Timothy (Tim) R. Carr
Timothy (Tim) R. Carr,
a candidate for secretary of AAPG, is with the Kansas Geological
Survey and is co-director of the University of Kansas Energy
A native of Lafayette,
Ind., Carr received his bachelor's degree in economics from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his master's in geology
from Texas Tech University and his doctorate in geology
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He began his career
as the owner of an industrial security company, and after
receiving his doctorate he joined Arco as senior and principal
research geologist/geophysicist in Plano, Texas. With Arco,
he later worked in exploration and development in California
and in Midland, Texas.
He joined the Kansas
Geological Survey in 1992, where he is chief of petroleum
research. He also is an adjunct geology professor at the
University of Kansas.
A member of AAPG
since 1993, Carr is on the Preservation of Samples and Cores
Committee; the Web Site/Geological Computing Committee;
is chairman of the Reservoir Development Committee; and
is part of the Visiting Geologist Program.
Other AAPG activities
include serving on the organizing committee for the 1999
Hedberg Conference on International Horizontal and Extended
Reach Well Symposium, and being co-editor of the subsequent
A member of the
Division of Environmental Geosciences, Carr is a courtesy
member of the Division of Professional Affairs' Governmental
Affairs Committee, and is active in the Kansas Geological
A member of a number
of other professional organizations, Carr has authored 57
technical publications and 63 abstracts. He received the
Levorsen Best Paper Award at the 1992 Pacific Section Meeting,
and also received the AAPG Certificate of Merit this year.
Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for AAPG Office
by Timothy R. Carr
It is an honor and a joy
to have an opportunity to run as a candidate for office in AAPG.
I welcome the chance to work with an organization that is uniquely
positioned to address critical issues in our industry and society.
Our members are science-driven and highly knowledgeable earth scientists
who understand and subscribe to maintaining a healthy life environment,
but who also understand that the requirement of our civilization
is to maintain an adequate energy supply.
As a member of AAPG, I have
constantly encouraged younger people working with me -- first while
in industry, now in a geological survey and university setting --
to join AAPG, to actively participate, to make technical presentations
at national and regional meetings, and to publish in the various
outlets of our Association.
These young geoscientists
will determine the future of our organization -- but just as importantly,
our organization will contribute to their future success as professional
geologists, geophysicists and engineers.
I believe we must work together
and as individual members to continuously improve our Association.
The energy industry is undergoing constant organizational and technical
change. Change is always a challenge, and AAPG must work to better
serve the needs of the members.
If elected as secretary,
I will work with other members to enhance communication and increase
member participation. As an Association we need to face straight-on
the challenges and opportunities provided by electronic communication
and publication. We can use the power of the Internet to better
serve our members. Digital communication can improve efficiency
and the ability to extend AAPG's reach to all members, regardless
of location. We need to provide full access to AAPG services to
our members, both from Chanute, Kan., and Muscat, Oman. At the same
time, we need to maintain the tradition of high technical quality
and personalized service.
Communication outside the
Association is another important area that has made great progress.
AAPG should be a leader in addressing important technical issues
in a public forum. Our primary job as geologists is to supply society
with energy and minerals, and to minimize the impact of our actions.
However, it is also our role to educate our decision-makers and
the general public as to the significance of our natural resources.
Effective efforts will require using the distribution power of electronic
communication while mobilizing the dedicated involvement of our
individual AAPG members.
Having been involved in
AAPG in a number of ways, I have the desire to help set the course
of the Association in order to meet the future challenges of our
profession. I am looking forward to meeting fellow members and listening
to their thoughts.
I welcome the opportunity
to help maintain AAPG as the largest and best geological association
focused on providing the energy needed by the world.
Charles J. Mankin
a candidate for secretary of AAPG, is director of the Oklahoma
A native of West
Texas, he received his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees
from the University of Texas at Austin, completing his studies
there in 1958. He then spent one year as a post-doctoral
fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
Mankin began his
career as an assistant professor of geology at the University
of Oklahoma and as a part-time geologist with the Oklahoma
Geological Survey in 1959. In 1963, he was appointed director
of the School of Geology and Geophysics and served in that
role until 1977.
He was also appointed
director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey in 1967, and
he continues in that position. In 1978, he was appointed
executive director of the Energy Resources Institute, serving
in that capacity until 1987.
During his career,
Mankin has served on and chaired numerous boards, committees
and study panels of the National Research Council, federal
executive branch agencies, and other academic and professional
He is a member of
a number of local and national earth-science organizations,
and has served as an officer for the Association of American
State Geologists, the American Institute of Professional
Geologists and the Geological Society of America. He has
been recognized by a number of these organizations for service
to them and to society. These include the U.S. Department
of the Interior Conservation Service Award, the AGI Ian
Campbell Medal, the AIPG Martin van Couvering Memorial Award
and Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, AIPG honorary life membership
and the GSA Public Service Award.
A member of AAPG
since 1954, he served on the Academic Liaison Committee
from 1966-70 and again from 1973-85; on the Education Committee
from 1971-78; on the Research Committee from 1968-74; on
the Stratigraphic Correlations Committee from 1977-88; and
on the Geological Highway Map Committee from 1966-70.
He currently serves
on the Committee on Resource Evaluation and on the Global
Climate Change Committee.
He also serves on
the Division of Professional Affairs' Government Affairs
Committee and chairs the Government Liaison Subcommittee.
the AAPG Public Service Award in 1988 and honorary membership
Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for AAPG Office
by Charles J. Mankin
In 1954, as a graduate student
at the University of Texas, Professor Ronald DeFord advised me that
if I wished to become a professional geologist I should apply for
membership in AAPG, the world's largest professional geological
organization. That was some of the best advice that I have ever
Over the years, through
publications, attendance at national and regional meetings, committee
activities and communicating with a lot of very bright people, the
AAPG has served as a primary measure of scientific and professional
excellence. It stands to reason that if you "want to be the best
that you can be," then you should affiliate with the best.
In the four-plus decades
that I have been a member of AAPG, I have enjoyed a busy, challenging
and exciting career. I attribute a large measure of that success
to the associations that have resulted from activities with the
It is in that context that
I would like to have the opportunity to serve as secretary of the
AAPG was established 83
years ago to serve petroleum geologists in a fledgling new industry.
In the years that followed, the Association met the needs of its
members through technical publications, meetings, short courses
and products from a broad range of committees. The success of these
efforts is demonstrated by a large continuing membership.
As an energy-hungry world
consumes an ever-increasing amount of fossil fuel, the challenge
for the petroleum geologist of the future is first to understand
the existing base of knowledge developed by those who have gone
before, and to expand upon that base to discover and develop more
of those remaining resources in environmentally sound ways. To serve
those petroleum geologists, the AAPG must continue to be a primary
disseminator of scientific and technical information as well as
a source of professional support for its members.
The mechanisms and tools
to accomplish these goals will continue to change through time,
but the basic mission should remain intact. I would be most pleased
to be able to contribute to that process as a member of the Executive