Division of Environmental Geosciences
One of DEG’s greatest benefits is our Environmental Geosciences Journal. Our plans for the next year include sponsoring special editions on hydraulic fracturing, produced water, enhanced oil recovery, and environmental impacts of oil spills. Other DEG activities for the next year include a membership drive to attract new national, international, and student members as we are currently below 1,000 active members. DEG has implemented a “no dues” policy for AAPG student members who join DEG. DEG has short courses and technical sessions planned for the Annual Meeting in Houston, TX. Additionally, DEG is currently working with the organizers for the 2011 AAPG International ICE Meeting in Milan, Italy with plans to sponsor both workshops and technical sessions. DEG continues to partner with both EMD and DPA on joint sessions and other interactions, as appropriate.
I challenge every AAPG member to become an active DEG member. If you have let your membership lapse please think about renewing it. Now is the time to show your support for the environmental issues that are facing the petroleum industry. By doing so, you can help us educate the public regarding energy and environmental matters. DEG has various committees you can join – check us out at http://deg.aapg.org. If you are not a member, please consider joining to unite with DEG in promoting and encouraging environmental research for exploration, production, and environmental cleanup.
What AAPG Means to Me
As the newly elected Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) President for 2010-2011, please let me introduce myself. I became a member of AAPG in 1984 while in graduate school at the University of Idaho, where I was actively involved in the formation of an AAPG student chapter. My affiliation with DEG began when the organization was formed in 1992; I served as a charter member of the first hydrogeology committee. I have enjoyed being an active member of AAPG and DEG over the years and continue to enjoy all the professional interactions with all the geoscientists. I am excited about serving as DEG President and believe the next year offers many opportunities for the division and hope that I make a positive contribution.