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President’s Letter – November 2021

Friends and colleagues,

I hope everyone had a safe and spooky Halloween weekend.  It’s perhaps moot to comment on how quickly the year has flown by as we embark off into the holiday season, but I wish everyone well—especially as the leaves begin to drop and the ducks [hopefully] begin to fly down.

I’ve spoken to a few people who attended GeoGulf Austin last week and from what I’ve gathered it was well attended with better-than-expected numbers.  As the annual convention switches from fall to spring, trying to avoid the looming AAPG-SPE merger with an associated fall conference, there will be no GeoGulf conference in 2022.  GeoGulf will however return in April 2023 with Houston hosting.  The conference will serve a dual purpose as HGS will celebrate their 100th year anniversary.  Charles Sternbach is set to serve as general chair with the 2023 theme, “United we Explore and Revitalize the Gulf of Mexico Super Basin.”

In the interim, the brand-new Society of Applied Geoscientists and Engineers (SAGE) will be hosting their inaugural convention in March 2022, right here in Lafayette.  The plan is to have 3-4 hybrid sessions with additional live virtual sessions focusing on applied geoscience and engineering.  They are currently fund raising and have a call out of papers.  Please visit or contact our very own Dr. James Willis ( for more information.

Our LGS luncheon this month is on the 17th.  Our guest speaker is Dr. Craig Barrie who will be presenting a talk entitled, “Where did all the specialists go? – The how, why & where geochemistry still matters in the oil & gas industry.”  The talk will be a bit about the state of the industry with a focus on geochemistry and the value and application of geochemical data.  Please make plans to join us!  Per usual, we will provide a zoom link for those unable to attend.

That same afternoon, LGS will be at ULL reviewing resumes and giving career advice to students.  If you would like to help, please contact me at  Plan is to start around 4p and work until completion.  Our ULL AAPG student rep has said to expect about 20 students so the more professionals we get, the merrier things will be for all!

If you have any questions or thoughts to improve the society, don’t hesitate to reach out.


See you soon,
Joe Morris


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