Company Profile


Mr. Rynott, owner/operator of Ridge Resources LLC, has 30 years experience in prospect generation and prospect evaluation, primarily in the Gulf Coast Basin. He has screened over 1000 prospects, generated numerous discoveries, and uses cutting edge technology and old-school experience to drive profitable exploration programs.

Prior to forming Ridge Resources, Mr. Rynott was the Exploration Manager at Red Willow Production Co., where he worked multiple Lower-48 basins. He was also part of a Deep Water multidisciplinary team (Red Willow Production, Noble Energy, and BP) involved in a 85 MMBOE discovery in the ultra-deepwater of Mississippi Canyon.

Preceding Red Willow, Mr. Rynott was appointed by Forest Oil in Denver CO to evaluate 140,000 acres in Beauregard and Calcasieu Parishes Louisiana. He ultimately coordinated the shooting of the 132 square mile Hurricane Creek 3D which was later sold to EP Energy Corporation. Since July 2010, EP Energy has successfully completed 21 consecutive Wilcox wells in the Hurricane Creek survey.

Mr. Rynott has served on the following Boards: AAPG Advisory Council, AAPG Associate Technical Editor, AAPG House of Delegates, Louisiana Oil and Gas Assoc (LOGA), Gulf Coast Assoc of Geological Societies (GCAGS), and Gulf Coast Prospect Expo. He also served as the 2018 President of the Four Corners Geological Society, 2004 GCAGS President-Elect, Chairman of the 1999 GCAGS Annual Convention and 2001 Gulf Coast Prospect Expo.

Mr. Rynott has given multiple oral presentations in 2013 and 2014 titled “Wilcox Re-birth: South Louisiana” and “Gothic Shale: Economic Viability” at AAPG (ACE), SIPE’s National Conference, and GCAGS. His Wilcox extended abstract can be found here. The AAPG Explorer has published an article about the Wilcox rebirth.

In 1979, Mr. Rynott graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Geology and subsequently attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and completed 26 hours of graduate level work in Geology. He is presently a member of: AAPG, DPA (Cert #5803), SIPES (Cert #3233), LOGA, HGS, RMAG, LGS, FCGS, and SGE.


Tim received his B.S. in Geology from Fort Lewis College in April 2013 in Durango, Colorado. His thesis involved slope stability analysis pertaining to clay speciation and determining the potential for future slope failures. He has a strong academic background in sedimentology and stratigraphy and was the recipient of multiple awards including RMAG Outstanding Student Award, as well as research grants from various institutions. He is currently applying his educational background to developing and mastering the skills necessary for generating and evaluating oil and gas prospects. His focus is shallow oil in the Frio, Vicksburg, Cockfield, and Yegua Formations of Southern Louisiana and Eastern Texas.

Tim started working for Ridge Resources in May 2013. He has quickly developed skills including detailed well log correlations, subsurface and cross-section mapping, seismic interpretation, and data acquisition and processing. His proficiency with ArcGIS and Microsoft Suite has been strongly utilized. He is also a member of FCGS.


Sabina Kraushaar is a consulting geoscientist with expertise in the Mancos shale and San Juan Basin of New Mexico.  She has been a project consultant for Ridge Resources since 2013.  Most recently, she was part of a private equity team who owned and operated 25,000 net acres in the San Juan Basin.  Ms. Kraushaar helped prove up 10 MMBO of oil reserves by doing detailed petrophysical mapping and drilling horizontal wells.

In 2011 Ms. Kraushaar received her B.S. degree in Geology from Fort Lewis College, and her M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2014.  Her M.S. thesis project incorporated geologic field mapping and geophysics in order to assess the structural controls of a geothermal prospect in Nevada.

Ms. Kraushaar is a volunteer on the following boards: 2019 President of the Four Corners Geological Society, Co-Founder and Team Director of High Desert Devo youth cycling team. Ms. Kraushaar is also a faculty member at East Carolina University’s geology field camp each summer (since 2014). Mapping areas include metamorphic complexes near Taos, New Mexico, Cretaceous stratigraphy near San Ysidrio, NM and Durango, CO, and Paleozoic outcrops in the San Juan Mountains of CO.

For a complete list of Ms. Kraushaar’s publications and qualifications, please visit her website at


Jake earned a MS in geochemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he used petrography and microanalysis to interpret petrographic textures of fossilized stromatolites in the ~ 3.4 billion year old Strelley Pool Fm of Western Australia. He published his MS titled, “SIMS microanalysis of the Strelley Pool Formation cherts and the implications for the secular-temporal oxygen-isotope trend of cherts”, in Precambrian Research. Prior to his MS he completed his BS at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and worked as an ore control geologist at the Barrick Goldstrike mine in Nevada and the Kinross Buckhorn mine in Washington. Jake’s BS thesis involved intrusive rocks from the Navajo Volcanic Field in the 4 corners region and the use of petrography, chlorine isotopes and microanalytical fluorine trends to unravel magmatic gas and fluid origins. The Navajo Volcanic Field intrusives, and other Colorado Plateau volcanics are likely conduits for helium migration from its basement-rock sources to reservoirs. Jake taught for two years at Fort Lewis College where he delighted in using the local outcrops and geology as his outdoor classroom.

Currently, Jake has been working in the San Juan Basin as a wellsite geologist. He has been involved with projects drilling for helium and hydrocarbons in clastic sediments and carbonates. He specializes in wellsite geochemistry using a portable mass spectrometer and a gas chromatograph. Jake also geosteers wells, which involves relaying up-down steering instructions to the rig-crew through interpretation of real-time geologic data from rock-samples, the drilling rig, and field-instrumentation. Jake also authors detailed geologic logs which illustrate data and descriptions from the well and the lithology crossed by the wellbore.

Jake is excited to be a part of the talented team at Ridge Resources and to help inform their helium and hydrocarbon projects!

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