AAPG Names Geoscience Director

James B. "Jim" Blankenship has assumed the duties as AAPG geoscience director

James B. "Jim" Blankenship has assumed the duties as AAPG geoscience director.

Blankenship joined AAPG from ConocoPhillips in Houston, where he was manager of Integrated Studies, Upstream Technology. Previously he was manager of Basin Fluids and Systems, Upstream Technology.

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James B. "Jim" Blankenship has assumed the duties as AAPG geoscience director.

Blankenship joined AAPG from ConocoPhillips in Houston, where he was manager of Integrated Studies, Upstream Technology. Previously he was manager of Basin Fluids and Systems, Upstream Technology.

A native of Colorado, he holds a bachelor's degree in geology from California State University, Long Beach. A member of AAPG since 1975, he also is a member of the Division of Environmental Geosciences.

Blankenship joined Phillips in 1985 and held a number of positions, including basin evaluation manager at the Bartlesville, Okla., headquarters; exploration manager for U.K. and Ireland, based in Woking, U.K.; exploration manager for the FSU; international future ventures manager; and other positions involving domestic and international exploration.

Prior to joining Phillips, Blankenship held posts with Aminoil USA, Southern California Gas Co., McCulloch Oil and Core Laboratories.

As geoscience director, Blankenship will oversee the activities of the Hedberg Research conferences; services/career (education) department; scientific publications, including the BULLETIN; and science products marketing, as well as AAPG Datapages.