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Dr Edward Roy

We dedicate this volume to one of our co-authors, Dr. Ed Roy, who passed away while we were completing the handbook. Dr. Roy inspired us and many others through his tireless support of Earth science education, and as a champion for K-12 Earth science excellence.

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  • Bob Krantz, AAPG Youth Education Activities Committee
  • Ed Roy, Trinity University
  • Laura Zahm, AAPG Youth Education Activities Committee
  • Ann Benbow, American Geosciences Institute
  • Colin Mably, American Geosciences Institute
  • Laura Middaugh Rios, American Geosciences Institute
  • Jason Betzner, American Geosciences Institute

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AAPG logo

Since its founding in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists has been a pillar of the world-wide scientific community. The original purpose of AAPG, to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct, still guides the Association today.

Currently the world's largest professional geological society with over 30,000 members, AAPG provides publications, conferences, and educational opportunities to geoscientists and disseminates the most current geological information available to the general public.

AAPG supports a code of ethics for professional geologists to assure employers and clients of the integrity of its members.

The Association is guided by officers and a House of Delegates elected annually. The organization's programs are administered by an Executive Director and staff located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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AGI logo

Founded in 1948, AGI serves its member societies and the geoscience community of more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth and environmental scientists. AGI provides information services, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public understanding of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources and interaction with the environment. The Institute, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, supports its programs and initiatives through sales of its publications and services, royalties, contracts, grants, contributions, and affiliated society dues.

AGI's staff of about 55 full- and part-time employees provides professional and information services related to government affairs; earth-science education, outreach, human resources, and scholarships; the bibliographic database, GeoRef, and its Document Delivery Service; and the monthly newsmagazine, Geotimes, and other publications. A Member Society Council and an Executive Committee, elected by the Council, govern AGI. The Member Society Council meets twice a year in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of America. The AGI Foundation, a Finance Committee, and advisory committees provide financial, policy, and program support to the Institute.

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