14 Distinguished Lecturers Named

AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program, which only a few years ago became a truly global effort, is ready to once again cover the planet with speakers for the 2001-2002 season.

The program, funded by the AAPG Foundation, will offer 14 speakers -- eight for the United States and six on international tours, offering a diverse range of geologic and geoscience topics.

Eleven different topics will be available to both U.S. and international audiences this year.

For a third consecutive year, this year's slate includes an AAPG-SEG Inter-society lecturer, Kurt Rudolph, with ExxonMobil Exploration in Houston, who will speak on "DHI/AVO Analysis Best Practices: A Worldwide Analysis."

AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program was developed to expose students, young geologists, college faculty members and members of geological societies to current information, research and thinking.

The 12 2000-2001 Distinguished Lecturers provided more than 187 visits -- 127 domestic and more than 60 in the international arena -- to nearly 9,000 people. (The figures are estimates because at press time Paul Crevello was just starting on the first of his two final tours for the season. Those numbers will be added to the 2000-2001 season.)

As in past years, support for several tours comes directly from the AAPG Foundation's Distinguished Lecture Fund. They are:

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AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program, which only a few years ago became a truly global effort, is ready to once again cover the planet with speakers for the 2001-2002 season.

The program, funded by the AAPG Foundation, will offer 14 speakers -- eight for the United States and six on international tours, offering a diverse range of geologic and geoscience topics.

Eleven different topics will be available to both U.S. and international audiences this year.

For a third consecutive year, this year's slate includes an AAPG-SEG Inter-society lecturer, Kurt Rudolph, with ExxonMobil Exploration in Houston, who will speak on "DHI/AVO Analysis Best Practices: A Worldwide Analysis."

AAPG's Distinguished Lecture program was developed to expose students, young geologists, college faculty members and members of geological societies to current information, research and thinking.

The 12 2000-2001 Distinguished Lecturers provided more than 187 visits -- 127 domestic and more than 60 in the international arena -- to nearly 9,000 people. (The figures are estimates because at press time Paul Crevello was just starting on the first of his two final tours for the season. Those numbers will be added to the 2000-2001 season.)

As in past years, support for several tours comes directly from the AAPG Foundation's Distinguished Lecture Fund. They are:

♦   The Allan P. Bennison Distinguished Lecturer -- International Distinguished Lecturer, provided by contributions from longtime Tulsa geologist Allan Bennison, who now resides in Glass Valley, Calif.

The Bennison lecturer will be presented this year by Carlos Bruhn, with Petrobras E&P, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His topic is "Contrasting Styles of Oligocene/Miocene, Giant Turbidite Reservoirs From Deepwater Campos Basin, Brazil."

♦   The J. Ben Carsey Distinguished Lecturer -- provided by contributions from J. Ben Carsey Jr., of Houston, to establish this new named lecturer in memory of his father, who served as president of AAPG in 1967-68.

This year's J. Ben Carsey lecturers will be presented by Roger Slatt, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla. His topic is "Outcrop/Behind Outcrop Characterization of Deepwater (Turbidite) Petroleum Reservoir Analogs: How and Why."

♦   The Haas-Pratt Distinguished Lecturer -- provided by contributions from the late Merrill W. Haas, in honor of famed geologists (and Haas' mentor) Wallace Pratt, and granted for emphasis on a specific case history application of geology in the discovery of oil and gas reserves.

The Haas-Pratt lecture will be presented this year by William Zempolich, ExxonMobil, The Hague, Netherlands. His topics are:

  • "The Kashagan Discovery: An Example of the Successful Use of a Multidisciplined Approach in Reducing Geologic Risk."
  • "Geometry of Dolomite Bodies Within Deepwater Resedimented Oolite of the Middle Jurassic Vajont Limestone, Venetian Alps, Italy: Analogs for Hydrocarbon Reservoirs Created Through Fault-Related Burial Dolomitization."

♦   The Roy M. Huffington Distinguished Lecturer -- provided by contributions from the Huffington family in honor of the oilman-geologist.

The Huffington lectures will be presented this year by William E. Galloway, University of Texas at Austin, who will be offering talks to groups in China and Southeast Asia. His topic is "Cenozoic Deepwater Reservoir Systems Tracts of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Basin."

♦   The Dean A. McGee International Distinguished Lecturer -- provided by contributions from Kerr-McGee, which annually supports international speaking tours.

This year's McGee lecturer is Charles Kerans, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, who will be speaking to groups in the Middle East. His topics are:

  • "Evolving Models of Middle Eastern Cretaceous Carbonate Reservoirs."
  • "Evolving Technologies and Opportunities in Carbonate Systems."

This year's list of domestic Distinguished Lecturers also includes:

♦   Cathy Busby, University of California at Santa Barbara. Her topics are:

  • "Evolutionary Model for Convergent Margin Basins and Tectonic Reconstruction of Northwest Mexico."
  • "Climatic and Tectonic Controls on Sedimentation and Volcanism in the Jurassic Arc-Backarc Region of the Cordilleran United States."

♦   James Harrell, University of Toledo, Ohio. His topic is "Archaeological Geology in Egypt: Ancient Oil Wells and Mummy Bitumen, Earliest Geological Map, First Paved Road, Pyramid Temple Pavements and the Sphinx Age Controversy."

♦   Peter Hennings, Phillips Petroleum, Bartlesville, Okla. His topic is "The Present and Future of Building, Sharing and Exploiting 3-D Computer Models for Characterization of Strongly Deformed Reservoirs."

♦   John Suter, Conoco, Houston. His topics are:

  • "Sequence Stratigraphy in a Development Setting: Petrozuata, Faja Petrolifera del Orinoco, Venezuela."
  • "Deltaic Systems: Perspectives on Facies Models and Sequence Stratigraphy."

This year's international Distinguished Lecturers includes:

♦   Salman Bloch, Texaco, Houston, who will be making an Australasia tour. His topics are:

  • "Anomalously High Porosity and Permeability in Deeply Buried Sandstone Reservoirs."
  • "Predrill Assessment/Prediction of Sandstone Porosity and Permeability in Frontier and Mature Areas."

♦   James A. MacKay, Texaco, Houston, who will be making a Latin America tour. His topics is "Exploration Risk Assessment: What Is It? How Is It Done? Who Is Responsible?"

♦   Dag Nummedal, Institute for Energy Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo., who will making a Western European tour.

His topics are:

  • "The 'Falling Stage Systems Tract' in Siliciclastic Systems and Its Control on Reservoir Architecture and Exploration Strategies."
  • "Hydrocarbons of the South Caspian: How Exploitation Depends on the Understanding of the Pliocene Paleoclimate."

♦   Gabor Tari, Vanco Energy. Houston, who will be making an Eastern Europe-Central Asia tour. His topics are:

  • "Comparison of the Ouachita and Carpathian Fold Belts.
  • Examples of Salt Tectonics from the West African Passive Margins: Exploration in a Major Emerging Petroleum Province.
  • Palinspastic Reconstruction of the Carpathian/Pannonian System

Check the AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Web site

where itineraries will be posted and updates will appear regularly.

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