Candidate for Secretary (2021-2023)

Jonathan Allen
Senior Development Geologist
Chevron, Covington, La.



Something new from AAPG: Join AAPG Executive Director David Curtiss for a roundtable discussion with secretary candidates Jonathan Allen and Rachelle Kernen about AAPG’s place in today’s world of energy transition, the importance of diversity throughout the Association, the skills needed to effectively tell “our story,” AAPG’s relevance in today’s fast-changing energy arena, and much more.

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I accepted the invitation to be a candidate for an AAPG office because I feel this organization has the potential to continue to be a leader in the energy geosciences, and I want to help AAPG prosper and grow during an incredibly volatile and dynamic time in our industry and profession.

As a student and a professional, AAPG has been an incredibly valuable resource in my growth. I’ve benefitted from strong technical resources, leadership opportunities and, most importantly, an incredible professional and social network. I want to ensure that the organization continues to be as strong a resource to future geoscientists and members as it has been and continues to be for me.

AAPG recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, and in order to celebrate the next 100 years we must be able to evolve and grow as an organization. In order to thrive, we need to ensure that our organization has a membership with a wide diversity of thought and experience. We must also ensure that AAPG accurately reflects the diverse and global nature of our industry and membership in our leadership, our honors and awards, and our science.

I want AAPG to continue to be the professional society of choice for energy geoscientists and supporting professionals. We do that by attracting the most talented and creative individuals in order to meet the current challenges facing our profession from the current downturn to the energy transition.

I willingly accept this nomination for AAPG office, and I will continue to use the experiences and skills I have developed in order to make it a more successful and sustainable organization for years to come. I accept this nomination in the spirit of giving back, but I also do so somewhat selfishly. Every volunteer position that I have held within AAPG – from serving as a reviewer for Grants-in-Aid, a member of the Visiting Geoscientist Program or as co-chair of the Young Professionals – I have grown and developed not only as a professional but as a person.

My volunteerism with AAPG has been a wonderful two-way relationship and I would be honored to continue that relationship by serving in the role of AAPG secretary.

Academic Degrees

  • 2009: Ph.D. Geosciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 2005: M.S. Geosciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 2003: B.A. Geology-Biology, Colby College, Waterville, Maine


  • 2020-present: Senior Development Geologist, Chevron, Covington, La.
  • 2017-19: Chevron, Earth Science Advisor, Upstream Reservoir Management, Houston, Texas
  • 2009-17: Chevron, Senior Earth Scientist, San Joaquin Valley BU, Bakersfield, California


AAPG Activities

  • Joined AAPG 2004
  • Member DPA, EMD
  • 2020-Present – Distinguished Lecturer Committee
  • 2020-present– EC Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • 2019-present – AAPG House of Delegates, Houston Geological Society (Alternate Delegate)
  • 2019-present – AAPG Women’s Network
  • 2019-present – STEMulating Diversity SIG (founding member)
  • 2018-present – Education Awards Committee
  • 2018 – IBA Mentor, University of Houston
  • 2015-16 – Technical Program Co-Chair, 2016 Pacific and Rocky Mountain Section Joint Meeting
  • 2014-present – Visiting Geoscientist Program
  • 2014-17 – Membership Career Services
  • 2014-17 – Co-Chair, Young Professionals Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • 2014-15 – Vice President, Pacific Section
  • 2013-14 – Vice President, San Joaquin Geological Society
  • 2013-14 – Technical Program Vice Chair, 2014 PSAAPG Meeting
  • 2011-12 – ACE Technical Program Oral Sessions Representative
  • 2009-15 – Research Committee
  • 2009-14 – Young Professionals Committee (Vice Chair 2013-14)

AAPG Honors & Awards

  • 2020 – AAPG Distinguished Service Award
  • 2015 – AAPG Pacific Section Young Professionals Distinguished Service Award
  • 2015 – AAPG Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2013 – AAPG George C. Matson Memorial Award
  • 2010 – PS AAPG Certificate of Merit
  • 2004 – AAPG Best Student Oral Presentation


  • 2020 – Larue, D.K., Allen, J.P., and Beeson, D., Fluvial Architecture and Four-Dimensional Saturation Modeling of a Steam Flood: Kern River Feld, California, AAPG Bulletin, v. 104, p. 1167-1196.
  • 2017 – Larue, D.K., Allen, J.P., Driscoll, D., Loera, D., McGlothlin, S., McWilliams, C., Murphy, R., Pearson, N. and Singer, J., Lombardi Reservoir, San Ardo Field, California: Sequence Stratigraphy in a Deltaic Environment Associated with Local Tectonism, AAPG Bulletin, v. 101, p. 1917-1943.
  • 2014 – Allen, J.P., Fielding, C.R., Gibling, M.R. and Rygel, M.C., Recognizing Products of Paleoclimate Fluctuation in the Fluvial Stratigraphic Record: An Example from the Pennsylvanian to Lower Permian of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Sedimentology, v. 61, p. 1332-1381.
  • 2013 – Allen, J.P., Fielding, C.R., Rygel, M.C. and Gibling, M.R., Deconvolving Signals of Tectonic and Climatic Controls from Continental Basins: An Example from the Late Paleozoic Cumberland Basin, Atlantic Canada, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 83, p. 847-872.
  • 2012 – Larue, D.K. and Allen, J.P., 2012 Field Trip to Ridge Basin, Southern California: Studies in Deltaic Accommodation, Pacific Section SEPM Guidebook 113, 86p.
  • 2011 – Allen, J.P., Fielding, C.R., Gibling, M.R. and Rygel, M.C., Fluvial Response to Paleo-Equatorial Climate Fluctuations During the Late Paleozoic Ice Age, GSA Bulletin, v. 123, p. 1524-1538.
  • 2011 – Fielding, C.R., Allen, J.P., Alexander, J., Gibling, M.C., Rygel, M.R. and Calder, J.H., Fluvial Systems and Their Deposits in Hot, Seasonal Semi-Arid to Sub-Humid Settings; Modern and Ancient Examples, SEPM Special Publication, v. 97, p. 89-111.
  • 2010 – Gibling, M.R., Bashforth, A.R., Falcon-Lang, H.J., Allen, J.P. and Fielding, C.R., Log Jam and Flood Sediment Buildup Caused Channel Abandonment and Avulsion in the Pennsylvanian of Atlantic Canada, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 80, p. 268-287.
  • 2009 – Fielding, C.R., Allen, J.P., Alexander, J., Gibling, M.C., Facies Model for Fluvial Systems in the Seasonal Tropics and Subtropics, Geology, v. 37, p. 623-626.
  • 2007 – Allen, J.P. and Fielding, C.R., 2007, Sedimentology and Stratigraphic Architecture of the Late Permian Betts Creek Beds, Queensland, Australia, Sedimentary Geology, v. 202, p. 5-34.
  • 2007 – Allen, J.P. and Fielding, C.R., 2007, Sequence Architecture in a Low-Accommodation Setting: An Example from the Permian of Galilee and Bowen Basins, Queensland, Australia, AAPG Bulletin, v. 91, p. 1503-1539.
  • 2006 – Allen, J.P. and Gastaldo, R.A., Sedimentology and Taphonomy of the Early to Middle Devonian Plant-Bearing Beds of the Trout Valley Formation, Maine, GSA Special Publication, v. 399, p. 57-78.

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