Julie Lefever Memorial Award

Richard and Julie Lefever

About the Award

New for 2017, the RMS-AAPG has approved the creation of the annual Julie Lefever Memorial Award in recognition of those who have done an exceptional job at sharing geoscience knowledge with the science community and/or general public.

Past Winners


Rich Bottjer is a great mentor and a constant geologic resource. Many folks refer to Rich as the encyclopedia of geology based on his experience with Rockies basins and his passion for the more academic side of the science. Through his time at Cirque Resources, Southwestern, and Forrest, Rich had the opportunity to study and collect data on many important reservoirs across the Rockies and he was never shy to share or trade data and discuss and present his ideas. In the last several years Rich has contributed to several RMAG core workshops covering the DJ and Powder River Basins. Rich has presented numerous times at RMS AAPG and AAPG ACE, RMAG, and Explorer's Club. Rich is well known by many in the Rocky Mountain Region for his work on the Bakken, Heath, Codell, Parkman, Turner, Frontier, Shannon, and Sussex formations. Rich has always been a very good rock person and has the ability to give very good presentations in clear and thorough manner without losing sight of the big picture. Rich’s proven effort to consistently share ideas and information make him very deserving to receive the Julie Lefever Memorial Award.


The Inaugural award was granted to Richard and Julie for their countless hours they put in over the years helping spread geoscience knowledge through research and teaching. Through their combined efforts, countless people have benefited from their selfless willingness to teach others.

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