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Past AGS Luncheons

March 14, 2019
Rob Witter, US Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage
Ground Failures Induced by Seismic Shaking During the 2018 Anchorage Alaska M7 Earthquake
Abstract and Bio

February 21, 2019
Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse, President and CEO of Trilogy Metals, Inc.
Copper in the Ambler Mining District and the Green Energy and Transportation Revolution, Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?
Abstract and Bio

January 10, 2019
John Thornley, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates, Anchorage
Update on the November 30, 2018 Anchorage Earthquake - A Geotechnical Perspective
Abstract and Bio

December 13, 2018 - Joint Meeting AGS and GSA
Paul Decker, Alaska Division of Oil & Gas, Anchorage, Alaska
Brookian Topset Stratigraphic Play: Petroleum Systems Elements
Abstract and Bio

November 20, 2018
John Lyons, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Volcano Observatory, Anchorage
Can You Hear Me Now? Monitoring and Studying Active Volcanoes with Low Frequency Sound in Alaska, Hawaii, and Beyond
Abstract and Bio

October 23, 2018
Chad Hults, U.S. National Park Service, Anchorage
From Fossils to Glaciers: Structure from Motion (3D Modeling) in Alaska National Parks
Abstract and Bio

September 18, 2018
Hannah R. Dietterich, U.S Geological Survey, Alask Volcano Observatory, Anchorage
Eruption Response and Preliminary Observations of the 2018 Eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Abstract and Bio

May 15, 2018
Erin Shea, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage
The End Game of Arc Magmatism: Using Geochronology and Geochemistry to
Understand How Arcs Shut Off
Abstract and Bio

April 24, 2018
Josef Chmielowski, State of Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, Anchorage
Pikka-Horseshoe, Willow and Smith Bay: Unraveling Three New Discoveries with Publicly Available Data
Abstract and Bio

March 20, 2018
Trystan Herriot, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks
Sequence-stratigraphic framework of the Middle Jurassic Chinitna Formation, Cook Inlet forearc basin, south-central Alaska
Abstract and Bio

February 20, 2018
Dr. Jeff Benowitz, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Cenozoic Off-set History of the Denali Fault System
Abstract and Bio

January 18, 2018
George Case, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage
The Alaska Resource Data File (ARDF): More Than Just a Database
Abstract and Bio

December 14, 2017
Shuvajit Bhattacharya, UAA, Anchorage,
Forecasting and Detection During the 2017 Eruption of Alaska's Bogoslof Volcano
Abstract and Bio

November 21, 2017
Dr. Michelle Coombs, USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory
New geologic interpretations from beneath the Chukchi Sea: Off shore Alsaka, USA
Abstract and Bio

October 24, 2017
Dr. Michelle Coombs, USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory
Forecasting and Detection During the 2017 Eruption of Alaska's Bogoslof Volcano
Abstract and Bio

September 19, 2017
Dr. Birgit Hagedorn, Sustainable Earth Research, LLC
Mercury cycling in the Matanuska Glacier
Abstract and Bio

The May 2017 luncheon was replaced with the May 20-24 conference held that month.

April 18, 2017
Tim Collett, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
Gas Hydrate Petroleum System Analysis in Marine and Arctic Permafrost Environments
Abstract and Bio

March 21, 2017
Carla Sanchez Phelps, Anchorage
Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Systems: Dynamics and Controls, Eocene-Oligocene Browse Basin
Abstract and Bio

February 21, 2017
Evan Twelker, State of Alaska
"Geologic mapping in the Talkeetna Mountains and Eastern Alaska Range: A story of mineralization and deformation"
Abstract and Bio

January 17, 2017
Marwan Wartes, State of Alaska
"New Insights into the Regional Stratigraphy of the Brookian Sequence in Northern Alaska: Case Studies on the Power of Merging Outcrop and Subsurface Data"
Abstract and Bio

December 8, 2016
Simon Katterhorn, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage
"Controls on Continental Rift Evolution: The East African Rift in Kenya and Tanzania"
Joint meeting with SPE & GSA.
Abstract and Bio

