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Distinguished Lecturers Hit the Road

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

February proves itself the busiest month of the year for AAPG’s Distinguished Lecture program, with seven speakers – five domestic and two international – set to be on speaking tours.

The tours involve stops at 40 cities in North America and at least 12 stops throughout Europe and Asia. Some tours continue into early March.

For information on any of the tours contact Karen Dotts in the AAPG education department.

The February DL schedule includes:

Domestic Tours

Mike Peacock, exploration/development geoscience manager, Imperial Oil, Calgary, Canada, will offer his lecture on “Athabasca Oil Sands: Understanding the Oil Sands from the Regional Scale to the Project Scale – A Case History.”

His speaking dates are:

  • Feb. 4 – Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
  • Feb. 5 – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Feb. 6 – University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
  • Feb. 7 – Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
  • Feb. 11 – Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • Feb. 12 – Virginia Poly Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
  • Feb. 13 – Penn State University, University Park, Pa.
  • Feb. 14 – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.

Peacock is this year’s Haas-Pratt Distinguished Lecturer.

Jon Olson, associate professor, department of petroleum and geosystems engineering, the University of Texas at Austin, will offer two talks: “Fractured Reservoir Characterization: From Diagenesis and Fracture Mechanics to Reservoir Permeability” and “A Geologist’s Guide to Explaining Natural Fracture Phenomena with Fracture Mechanics.”

His speaking dates are:

  • Feb. 11 – University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada.
  • Feb. 12 – SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Feb. 14 – West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Feb. 15 – University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
  • Feb. 18 – Illinois Geological Survey, Mount Vernon, Ill.
  • Feb. 19 – Shreveport Geological Society, Shreveport, La.
  • Feb. 20 – Lafayette Geological Society, Lafayette, La.
  • Feb. 21 – Fort Smith Geological Society, Fort Smith, Ark.

Kirk Johnson, vice president of research and collections, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, will offer his talk on “Crocodiles in Greenland and Hippos in London: A Fossil-Fueled Tour of Past and Future Climates.”

His speaking dates are:

  • Feb. 18 – University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minn.
  • Feb. 19 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
  • Feb. 20 – Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Feb. 21 – SUNY at Albany, Albany, N.Y.
  • Feb. 25 – Amherst College, Amherst, Mass.
  • Feb. 26 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Feb. 27 – University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
  • Feb. 28 – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Feb. 29 – Tulane University, New Orleans.

Katherine Giles, a professor at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M., will offer two talks: “Tracking the Migration of Salt Diapirs Using Halokinetic Sequence Stratigraphy” and “Complex Feed Back Loops Controlling Heterozoan Reef Development on Salt Diapirs, La Popa Basin, Mexico.”

Her speaking dates are:

  • Feb. 18 – University of Texas-Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas.
  • Feb. 19 – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
  • Feb. 20 – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Feb. 21 – Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Feb. 22 – Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
  • Feb. 26 – Montana Geological Society, Billings, Mont.
  • Feb. 27 – University of Idaho, Pullman, Wash.
  • Feb. 29 – University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Mike Blum, a professor in the department of geology and geophysics at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, will offer two talks: “Subsidence and Sea-Level Changes Along the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Response of Mississippi River to the Last Glacial Cycle, and the Flexural Ups and Downs of Mississippi Delta” and  “Signatures of Climate and Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico River Systems Over the Last Glacial-Interglacial Cycle: A Source-to-Sink View Ups and Downs of Mississippi Delta.”

His speaking dates are:

  • Feb. 25 – University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.
  • Feb. 26 – CSPG, Calgary, Canada.
  • Feb. 27 – Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
  • Feb. 28 – University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.
  • March 3 – University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
  • March 4 – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.
  • March 5 – University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
  • March 6 – West Texas Geological Society, Midland, Texas.
International Tours

AAPG member Don Lawton, holder of the chair in exploration geophysics at the University of Calgary, Canada, will present this year’s AAPG/SEG Intersociety Lecture. His topic is “Anisotropic Depth Imaging and Interpretation in Thrust-Belt Exploration.”

His speaking dates include:

  • Feb. 25-26 – China University of Petroleum Geosciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
  • Feb. 27-28 – SEAPEX, Singapore.
  • Feb. 29-March 3 – India Petroleum Association, Dehradun, India.
  • March 5-8 – Indonesian Petroleum Association, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • March 8-11 – Geological Society of Malaysia and University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

John J. Walsh, lecturer and associate professor, Fault Analysis Group school of geological sciences, University College, Dublin, Ireland, will offer two talks: “The Growth of Fault Systems on Different Time Scales: Reconciling the Long-Term Growth and Earthquake Behavior of Normal Faults” and “The Structure, Content and Growth of Fault Zones Within Sedimentary Sequences.”

His speaking dates are:

  • Feb. 12 – Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, London.
  • Feb. 13 – Imperial College, London.
  • Feb. 18 – University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Feb. 19 – University of Manchester, Manchester, England.
  • Feb. 21-22 – IFP, Rueil Malmaison; Society of Geologists in France, Paris.  

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