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ASU to Host Geology Speaker

October 18, 2011

Angelo State University’s Physics Department will host Houston geoscientist Dr. W.C. “Rusty” Riese for a series of presentations on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26-27, in the ASU Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

Riese will speak about “New Insights on the Hydrocarbon System of the Fruitland Formation Coalbeds, San Juan Basin, U.S.A.” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. The following day, he will give an 11 a.m. presentation about “Oil Spills, Ethics and Society: How They Intersect and Where the Responsibilities Reside.” Both events will be in Room 158 of the Vincent Building and are open free to the public. The Oct. 26 presentation will be in conjunction with a joint meeting of the San Angelo Geological Society and the ASU Geologic Exhibition Organization (GEO) student group.

An adjunct professor at Rice University, Colorado State University and University of New Mexico, Riese is a 39-year veteran of the petroleum industry, having worked as a geologist, geochemist and manager. He participated in the National Petroleum Council (NPC) evaluation of natural gas supply and demand for North America, the NPC analysis of global natural gas supply and demand, and the National Research Council analysis of coalbed-produced waters and their management in the western U.S.

An experienced writer and speaker, Riese has lectured on various economic geology topics, including biogeochemistry, isotope geochemistry, uranium ore deposits, sequence stratigraphy and coalbed methane petroleum systems. He also holds numerous U.S. and international patents.

A member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Riese is also a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Society of Economic Geologists. He holds a doctorate from the University of New Mexico and is a certified professional geologist and certified petroleum geologist.

For more information, contact Dr. Joe Satterfield with the ASU geology program at 325-942-2577, ext. 226.