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Alaska Geological Society luncheon meetings are held at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The meetings are typically scheduled on the 3rd Thursday of each month 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, unless noted below. Everyone is invited.


AGS Luncheons

January 17, Tuesday
Speaker: Marwan Wartes, State of Alaska
Topic: "New Insights into the Regional Stratigraphy of the Brookian Sequence in Northern Alaska: Case Studies on the Power of Merging Outcrop and Subsurface Data"

February 21, Tuesday
Speaker: Evan Twelker, State of Alaska
Topic: "Geologic mapping in the Talkeetna Mountains and Eastern Alaska Range: A story of mineralization and deformation"

March 21, Tuesday
Speaker: Carla Sanchez Phelps, Anchorage
Topic: "Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Systems: Dynamics and Controls, Eocene-Oligocene Browse Basin"

April 18, Tuesday
Speaker: Tim Collett, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
Topic: "Gas Hydrate Petroleum System Analysis in Marine and Arctic Permafrost Environments"

The May luncheon was be replaced with the May 20-24 conference held that month.

September 19, Tuesday
Speaker: Dr. Birgit Hagedorn, Sustainable Earth Research, LLC
Topic: Mercury Cycling in the Matanuska Glacier

October 24, Tuesday
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Coombs, USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory
Topic: "Forecasting and Detection During the 2017 Eruption of Alaska's Bogoslof Volcano"

November 21, Tuesday
Speaker: Tom Homza, Shell Exploration and Production
Topic: "A Geologic Interpretation of the Chukchi Sea Petroleum Province: Offshore Alaska, USA"

December 19, Tuesday
Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA

Other Events of Interest

February 6-10
Alaska Forum on the Environment 2017
Location: Dena'ina Center, Anchorage

February 8, Wednesday
AMA Luncheon
Speaker: Dan Neuffer, SRK Consulting
Topic: "Biofilms, bioclogging, and biobarriers: microbiology meets geotechnical engineering"
Location: Lakefront Millennium Hotel, Anchorage

February 9, Thursday
Geological Society of Alaska
Speaker: Doug Brinkerhoff, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Topic: "Ice and Mud: How Alaska’s Tidewater Glaciers Grow in a Warming Climate"
Location: ConocoPhillips, Room ATO-1, Anchorage

February 9, Thursday
AAEP Networking Social Hour and Annual Membership Meeting
Location: Bernie’s Bungalow Bar, 626 D Street Anchorage

February 13, Monday
AAUG Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference
Location: Hilton Hotel, Anchorage

February 16, Thursday
AAEP Brown Bag Speaker Series Event – Caelus Energy – Smith Bay Project
Location: BP Energy Center, Anchorage

February 28, Tuesday, 10-11:30 am
USGS Mineral Resources Program. George Case and Douglas Kreiner, USGS
Location: USGS, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage

March 3, Friday, 10-3 pm
UAA Geology Career Fair
Location: ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Bldg., UAA campus, Anchorage

March 9, Thursday, 11:30-1 pm
Geological Society of Alaska
Topic: “Sand and tsunamis in the eastern Aleutians: Is a locked megathrust more dangerous than a creeping one?”
Presenter: Rob Witter, USGS
Location: ConocoPhillips, 700 G St. ATO-1, Anchorage

March 16, Thursday, 11:45 am
AAEP Brown Bag Speaker Series
Location: BP Energy Center, Anchorage

April 11, Tuesday
AIPG Alaska Section Spring Meeting
Presenter: Paul Whitmore, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Location: DOWL, 4041 B Street, Anchorage

April 13, Thursday
Geological Society of Alaska
Topic: “Seismic Refraction to Evaluate Overburden Thickness at South Chickaloon Cut, Chickaloon, Alaska”
Presenter: Thomas Keatts, Shannon & Wilson
Location: ConocoPhillips, 700 G St. ATO-1, Anchorage

April 18, Tuesday, 11:30 am
AAEP Brown Bag Speaker Series, Overview of the Commission and update regarding the Noatak Village Relocation project
Presenter: Don Antrobus, Denali Commission
Location: BP Energy Center, Anchorage

April 19, Wednesday
AGS/UAF, Tim Collett, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
Location: UAF, Fairbanks

April 20-22
SETAC - Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Conference
Location: Lakefront Hotel, Anchorage

May 11, Thursday
Geological Society of Alaska
Topic: “Data Interpretation and Integration from a Seismic Perspective – The Excitement of Innovation”
Presenter: Laurie Weston Bellman Canadian Discovery Ltd.
Location: ConocoPhillips, 700 G St. ATO-1, Anchorage

May 18, Thursday
AAWP: Archaeology in Your Environment. Shina DuVall,   Alaska State Historic Preservation Office / Office of History and Archaeology; and Tom Wolforth, Alaska Army National Guard​​​Archaeology in Your Environment. Shina DuVall,   Alaska State Historic Preservation Office / Office of History and Archaeology; and Tom Wolforth, Alaska Army National Guard​​​
Location: BP Energy Center, Anchorage

May 20-24
AAPG - Pacific Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Conference
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Anchorage

May 24
AGS/GSA Annual Picnic
Location: TBA

June 15-19
Mining History Association Annual Conference
Location: UAF, Fairbanks

August 1-3
YRITWC 11th Biennial Summit
Location: Carcross, Yukon, Canada

October 3-4
Arctic Ambitions VI Conference and Trade Show
Location: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel

October 24 (tentative)
Alaska Volcano Observatory
Location: BP Energy Center, Anchorage

November 5-11
AMA - Alaska Miners Association Annual Convention
Location: Dena'Ina Center, Anchorage



September 20, Tuesday
Speaker: Aaron Wech, USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory, Anchorage
Topic: "They’re hard to identify and nonthreatening, so what makes slow earthquakes so significant?"

