Candidate for President-Elect (2021-2022)

Steven M.
Steven M. Goolsby
Goolsby Brothers and Associates, Inc., Lakewood, Colorado



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I consider it an honor to be nominated as a candidate for an AAPG office, and I wish to thank all of the folks who were involved in nominating me.

I have been volunteering to help within AAPG for a few decades, but the way things have been progressing in the last couple of years reminds me of a song I still hear on the radio: In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote “the times they are a-changing” as the last line of one of his songs. The subject of his song was the civil rights movement, but I think the sentiment he expressed in this line is applicable to what is going on in the world today and to AAPG in particular. The main reason I volunteered to run for office is my love for the contributions made to the earth sciences and to our profession by the staff and volunteers in AAPG during these changing times.

Many of our members are working tirelessly on several fronts to help strengthen our Association in response to our changing world. Some are working on ensuring that diversity continues to be embraced by the organization. We also have folks working to assure that AAPG is inclusive of our Young Professionals, our international members and other member groups. Other volunteers are focusing their efforts on supporting our role in alternate energy, carbon capture, strategic mineral sciences and other relevant subjects. Data integration and use in a virtual environment are the focus for some other members. These and many other initiatives are important for AAPG and I fully support them.

AAPG is dedicated to continuing to be the premier geoscience association worldwide. I believe that our ability to deliver cutting edge science, promote professionalism and serve our membership is directly related to our financial condition. The recent pandemic and the downturn in the hydrocarbon industry have strained our major revenue sources. AAPG remains strong due to the guidance of our current leadership and the foresight of our past leaders. I did not join AAPG to worry about budget issues, but a good budget maintains our ability to support our goals. If I am fortunate enough to be elected I will work to promote a fiscally conservative budget while we rebuild our reserves. At the same time, I will endeavor to help assure that AAPG continues to deliver the science and resources that are important to our membership.

I am proud to be an AAPG member, and I look forward to a bright future for our Association.

Academic Degrees

  • 2008 – Ph.D. Geology, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo.
  • 1975 – B.S Geology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Wyoming Professional Geologist – #PG-1927
  • AAPG/DPA Certified Petroleum Geologist – #4053


  • 2005-Present – Managing Partner, Coyote Oil and Gas LLC, Conifer, Colo.
  • 1981-Present – President, Goolsby Brothers & Associates Inc., Lakewood, Colo.
  • 2011-16 – Exploration Geologist, Foreland Resources Ltd., Dallas.
  • 2009-16 – Exploration Geologist, Vecta Oil and Gas Ltd., Lakewood, Colo.
  • 1981-88 – Exploration Geologist, American Hunter Exploration, Denver.
  • 1980-81 – Geological Wellsite Supervision, Aquarian Consultants Ltd.
  • 1978-80 – Coal Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey, Golden, Colo.
  • 1978 – Petrographer, American Stratigraphic Company, Denver
  • 1977-78 – Uranium Geologist, Geoexplorer Associates Inc.
  • 1976 – Geological Field Assistant, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver
  • 1974-75 – Geology Lab Instructor, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.


AAPG Activities

  • Joined AAPG 1978
  • 2020-21 – ACE Vice Chair for Content
  • 2019-20 – ACE Vice Chair Divisions
  • 2019-20 – DPA Vice Chair
  • 2016-18 – DPA Treasurer
  • 2008-17 – HoD Delegate
  • 2016-17 – HoD Ad hoc Membership Committee
  • 2015-16 – HoD Rules and Procedures Committee
  • 2015-16 – DPA Councilor
  • 2014-15 – ACE DPA Vice Chair; Unconventional Theme Co-Chair
  • 2013-16 – Membership Recruitment Committee Co-Chair
  • 2013-14 – HoD Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Vice Chair
  • 2012-13 – HoD Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Chair
  • 2012-14 – HoD Group Chair, RMAG
  • 2011-12 – HoD Credentials Committee
  • 2010-11 – HoD Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Vice Chair
  • 2009 – AAPG Poster Chair, AAPG Annual Meeting
  • 2005-08 – HoD Alternate Delegate
  • 2003-04 – HoD Secretary/Editor
  • 2004-05 – HoD Honors and Awards Committee
  • 2004-05 – HoD Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  • 2002-03 – HoD Resolutions Committee
  • 2002-05 – HoD Delegate
  • 1998-2005 – Preservation of Cores and Samples Committee
  • 2002-11 – Publications Committee
  • 2003 – Employment Chair, AAPG Annual Meeting
  • 1994 – Continuing Education Chair, AAPG Annual Meeting

AAPG Honors & Awards

  • 2017 – AAPG Honorary Member Award
  • 2016 – HoD Distinguished Member of the House
  • 2014 – AAPG Distinguished Service Award
  • 2014 – HoD 9-Year Certificate of Service
  • 2004 – AAPG House Recognition of Service Award


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General Info

Candidates for AAPG office have been given the opportunity to respond briefly to the subject: "Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office."

Their responses and biographical information were provided by each candidate and edited only for grammar, spelling and format.

This information will also be provided as hard-copy in an early issue of the EXPLORER and available on the AAPG website through the election period. Ballots will be mailed, online in the first quarter of each year. Results will be posted mid-May.

Candidates were asked to limit their biographies to 350 words and responses to 500 words.

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