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Vahrenkamp Added To Speaker Lineup

The largest, most ambitious slate of Distinguished Lecturers in the program’s history has gotten even bigger.

One more name has been added to this year’s list of lecturers, bringing the total number of DL members to 15 -- nine for domestic U.S. tours, and six for international tours.

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The largest, most ambitious slate of Distinguished Lecturers in the program’s history has gotten even bigger.

One more name has been added to this year’s list of lecturers, bringing the total number of DL members to 15 -- nine for domestic U.S. tours, and six for international tours.

Added to the list of international speakers is Volker C. Vahrenkamp, with PDO in Oman. He’ll offer two talks:

  • “Dealing With Multi-Level Property Heterogeneity in Carbonate Reservoirs.”
  • “Carbon Isotope Stratigraphy of Mid-Cretaceous Shallow Water Carbonates: Improved Chronostratigraphy and Other Implications.”

AAPG’s DL program, funded in part by the AAPG Foundation, was developed to expose students, young geologists, college faculty members and members of geological societies to current information, research and thinking.

This year’s program offers speakers from both industry and academia, with topics that range from timely subjects like geologic-based evidence of climate change, to Canadian oil sands, to fractured reservoir characterization.

Four domestic DL speakers will be touring during October. They are:

  1. Jon Olson, associate professor, department of petroleum and geosystems engineering, the University of Texas at Austin. His tour started in late September, and he offers two talks:
    • “Fractured Reservoir Characterization: From Diagenesis and Fracture Mechanics to Reservoir Permeability.”
    • “A Geologist’s Guide to Explaining Natural Fracture Phenomena with Fracture Mechanics.”
  1. Terry Engleder, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. His tour of eastern North America will go from Oct. 8-19, and he’ll offer two talks:
    • “Craquelure in Masterpieces of the Louvre (Paris, France) as Analogue Models for Development of Joints in Fractured Reservoirs.”
    • “Acadian-Alleghanian Orogenesis as Revealed by Fracturing Within the Appalachian Foreland.”
  1. Katherine Giles, a professor at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M. Her tour of eastern North America runs Oct. 15-26, and she’ll be offering two talks:
    • “Tracking the Migration of Salt Diapirs Using Halokinetic Sequence Stratigraphy.”
    • “Complex Feed Back Loops Controlling Heterozoan Reef Development on Salt Diapirs, La Popa Basin, Mexico.”
  1. Kirk Johnson, vice president of research and collections, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver. His tour of western North America runs Oct. 15-26.

    His talk is titled“Crocodiles in Greenland and Hippos in London: A Fossil-Fueled Tour of Past and Future Climates.”

For details on the talks, tours and DL program go to the AAPG Web site.