Richardson (Pitch) Allen

Research Professor

Phone: (801) 581-7574
Fax: (801) 585-3540




Regional & Basin Experience

  • South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia)

  • Red Sea

  • Studies on Unconventional oil and gas (North America, Europe, North Africa)

  • Bacterial Gas (Global)

1983 Ph.D. in Geology, Columbia University, New York

1978 M.A. M.Phil. in Geology, Columbia University, New York

1975 B.A. in Geology, Columbia College, New York


  • Geological Society of America

  • American Geophysical Union

1975-1981 Faculty Fellowship, Columbia University

1986 Co-Recipient of the Jules Braunstein Memorial Award for the best AAPG poster presentation at the 1985 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, New Orleans

1974 Awarded USGS summer field assistant position through National Association of Geology Teachers/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Program

Nemcok, M., Stuart, C., Rosendahl, B. R., Welker, C., Smith, S., Sheya, C., Sinha, S. T., Choudhuri, M., Allen, R., Reeves, C., Sharma, S. P., Venkatraman, S. and Sinha, N., 2013 in press, Continental break-up mechanism; lessons from intermediate- and fast-extension settings, in Mohriak, W. U., Danforth, A., Post, P. J., Brown, D. E., Tari, G. C., Nemcok, M., and Sinha, S. T., eds., Conjugate Divergent Margins: Geological Society, London, Special Publication, v. 369

Segall, M. P., Murphy, R. K., McPherson, S., Neese, D. G., Nemcok, M., Allen, R. and Chidsey, T. C., Jr., 2003, Modern and antecedent topography; focussing agents for reservoir sands; central and western Scotian Basin: Annual Meeting Expanded Abstracts – American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 12, p. 154.

Nemcok, M., Shafer, C., Allen, R.B., Segall, M.P., Hermeston, S., Sawyer, R.K., Christensen, C., 2003. Morocco-Nova Scotia-Georges Bank Margins Basins Project. Energy & Geoscience Institute Technical Report

Allen, R. B., 2004, Atlantic margins basins project – Phase I: Equatorial margins. Conversion of GIS – ArcView 3 to ArcGIS 8. EGI Technical Report

Segall, M.P., Platon, E., Allen, R., Francu, J., Nemcok, M., Shafer, C., Jarvie, C., Ekart, D., Erickson, J., Abrams, M., 2004. North Bahamas Continental Margin Evolution. Energy & Geoscience Institute Technical Report

Murphy, R. K., McPherson, S., Segall, M. P., Nemcok, M., Abrams, M. A., Allen, R. B., 2003, Clastic sediment distribution and dispersal in the deepwater Scotian margin: Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America, v. 35, no. 3, p. 24.

Abrams, M. A. and Allen, R. B., 2005, Source rock catalog for US onshore basins: Phase I and Phase II, EGI Technical Report

Allen, R. B., 2005, The hydrocarbon potential of Central Northern Montana, the foreland north of Augusta.EGI Technical Report

Nemcok, M., Segall, M. P., et al., 2004, Atlantic margins basins project – Phase I: Equatorial margins. EGI Technical Report

Segall, M.P., Allen, R.B., Abrams, M.A., and O. Abou-Ismail, 2001. Seafloor stability of the Argentine continental margin – considerations for offshore hydrocarbon exploration and production. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Program with Abstracts, p. A182.

Abrams, M. A., Nemcok, M., Allen, R., Shaw, K. and Potter, R. W., II, 2005, Identification of key petroleum system risks in Grandview Hills NWT exploration play: Annual Meeting Abstracts – American Association of Petroleum Geologists.