A.I. Levorsen Award - Best Oral Presentation (AAPG)

About the Award

The A.I. Levorsen Memorial Award was established as a result of contributions from many individuals and societies who wished to contribute a lasting memorial to Dr. A.I. Levorsen. A plaque is given at the section meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for the best paper, with particular emphasis on creative thinking toward new ideas in exploration.

Previous Winners

2016

Mark Millard, for the presentation, with co-author Tim Ruble, titled, Utilizing Hydrocarbon Yield Determinations to Evaluate Source/Reservoir Relationships in the Bakken/Three Forks of the Williston Basin, ND. This award, given by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), recognizes the best oral paper presented at the annual meeting of each AAPG Section, with particular emphasis on creative thinking toward new ideas in exploration. Mr. Millard presented their talk at the 2014 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Mark is a Senior Exploration Geologist at SM Energy in Billings, Montana where he has been since 2011. Prior to that, he worked for Pioneer Natural Resources in Dallas, Texas. He received his M.S. in Geology from Baylor University in 2007 where he studied seismogenic faults in Malibu, California, and received his B.S. in Geology from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2005. He recently served as the President of the Montana Geological Society and is on the advisory board for the Geology Department at BYU-Idaho. He was the recipient of the Frank Kottlowski Memorial Award by the Energy Minerals Division at the 2014 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his two boys, building mandolins and other musical instruments from upcycled materials, and performing in a folk duo with his wife Erica.

2015

A. I. Levorsen Award is not awarded for meetings held in conjunction with the ACE AAPG meeting.

2014

Mark A. Millard (Speaker), SM Energy, and Timothy E. Ruble, Weatherford Labs, for the presentation Utilizing Hydrocarbon Yield Determinations to Evaluate Source/Reservoir Relationships in the Bakken/Three Forks of the Williston Basin, ND.

2013

2013 award presented in 2014 to Robert L. Baskin by AAPG President Randi Martinsen. Robert L. Baskin, University of Utah Baskin, Microbialite Distribution in a Lacustrine Rift Basin, Great Salt Lake, Utah

2012

Timothy Nesheim (speaker) and Stephen Nordeng, North Dakota Geological Survey, for the presentation “Examination of Source Rocks within the Tyler Formation (Pennsylvanian), North Dakota”.

2012 Award presented in 2013 to Timothy Nesheim, by RMSAAPG President Michael Vandenberg.

2010

Charles E. Bartberger, Questar E and P, Denver, Colorado and  Ira Pasternack, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., Denver, Colorado for the Presentation:  Spontaneous Potential, Keys to Understanding Continuous and Conventional Gas in Upper Cretaceous Sandstones, Deep Eastern Greater Green River Basin, Southwest Wyoming.

2008

Rex D. Cole, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO and Matthew J. Pranter, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO for the paper title: Stratigraphic variability of sandstone-body dimensions in the Williams Fork Formation: Outcrop data from the southwest Piceance Basin, Colorado

2007

Vincent G. Rigatti of Questar Exploration and Production and co-authors Tony LeFevre, Richard Newhart, Kimberly Kaiser, Scott Goodwin all also of Questar Exploration and Production and Robert Parney of Tricon Geophysics Inc. for the paper titled The Vermillion Basin of SW Wyoming/NW Colorado: Structural Styles and Seismic Pore Pressure Prediction Through Over-Pressure

2006

Geoffrey Thyne: Evaluation of Potential Impacts to Water Resources from Petroleum, Grand Mesa, Colorado

2005

Glen Ulrich, Roland DeBruyn and Mark Finkelstein

2004

Robert A. Lamarre and Stephen K. Ruhl

2002

David R. Pyles

2000

Peter Hennings and Laird B. Thompson

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