AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program continues its tradition of providing quality speakers to geologic audiences around the world, sending a new team of lecturers throughout the world in 2000-2001. The program, funded by the AAPG Foundation, will offer 12 speakers -- seven for the United States and five on six international tours, offering a diverse range of geologic and geoscience topics.
Fourteen different topics will be available to U.S. audiences, and seven topics will be offered by the international speakers.
This year's slate includes the second tour jointly sponsored by AAPG and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), an effort that was first unveiled in 1999-2000.
This year's SEG-AAPG Intersociety Distinguished Lecturer will be David Lumley, with 4th Wave Imaging, Houston, whose topic will be "Next Wave in Reservoir Monitoring: Instrumental Oilfield."
AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program was developed to expose students, young geologists, college faculty members and members of geological societies to current information, research and thinking.
Last year, the 12 speakers gave a total of 178 lectures, reaching 11,588 people around the world.
As in past years, support for several of the tours comes directly from the AAPG Foundation's Distinguished Lecture Fund. They are:
The Allan P. Bennison Distinguished Lecturer - provided by contributions from longtime Tulsa geologist Allan Bennison, who now resides in Grass Valley, Calif.
The Bennison lectures this year will be presented by Jean Mascle, with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France, who will offer two topics:
- "New Constraints on the Tectonic of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea From Recent Marine Geophysical Surveys."
- "Atlantic Equatorial Margins Off Africa: A Case Study for Transform Margin Development."
The J. Ben Carsey Distinguished Lecturer - provided by contributions from J. Ben Carsey Jr., of Houston, to establish a lecturer in memory of his father, who served as president of AAPG in 1967-68.
This year's Carsey lecturer will be John Warme, of the Colorado School of Mines, who will offer three topics:
- "Anatomy of an Anomaly: Catastrophic Devonian Alamo Impact Breccia, Nevada."
- "Carbonate Facies and Sequences in the Jurassic High Atlas Rift, Morocco."
- "Active Margin Sequences and Submarine Canyon Facies Models."
Warme has led several AAPG field seminars in past years, including trips to Morocco.
The Haas-Pratt Distinguished Lecturer - provided by contributions from Merrill W. Haas, in honor of famed geologist (and Haas' mentor) Wallace Pratt, and granted for emphasis on a specific case history application of geology in the discovery of oil and gas reserves.
The Haas-Pratt series will be presented this year by Andrew Pulham, of the University of Colorado.
His topic will be "Reservoir Performance and Reservoir Quality in a Sequence Stratigraphic Framework: Case Studies from Siliciclastic Systems Reservoirs in the Americas and Europe."
The Roy M. Huffington Distinguished Lecturer - provided by contributions from the Huffington family in honor of the oilman-geologist.
The Huffington lectures this year will be presented by Paul Crevello, of Crevello & Associates, Luala Belair, Brunei. His tour, to begin in 2001, will go to Indonesia and Australia, and will offer these topics:
- "Carbonate Reservoir Simulation Models: Coupling Depositional Sequence and Pore Network Models in Static 3-D Realizations."
- "Turbidite and Deep-Water Depositional Systems of Borneo: Evolving Concepts for Slope and Basin-Floor Fan Systems."
The Dean A. McGee International Distinguished Lecturer - provided by contributions from Kerr-McGee Corp., which annually supports international speaking tours.
This year's McGee lecturer is Cliff Ando, with ExxonMobil, Houston, who will offer a Latin America tour next spring.
His topic is "Applications of Structural Analysis to Petroleum Exploration and Development: Modern Technology and Issues."
This year's list of U.S. Distinguished Lecturers also includes:
Lee F. Krystinik, Fort Worth, Texas, who will be offering three topics:
- "Finding Subtle Traps Using Sequence Stratigraphic and Synsedimentary Tectonic Analysis."
- "Sequence Stratigraphic Variability in Foreland Basins: An Example from the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway of North America."
- "Predicting Fractures Five Kilometers Down: Integrated Reservoir Characterization, UPR/DOE Rock Island 4-H Well."
Krystinik was also a lecturer for last season, speaking on the AAPG Latin America DL tour.
F. Jerry Lucia, Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas, who will offer two topics:
- "Origin and Petrophysics of Carbonate Rock Fabrics."
- "Dolomitization: A Porosity-Destructive Process."
Lucia is a two-time winner of the AAPG Wallace Pratt Memorial Award, presented annually to the author of the best AAPG BULLETIN article.
Isabel Montañez, University of California at Davis, who will offer two topics:
- "Evolution of Strontium and Carbon Isotope Composition of Cambrian Oceans: Potential for Tectonic, Paleoceanographic and Biogeochemical Events."
- "Evolution of Permian Atmospheric pCO2 and Western Equatorial Pangean Climate as Recorded by Paleosol Morphologic and Geochemical Proxies."
This year's list of international speakers also includes:
Paul "Mitch" Harris, with Chevron Petroleum Technology, Houston, who will go on a speaking tour to the Middle East in February.
He will offer two topics:
- "Geologic Framework for the Tengiz and Korolev Fields, Kazakhstan - Examples of Carboniferous Isolated Carbonate Platforms."
- "Stratigraphic Framework and Exploration Concepts for the Edwards and Sligo Shelf Margins, Lower Cretaceous Carbonates of Texas."
Harris previously was a Distinguished Lecturer for the 1987-88 season, and was this year's co-winner of the Wallace Pratt Memorial Award.
Stanley T. Paxton, with Oklahoma State University, and previously with Exxon, who will go on a speaking tour of Southeast Asia and China in May.
His topic is "Defining 'Sweet Spots' in Sedimentary Basins Through Practical Application of Reservoir Quality Technology."
Bradford E. Prather, with Shell International E&P, The Hague, Netherlands, who will go on a speaking tour of Eastern and Western Europe and Central Asia in February and April.
His topic is "Controls on Reservoir Distribution and Architecture in Slope Setting: Implications for the Global Deep-Water Play."
Prather won AAPG's J.C. "Cam" Sproule Award in 1993 and 1994, presented annually to the author (under the age of 35) of the best paper published by AAPG or an affiliated group.