Lecturers Set for February

AAPG’s Distinguished Lecture program will have a high profile in February, with four speakers set for engagements as plans continue for the inaugural Shell Distinguished Lecturer tour.

Ron Blakey
Ron Blakey
Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson
Richard Stoneburner
Richard Stoneburner
Rusty Riese
Rusty Riese

The speakers who are booked for February are Ron Blakey, Chris Jackson, Richard Stoneburner and AAPG Ethics Lecturer Rusty Riese.

Art Saller, previously announced as the Shell Distinguished Lecturer, will be making his first tour in that capacity this spring. His first tour as a North American DL was completed in January, when he spoke to several groups in western North America.

The Shell Distinguished Lecture Program is a new addition to AAPG’s DL program, and was made possible through a generous contribution last year by Shell to the AAPG Foundation. It will endow one speaker annually who will focus on topics in the area of petroleum geology related to Canada, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Ole Martinsen
Ole Martinsen

“The Shell DL program’s content, topics and location of tours are more specific and dedicated to enhance certain topics important to particular regions,” said Ole Martinsen, senior adviser of exploration at Statoil ASA and co-chair of the DL program.

In other words, the Distinguished Lecture program now has three components:

A North American roster that provides eight to 10 speakers annually.

An international roster of two or three speakers each year.

One Shell Lecturer.

A factor in the creation of the Shell initiative was the prior success of the other two parts of the AAPG DL programs, according to Martinsen.

The “solid, working system of the DL programs,” plus the “absolutely top speakers industry and academia can offer ensures quality in the Shell program, and our established cooperation with the international Regions ensures that successful tours can be run,” he said.

The DL tours set for February are:

Blakey will tour Feb. 25-28, speaking to groups in Rolla and Columbia, Mo., and Ottawa, Canada.

His lecture is Using Paleogeographic Maps to Portray Phanerozoic Geologic and Paleotectonic History of Western North America.

Jackson, this year’s Allan P. Bennison lecturer, will tour Feb. 26-March 5, speaking to groups in Golden, Colo.; Billings, Mont.; Casper, Wyo.; Walnut Creek, Calif.; and Bismarck, N.D. He offers two topics:

3-D Seismic Reflection and Borehole Expression of Tectonically Controlled Deep-Marine Reservoirs; Examples from the Northern North Sea Hydrocarbon Province.

The Impact of Igneous Intrusions and Extrusions on Hydrocarbon Prospectivity in Extensional Settings.

Stoneburner, this year’s Haas-Pratt lecturer, will tour through Feb. 8, speaking to groups in Denver; Casper, Wyo.; Billings, Mont.; and Calgary, Canada.

His lecture is The Exploration, Appraisal and Development of Unconventional Reservoirs: A New Approach to Petroleum Geology.

Riese will give his ethics lecture Feb. 12 in Bismarck, N.D., and Feb. 20 in Lafayette, La. It is titled Oil Spills, Ethics and Society: How They Intersect and Where the Responsibilities Reside.

An interview with Bolhuis will be featured in the May convention issue of the EXPLORER.

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