SEPM Annual Meeting
Held in conjunction with the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.
SEPM Business Meeting/Luncheon
Field Studies in Earth Models: Past, Present and Perspective Practices
Date: Tuesday, 8 April
Location: Room 332 A/B/D/E
Ole J. Martinsen is a sedimentary geologist working as senior global exploration advisor at Statoil. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Bergen in 1990 and was visiting assistant professor to the University of Wyoming from 1990-1992. He started his industry career in 1993 working North Sea exploration and later has spent most of his professional time working global exploration and exploration research. He has juggled his career between academic interests, senior management positions and advisory roles at Statoil and currently works primarily with global quality assurance of work methods and specific opportunities. Martinsen has published widely in various fields, edited several books and has won a series of prizes. He received the AAPG Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award in 2011 and is currently the co-chair of AAPG’s Distinguished Lecturer Committee. He was SEPM’s International Councilor from 2002-2004.
Field studies of modern sedimentary environments and rock outcrops are traditional methods in earth sciences to describe and interpret earth processes and their resulting record in terms of Earth evolution. For many scientists, it is the ground truth, for example, of subsurface interpretations. For centuries, these classic methods have been employed to analyze Earth and its plentiful
geological record. However, to make these analyses fully applicable and meaningful to the complete range of uses and users, not least to solve future Earth energy issues, challenges have existed and in many respects still exist. The traditional approach has yielded results which both have a format and a type that is not easily used by researchers in neighboring earth science fields. Furthermore, integration by various earth sciences has not been possible and is not a tradition, yet, it no doubt leads to better interpretations and may be the requirement to develop knowledge and methods to solve any forthcoming energy challenges.
In the last two decades, technology has been developed initially for military uses and in other industries that facilitates quantification of and platforms for the integration of earth science data. Three main examples are remote sensing, laser scanning methods such as LiDAR and global positioning (GPS) technology. In addition to allowing for improved visualization of earth science data, the new technology naturally allows for enhanced and refined interpretations in many examples far beyond the particular earth science field the technology was employed within. While the technologies currently have developed far past their infancy, their earth science application and utilization has not. Sedimentary geologists, as an example, when doing field studies do not normally look beyond their own field of expertise or to other earth science communities for the significance of their study. The potential now lies to develop earth models that place geological field studies as an important element in “whole earth analysis”. Earth’s development and its energy resources result from a sum of plate tectonic, structural, climatic and sedimentary processes; in fact there is a progress towards “One Earth Science” where the common denominator is topography.
For sedimentary geology and exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons the need is clear. To fully understand subsurface uncertainty, field studies represent ground truth of elements of the event space in basin, play and prospect analysis. But the need to integrate between subsurface data and field data is no less, not least to understand which part of the subsurface event space a particular field analogue represents. In addition, the integration with other earth sciences is a large upside to build more complete geological models for a basin or a play. Some of this work is well underway, but by no means complete.
SEPM President’s Reception and Awards Ceremony
Date: Tuesday, 8 April
Location: Hyatt Regency Houston, Regency Room
SEPM President Evan Franseen invites you to an evening of celebration to honor the 2014 award winners of SEPM – Society for Sedimentary Geology – and a fantastic event to network and visit with colleagues old and new. The Twenhofel Medal, the highest award of SEPM given in recognition of a career of outstanding contributions to sedimentary geology, will be presented to John Southard. SEPM Honorary Membership, given for both scientific contributions and service to the society, will be awarded to Mary Kraus. The other science award recipients are Gerold Wefer, who will receive the Francis P. Shepard Medal in recognition of excellence in marine geology; David Bottjer, the Raymond C. Moore Medal in recognition of excellence in paleontology; Andrew Miall, the Pettijohn Medal for excellence in sedimentology; and Brian Romans, the Wilson Award for excellence in sedimentary geology by an early career geoscientist.
