Our Background

Scientific Services on a Global Basis

TDI-Brooks is a scientific data acquisition services company specializing in multi-disciplinary oceanographic projects; marine geochemical exploration for oil and gas;  offshore survey projects, and high-end environmental chemistry for the oil & gas industry as well as for federal and state agencies. TDI-Brooks was formed in mid-1996 when our senior staff left management positions at a research center of Texas A&M University.

Headquartered in College Station, TX, TDI-Brooks strives to provide a professional service to support each client and project by incorporating industry resources, relationships, technology, and safe practices. TDI-Brooks has a staff of nearly one-hundred individuals including fourteen Ph.D. level oceanographers, geochemists, biologists and geologists.

We started by developing our capabilities in the marine seabed geochemical exploration market, a market that we originated in the early 1980s while at the university. TDI-Brooks has federal projects from NOAA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, USEPA, USGS and BOEM


We’re experts in our field

Effective 20, January 2017, TDI-Brooks International, Inc. acquired an Engineering Firm Certification with the State of Texas due to extensive experience in the area of offshore environmental, geotechnical, and geological site investigations, and expands offerings to include seafloor and subsurface soil engineering services.


Seabed Oil & Hydrate

TDI-Brooks owns and operates mult-use research vessels — the R/V Proteus and R/V Gyre  along with the R/V Brooks McCall  and R/V Miss Emma McCall which are both on long-term charter. Our vessels are primarily engaged in geotechnical and geochemical coring and data acquisition, hazard surveys, environmental surveys, physical oceanography, heat flow, and high resolution site surveys.

Our Mission

Our mission is to safely deliver high-quality oceanographic services, including acquisition, sampling, analysis and scientific interpretation, to the marine environmental, geochemical, geotechnical and survey marketplace.

Our Value Proposition

We will deliver services of value to our customers using our initiative, competence, experience,
training, systems, and expertise in these market niches, in trade for fair compensation, learnings,
and the joy of discovery.

Our Values

  • We believe in pursuing true, systematic, effective safety.
  • We believe in technical and business integrity.
  • We believe in persevering until we deliver.
  • We believe in delivering more value than our customer specifies.
  • We believe in being relentless in our drive to improve.
  • We believe in giving first and receiving later.
  • We believe in treating our customers and suppliers as friends.
  • We believe in treating our employees and business partners as family.
  • We believe in honoring the commitments we make.
  • We believe in showing good faith.
  • We believe in having fun.
  • We believe that our reputation is more valuable than our net worth.

Safety management

TDI-Brooks has created a Comprehensive Training Program with the goal of training, supporting and engaging our employees in a continual improvement process.

A summary of our HSE statistics are available for download here: 

HSEStats (2019)

Safety Management

At TDI-Brooks, we realize that the strength of our safety system is heavily dependent on our front line employees. That is why we have worked hard to establish a two way dialogue between upper management and the employees on deck.

To improve communications and reinforce the importance of safety practices, the vessels are visited regularly by members of upper management, and most of our office employees are expected to work offshore each year.

TDI-Brooks has developed Core Safety Training for all employees who work on our vessels, both vessel crew and technical party. This main training provides an introduction to our Safety Management System and safety processes.

Our Safety Management System extends well beyond our written manual into all aspects of our operations, including our shore side and land based operations.

Rosette n PPEOur Behavior Based Safety system is integral to our key safety policies and procedures, such as permit to work procedures, mentors for short service employees, toolbox talks, job safety analysis, safety observation cards and weekly HSE special topic training. Each aspect emphasizes each employee’s right and obligation to participate in planning the work, complete the job safely and report any potential issues and STOP WORK if it is unsafe, regardless of their position or seniority. 

Employees are encouraged to participate in their own safety through monthly Risk Reviews, the HSE comments section in the weekly reports, Master’s Reviews, safety observation cards and contributions to the monthly safety newsletter. 


As a company we take great pride in our reputation for acting fairly and ethically wherever we conduct business, whether domestic or internationally.

Our Code of Ethics and Integrity guides us in making the right decisions that impact our clients, our personnel and the communities where we live and work.

We have a core set of values to guide us every day, and we pride ourselves on doing the right thing, even when it’s hard or not convenient.

An important part of our culture is recognizing that doing business with integrity is a shared responsibility for all of us at TDI-Brooks. Every person working at TDI-Brooks, whether as an employee, consultant, agent, contractor or in any other capacity, has a responsibility to act with the highest level of integrity and sound judgement regarding any form of ethics or bribery which would negatively impact our company core values.


