Seven speakers, representing the latest in geoscience research, geologic understanding and practical applications, have been named for the North American tours of this year’s AAPG Distinguished Lecture program.
The lecture season will begin with two tours in October and continue through next spring. International Distinguished Lecturers are yet to be announced.
AAPG’s Distinguished Lecture program, funded largely by the AAPG Foundation, is the Association’s flagship initiative for spreading the latest in science, technology and professional information.
North American speakers take two tours during the season, one going to eastern locales and one to western locales. Each tour lasts about two weeks.
Last year’s tours (North American and international) attracted 11,077 attendees to a total of 169 lectures.
This year’s roster once again will include talks that vary widely in subject content, from the Marcellus Shale to tight-gas sandstone reservoirs to coastal facies models to mud volcanoes in offshore Eastern Trinidad.
The speaker list to date includes experts from both industry and academia – and features the delayed tour of speaker Steve Cumella, this year’s Haas-Pratt Distinguished Lecturer.
Cumella, geologist with Bill Barrett Corp., in Denver, was unable to complete his tour last year due to various conflicts.
The Haas-Pratt lecture is a domestic tour provided by contributions from the late Merrill W. Haas, in honor of famed geologist (and Haas’ mentor) Wallace Pratt. The funding is granted for a lecture of an applied nature dealing with the exploration and discovery history of a field, or a subject having economic implications.
Cumella will offer two lectures:
He will tour eastern North American sites Dec. 6-17, and western North American sites Feb. 28-11.
There are two other specially funded speakers:
♦ Matthew D. Jackson, senior lecturer in geological fluid mechanics and reservoir engineering, Imperial College, London, England, is this year’s Allan P. Bennison lecturer.
The Bennison DL is an international lecturer who makes a U.S. tour, funded by contributions from the late Allan Bennison, a long-time Tulsa geologist.
He is offering two lectures:
His tour dates are Nov. 8-19 and March 14-25.
♦ Joann E. Welton, senior research associate at ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Lab in Houston, is this year’s J. Ben Carsey lecturer.
The Carsey lecture is an annual domestic tour provided by contributions from J. Ben Carsey Jr. of Houston, to establish a named lecturer in memory of his father, who served as AAPG president in 1967-68.
Welton will offer two talks:
She will tour western North American sites Nov. 8-19, and eastern North American sites Jan. 31-Feb. 11.
♦ Scott A. Barboza, research scientist and team leader, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co., Houston. He will offer two lectures:
His tours are Oct. 25-Nov. 5 (eastern North America) and Jan. 31-Feb. 11 (western North America).
♦ Ron Boyd, principal geologist for the stratigraphy and quantitative modeling group, ConocoPhillips Subsurface Technology, Houston. He will offer two lectures:
His tours are Nov. 1-12 (western North America) and Feb. 7-18 (eastern North America).
♦ James L. Coleman Jr., director of the Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va. He will offer three lectures:
His tours are Jan. 10-21 (eastern North American) and Feb. 14-25 (western North America).
♦ Donald Arthur Medwedeff, consulting research scientist, Chevron Energy Technology Co., San Ramon, Calif.
Medwedeff’s lecture is titled “Insight in Lieu of Truth: An Approach to Probabilistic Fault Seal Analysis.”
His tours are Oct. 11-22 (western North America) and March 7-18 (eastern North America).
For more information on the speakers, their tours or the DL program go online to www.aapg.org.