Walter S Guidroz, Ph.D.


Career History and Highlights

Dr. Guidroz joined the USGS and the Energy Resources program in 2016 after having spent 30+ years in the energy sector.  His career successfully spans the integration of multi-disciplinary skills in geoscience, leadership, organizational capability and commercial and economic management. 

A geologist by background, he joined Amoco in 1981 and served in a variety of geological and petrophysical roles onshore in south Louisiana and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.  He next helped progress several substantial international new ventures in the West Siberian Basin, which included seeking Soviet, and later Russian, governmental approval to conduct resource assessments and devise development plans for several major oil and gas fields in the basin.  Dr. Guidroz then worked a series of privatization bid rounds hosted by Petrobras in the Campos and Santos Basins offshore Brazil’s Atlantic coastline.

After the BP-Amoco merger Dr. Guidroz worked in a variety of geological and commercial roles at BP, again in the Gulf of Mexico but also in the Wind River Basin of Wyoming.  He then moved to a series of management roles that included serving as Manager of BP’s Western Hemisphere Geophysical Operations Team, Petrophysics Team Leader, Discipline Capability Manager and later Director of Discipline Capability for the Western Hemisphere.  He was appointed as the sole Discipline Capability Director in 2014 and guided the discipline within BP’s global subsurface organization.

Dr. Guidroz serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Mississippi where he teaches Petroleum Geology and Seismic Interpretation to undergraduate and graduate students.


Dr. Guidroz holds a Doctorate in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences with a specialty in marine geology from Louisiana State University, an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s in Geology from the University of Mississippi, and a Bachelor’s in Geology from Nicholls State University.