November 17, 2016
Elena Suleimani, PhD, Geophysical Institute, UAF, Fairbanks
"Tsunami Inundation Mapping for Alaska Coastal Communities"
Abstract and Bio

October 20, 2016
Helena Burrman, Alaska Earthquake Center, Fairbanks,
"Is she gonna blow? A seismologist's take On predicting volcanic eruptions"
Abstract and Bio

September 20, 2016
Aaron Wech, USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory, Anchorage
"They’re hard to identify and nonthreatening, so what makes slow earthquakes so significant?"
Abstract and Bio

May 15, 2016
Rob Witter - USGS
"Ancient Tsunami Deposits and Modern Seismic Hazards, Southern Alaska" Margin"
Abstract and Bio

April 22, 2016
AGS Tech Conference, Fairbanks, AK

March 15, 2016
Scott Digert, BP Alaska
"Prudhoe Bay Reservoir Development Optimization"
Abstract and Bio

February 16, 2016
D. Matthew Reeves, University of Alaska, Anchorage
"Assessing Fluid Flow Characteristics and Contaminant Migration Potential in Variably- Saturated, Fractured Rock Systems: An Example from the T-Tunnel Complex, Rainier Mesa, NNSS"
Abstract and Bio

January 28, 2016
Julia Wellner, University of Houston, Houston, TX (AAPG Distinguished Lecturer)
"Marine Geological Record of Ice Retreat in the Antarctic Peninsula Since the Last Glacial Maximum"

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

November 17, 2015
Trystan M. Herriott and Marwan A. Wartes, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical: Paul L. Decker, Alaska Division of Oil and Gas
"Sequence Stratigraphic Framework of the Upper Jurassic Naknek Formation, Cook Inlet Forearc Basin, South-Central Alaska", Joint meeting with SPE & GSA in Anchorage.

October 14, 2015
Patrick Druckenmiller, Earth Sciences Curator, University of Alaska Museum and Associate Professor of Geology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
"Alaskan Dinosaurs in the Big Picture"

September 23, 2015
Greg Wilson, Director of Arctic Exploration and Services for ConocoPhillips Alaska
"Inspiration in Times of Challenge: Retracing the Steps of Pioneers in North Alaska Geology"

May 12, 2015
Ray Troll, Alaskan Artist
"Dinosaurs, Sharks, Mammoths & More: Ray Troll's Prehistoric Alaska"

April 16, 2015
Peter J. Haeussler, Research Geologist, US Geological Survey in Anchorage
"Focused exhumation along megathrust splay faults in Prince William Sound, Alaska"

March 19, 2015
Phillip Manning, Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life, University of Manchester, UK
"A Spring in the Dinosaur's Step: Musculoskeletal Modelling Dinosaur Locomotion"

February 19, 2015
Peter P. Flaig, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin
"A tale of three deltas: Comparative analysis of ancient, river-dominated deltaic systems from outcrops of the Permian in Antarctica and the Cretaceous in Arctic Alaska and Colorado"

January 15, 2015
Jamey Jones, USGS Alaska Science Center
"Late Cretaceous through Oligocene magmatic and tectonic evolution of the western Alaska Range"

December 18, 2014
Esther Babcock Ph. D Boise, Geotek Alaska
"Detecting Oil In and Under Ice and Snow: Ground Penetrating Radar Theory and Applications"

November 10, 2014
John Morgan, John M Campbell & Company
"LNG Changing Quickly"
Lecture Information

October 27, 2014
Larry Freeman, Geologist, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks
"Revisiting the Ruby Terrane: Insights from Geologic Mapping in the Moran Area, Central-Interior Alaska"

September 18, 2014
Jennifer Aschoff, PhD, Department of Geological Sciences, Uuniversity of Alaska, Anchorage
"Recognition and Significance of Bayhead Delta Deposits: Implications for Oil/Gas Exploration and Basin Dynamics"

