a candidate for secretary of AAPG, is director of the Oklahoma
A native of West
Texas, he received his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees
from the University of Texas at Austin, completing his studies
there in 1958. He then spent one year as a post-doctoral
fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
Mankin began his
career as an assistant professor of geology at the University
of Oklahoma and as a part-time geologist with the Oklahoma
Geological Survey in 1959. In 1963, he was appointed director
of the School of Geology and Geophysics and served in that
role until 1977.
He was also appointed
director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey in 1967, and
he continues in that position. In 1978, he was appointed
executive director of the Energy Resources Institute, serving
in that capacity until 1987.
During his career,
Mankin has served on and chaired numerous boards, committees
and study panels of the National Research Council, federal
executive branch agencies, and other academic and professional
He is a member of
a number of local and national earth-science organizations,
and has served as an officer for the Association of American
State Geologists, the American Institute of Professional
Geologists and the Geological Society of America. He has
been recognized by a number of these organizations for service
to them and to society. These include the U.S. Department
of the Interior Conservation Service Award, the AGI Ian
Campbell Medal, the AIPG Martin van Couvering Memorial Award
and Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, AIPG honorary life membership
and the GSA Public Service Award.
A member of AAPG
since 1954, he served on the Academic Liaison Committee
from 1966-70 and again from 1973-85; on the Education Committee
from 1971-78; on the Research Committee from 1968-74; on
the Stratigraphic Correlations Committee from 1977-88; and
on the Geological Highway Map Committee from 1966-70.
He currently serves
on the Committee on Resource Evaluation and on the Global
Climate Change Committee.
He also serves on
the Division of Professional Affairs' Government Affairs
Committee and chairs the Government Liaison Subcommittee.
the AAPG Public Service Award in 1988 and honorary membership