B.S. Geology - Texas A & M University - 1978

M. S. Natural Science (emphasis on Structural Geology) - Stephen F. Austin State University - 1981
Thesis - "The Structural Geology of Persimmon Gap, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County Texas, as Interpreted by Remote Sensing and Conventional Field Methods."

Ph.D. Geology (emphasis on Applied Geophysics) - West Virginia University - 2013
Dissertation - "Use of 3D Seismic Azimuthal Iso-Frequency Volumes for the Detection and Characterization of High Porosity/Permeability Zones in Carbonate Reservoirs"


Dr. Toelle has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1981. He is also a Certified Petroleum Geologist by the AAPG (#4213).

Brian is also a Certified Geophysicist by the State of Texas (#3162).

He is also a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers.


Saudi Aramco Exploration's Personal Achievement Award
In 1993, Brian received Saudi Aramco Exploration's Personal Achievement Award, which is awarded once a year to a single individual within Aramco. Here, an article in the Arabian Sun describes his contribution for this award.

Performed by Schlumberger Award
In 2001 Brian was awarded the "Performed by Schlumberger Silver Award" for his work as the team leader of the Texaco JVE QuickSEIS project.

Performed by Schlumberger Award
In 2013 Brian received the "Performed by Schlumberger Bronze Award" for his participation in the Saudi Aramco On-The-Job training program. During this program Brian mentored a number of trainees on various aspects of shale geophysics over a 6 week period.

SPE Distinguished Lecturer
Brian was named a "Distinguished Lecturer" by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. His DL tour occurred during the 2014-15 lecture season during which he visited multiple states and countries in order to present the results of his research.

2019 Steve Champlin Memorial Award
Brian was awarded the "Best Poster Award" by the Wyoming Geological Association for his poster on the 3D Petroleum System Modeling of the Bighorn Basin.