May 15, 2014
2014 AGS Technical Conference "Cook Inlet - Gateway to Alaska"
Program and Abstract

April 14, 2014
John G. Kaldi, Distinguished Lecturer, University of Adelaide
"Carbon Capture & Storage: What are the Big Issues and Opportunities for the Petroleum Industry"
April Newsletter

April 11, 2014
Allison Thurmond, Ph. D., Statoil AAPG, Distinguished Lecturer
"Industry-Driven Advances In Predictive Earth Systems Modeling"
April Newsletter

March 20, 2014
Greg Wilson, COP
"Devil’s Paw Prospect, Chukchi Sea Alaska" 
March Newsletter

February 20, 2014
David Houseknecht, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA
"Late Jurassic through Cretaceous tectonics and basin evolution, Chukchi shelf and northwestern Alaska" 
February Newsletter

January 16, 2014
Richard O. Lease, USGS, Research Geologist
"Thrust belt propagation, Canyon incision, and Hydrocarbon systems in the Central Andes" 
January Newsletter

December 12, 2013
Leo Brown and Daniel Yancey, ConocoPhillips Alaska and BP Exploration Alaska
"4D seismic at Alpine Field, Alaska, and, Time-lapse 3D/4D observations at Simpson Lagoon, Milne Point Alaska" 
December Newsletter

November 21, 2013
John Decker, NICO
“Seabed Mapping and the Search for Oil and Gas Seeps Offshore”
November Newsletter

October 17, 2013
Erin Donaghy, Dept. of Geology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
“Detrital Geochronology and Sedimentology of Paleogene Sedementary and Volcanic Rocks Exposed in Talkeetna Mountains”
October Newsletter

September 19, 2013
Sue Karl, BA Middlebury College, PhD Stanford University
“Pliocene to Recent alkalic volcanic centers in southeast Alaska: western component of the Northern Cordilleran Volcanic Province”
September Newsletter

August 22, 2013
James P. McCalpin, 2013 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Geology, GSA/AEG, GEO-HAZ Consult., Inc.
“The Mountains Are Falling Apart; A Spectrum of Mass Failures;  Rockslides, Sackungs and Unfolding”

May 16, 2013
Dr. Wesley Wallace, UAF, Professor of Geology
“Neotectonics of a Complex Plate Boundary Zone: Indentation, Rotation, and Escape in Alaska.”
May Newsletter

April 18, 2013
Jana DaSilva Lage, Aerometric, Manager and Geologist
"The Mighty Matanuska: An Aerialter Mapping Study"
AprIl Newsletter

March 21, 2013
David Allard, Apache, New Ventures Exploration Manager
"Apache Exploring Alaska's Cook Inlet with a Bottom's Up Approach"  (This will be a joint meeting with the Geophysical Society of Alaska)
March Newsletter

February 21, 2013
Josef Chmielowski, BP Exploration Alaska, Heavy Oil Team Leader
"Heavy Oil Production on Alaska’s North Slope"
February Newsletter

January 17, 2013
Kristine Crossen, UAA, Professor of Geological Sciences
"Three Unique Outburst Floods Associated with the Recent 17-year Surge Cycle of Bering Glacier, Alaska"
January Newsletter

December 13, 2012
Ed Duncan, Great Bear Petroleum, President
"Unconventional Oil Reservoirs on the North Slope of Alaska"
December Newsletter

November 15, 2012
Dr. Mark Myers, UAF, Vice Chancellor for Research
"Development of an Integrated Oil Spill Research Center at UAF – Innovative Interdisciplinary Research that Matters to Alaskans"
November Newsletter

October 2012
John Eichelberger, University of Alaska Fairbanks, "The Great Alaska Eruption of 1912"
October Newsletter

September 2012
James R. Markello, ExxonMobil Upstream Research, "A New Depositional and Sequence Stratigraphic Architecture for the Lisburne Wahooo Reservoir"
September Newsletter

April 2012
Craig Knutson, Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska Inc., "The Oooguruk Development"
April Newsletter

