carlotta B. Chernoff is Global Chief Geologist for ConocoPhillips.
Chernoff has 21 years of experience working in exploration, appraisal and development opportunities across multiple basins within ConocoPhillips’ US and global assets. She has served in her current role as Global Chief Geologist since February 2023.
Chernoff joined Phillips Petroleum as a geologist in Houston, TX in 2002. She has held a variety of technical roles in offshore Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Australia, onshore US Lower 48 and Alaska. Leadership roles spanning across the petroleum lifecyle have included L48 New Ventures screening for new unconventional plays, Project Integration Manager for the non-operated Shenandoah Discovery (GOM) and Appraisal Manager in Alaska, where she led evaluation of the Willow and Narwhal discoveries. Most recently, Chernoff served as the Greater Kuparuk Area Asset Development Manager in Alaska, and was responsible for delivery of new opportunities and production from the prolific Kuparuk area reservoirs.
Chernoff grew up in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Canadian parents. She earned a BS degree in Geophysics and a MA degree in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and a PhD in Geology from the University of Arizona in 2002. She has served on Advisory Boards at both The University of Texas and the University of Arizona and is a strong advocate for undergraduate research and field experiences in the Geosciences.
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