The Energy Minerals Division (EMD) is one of three divisions of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the largest professional association of geoscientists in the world. Organized in 1977, EMD serves as an international forum for those working in the exploration, development, and production of energy sources other than conventional oil and natural gas. 

The purpose of EMD is to serve AAPG members by advancing the science of economic geology as it relates to common energy resources (such as uranium (nuclear minerals), coal and lignite (carbon minerals), geothermal energy (hot water), and to the unconventional hydrocarbons (including coal-bed methane, gas hydrates, shale gas & liquids, oil shale, and oil sands), and more recently to renewable energy resources (wind, solar, tidal, etc). To this mix has been added the associated technical resources on energy economics and technology. 

EMD members actively participate in the society by helping to organize or support local society meetings, regional, national or international meetings, symposia, workshops, short courses, and field trips, and by publishing in the AAPG Bulletin, the AAPG EXPLORER, in EMD memoirs and special publications and in the EMD-suppored journal, Natural Resources Research, and the DEG journal, Environmental Geosciences. EMD also provides a forum for addressing the sciences involved and in the associated economics involved in developing the commodities to promote the integration of geoscientific knowledge with those in related professions and activities. 

Technical Commodity Committees
Commodity Committees
  • Unconventional Resources Committee 
    • Coalbed Methane 
    • Gas Hydrates 
    • Bitumen/Heavy Oil 
    • Oil Shale 
    • Shale Gas & Liquids 
    • Tight Gas Sand 
  • Coal 
  • Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) 
  • Geothermal Energy 
  • Renewable Energy (Wind, Solar, Hydro, etc.) 
Supporting Committees 
  • Energy Economics & Technology 
  • Publications Committee
Cooperative Activities 
  • Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) 
  • Division of Professional Affairs (DPA) 
  • AAPG Astrogeology Committee 
  • On-Line Ethics Course
    The On-line Ethics Course offered by the DPA is designed for the oil and gas industry but the principles and circumstances discussed apply equally well to all EMD and DEG activities. 
  • Search and Discovery within AAPG and Internet

EMD Membership

Founded in 1977 EMD has more than 3,400 members world wide. In the United States, a member is assigned to one of six regional sections based upon his/her mailing address.

By Region/Section
Eastern Section 10%
Gulf Coast Section 26%
Southwest Section 8%
Mid-Continent Section 7%
Rocky Mountain Section 13%
Pacific Section 5%
Africa Region 4%
Asia Pacific Region 8%
Canada Region 6%
Europe Region 8%
Latin America & Caribbean Region 3%
Middle East Region 2%
As of March 1, 2016. These statistics are measured by AAPG at the end of each year.
By Employment
Oil Companies 38.5%
Consultants/Independents 20.4%
Educational Institutions 5%
Environmental Companies 1%
Service Companies 8.2%
Unemployed <1%
National Government 1%
State Government 3.4%
Mining Companies <1%
Other Employment 1.5%
Retired 3.6%
Students 11.1%
Unknown 5.7%
As of March 1, 2016. These statistics are measured by AAPG at the end of each year.

About EMD

Headquarters Contacts

Susan Nash
Susan Nash Director, Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology, AAPG +1 405 314 7730