SEPM will honor the recipients of the Best Paper Awards for 2012 in both of its journals, Journal of Sedimentary Research and PALAIOS. SEPM will also recognize the Best Student Presentation Awards from the 2014 Annual Meeting, where cash prizes will be presented to the top student presenters from the SEPM Student Awards Poster Session scheduled for Monday at Houston, sponsored by Nexen. As always, SEPM will recognize the members of the 2014 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee, without whom the meeting could not take place, and SEPM Foundation Student Grant recipients. The reception will begin at 7:00PM, with cocktails available at cash bars and substantial hors d’oeuvres. The awards ceremony will start at 7:30PM
SEPM Research Group Meetings and Reception
Date: Monday, 7 April
Location: Hyatt Regency Houston, various rooms
The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) would like to invite anyone who is interested in research group activities to attend the SEPM Research Group Meetings. will meet on Monday, 7 April. Specific locations will be announced
later. Check the SEPM website for updates.
AAPG/SEPM Student Reception
Date: Monday, 7 April
Time: 6:00PM– 8:00PM
Location: Hilton Americas Houston, Ballroom of the Americas D/E/F
The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) would like to invite all students to attend the combined AAPG/SEPM Student Reception sponsored by ExxonMobil. The reception is held just prior to the SEPM Research Group meetings on Monday, 7 April at the Hilton Americas Houston. Students can enjoy food and drink and then go on to the SEPM Research Group topic of their choice to network and listen to the latest discussions.
SEPM Research Symposium
New Advances in Devonian Carbonates: Outcrop Analogs, Reservoirs and Chronostratigraphy
Date: Tuesday, 8 April
Time: 8:00AM–11:50AM and 1:15PM–5:05PM
Location: Room 361
Co-Chairs: T. Playton, C. Kerans and J. Weissenberger
The Devonian stratigraphic record contains a wealth of information that highlights the response of carbonate platforms to globalscale phenomena, such as changeovers from stressed to normal marine oceanic conditions, low- and high-frequency eustatic fluctuation and the onset of transitional climates from peak greenhouse settings. The unique occurrence of well-studied and pristinely preserved reefal carbonate outcrop and subsurface datasets, ranging across the globe from Australia to Canada, allows for a detailed look at Middle to Upper Devonian (Givetian, Frasnian and Famennian) carbonate systems from a global perspective and the opportunity to develop well-constrained, predictive relationships and conceptual models. Recent studies have validated the use of paleomagnetics, stable isotope geochemistry and elemental chemostratigraphy, in conjunction with more traditional biostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphic concepts, as tools to construct integrated chronostratigraphic frameworks with both academic and applied utility.
The generation of such frameworks not only enables unprecedented interpretation and correlation capability within a single outcrop or reservoir dataset, but also provides reference points that facilitate the comparison of age-equivalent carbonate platforms worldwide. This all-day SEPM Research Symposium highlights this recent work on Middle-Upper Devonian carbonate platformto- basin successions. The scope of the session is threefold: 1) present the current knowledge state of Devonian carbonate systems around the globe; 2) introduce integrated chronostratigraphic workflows and correlation constraints developed for various Middle-to-Upper Devonian datasets and 3) gather contributors and solicit potential manuscripts for an associated SEPM Special Publication to be assembled after the session.
SEPM Field Trips, Short Courses and Core Workshop
Be sure to check out the great array of tripstrips and coursestrips available for this meeting. Students should especially be aware of the Sequence Stratigraphy Course for Graduate Students sponsored by ExxonMobil and the other SEPM courses and field trips that have numerous heavily discounted student seats sponsored by multiple companies.
SEPM Best Student Poster Presentation Competition
SEPM will be recognizing the top student presentations from the SEPM Student Awards Poster Session (Monday). The top student presenters will be recognized with cash prizes at the SEPM President’s Reception and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening. For additional information:, contact Theresa Scott or Howard Harper at SEPM Headquarters.