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When Will Oil Prices Go Up?  
By David Curtiss / February 2016

Everywhere I go and in every conversation I have with AAPG members, sooner or later – and it’s usually sooner– I’m asked what I’m hearing about the duration of this low price cycle. We’ve all heard the old saying that prediction is difficult, especially of the future.

Cautious Optimism Sets Tone for IPTC  
By David Curtiss / January 2016
The International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) is one of AAPG’s premier events in the eastern hemisphere. Emulating the integrated multidisciplinary nature of today’s E&P workflows, IPTC is a partnership of four geoscience and engineering societies: AAPG, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Overcoming the Challenges of Change  
By David Curtiss / December 2015
For our business, 2015 will go into the history books as a challenging year. The challenges we’re facing are creating a lot of change.
An Innovative Suggestion: Take A Different Look  
By David Curtiss / November 2015

This issue of EXPLORER has focused on exploration innovation. Our stories covered new technologies that help you better find oil and natural gas, and we discussed new ways of thinking, looking for new approaches to age-old problems. I’d like to close this month spending a few moments talking about personal reinvention – a type of innovation that each of us should be engaged in during these tumultuous times in our industry.

Geo-DC Benefits All AAPG Members  
By David Curtiss / October 2015

 Fostering Community with TIGs and SIGs  
By David Curtiss / September 2015
In his presidential address at the 2011 Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston, then-president David Rensink talked about the fact that AAPG is a tribe, a tribe of geoscientists whose common focus is oil and natural gas.
Want To Be A Better Explorer? Turn Off Your Phone  
By David Curtiss / August 2015
I’m not suggesting we avoid technology. It’s too powerful and enables us to be more productive, both personally and professionally. However, if we fail to recognize its power and how our brains respond to and crave continual engagement and stimulation, we may fall victim to its dark side.
URTeC Embraces the Industry's Emerging Realities  
By David Curtiss / July 2015
Unconventional resources have changed the exploration and production business and are changing our profession. It’s a change for the better, where today geoscientists and engineers work closely to identify prospective areas, drill them and optimize recovery of hydrocarbons from the reservoir.
Listen for the Muse, But Trust Hard Work  
By David Curtiss / June 2015
I don’t want to completely dismiss the role of flashes of insight. But to borrow an old saw, we may miss scientific discoveries because they’re dressed in overalls and disguised as hard work.
A Jedi Master’s Path to Success  
By David Curtiss / May 2015
While reading Ed Catmull’s recent book, “Creativity, Inc.,” I was reminded of the story of George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars.
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Director's Corner - David Curtiss

David Curtiss is an AAPG Member and was named AAPG Executive Director in August 2011. He was previously Director of the AAPG GEO-DC Office in Washington D.C.

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Richard D. “Rick” Fritz, an AAPG member since 1984 and a member of the Division of Environmental Geosciences and the Division of Professional Affairs, served as AAPG Executive Director from 1999 to 2011.

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