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Larry C. Knauer, a candidate for AAPG treasurer, is a senior geologist with Texaco in Bakersfield, Calif.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Knauer earned his bachelor's degree in geology from Whittier College and a master's from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Knauer began his career as a petroleum geologist with Gulf Oil, which in 1985 became a part of Chevron. In 1987, Knauer became a lecturer/curator at the California Well Sample Repository at California State University at Bakersfield, as well as a consultant for oil environmental issues in Kern County. In 1989 he took a senior geologist position with Bechtel Petroleum Operations before moving on to join Texaco in 1997.
Knauer has been a member of AAPG since 1982 and he is a registered geologist in California.
Active in the AAPG Pacific Section, Knauer has held a number of leadership positions there, including president in 1996-97. In 1999 he received the Section's Honorary Lifetime Member award. Knauer also has served as president of the San Joaquin Geological Society. Knauer was an AAPG House of Delegates alternate in 2001.
Additional professional affiliations include the Society of Petroleum Well Log Analysts.
Why I Accepted the Invitation To Be a Candidate For AAPG Office
By LARRY C. KNAUER
AAPG is a unique organization that thrives through a combination of good business sense, a true vision of its purpose as a vehicle for education and assistance to its members and the public, and its member's volunteerism.
I believe in volunteerism. I think giving something back to the profession you have selected is important. It is no less important than giving something of yourself to improve the community in which you live.
I have participated in the Pacific Section AAPG a great deal over the years. I see the direct benefit of what even a small number of volunteers are able to accomplish for our members. I see the camaraderie and flow of information grow as the network of geologists expands to include more of us. One of the main things we need to do is encourage fellow geologists to get actively involved. It is a slow process, usually involving one person at a time. We need to make a greater effort to bring more of what AAPG has to offer to the local societies and sections.
Joining with other professional societies for annual meetings has proven to be beneficial. The last two annual section meetings in the Pacific Section were done with the SPE in 2000 and the GSA in 2001. We are teaming up with the SPE again in 2002 in Anchorage. While the culture of these groups is somewhat different, that difference has provided the main benefit of working together on these joint meetings. That benefit is the many new ideas to which each of the organizations has been exposed. Not just technical ideas, but differences in the philosophy of how to run a meeting for the maximum benefit of the membership.
I accepted the invitation to stand for the office of treasurer of AAPG because I saw it as an opportunity to get to know geologists from other sections in AAPG. I want to find out how they conduct themselves in their geologic communities. I want to know what programs they support and how they get people involved in doing the work.
Most of all, I want to find a way to connect the local societies, the regional sections and the national AAPG office into a more organized system of data exchange and mutual support. Rick Fritz has the right idea in going digital as much as possible, and expanding the AAPG Web site. But digital isn't everything. People are still needed to facilitate the connection between Tulsa and the outlying areas. I have a few ideas to discuss with the members and the staff of AAPG over the next year or two. I hope during that time to bring some new ideas back to the Pacific Section for the benefit of its members.