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2008 AAPG Asia Pacific Distinguished Lecture Tour

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
2008 AAPG Asia Pacific Distinguished Lecture Tour
2008 AAPG Asia Pacific Distinguished Lecture Tour

This activity was held in February 2008 but the report has not been published on this website.

2008 AAPG Asia Pacific Distinguished Lecture Tour

by Andrew Cullen, Shell International EP – Netherland

Feb. 12-15 University of Malaysia Sabah,
Feb. 18 University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

This trip is sponsored by AAPG and Shell International

As a Regional Lecturer for AAPG, I visited and spoke at the University of Malaysia Sabah in Kota Kinabalu and the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur where I was graciously hosted by Dr. Felix Tongkul and Dr. Dennis Tan and their students. I also was fortunate to also address the Geological Society of Malaysia. I presented the following talks: “The Kinabalu Fault and Its Influence of the Distribution of Hydrocarbons in the Greater Kinabalu Field, Sabah, Malaysia,” Transverse Segmentation of the Baram Basin and Northern Borneo: An Alternate Model for Oligo-Miocene Subduction,” and “The Truth-Lie-Ignorance Ternary Diagram in Geology.

My experience as a Regional Lecturer was extremely enriching, especially the opportunity to visit with students afterward to convey my enthusiasm for the earth sciences, answer question on the “working life” of a geologist, and to encourage them to follow their passions, wherever those may lead. Spending several hours around The Geological Map of Borneo Island with Robert Tate, Charles Hutchison, Harry Doust and Dennis Tan discussing controversies and listening to some of their working experiences was a once in a lifetime highlight. I was inspired to get back to Borneo for more field-based research, as seen below. Thank you gentlemen and thank you AAPG.


Andrew currently works in the Global New Ventures Team for Shell International. He has over 20 years experience in the oil and gas business, including 16 years with Shell in roles ranging from production seismology to frontier exploration. Andrew holds advanced degrees in Geology from the University of Oregon and the University of Oklahoma. As an explorer, Andrew has directly contributed to discoveries in the United States, Angola, Nigeria, Africa, Australia, and Malaysia. In addition to his experiences as a petroleum geologist, Andrew has also worked as a gold prospector, asbestos petrographer, and industrial minerals geologist. As time permits, his present research focus on the geological history of Borneo includes projects on regional tectonics, the paleogeography of the Crocker fan, and the petrology of the Usun Apau Volcanics. Andrew is a member of the Geological Society of America and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He has served an advisory board College of Geosciences for the University of Oklahoma and currently serves on AAPG’s Grants-In-Aid Committee.

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