March 2012
Rod Graham, Research Associate, University of Cambridge, "Exploration in Fold and Thrust Belts - A Personal Perspective"
March Newsletter

February 2012
Peter P. Flaig - University of Texas at Austin, bureau of Economic Geology, Quantitative Clastics Laboratory
"The Application of LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) Technology to Outcrop Geology With an Example From Sagwon Bluffs on the North Slope of Alaska"
February Newsletter

January 2012
Susan M. Kar - U.S. Geological Survey
"Rare Earth Element (REE) Deposits Associated with the Lower Jurassic Peralkaline Granite at Bokan Mountain Southeast Alaska"
January Newsletter

December 2011
Susan M. Kar - U.S. Geological Survey, Jaroslav Dosta - Department of Geology, and James C Barker - Ucore Rare Metals, Inc.: "Practical Seismic Petrophysics: The Effective Use of Log DataFor Seismic Analysis"
December Newsletter

November 2011
Tom Homza, Principal Regional Geologist of Alaska, Shell Exploration and Production Company: "Toward an Integrated Tectonic Model for the Canada Basin: Implications for North Alaska"
November Newsletter

October 2011
Kristine J. Crossen and David R. Yesner, University of Alaska Anchorage: "Youngest Mammoths in America: 5,700 Year Old Mammoth Remains from Qagnax Cave, Pribilof Islands, Alaska"
October Newsletter

September 2011
Paul L. Decker, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas.: "Source-reservoired Oil Resources, Alaska North Slope"
Read Abstract | September Newsletter

April 2011
Erik Hulm, BP Exploration Alaska Inc.: "Alaska Heavy Oil"
Read Abstract | April Newsletter

March 2011
Scott Arko, Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF), Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, Alaska: "Elevation Modeling in Alaska"
Read Abstract | March Newsletter

February 2011
James L. Coleman, Jr., Director of the Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA: "Tight-Gas Sandstone Reservoirs: The 200-Year Path from Unconventional to Conventional Gas Resource and Beyond"
Read Abstract | February Newsletter

January 2011
Chris Waythomas and Stephanie Prejean, US Geological Survey, Alaska Volcano Observatory: "The 7-8 August 2008 Eruption of Kasatochi Volcano, Central Aleutian Islands, Alaska"
Read Abstract | January Newsletter

December 2010
Alison Till, U.S. Geological Survey: "Paleogeographic Reconstruction of the Arctic Alaska-Chukotka Terrane"
Read Abstract | December Newsletter

November 2010
Joann E. Welton, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company: "Evaluating Siliciclastic Reservoir Quality in a Changing World"
Read Abstract | November Newsletter

October 2010
Peter J. Haeussler, US Geological Survey: "Pliocene Deformation in Cook Inlet"
Read Abstract | October Newsletter

September 2010
David Scholl, Emeritus Scientist, US Geological Survey, Sydney Chapman Professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks: "Earthquake & Tsunami Hazards Of the Aleut ians"
Read Abstract | September Newsletter

May 2010
Brigette A. Martini, PhD, Senior Staff Geologist, Ormat Nevada Inc.: "Geothermal Exploration at Mt. Spurr, AK Summer 2010"
Read Abstract | May Newsletter

April 2010
Donald L. Gautier, Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey Menlo Park, CA: "Estimating Undiscovered Oil and Gas in the Arctic: The U.S. Geological Survey Circum-Arct ic Resource Appraisal"
Read Abstract | April Newsletter

March 2010
Patrick Druckenmiller, Earth Science Curator, University of Alaska Museum Department of Geology and Geophysics, UAF: "Mesozoic Vertebrates of Alaska"
Read Abstract | March Newsletter

February 2010
Mark Myers, State of Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Coordinator.: "Geoscience, Ideology and the Politics of Energy"
Read Abstract | February Newsletter

January 2010
William R. Morris and Mark H. Scheihing, ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.: "Distribution of Turbidite Elements From a Small, Sandy Basin Floor Fan, Tanqua Karoo, South Africa"
Read Abstract | January Newsletter

