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Ronald A. Nelson is structural geology and geomechanics network leader for BP Amoco in Houston.
A native of Chicago, Nelson received his bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University and received both master's and doctorate from Texas A&M University.
Beginning his career with Lindgren Exploration Co. in Wayzata, Minn., Nelson joined Amoco Production in Tulsa five years later as a structural and fractured reservoir research geologist.
In 1986 he moved to Houston with Amoco, working in international exploration and technology management before assuming his present position with BP Amoco in 1999.
A certified petroleum geologist, Nelson joined AAPG in 1976.
AAPG activities include being a Distinguished Lecturer, 1982-83 and again in 1997-98, when he was the Dean A. McGee Lecturer for Southeast Asia.; associate editor, 1983-88 and 1990-92; short course lecturer 1983, '86 and '91; school lecturer 1984-96; delegate to the AAPG House, 1984-86 and 1996-99; advisory board of the AAPG Treatise Project, 1985-90; Distinguished Lecture Committee, 1991-94; Advisory Council, 1996-99; Standing Technical Program Committee, 1997 - present, chairing the committee in 1997-98.
He also is a member of the Houston Geological Society, serving as president in 1995-96; and was a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Author in 1987.
Among his 65 publications is the textbook Geological Analysis of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs.