2016 Distinguished Lecturers

The AAPG-AAPG Foundation Distinguished Lecture program, the Association's flagship initiative for sharing the latest in scientific thought, concepts and advances, starts its new season in November with a lecture tour of North America.

But that's just the first step of an ambitious schedule for the 2015-16 season that will send speakers to each of AAPG's Regions – Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Middle East.

The season starts with a tour by Distinguished Lecturer John Holbrook, with Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, who will tour western North America Nov. 9-13, and eastern North America April 18-29.

He offers five lectures:

  • "A Tale of Earthquakes Past and Yet to Come: A Cautionary Account of New Madrid Faulting from the Mississippi River."
  • "Funny Things Meanders Do: Process and Variability in Modern and Ancient Point Bars."
  • "Time In the Rock: A Fluvial View Toward Preservation of Time and Process in the Stratigraphic Record."
  • "New Views on Old Surfaces and the Evolving Evolution of the Sequence Stratigraphic Paradigm."
  • "Connectivity Within and Between Channel Belt Reservoirs: A Trip Down the Mississippi."

The season's slate of speakers also includes:

Dave Cantrell, of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, who is this year's Roy Huffington Distinguished Lecturer.

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The AAPG-AAPG Foundation Distinguished Lecture program, the Association's flagship initiative for sharing the latest in scientific thought, concepts and advances, starts its new season in November with a lecture tour of North America.

But that's just the first step of an ambitious schedule for the 2015-16 season that will send speakers to each of AAPG's Regions – Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Middle East.

The season starts with a tour by Distinguished Lecturer John Holbrook, with Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, who will tour western North America Nov. 9-13, and eastern North America April 18-29.

He offers five lectures:

  • "A Tale of Earthquakes Past and Yet to Come: A Cautionary Account of New Madrid Faulting from the Mississippi River."
  • "Funny Things Meanders Do: Process and Variability in Modern and Ancient Point Bars."
  • "Time In the Rock: A Fluvial View Toward Preservation of Time and Process in the Stratigraphic Record."
  • "New Views on Old Surfaces and the Evolving Evolution of the Sequence Stratigraphic Paradigm."
  • "Connectivity Within and Between Channel Belt Reservoirs: A Trip Down the Mississippi."

The season's slate of speakers also includes:

Dave Cantrell, of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, who is this year's Roy Huffington Distinguished Lecturer.

Cantrell will tour the Asia-Pacific Region Feb. 2-20, offering five lectures:

  • "New Tools and Approaches In Reservoir Quality Prediction."
  • "New Tools and Approaches in Carbonate Reservoir Quality Prediction: A History from the Shu' Aiba Formation, Saudi Arabia."
  • "Dolomites: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Carbonate Reservoir Performance."
  • "Microporosity in Arab Formation Carbonates."
  • "Digital Outcrop Models: A Tool for Reservoir Characterization and Teaching."

Tony Dore, with Statoil, London, England, who will tour the Europe Region April 18-29, offering two lectures:

  • "North Atlantic Extension and Break-Up: Challenges, Controversies and Implications."
  • "The Arctic: A Tectonic Tour Through the Last Great Frontier."

David Ferrill, with the Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, who will tour eastern North America Jan. 25-29, and western North America April 4-8.

He offers two lectures:

  • "Mechanical Stratigraphy and Normal Faulting."
  • Mechanical Stratigraphic Controls on Fracturing (Jointing) and Normal Faulting in the Eagle Ford Formation, South-Central Texas."

Larry Garmezy, retired from Shell Global Exploration, Houston.

Garmezy, this year's Shell Distinguished Lecturer, will tour western North America in March and eastern North America in April, offering two lectures:

  • "Play-Based Exploration: Applying Depth and Breadth of Geoscience Understanding."
  • "The Similarities and Differences in the Hunt for Unconventional and Conventional Hydrocarbons."

Gary Hampson, reader in sedimentary geology for the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College in London, England.

Hampson, this year's Allan P. Bennison Distinguished Lecturer, will tour Africa Feb. 22-March 9, offering two lectures:

  • "Outcrop-Based Reservoir Models: Fieldwork-Derived Numerical Laboratories to Constrain and Mitigate Subsurface Uncertainty."
  • "Reinterpretation of Sea-Level-Driven Stratigraphic Architectures as the Product of Autogenic Behaviors and Variations in Sediment Flux."

Barney Issen, with Chevron in Houston, is both this year's J. Ben Carsey Distinguished Lecturer and the AAPG/SEG Inter-Society Distinguished Lecturer. His tour dates are yet to be announced, and he will be offering three lectures:

  • "Rethinking the Goals and Methodology of 3-D Seismic Interpretation."
  • "What You Will Do in Your Career Hasn't Been Invented Yet."
  • "Technology and Innovation Are the Engines That Create Exploration Opportunities: Examples From the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico."

Jeroen Kenter, with ConocoPhillips in Houston, this year's Haas-Pratt Distinguished Lecturer, will tour the Middle East Region in March, offering two lectures:

  • "Carbonate Petrophysical Rock Typing Road Map: Flexible and Fully Integrating Geological Attributes, Petrophysical Properties and Dynamic Behavior."
  • "So Different, Yet So Similar: Comparing and Contrasting Siliciclastic and Carbonate Slopes and Predicting Mineralogy and Texture Ahead of the Drill."

Tim Lawton, of the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Queretaro, Mexico, and this year's Dean A. McGee Distinguished Lecturer.

Lawton will tour the Latin America Region Feb. 7-20 and April 17-30, offering four lectures:

  • "The Emerging Story of Jurassic Magmatism and Basin Development, Southern U.S. Cordillera and Mexico."
  • "Monsoonal Megafans and Large-Scale Late Cretaceous Stratal Architecture in the Southern Cordilleran Foreland Basin, United States," or "Late Cretaceous Fluvial Systems in the Southern Cordilleran Foreland Basin, USA, as a Consequence of Thrust-Belt Development and Monsoonal Climate."
  • "Sediment-Dispersal Systems of the Mexican Interior Basin: Late Cretaceous-Paleogene Source-to-Sink Analysis of Northern and Central Mexico."
  • "Early Permian Erg Deposits, Paradox Basin, Utah: A Large-Volume Sink for Sediment Delivered to Western Pangea by Transcontinental Rivers."

Pete Rose, consultant based in Austin, Texas, is this year's AAPG Ethics Lecturer, and will tour upon request.

His subject is "Cognitive Bias, the 'Elephant in the Living Room' of Science and Professionalism."

Julia Wellner, of the University of Houston, will tour western North America Jan. 25-Feb. 5, and eastern North America March 7-18.

She offers three lectures:

  • "Antarctica's Sedimentary Archives of Past Glacial History: Tools for Understanding Climate Change."
  • "Antarctic Geologic Drilling Programs: Field Work in Extreme Environments and Preparing for the Next Drill Site."
  • "Marine Geological Record of Ice Retreat in the Antarctic Peninsula since the Last Glacial Maximum."

For specific dates, lecture sites or to reserve your speaker today visit the Distinguished Lecturers page within the Career Section of the AAPG website; or contact AAPG Distinguished Lecture coordinator Lorry Oldefest, at 918-560-2621.