 TDI-Brooks trusts that what we do is important – and how we do it is even more so. Guided by our strong values of integrity we work hard to earn the high regards of our partners, investors and clients around the globe.

As we strive to continually deliver strong business results, we want to guarantee we achieve those results in the proper way. We are proud to say we take zero tolerance approach to corruption in all its forms and do not accept corruption or bribery in our business or in those we do business with.

TDI-Brooks abides by a strict code of business ethics and integrity. Our anti-corruption standards clearly prohibit bribery and corruption in all our business dealings.

TDI-Brooks prohibits making or accepting, facilitation payments or “kickbacks” of any kind to government officials, foreign agencies, political parties, or party officials.

TDI-Brooks, its subsidiaries and other affiliated companies are committed to complying with all applicable laws in their operations, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FPCA). The FPCA is a U.S. law that prohibits bribes to government officials (including political candidates and political parties) in order to influence their acts or decisions. The FPCA also prohibits payments to intermediaries  or agents when the payments may be used to direct improper payments to foreign officials.

Further, TDI-Brooks intends not to just act in accordance with those legal requirements, but to conduct its business in accordance with the utmost level of honesty and integrity. All employees are expected to report any suspected illegal or unethical business activity.

No TDI-Brooks employee, agent, contractor, vendor, or other affiliated Third Party may directly or indirectly, offer, guarantee, pay, grant or authorize any financial or other advantage to any other person or organization, with the intent to secure an improper advantage for TDI-Brooks. Likewise, no employee, agent, contractor or vendor may accept payment from a Third Party if they know or suspect that it is offered or provided with an expectation that a business advantage will be provided in return.


TDI-Brooks is committed to investing in the communities and environment in which we live and work. That means dedicating our time, efforts and funds to support opportunities wherever they emerge. We develop relationships with non-profit partners to deliver a positive impact and drive sustainable projects that make a difference.

We strive to improve the lives of people in many different ways.

Corporate Responsibility is much more than charitable funding; it’s taking the lead to do right by building a better future for every community. These projects aim to provide sustainable and long-term benefits to our community.

TDI-Brooks’ employees are passionate about engaging in their local communities and we encourage them to contribute to the communities where they live and work.

Aggieland Pets With A Purpose

Aggieland Pets With A Purpose is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Brazos Valley area residents by enhancing their physical, social and emotional well-being with the unconditional love of our pets. APWAP provides volunteers and evaluated and trained animals for educational, rehabilitative and emotional assistance purposes. Our very own Shannon Smith is an active volunteer for this organization.

American heart Association

The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.



In an effort for a “hunger-free Brazos Valley”. TDI-Brooks supports the fund raising efforts of the Brazos Valley Food Bank by Sponsoring their annual “Celebration For Hope Dinner”.


BRAZOS VALLEY museum of natural history

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History has served the Brazos Valley in many ways since its founding in 1961. The Museum’s current mission is to preserve and protect natural and cultural history, to stimulate its understanding, and to encourage responsible stewardship of all natural and cultural resources. It accomplishes this through: 1) the preservation of artifacts and natural specimens; 2) the presentation of exhibits and educational programming; and 3) cooperative partnerships with arts and cultural organizations, community oriented entities, and academic institutions throughout the Brazos Valley.

There is no other museum within a 100 mile radius of Bryan and College Station which focuses on natural and cultural history and encourages human interaction with nature.




Each year TDI-Brooks supports the Brazos County Youth to Career Fair which aims to expose area 8th graders to careers as they enter high school and begin to think about plans after graduation. Our team looks forward to each year explaining our methods and tools use for offshore surveys. The children also enjoy our fun laboratory show & tell.

bryan noon lions club

Our purpose is TO SERVE our community, our state, our country and our world. Our fund raising efforts support many local charities, especially those providing services to special needs children and victims of unexpected events such as natural disasters.


Buddy Walk

TDI-Brooks are proud to sponsor the annual Buddy Walk in support of our employees with children with Downs Syndrome. Since 1995, the Buddy Walk has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome. It is also the most widely  recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community.

college station HS Cougar Band & Guards

Unlike many traditional fundraisers, 100% of the proceeds go directly to the 225 members of the Cougar Band & Guard. TDI-Brook’s donation helps fund production, composition, design and props for our marching show, new instruments, meals at games and contests, uniforms and uniform upkeep, transportation, band trailer maintenance, marching band props, clinicians and techs, special guest band instructors and judges, scholarships, and so much more ! A music education helps develop language and reasoning, teaches students to work together as a team, gives them a sense of achievement and helps with their emotional and social development.



college station isd education foundation

Our mission is to provide resources to inspire learning, enrich teaching and recognize accomplishments of College Station ISD students and teachers through partnering with community individuals and businesses.


