CSU Students and Faculty Receive Awards at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Meeting in Bakersfield

Two California State University, Bakersfield geology faculty, a part-time lecturer, and six CSUB geology undergraduates were honored at the annual convention of the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (PSAAPG) held at the Marriott Convention Center Hotel in Bakersfield earlier this year.

Geology Professor Dirk Baron received the Distinguish Educator Award for distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education and counseling of students. Karen Blount, part-time lecturer in geology at CSUB and teacher at Highland High School, was presented with the Teacher of the Year Award for her dedication to student education.  CSUB geology alumnus Anne Draucker received the Service Award in recognition of singular and beneficial long-term service.

In addition, six CSUB geology majors received Martin Van Couvering Awards from the PSAAPG. CSUB undergraduates Stewart Harvin, Zachary Webb, Austin Fowler, Kalvin Katipunan, Gabriela Navarrete and Kenneth Watson each received this long-standing award. The Martin Van Couvering Award was created in 1972 and is given to worthy geoscience students.  Students received free registration to the convention ($50 value), an invitation to the All Convention Luncheon ($50 value), and a check for $100.

CSUB geology students and faculty also won awards from the Pacific Section, SEPM, the Society for Sedimentary Geology, for their presentations at the PSAAPG Conference.  Undergraduate geology major Sam McKinney (with CSUB geology undergraduate co-authors Jeffery Buehler and Kenneth Watson, and their advisor, CSUB geology lecturer David Miller), won the John Cooper Memorial Award for the best undergraduate poster presentation in sedimentology/stratigraphy.  The research poster was titled, “Using size and shape characteristics to differentiate between beach and fluvial conglomerates in Cenozoic Tecuya and Kern River Formations, Southern San Joaquin Valley, CA.”

CSUB geology graduate student Nick Mitchell was given the 2018 Patrick L. Abbot Memorial Award for the best poster presentation in sedimentology/stratigraphy by a graduate student.  His poster was titled, “Mineralogical and Geochemical Characterization of the Miocene-Oligocene Santos shale, Southern San Joaquin Valley, California” (co-authored by his thesis advisor, geology associate professor J. Adam Guo).

The Geology Dual-Credit Program and the Geological Sciences Department combined to have a very popular Exhibit Hall booth that included the department’s new, student-built Augmented Reality Sandbox.  The conference enabled students and faculty to reunite with the numerous CSUB geology alumni in attendance, and to network with local and regional geoscience professionals and companies.

Several CSUB geology students and faculty also gave research presentations at the Convention. CSUB geology graduate students Sade Haake (co-authors geology professors J. Adam Guo and W. Chris Krugh) and Karla Lopez (coauthors geology professors J. Adam Guo and Dirk Baron) each presented a research poster. CSUB geology professor Jan Gillespie was co-author of four papers while geology professors Junhua Adam Guo coauthored three papers and Dirk Baron, David Miller and William Chris Krugh each coauthored a paper. 

PSAAPG presentations by CSUB faculty and students were:

  • Mineralogical Characterization of the Miocene Olcese Formation of the Kern River Oil Field, California
    K. Lopez, J. Guo, and D. Baron
  • Aquifer Architecture and Groundwater Quality in the Tulare Formation, Lost Hills-Belridge Oil Fields Area, Kern County, California
    J. Gillespie, M. Stephens, and T. Davis
  • A Comparison of Methods That Use Produced Water Geochemistry and Borehole Geophysics to Map Deep Groundwater TDS In and Around Oil and Gas Fields
    D. Shimabukuro, M. Stephens, J. Gillespie, W. Chang, D. Finney, and E. Haugen
  • Groundwater Salinity Mapping Using Geophysical Log Analysis Within the Fruitvale and Rosedale Ranch Oil Fields, Kern County, California
    M. Stephens, D. Shimabukuro, J. Gillespie, W. Chang
  • 3-D Mapping of Groundwater Chemistry in the Midway-Sunset Oilfield Using Historical Produced Water Geochemistry
    E. Haugen, D. Finney, D. Shimabukuro, and J. Gillespie
  • Using size and shape characteristics to differentiate between beach and fluvial conglomerates in Cenozoic Tecuya and Kern River Formations, Southern San Joaquin Valley, CA
    S. McKinney, J. Buehler, and K. Watson
  • Mineralogical and Geochemical Characterization of the Miocene-Oligocene Santos shale, Southern San Joaquin Valley, California
    N. Mitchell and J. Guo
  • ​Impacts of the 2016 Erskine Fire on the Physical Properties of Soils
    S. Haake, J. Guo, and W. Krugh

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