The AAPG-SEG student section meets once or twice a month primarily through a lecture series that features current, state-of-the-art talks on technology, recent scientific advancements, and discovery thinking. Since 1991, we have hosted more than 50 AAPG Distinguished Lecturers, SEG distinguish lectures, and speakers from the AAPG Discovery Thinking series, as well as many other special invites. The list of speakers for this and last academic year are listed below. Talks are open to the public, and generally, we meet on either Tuesday or Thursday at 5:30 PM. Refreshments and pizza or served at the talks. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend. These lectures present a rare opportunity to meet speakers and be apprised of the most recent advancements in the greater energy industry.

Upcoming Talks: Fall 2018

Postponed until further notice: Harriet Brittenham, Consultant, Denver,  "Future of Geosciences Employment--working in team-oriented settings."

October 22:  Sa'id Al-Hajri, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran,  "Basins and Petroleum Systems of the Middle East.”

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

r The Student Chapter Program of AAPG is made up of collegiate groups of geoscience students and one of the world's foremost co-educational programs within the geoscience sector with over 245 chapters. It provides students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and serves as a focal point for developing a feeling of professionalism through meeting industry representatives (

President: Laura Stamp

Vice President: Katherine Pfeiffer

Treasurer: Israel Jaramillo

Faculty Supervisor: Paul Weimer

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

segSEG Student Chapters empower students to participate and spearhead projects that will address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to SEG's mission of promoting the science of geophysics (

President: Lucas Haas

Vice President: Daniel Postal

Treasurer: Israel Jaramillo

Faculty Supervisor: Paul Weimer

Past Talks: 

Fall 2017-Spring 2018

September 7: Tomas Villamil, Recent exploration highlights in Colombia.

September 20: Mirko van den Baan, SEG Distinguished Lecturer, “How widespread is human-induced seismicity in the USA and Canada?”

November 28: Harriet Brittenham, Consultant, “Future of Geoscience Employment: Working in Team-Oriented Settings.”

January 23: Jesse Sommer, Armstrong Energy, Denver,  "Pikka-Horseshoe Discovery, Colville High, North Slope, Alaska."

February 6:  Jim Emme, Consultant,  "An Exploration Journey through the Berkine Basin, Algeria (or How Anadarko found 2 BBO after the French left).”

March 1: David Eby, Consultant, “Late Quaternary Great Salt Lake microbialites:  analogs to the pre-salt play in the South Atlantic.”

Fall 2016-Spring 2017

August 30: Mike Leibovitz, Caerus Energy, Kurdistan’s Exploration Frontier: Past and Present.

September 27: Scott Michel, SEG Distinguished Lecture Subsalt imaging: Snapshots in time, reflections, and next steps.

September 29: John Curtis, Geomark Research, Beyond the Bakken: Evaluation of the Resource Potential of the Red River/Winnipeg and Lodgepole/Mission Canyon Petroleum Systems of the Williston Basin.

October 13: Jim Emme, consultant, The Piceance Basin Rim Niobrara Play, NW Colorado Liquids-Rich Pot-O’-Gold or Blarney Stone!?

October 25: Brian Horn, Vice president- ION Geophysical. Use of mega-regional seismic profiles to evaluate the evolution continental margins.

November 6: Andy Pulham, consultant, Sequence stratigraphic interpretation of the “classic” Upper carboniferous cyclothems, western Island.

November 7: Steve Bell, (President and CEO Casa Resources): Geology- a global career.

December 5: Colin Stabler, consultant, Discovery History of the Golden Lane and Poza Rica fields, Mexico, and Mesozoic reservoirs of Mexico.

January 30: SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course, Geophysical Electromagnetics: Fundamentals and Applications

February 7: Bob Frykland, IHS-Markit, Chief Strategist- Upstream, AAPG Discovery Thinking speaker, The Future of Exploration- the next decade.

February 17: Tim Collett, USGS, AAPG Distinguished lecture, Geologic overview of gas hydrates and resource potential.

March 1: John Forster, Whiting Resources, Exploration Advisor, AAPG Discovery Thinking speaker, Redtail Field, A Thermal Anomaly on the Eastern Extension of the Colorado Mineral Belt, Denver Basin, Colorado.

March 3: John Wagner, Chief Geologist, Venari Resources, Geologic overview to the Wilcox discoveries, northern deep-water Gulf of Mexico.

March 8: Mark Sonnenfeld, Whiting Resources, VP-Geology, Geologic overview of the Bakken and related plays, Williston Basin, North Dakota.

March 15: John Roesink, Jagged Peak Resources, Overview of the Permian basin unconventionals.

March 17: Andy Pulham, consultant, Behind outcrop logging and coring project- Ross sandstone, western Ireland.

March 22: Nick Sommer and Brendan Curran, Four Points, Granite Wash play, Anadarko basin. Plant trip

April 7: Paul Rady et al., Antero Resources, Marcellus and Utica plays, Plant trip

April 11: Paul Crevello, Tectonics and Stratigraphy of the Jurassic- Cretaceous Cuba- Bahamas Sedimentary Province: a record of rifting, silled evaporite to marine basin, drowning and prograding carbonate platforms and tectonic inversion

April 17: Eric Zimmerman, VP LLOG Resources, AAPG Discovery Thinking speaker, “A Fresh Look to Exploration and Discoveries in Mississippi Canyon, Northern Gulf of Mexico.”

April 19: Rob Diedrich and Tony Lupo, SM Resources, Eagleford Play, Maverick Basin, Plant trip

April 21: Paul Hatchell, SEG Distinguished Lecture, Getting more for less: Frequent low-cost seismic monitoring solutions for deepwater fields