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AGS Luncheon Speaker Schedule

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.


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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