What do Moscow State, William and Mary,
Sultan Qaboos, Southern Methodist and King Faud universities have
in common? Geoscience departments that received AAPG Visiting Geologists
in the last 12 months!
Geologists Program (VGP) is 27 years old and is stronger than
ever. Although focused on the United States for most of its existence,
VGP has pushed into the international arena with great effect lately.
VGPers visited 61 international geoscience departments
last fiscal year -- only one less than visits to schools in the
Then-president Robbie Gries' record 28 visits led
the way, but Joe Lambiase logged 18 schools on his own ticket --
some kind of record! Lots of VGPers visited more than one school
and carried the story of what it is like to get paid for having
so much fun (practicing geology)!
VGP reached over 5,000 students, faculty, staff and
other interested parties at a cost of about $6/person to AAPG, which
is supported by the AAPG Foundation.
In addition to meeting with students and giving talks
(scientific and/or professional), VGPers also "spread the word"
about student chapters, grants-in-aid, student expos, mentoring,
membership, distinguished lectures, etc.
The program is giving more emphasis to ethics and
the business side of geology as current events underscore these
topics. Thanks to committee member Chris Heath, VGPers will carry
results of extensive surveys of company-desired "soft" and geo-skills
for students and faculty consideration. Heath's study is the first
one available to VGP that actually shows the ranked, wide variety
of proficiencies wanted by employers.
For the second year the program filled every request
-- and the "report cards" returned by geo-departments gave VGPers
Of course, records are made to be broken -- and you
as members can help do that! If you possess enough industry experience
to have a story to tell and can communicate effectively, the program
VGPers or their companies pay transportation costs
to the schools, and schools ordinarily provide lodging, local transportation
and meals. Visiting Geologists may put limits on their travel. All
VGPers are expected to make at least one visit every two years in
order to stay in the program.
Being a Visiting Geologist is a continuing terrific
experience and a chance to reconnect to the scientific/professional
If interested please contact Cammy McKnight, AAPG
coordinator for VGP, at (918) 560-2621 phone, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, feel free to contact any committee member or
VGPer listed below.
VGP committee members are: Adebayo Akinpelu, Chuck
Caughey, Robert Cowdery, Patrick Gratton, Richard Green, Christopher
Heath, John Hogg, Susan Landon and David Weinberg.
This year's Visiting Geologists are:
Joseph L. Haberfeld, Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
Donald F. Oltz, Geological Survey of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Douglas G. Patchen, West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey,
Kenneth D. Vogel, Leggette, Brashears & Graham Inc., St. Paul,
Jeffrey Warren, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Larry Wickstrom, Ohio Geological Survey, Columbus, Ohio.
Douglas E. Wyatt, Savannah River Site, S.C.
Lyle F. Baie, Career Partnering, Tulsa.
James L. Bedford -- Borero Enterprises, Tyler, Texas.
George R. Bole -- consultant, Houston.
Lyle G. Bruce -- Group Environmental Management Co., Lisle, Ill.
Elizabeth B. "Betsy" Campen -- Campen Consultants, Billings, Mont.
Ben D. Hare -- Legends Exploration, Houston.
Jeanne E. Harris -- G&H Production, Denver.
Terry L. Hollrah -- Hollrah Exploration, Oklahoma City.
Naresh Kumar -- Growth Oil & Gas, Richardson, Texas.
Allen Lowrie -- oceanographer, U.S. Navy, Picayune, Miss.
Evelyn A. Medvin -- Core Laboratories, Houston.
Dwight "Clint" Moore -- Anadarko Petroleum, Houston.
Diana Morton-Thompson -- Earth Resources International, Kalamazoo,
Robert Olson -- consultant, Tulsa.
Rima Petrossian -- Texas Water Development Board, Austin, Texas.
W.C. "Rusty" Riese -- BP America Production, Houston.
Valary L. Schulz -- LaRoche Petroleum Consultants, Dallas.
Daniel J. Tearpock -- Subsurface Consulting & Associates,
Wayne C. Ackerman -- Shell International E&P, Rijswijk, The
John M. Armentrout -- Cascade Stratigraphics, Clackmas, Ore.
