AAPG stands as the premier scientific society for earth sciences.
AAPG is an active and vibrant scientific society that provides
its membership with many functions necessary for the advancement
of earth sciences. Among these are providing a strong foundation
of published scientific work, allowing members to express
ideas and achievements through peer-reviewed scientific publications,
and offering members avenues for networking with fellow scientists
through newsletters and conferences.
To fulfill these functions, AAPG must continue to be an active
scientific society responsive to the needs of its members.
This is only possible when individuals take the time and effort
to give something back to the society. By serving as an officer
candidate for the HoD, I feel that I am helping AAPG to remain
a healthy and active scientific society. I feel I advance
the science of geology.
I have always had a fascination with science and nature. This
fascination began with rock and fossil collections as a boy,
continued with earth science in high school, and a college
geology major. After college, I found that the petroleum industry
is accomplishing some of the best science being done in geology.
I pursued a career in petroleum geology. and continue to enjoy
the challenges and opportunities that petroleum geology provides.
I have pursued a PhD in Geology for the last few years. This
degree program and my consulting work have left me little
outside time to pursue other interests. I enjoy hiking, skiing,
fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
To be nominated for Secretary/Editor, is a fine honor, but
more important, it represents a tremendous opportunity to
better serve my fellow HoD members, and the membership we
all represent. It would be a great chance to help enhance
communication, and contribute to a greater understanding of
the issues important to the HoD. Toward that end, I'd like
to further energize the DV to recruit more discussion on important
issues, as well as initiate a series of articles where HoD
members discuss how the AAPG might play a further role in
the lives of its members, 10-25 years from now. This forward
look provides a real chance for some of our more visionary
members to "paint on a fresh canvas" outside the confines
of a committee. "Let the words flow!" will be my credo.
As the son of a 40-year "hard luck" wildcatter, I grew up
as a child seeing my father's excitement at unraveling the
secrets of the rocks, and his zest for drilling for oil &
gas. Still, it took a prep school senior-year Geology course,
and the Arab Oil embargo that same fall of 1973, to cause
me to give up my childhood dream of running for Congress,
to come to Texas and attend SMU, so I could become a petroleum
Scuba diving, land & underwater photography, mineral &
fossil collecting, national park rafting & hiking, redfish-trout
& deep sea fishing, IMAX movies, family genealogy-history
research, playing ice hockey, and ……still a little politics,
now and then.