"Heroes" Luncheon

TDI-Brooks is a proud Sponsor of the Bryan College Station Lyons Club’s annual Luncheon honoring local Heros. The luncheon is a salute and thank you to the Brazos Valley Area law enforcement, firefighters and emergency response professionals. 

Hospice Brazos Valley

Hospice Brazos Valley is the only non-profit hospice provider serving 17 central Texas counties since 1989. The non-profit difference means that patients, not profits, guide the comprehensive care you receive.  TDI-Brooks are proud sponsors towards the fundrasiing efforts of this organization.


Marine Technology Society

The Marine Technology Society promotes awareness, understanding, and the advancement and application of marine technology. The Houston Chapter of MTS holds monthly meetings and 3 fundraisers each year.  All proceeds from these events provide annual scholarships to students from local Texas Universities. TDI-Brooks are proud sponsors of these efforts.

mercy project - faces of freedom

One hundred and thirty-two formerly trafficked children have been rescued and returned home as a result of Mercy Project’s sustainable and holistic approach to ending child slavery in Ghana. TDI-Brooks has a local presence with Ghana offshore work and are happy to support these fundraising efforts to rescue, educate and help to provide a more sustainable method of income (aquaculture) that does not require the labor of children.

Sanibel Sea School

TDI-Brooks was proud to provide a donation to the Sanibel Sea Shcool who assisted the Green Turtle Cay in the Bahammas following the devestation of Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Dorian caused extensive damage in the Bahamas. The Sanibel Sea School partnered with the clothing brand Mang to support the island community of Green Turtle Cay and were able to purchase the supplies needed to begin the rebuilding process. . 

San Fernando Christian Community - Phillipines

TDI-Brooks is proud to support the efforts of the San Fernando Christian Community with the supply of two 40-ft Sea Container Vans. These metal buildings will be placed on cleared land used to build the new “Champions Worship and Community Center” . The goal of group is to serve up to 1,500 local residents by Christmas Day 2019. Below you will find a video clip covering these efforts.

South brazos fire department

The South Brazos County FD is an all volunteer organization that serves approximately 110 square miles. Fire department personnel are responsible for responding to medical calls, vehicle accidents, and fire calls as well as other types of emergency and non emergency situations in Brazos County south of College Station from the Brazos River to Carter Creek and the Navasota River.


special olympics

TDI-Brooks is a proud Sponsor of the Houston and College Station Special Olympics. Two of our employees have children with Downs Syndrome and we are very happy to support their participation and achievements within Special Olympics. 

Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University has a long and productive history, where the first aeronautical courses were introduced in 1928 to prepare students for careers in modern aviation.  This was the beginning of what became the Aeronautical Engineering department, which was established in 1940.


Texas A&M Health science center

We’re creating the next generation of innovators, advocates, caregivers and life-savers. Founded in 1999 to bring together the health professions of Texas A&M, our relatively young, nimble attitude allows us to keep up with a rapidly evolving health care landscape, while not abandoning our land-grant origins. Through cutting-edge medical research, service and education, we’re addressing the health care needs of the 21st century.

texas a&m tiger robotics

AMCHS Tiger Robotics is the robotics club at A&M Consolidated High School. Affectionately known as “robo”, we’re an after school student-led club that’s been competing in the BEST Robotics Competition for over 20 years since our founding in 1996. The primary mission is to introduce students to design, engineering, and marketing, with a focus on product-to-market conversion


The Salvation Army

Donations to The Salvation Army allows the organization to continue to “Do the Most Good” within our community. Impactful personalized giving allows serving those who walk in looking for assistance with food, rent, utility, clothing and so much more.  TDI-Brooks are a proud sponsor to support our community.

“He who is generous will be blessed…” Proverbs 22.9a


twin city mission

Serving the seven counties of the Brazos Valley: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson & Washington, TDI-Brooks is happy to support the fundraising efforts of this Mission. The Twin City Mission meets the needs of the homeless by providing shelter for children from abuse and neglect. 

