CSUB Emeritus Geology Professor, Bob Horton, Receives Award

At the recent 2019 Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (PSAAPG) Conference in Long Beach, Calif., Emeritus Professor, Dr. Robert Horton, at California State University, Bakersfield was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award.

“This is a significant, well-deserved award. It is great that Bob’s dedication to the community and his impactful career as a teacher, researcher and leader is being recognized by PSAAPG,” said Chair of CSUB Department of Geological Sciences, Dr. Anthony Rathburn. 

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to members who have distinguished themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service to the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

Horton has been a member of the AAPG since 1986, is an active member of the San Joaquin Geological Society and has been part of the local affiliate of the Pacific Section AAPG since 1984. He held three different offices in the SJGS from 1986-1991. He was also a Delegate for the SJGS to the national AAPG from 1991-2003 and 2012-2015. He participated in most of the PSAAPG conventions and many of the AAPG conventions as a committee member, a speaker, or both.

Dr. Horton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1973 at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Following that, he received his Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Tennessee in 1977. Dr. Horton then earned his Ph.D in geology with a minor in geochemistry in 1985.

In 1984, Dr. Horton accepted a position with the geology department at CSUB. While at CSUB, Horton was also the Director of the California Well Sample Repository, a library located on campus filled with geologic data including cores and well files from oil drilling in California.

According to Dr. Robert Negrini, Dr. Horton was almost singlehandedly responsible for procuring more than $1million of equipment through grant proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD) and so on, making the department, at one time, the best-equipped small department in the country.

Dr. Horton also spent much of his time on the National Science Foundation (NSF) CREST proposals and was invaluable as Dean of Research when it came to support personnel management, budget auditing and NSF-required assessment components of the CREST proposals and subsequent management of that multidisciplinary grant.

He also piloted the geology department, including physics at the time, through budget cuts and not only helped them survive, but they went on to thrive.

The PSAAPG was founded in 1924 and is one of the regional divisions of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The goal of their division is to facilitate education in the geologic sciences by providing: an annual convention; publications and a newsletter; field trips and short courses; and student scholarships and awards. The regional division also honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the geologic community.

Congratulations to Dr. Horton on being recognized for this achievement!

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