Stratigraphic Resolution Expert To Speak At Baylor

Sept. 5, 2006

by Frank Raczkiewicz

Dr. Howard Harper, executive director of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) in Tulsa, Okla., will present a lecture on "Stratigraphic Resolution: Why Is It Important" at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in room E235 of the Baylor Sciences Building on the Baylor University campus. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the geology department's seminar series.

Harper's lecture will focus on the resolution of stratigraphy and how it impacts the entire exploration interpretation process. Harper said many times the starting point for any integrated study is "other people's data," and if the data is less than accurate, the rest of the reconstructions are based on a "proverbial house of cards." In fact, he said much of the older stratigraphc data may have been produced by consultants continents away. Harper will discuss several examples of the impact of increased stratigraphic resolution and several ways to improve it.

"This data is often flawed by a lack of up-to-date training, modern equipment, access to the latest literature and even out-dated concepts," Harper said. "You've got to be very careful when you compile other people's data."

With a 30-year career in basic and applied research in stratigraphy, Harper spent more than 23 years with the ARCO Corp. working in exploration, research and technology planning. Harper also spent two years consulting and teaching at the University of Texas at Dallas before taking his current job as executive director of SEPM.

SEPM is an international not-for-profit Society. Through its network of members, SEPM is dedicated to the dissemination of scientific information on sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, environmental sciences, marine geology, hydrogeology and many other related specialties.

For more information, contact the geology department at(254) 710-2361.

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