UP - Unlimited Potential

TDI-Brooks are happy to donate to the efforts of the UP organization who works with young adults ages 18-25 who have aged out of the foster care system. More info on how to help here: https://www.upbrazosvalley.org/program-resources



Clients & partnerships

Federal Clients
  • Geoscience Australia (Australia)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • Oil and Natural Gas Commission (India)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • U.S. Mineral Management Service (MMS)
  • U.S. National Institute of Health
Private Clients - Other
  • Acergy Group
  • Akabb Investiments Ltd.
  • AOA Geophysics Inc.
  • Albion Environmental Inc.
  • Applied Marine Sciences
  • Arcadis, Geraghty & Miller
  • Boskalis Int’l B.V.
  • Brone Positioning and Survey Ltd.
  • Century Subsea Inc.
  • Chemical Land Holdings Inc.
  • Continental Shelf Associates
  • Creocean Montpellier Agency
  • Ecosystems Management & Associates
  • Entrix Inc.
  • Evans-Hamilton Inc.
  • Environ Int’l Group
  • Environmental Data Services
  • Fugro Geoservuces Inc.
  • Fugro Nigeria Ltd.
  • Galaxia Martimal Ltda.
  • Geochemical Solutions, Inc.
  • Geomark Research Inc.
  • Geoscience Earth & Marine Sciences (GEMS)
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Inc.
  • Hagler-Bailly Consulting Inc.
  • ICF Consulting Inc.
  • Keller-Bliesner Engineering
  • Kellogg Brown and Root Inc.
  • Kinnetics Inc.
  • MAR Inc.
  • Marsco Inc.
  • On-Site Analytical
  • Racal Survey
  • Romic Environmental Technologies Corp.
  • Science Applications International Corporation
  • SMIT Americans Inc.
  • Steimle & Associates
  • Stolt Offshore West Africa Ltd.
  • Tolunay-Wong Engineers Inc.
  • Tesla Offshore Inc.
  • TGS-Nopec Geophysical Party Ltd.
  • UTEC Surveys Inc.
  • Vermilion Energy Trust
  • Western Geco Seismic Sdn. Bhd.
  • Woodward Clyde International – Americas
Private Clients - Oil Companies
  • Agip Angola Ltd.
  • Agip Petroleum
  • Amerada Hess Corporation
  • Amoco Exploration and Production
  • Amoco Production Company
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Arco International Oil and Gas Company
  • BG E&P Nigeria Ltd.
  • BG Trinidad and Tobago Ltd.
  • BHP Petroleum
  • Black Gold Energy
  • Bluewater Industries Inc.
  • BP Exploration & Production Inc.
  • Chevron (Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Ltd.)
  • Chevron Nigeria Limited
  • Chevron Oversees Petroleum Inc.
  • Chevron USA Inc.
  • CMS Energy Oil and Gas
  • Conoco Inc.
  • ConocoPhillips Inc.
  • Devon Energy Corp.
  • EDC International
  • Elf Aquitaine Production
  • Elf Exploration Angola
  • Elf Exploration Inc.
  • Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd.
  • Encana Corporation
  • Encana Gulf of Mexico LLC
  • Energy Africa Ltd.
  • ENI India Ltd.
  • Ensearch Construction
  • Ensearch Exploration Inc.
  • EOG Resources Int’l Inc.Esso Exploration Company
  • Esso E&P Angola Ltd.
  • Exxon Company USA
  • Exxon Exploration Company
  • Exxon Production Company
  • ExxonMobil Exploration Inc.
  • Fina Exploration and Production
  • Forest Exploration International Ltd.
  • Hess Corporation
  • Hunt Oil Company
  • I.E.O.C Exploration B.V.
  • Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Corporation
  • Marathon Oil Company
  • Mobil Exploration Angola Inc.
  • Mobil Exploration & Production US Inc.
  • Mobil Producing Nigeria
  • Murphy Oil Company Ltd.
  • Murphy West Africa Ltd.
  • Nat’l Petroleum Corp. of Namibia (NAMCOR)
  • Nexen Petroleum Ltd.
  • Newfield Petroleum
  • Nigerian Agip Petroleum Co. Limited (NAOC)
  • Noble Energy Company
  • Norsk Hydro a.s.
  • Norsk Hydro Angola
  • Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation
  • Ocean Energy
  • Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation
  • Oxy USA Inc.
  • Petrobras Americas Inc.
  • Petrobras Brasileiro Nigeria Ltd.
  • Perobras Int’l Braspetro B.V. Pibbv Angola
  • PetroCanada
  • Petronas Carigali Mozambique E&P Ltd.
  • Petronas Research & Scientific Services Sdn. Bhd.
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Pioneer Natural Resources USA Inc.
  • Reliance Industries Ltd., Exploration & Production
  • Ranger Oil Company
  • Respol Exploration and Production
  • Repsol-YPF
  • Saga Petroleum ASA
  • SCS Corporation
  • SeaGull Energy E&P Inc.
  • Shell Exploration & Production Angola B.V.
  • Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.
  • Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company Ltd.
  • Shell Offshore Inc.
  • Shell Exploration & Production Inc.
  • Shell Exploration & Production B.V.
  • SONANGOL (Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de Angola)
  • Sonangol Pesquisa & Producao
  • Spirit Energy 76
  • Statoil ASA
  • Statoil Exploration (US) Inc.
  • Talisman Petroleum Ltd.
  • Texaco Exploration Africa Inc.
  • Texaco Inc.
  • Texaco USA
  • Total S.A.
  • Total Exploration & Production
  • Total Exploration & Production Angola
  • Total Minatome Corporation
  • TotalFinaElf
  • Unocal Corporation
  • Vanco Energy Company
  • Vastar Resources Inc
  • Williams Field Services – Gulf Coast Company
  • Woodside Energy Ltd.
  • Woodside Mauritania Pty. Ltd.
State Clients
  • California Fish & Game
  • Delaware River Basin Authority
  • Orange County, California
  • Rutgers University
  • Texas A&M Research Foundation
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Utah, EGI

