Luncheons

ALL CONVENTION LUNCH

lowensternMonday, June 26, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM, Northern Hotel, South Ballroom, 2nd floor

Speaker: Dr. Jacob Lowenstern, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California

Title: Past, Present, and Future of the Yellowstone Caldera and its Magmatic System

Cost: $30

Jake Lowenstern is a leading expert on volcanoes and geothermal systems and the gases, and waters that emerge from them. He is a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and has served since 2002 as the Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Much of his research has focused on analysis of volatile elements in silicate melt inclusions with techniques including FTIR spectroscopy, SIMS, and the electron microprobe.  In addition, he has written a series of papers on U-Th disequilibrium and U-Pb dating of zircons in rhyolites and comagmatic granites.  His research at Yellowstone focuses on gas chemistry of fumaroles and hot-spring gases, with the aim of understanding hydrothermal phenomena related to caldera unrest.

All Divisions Lunch

Tuesday, June 27, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM, Northern Hotel, South Ballroom, 2nd floorgries

Speaker: Robbie Gries, Priority Oil & Gas, Denver, Colorado

Title: Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology:  1917-2017

Cost: $30

Join us for a brief update of professional activities and initiatives in the Rocky Mountain Region with representatives from the AAPG Divisions followed by a presentation by our special guest speaker Robbie Gries.

Robbie Gries is founder and President of Priority Oil & Gas LLC, a Denver-based natural gas production, petroleum exploration and development company with producing properties in Kansas and Wyoming. Robbie has been in the petroleum industry for over 40 years, and has been an independent in this industry since 1980. She has combined the business side of oil and gas with her passion for the science of geology and published over 30 papers. She is the 2012 recipient of the AAPG Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award. She was the first woman President of AAPG and expanded the footprint of the organization by visiting over 50 countries and all of the newly formed AAPG Regions. She is a GSA Fellow and President-Elect of GSA. Robbie has been a Director for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and an officer, leader and scientific contributor to the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. She has a Master’s degree in geology from The University of Texas at Austin where she serves on the Advisory Council for The Jackson School of Geosciences Foundation. Robbie is a co-founder and has been a Board member of GeoScience World, an internet resource for the geosciences providing digital access to geological publications to over 20 countries. She is past president of the Colorado Women’s Forum and 1997 recipient of the Woman Leader of Excellence Award from the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition.