Announcing the New Line-Up of Speakers for the 2019-20 Distinguished Lecture Program

Five internationally acclaimed geoscientists have been named for this season’s AAPG Distinguished Lecture program, the Association’s flagship offering of cutting-edge geoscience excellence that once again will be accessible to everyone, everywhere, at any time.

Continuing the approach started earlier this year, free videos and complementary podcasts of all lecturers will be available on the AAPG website for downloading or streaming.

This year’s lecturers also will be available for “virtual classroom” webinars with question-and-answer sessions following the presentation. In addition, DLs also are available for personal appearances (webinar presentations and limited personal engagements will be subject to the speakers’ schedules and availability).

The five speakers were carefully selected by the AAPG Distinguished Lecture Committee based on the relevancy of their topics and their excellence in their respective fields.

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Five internationally acclaimed geoscientists have been named for this season’s AAPG Distinguished Lecture program, the Association’s flagship offering of cutting-edge geoscience excellence that once again will be accessible to everyone, everywhere, at any time.

Continuing the approach started earlier this year, free videos and complementary podcasts of all lecturers will be available on the AAPG website for downloading or streaming.

This year’s lecturers also will be available for “virtual classroom” webinars with question-and-answer sessions following the presentation. In addition, DLs also are available for personal appearances (webinar presentations and limited personal engagements will be subject to the speakers’ schedules and availability).

The five speakers were carefully selected by the AAPG Distinguished Lecture Committee based on the relevancy of their topics and their excellence in their respective fields.

The 2020 Distinguished Lecturers are:

• Kristin Bergmann, assistant professor and Packard Fellow with the department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Mass. Her lecture is titled “Reconstructing Earth’s Climate Dynamics at the Dawn of Animals.”

• Stephen Hubbard, associate professor with the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, Canada. His lecture is “What Processes Control Widely Observed Patterns in Dip-Water Channel Fill Stratigraphy? Integrating Seafloor and Outcrop Data Uncovers Surprising Results.”

• William Lee Esch, senior geoscience adviser at the ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions Co., Houston. His lecture is “Reservoir Quality Analysis and Prediction in Diagenetically Complex Reservoirs: A Challenging New Frontier.”

• Michael J. Pyrcz, associate professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, with an assignment in the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas in Austin. His lecture is “Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Energy Geoscience and Engineering.”

• Lisa Goggin, senior staff geologist and research scientist at Chevron Energy Technology Co., Houston. Her lecture is “Exploring the Limits of Seismic Interpretation Techniques Through the Use of Computational Stratigraphy Models.”

Each lecturer will give a full-length presentation on video and will also sit down for Digging Deeper, an interview series with Vern Stefanic, director of Administration and Programs at AAPG.

AAPG podcasts are titled “Energy Insights,” with the DL podcasts specifically titled “Digging Deeper.”

The podcasts are available on a several platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google.

Watch your inbox for the details about the releases of DL videos and podcasts.

For questions or more information, go to the AAPG website or contact program coordinator Heather Hodges at (918) 560-2621 or HHodges@aapg.org.

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