EMD Positioned for the Future

Membership Has Its Privileges

The vision of AAPG's Energy Minerals Division (EMD) is to be the primary professional community for geoscientists working with natural energy resources other than conventional oil and gas, and for professional development, information and networking in the following technical fields:

  • Coal.
  • Coalbed methane.
  • Energy economics and technology.
  • Gas hydrates.
  • Gas shales.
  • Geospatial information.
  • Geothermal.
  • Nuclear minerals (uranium).
  • Oil shale.
  • Tar (oil) sands.

This list has grown with the development of unconventional energy resources. A new technical field for gas shales was added to the EMD program in 2003.

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The vision of AAPG's Energy Minerals Division (EMD) is to be the primary professional community for geoscientists working with natural energy resources other than conventional oil and gas, and for professional development, information and networking in the following technical fields:

  • Coal.
  • Coalbed methane.
  • Energy economics and technology.
  • Gas hydrates.
  • Gas shales.
  • Geospatial information.
  • Geothermal.
  • Nuclear minerals (uranium).
  • Oil shale.
  • Tar (oil) sands.

This list has grown with the development of unconventional energy resources. A new technical field for gas shales was added to the EMD program in 2003.

As an organization we strive to be the first place to go when either expanding within a field or moving into a new field. No one is knowledgeable in all of the broad technical fields within EMD, but most EMD members are specialists in at least one field, and the EMD has a knowledge and experience base in each of these fields.

EMD provides benefits to all AAPG members through publications (e.g., Sequence Stratigraphy, Paleoclimate and Tectonics of Coal-Bearing Strata; Atlas of Coal Geology; Geology and Coal Resource Utilization; and the Unconventional Energy Resources of North America poster) and sponsorship at professional meetings (e.g., oral and poster sessions, short courses, field trips and luncheons). Basic information on each of the technical fields is provided in the public area of the EMD Web site (http://emd.aapg.org/).


The most value is afforded to EMD members. The members-only area of the EMD Web site currently has information on our annual report, business plan, bylaws, certified coal geologists, committees, Explorer articles, honors and awards (historical list), leadership meeting reports, membership directory (searchable by member name, technical area, AAPG Section, city, state, country and company), newsletters, past executive committees, procedures manual, publications and sections.

The EMD offers:

  • Certification — In conjunction with the Division of Professional Affairs, EMD offers peer-reviewed, professional certification for coal geologists (application forms are available on the Web site). Certification recognizes qualified professionals who subscribe to a strict code of ethics and possess relevant education and experience.
  • Discounts — EMD members receive discounts on EMD-sponsored short courses and field trips at AAPG annual and sectional meetings.
  • Information — The Web site's members-only area has detailed information on both regional and technical levels. The area includes information on meetings, activities and technical areas at the AAPG Section or region level, and technical articles, reference lists, Web links and committee reports at a technical level.
  • Networking — EMD provides a forum for interaction with professionals in a wide range of technical fields to gain knowledge of scientific and technological developments worldwide.

Networking can be accomplished through involvement on committees, attendance at professional meetings and luncheons, and searching the EMD membership directory online for members with similar interests and geographic areas.

If you have not looked at the Energy Minerals Division recently, it is time to take a look

— we have much to offer. The EMD is the place for your professional development within unconventional energy fields on which future generations will increasingly rely.

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