December 2009
John Howell, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway: "Laser Scanning and Geological Modeling: From Outcrop to Flow Simulation"
Read Abstract | December Newsletter

November 2009
Stephen M. Hubbard, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB: "High-Relief Slope Clinoform Development: An Outcrop Analog for the Cretaceous Brookian Foreland Succession From Patagonia, Chile"
Read Abstract | November Newsletter

October 2009
Steve Wright, Alaska Asset Development Manager: Chevron North American Exploration & Production: "Cook Inlet Natural Gas Crisis, Fact or Fiction?"
Read Abstract | October Newsletter

September 2009
Paul O'Sullivan, Apatite to Zircon, Inc.: "Timing of Brooks Range and North Slope Uplift and Denudation: A Summary of Fission Track Results Completed During the Last 20 Years"
Read Abstract

May 2009
Rocky Reifenstuhl, Alaska DGGS and Paul Decker, Alaska DOG: "Bristol Bay - Alaska Peninsula Region"
Board Member Election
Read Abstract | May Newsletter

April 2009
Steve Jones, BP Exploration Alaska, Inc: "Development o fLiberty Field, North Slope, Alaska"
Abstract | April Newsletter

March 2009
Trond H. Torsvik, Centre for Geodynamics, Geological Survey of Norway, Physics of Geological Processes, University of Oslo
"Large Scale Plate Tectonics in the Circum Arctic"
- Abstract
"GPlates Workshop" - Abstract | GPlates Manual
March Newsletter

February 2009
Gerald Dickens, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, Rice University, Houston, Texas: "Early Cenozoic Climate and Carbon Cycling:
The Sedimentary Record of Global Warming and Massive Carbon Input" and
"The Global Carbon Cycle with Seafloor Methane"
Abstract | February Newsletter

January 2009
Christina Neal, USGS: "The July-August 2008 hydrovolcanic eruption of Okmok Volcano, Umnak Island, Alaska"
Abstract | January Newsletter

December 2008
No lecture
December Newsletter

November 2008
Dave Houseknecht, US Geological Survey: "Beaufortian Dusk – Brookian Dawn: Tectonic, Paleogeographic, Sequence Stratigraphic, and Exploration Significance of the Lower Cretaceous Succession in Arctic Alaska"
Abstract | November Newsletter

October 2008
Peter Haeussler, US Geological Survey: "Submarine Landslides and Tsunamis at Seward and Valdez Triggered by the 1964 magnitude 9.2 Alaska Earthquake"
Abstract | October Newsletter

September 2008
Tom Homza, Shell Exploration & Production Company: "Petroleum Geology of the Western Beaufort Sea"
Abstract | September Newsletter

May 2008
Jerry Siok, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc: "Unleashing Deep Gas Offshore Nile Delta Egypt"
Abstract | May Newsletter

April 2008
2008 AGS Technical Conference: "Prudhoe Discovery at 40 - A Retrospective"
April 08 Newsletter

March 2008
Marti Miller, USGS: "Tectonic setting of Late Cretaceous precious metal and mercury metallogenesis, Kuskokwim Mineral Belt, southwestern Alaska"
March 08 Abstract

February 2008
Thomas D. Hamilton: "Glaciation of the Pebble Project Area"
February 08 Newsletter

January 2008
Dr Dwight Bradley: "Detrital Zircon Geochronology; Interior Alaska"
January 08 Newsletter

December 2007
Dr. Naresh Kumar: "Stratigraphic and Tectonic framework of the US Chukchi Shelf"
December 07 Abstract

November 2007
Dr. Robert Hunter: "Alaska Gas Hydrate Research"
November 07 Abstract

October 2007
Dr.Kirk Johnson: "A Fossil Fueled Tour of Past and Future Climates"
October 07 Abstract

September 2007
Bryan Sralla:" Hydrocarbon Potential Sapsuk Lake Anticline, Alaska Peninsula"
September 07 Abstract


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