May 17, Tuesday
Speaker: Rob Witter - USGS
Topic: "Ancient Tsunami Deposits and Modern Seismic Hazards, Southern Alaska Margin"

April 22, Friday
AGS Tech Conference, Fairbanks, AK

March 15, Tuesday
Speaker: Scott Digert - BP
Topic: "Drilling Program Outlook in Aging PBU"

February 16, Tuesday
Speaker: Matt Reeves (UAF)
Topic: "Assessing Fluid Flow Characteristics and Contaminant Migration Potential in Variably-Saturated, Fractured Rock Systems: An example from the T-Tunnel Complex, Rainier Mesa, NNSS"

January 28, Thursday
Speaker: Dr. Julia Wellner – University of Houston
Topic: "Antarctica’s Glacially-driven Stratigraphy"


December 10, Thursday
Speaker: Islin Munisteri  (AK DNR)
Topic: "Cook Inlet Natural Gas Reserves Study 2015"
Joint meeting with SPE & GSA, in BP Bldg, Anchorage

November 17, Tuesday
Speaker: Trystan M. Herriott and Marwan A. Wartes, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical: Paul L. Decker, Alaska Division of Oil and Gas
Topic: "Sequence Stratigraphic Framework of the Upper Jurassic Naknek Formation, Cook Inlet Forearc Basin, South-Central Alaska"

October 14, Wednesday
Speaker: Patrick Druckenmiller, Earth Sciences Curator, University of Alaska Museum and Associate Professor of Geology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Topic: "Alaskan Dinosaurs in the Big Picture"

September 23, Wednesday
Speaker: Greg Wilson, Director of Arctic Exploration and Services for ConocoPhillips Alaska
Topic: "Inspiration in Times of Challenge: Retracing the Steps of Pioneers in North Alaska Geology"

Speaker: Ray Troll, Alaskan Artist
Topic: "Dinosaurs, Sharks, Mammoths & More: Ray Troll's Prehistoric Alaska"
(This meeting is co-hosted by Geological Society of America's Cordilleran Section Meeting.)

Speaker: Peter J. Haeussler, Research Geologist, US Geological Survey in Anchorage
Topic: "Focused exhumation along megathrust splay faults in Prince William Sound, Alaska"

Speaker: Phillip Manning, Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life, University of Manchester, UK
Topic: "A Spring in the Dinosaur's Step: Musculoskeletal Modelling Dinosaur Locomotion"

Speaker: Peter Flaig, Bureau of Economic Geology/UT-Austin
Topic: "Delta Facies and Depositional Architecture Controls on Reservoir Performance"

Speaker: Jamey Jones, USGS Alaska Science Center
Topic: "Late Cretaceous through Oligocene magmatic and tectonic evolution of the western Alaska Range"


Speaker: Esther Babcock Ph. D Boise, Geotek Alaska
Topic: "Detecting Oil In and Under Ice and Snow: Ground Penetrating Radar Theory and Applications"
(This meeting is co-hosted by Geophysical Society of Alaska.)

Speaker: John Morgan, John M Campbell & Company
Topic: "LNG Changing Quickly"
This is a joint meeting with SPE and AGS.
Location: Conference Rooms A,B,C, BP Building  900 E. Benson Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99508
Lecture Information

Speaker: Larry Freeman, Geologist, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks
Topic: "Revisiting the Ruby Terrane: Insights from Geologic Mapping in the Moran Area, Central-Interior Alaska"

Speaker: Jennifer Aschoff, PhD
Topic: "Recognition and Significance of Bayhead Delta Deposits: Implications for Oil/Gas Exploration and Basin Dynamics"

Speaker: David LePain, Alaska DGGS
Topic: "Cook Inlet"
(AGS Spring Technical Conference at UAA;  featured luncheon speaker)

Speaker: John Kaldi, AAPG,  Distinguished Lecturer
Topic:  “Carbon Capture and Storage”
 (Joint meeting with SPE)
April Location: 1st floor Conference Rooms A,B,C at BP Exploration Alaska

Speaker: Allison Thurmond, Ph. D., Statoil AAPG, Distinguished Lecturer
Topic: "Industry-Driven Advances In Predictive Earth Systems Modeling"
(Evening meeting at 6:00 pm.)

Speaker: Greg Wilson, COP
Topic:  “Devil’s Paw Prospect, Chukchi Sea Alaska” 
(Joint meeting with the GSA)

Speaker: David Houseknecht, USGS, Geologist
Topic:  “Alaska’s North Slope and the Chukchi Shelf” 
(Joint meeting with the GSA)

Speaker: Richard O. Lease, USGS, Research Geologist
Topic: “Thrust belt propagation, Canyon incision, and Hydrocarbon systems in the Central Andes”

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