Countries worked

Countries Worked

TDI-Brooks International, Inc. has global experience with offshore programs in the following countries:

CubaEast Timor
Equitorial Guinea
French Guiana
Ivory Coast
Papua New Guinea
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
The Gambia
Trinidad & Tobago

TDI-Brooks maintains a multitude of partnerships across the globe to provide expert turnkey solutions to our clients.

In conjunction with our offshore geotechnical programs, TDI-Brooks offers a comprehensive suite of high-quality analytical services and scientific interpretation with a focus on petroleum geochemistry, surface geochemical exploration, oil spill response, environmental chemistry, and environmental assessments.

We have established a highly technical, state-of-the-art laboratory facility in College Station, Texas, staffed with competent and highly accomplished staff proficient in geochemical and environmental chemistry as well as in biological, geological and physical oceanography.

Our Staff

TDI-Brooks has a staff of nearly one-hundred individuals including Ph.D. level oceanographers, geochemists, biologists and geologists. Some of our senior staff continue to have academic appointments. About a third of the staff is part of our affiliated laboratory, B&B Labs. The other staff is involved in our offshore research and survey operations.

Professional Associates
International Staff

Rodrigo Corzo

Managing Director-Latin America  rodrigocorzo@tdi-bi.com

Mobile: +713.304.84.74

Management and Administrative Staff
Laboratory Staff

*Field Staff Also

Field Staff
Marine Engineering

TDI-Brooks Main Campus

*Field Staff Also

TDI-Brooks Nacogdoches Campus


*Field Staff Also

  • Chris King, Secretary/Director of Information Technology
  • Daniel Vitale, Senior Programmer/IT Engineer & Support, Navigator*
  • William Lewright, Programmer/IT Engineer & Support, Navigator*
  • Mike Kirk, Programmer/IT Engineer & Support, Navigator*
  • Carl Perkins, Systems Administrator

TDI-Brooks Main Campus

  • Ron Yoakum, Facilities Manager
  • Drew Gorney, Facilities
  • Camerino Serrato, Facilities
  • Juan Nieto, Facilities


TDI-Brooks believes in sharing our work and research with others in the community. Below you will find a compilation of posters created:

Non-Conference Posters

  • Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Soil/Sediment and Tissue Samples by Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Megan M. Konarik, M.S, Michael Gaskins, Dr. Bernie Bernard, Dr. James Brooks, PFAS Poster-WatersREV0
  • Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Soil/Sediment and Tissue Samples by Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Megan M. Konarik, M.S, Michael Gaskins, Dr. Bernie Bernard, Dr. James Brooks, PFAS Poster-SolidsREV2

 Conference Posters

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Sciences (GoMOSES) Conference, 2019

  • Characterization and source identification of gas bubbles observed at Mississippi Canyon Block 20 (MC20) in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael Gaskins, Dr. Bernie Bernard, Dr. James Brooks,  J18324 NOAA MC20 GOMOSES Poster Rev0

AAPG Hedberg Conference, 2019


We have a number of our scientific publications available on our publications page. These articles are an excellent source of information about geochemical, geotechnical, SGE, and heat flow studies, as well as other related topics.

We have available

Contact Us

TDI-Brooks International, Inc.
14391 S. Dowling RD
College Station, TX 77845

Email: info@tdi-bi.com
Phone: +1 (979) 693-3446