Lee H. Fairchild -- Star Path Exploration, Houston.
Willard R. Green -- independent-consultant, Midland, Texas.
David K. Larue -- CPTC, San Ramon, Calif.
William J. LeMay -- consultant, Santa Fe, N.M.
Donald W. Lewis -- retired geologist, Lafayette, Calif.
Mantez McDonald -- Marathon Oil, Houston.
Harry J. "Jack" Meyer -- NW Natural Gas, Portland, Ore.
J. Michael Party -- Wagner & Brown, Midland, Texas.
Douglas C. Peters -- Peters Geosciences, Golden, Colo.
Michael M. Thacker -- LaMancha Co., Santa Fe, N.M.
David M. Weinberg -- Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho
Sunit K. Addy -- CGG Petrosystems, Houston.
Edith Allison -- U.S. Department of Energy, Rockville, Md.
William R. Almon -- ChevronTexaco, Houston.
J. Janine Barnard -- Marathon Oil, Houston.
Tim R. Carr -- University of Kansas Energy Research Center, Lawrence,
Robert D. Cowdery -- consultant, Wichita, Kan.
Rebecca L. Dodge -- State University of West Georgia, Carrollton,
Marlan W. Downey -- geologist, Dallas
Lee D. Entsminger -- ExxonMobil Exploration, Houston.
Lee C. Gerhard -- Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, Kan.
Richard I. Gibson -- Gibson Consulting, Cardwell, Mont.
Patrick J.F. Gratton -- independent Geologist, Dallas.
Richard G. Green -- LaRoche Petroleum Consultants, Dallas.
Robbie Gries -- Priority Oil & Gas, Denver.
Alberto A. Gutiérrez -- Geolex Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.
Alfredo E. Guzman -- Pemex Exploration and Production, Villahermosa,
Jean L. Hamilton -- Marathon Oil, Houston.
Edward W. Heath -- independent geologist, Durango, Colo.
Donald A. Herron -- BP, Houston.
Debra Higley-Feldman -- U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, Colo.
Barry Katz -- ChevronTexaco, Houston.
Gerald J. Kuecher -- Baker Atlas Geoscience Consultants, Houston.
Susan M. Landon -- independent petroleum geologist, Denver.
Stephen E. Laubach -- Bureau of Economic Geology, University of
Texas at Austin.
Louis Liro -- Veritas Exploration Services, Houston.
Marcus E. Milling -- American Geological Institute, Alexandria,
H. Roice Nelson, Jr. -- Walden 3-D Inc., Barker, Texas.
Eric S. Pasternack -- Outsource Petrophysics, Mendota Heights,
Bonnie B. Robinson -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington,
Dan L. Smith -- Sandalwood Oil & Gas, Houston.
Stephen A. Sonnenberg -- EnCana Energy Resources, Denver.
M. Ray Thomasson -- Thomasson Partner Associates, Denver.
Glen C. Ware -- geologist, The Woodlands, Texas.
Edith Newton Wilson -- Phillips Petroleum, Bartlesville, Okla.
Chris P.M. Heath -- independent researcher, Vancouver.
Debra Higley-Feldman -- U.S. Geological Survey, Lakewood, Colo.
John R. Hogg -- EnCana Corporation, Calgary.
Adebayo Akinpelu -- Chevron Overseas Petroleum, San Ramon, Calif.
Gustavo Castano -- Texaco, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Chuck Caughey -- Gulf Indonesia, Jakarta.
Herman Darman -- Shell Petroleum, Brunei, Darussalam.
Syed Tariq Hasany -- Pakistan Petroleum, Karachi, Pakistan.
John Kaldi) -- University of Adelaide, Australia.
Peter Lloyd -- NexT, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Bill Maloney -- New Ventures Texaco, London.
Javier J. Meneses-Rocha -- Pemex, Villahermosa, Mexico.
Joanne Perry -- Shell Expo, Aberdeen, Scotland.
James L. Pindell -- Tectonic Analysis, Billingshurst, England.
Stanley R. Wharton -- exploration geologist, Trinidad & Tobago,