PS SEPM activities at 2014 PSAAPG-PSS​EPM-PCSSEG Annual Meeting

The PSAAPG-PSSEPM-PCSSEG Annual Meeting in Bakersfield is rapidly approaching.

Here is an overview of PSSEPM’s technical activities

Field Trips:

FT 1 – Depositional Environments of Oligocene and Miocene Rocks of the Cuyama Basin: A Trip in Commemoration of Dr. Gene Fritsche

Join us for a day in the field to commemorate the life of Gene Fritsche. The Cuyama Basin was a favorite area for Gene and was the site of his PhD dissertation research as well as the location for several of his students’ MS projects. Our trip will focus on the mid-Tertiary transgression that is so prominent in many of California’s coastal basins. Outcrops we plan to examine include the Simmler, Vaqueros, Monterey and Branch Canyon Formations. We’ll discuss sedimentary structures and their depositional significance. We will view outcrops on hikes of moderate difficulty and that are up to 2 miles in length.

FT 3 – Westside Turbidite Systems

Turbidite sandstones are one of the more important reservoir types of the San Joaquin Valley oil province, and for more than a hundred years turbidites have contributed to a significant amount of the production coming from fields in the southern San Joaquin. The westside of the basin provides a unique setting where it is possible to study turbidite outcrops that are located in some cases less than two miles from the very fields where these same rocks produce. This field trip will visit some of the classic westside turbidite outcrops and will include examples from the Miocene Stevens and Carneros sandstones, and the Eocene Point of Rocks. Excellent exposures that include some of the type areas for these units will provide us with opportunities to review terminology, identification, and the mechanics of deposition, and to discuss depositional models, provenance and some of the controversies surrounding these fascinating rocks. The field trip will include a lunch stop at some historic oil seeps and tar pit workings that have been known and exploited since the days of the pioneers.

Short Courses:

SC 3 – Sequence Stratigraphy for Students

This two day short course, for students only, provides a historical perspective on the development of stratigraphy in general and focuses on the development of sequence stratigraphy in particular. Sequence stratigraphy is a methodology that uses stratal surfaces to subdivide the stratigraphic record. This methodology allows the identification of coeval facies, documents the timetransgressive nature of classic lithostratigraphic units, and provides geoscientists with an additional way to analyze and subdivide the stratigraphic record. We provide a mix of lectures and hands-on exercises utilizing datasets that were instrumental in formulating concepts of sequence stratigraphy.

SC 5 – San Joaquin Siliciclastic Reservoirs Core Workshop

In this interactive workshop, cores from several different formations encountered in San Joaquin basin oilfields will be presented and discussed. These discussions will focus on facies and reservoir quality signatures, in the context of clastic depositional systems analysis. Logs will be provided, in order to calibrate facies and vertical profiles to downhole data. This workshop will take place at CoreLab in Bakersfield.

Technical Sessions:

Special Session: Fine-Grained Biosiliceous Rocks; the Monterey and Beyond – Chico Martinez

Session No. 8 – Cenozoic Geologic History of Southern California – Dedicated to the Memory of A. Eugene Fritsche

SEPM Reception – Follows the special session

Download PDF Convention Information Booklet

Fritsche Session Call For Abstracts

2014 Combined Meeting
April 27-30, 2014  Bakersfield, California

Pacific Section American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Pacific Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology)
Pacific Coast Section Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Special Session of the Pacific Section SEPM:
“Cenozoic Geologic History of Southern California – Dedicated to the Memory of A. Eugene Fritsche”

Organizers & Session Co-chairs:

Tony Reid
Occidental of Elk Hills
Bakersfield, California
Mario V. Caputo
Department of Geological Sciences
San Diego State University &
California Polytechnic University, Pomona

This Special Oral Session of the Pacific Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) will honor the career achievements of Gene Fritsche, emeritus professor CSU Northridge: sedimentologist, field geologist, field trip leader, mentor, and a prominent institution in the Pacific Sections AAPG and SEPM. The session will showcase recent work of student and professional geologists on Paleogene and Neogene paleogeography, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and tectonism of the Santa Ynez Range, Santa Monica Mountains, San Joaquin Hills, Santa Ana Mountains, White-Inyo Mountains, Cuyama Basin, among other locations in greater southern California to which Gene passionately dedicated his field research.


Indicate below the abstract title that the abstract is being submitted for the A. Eugene Fritsche Special Session

Please review PS-AAPG website for information regarding Abstract submittal:

Fritsche Session Call For Abstracts (PDF)

Date Extendend!

The deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2013 Joint PSAAPG / SPE / PSSEPM Conference has been extended!

Submit your Abstract by
February 15th!

The best student poster presentation will receive the John Cooper Award


Call For PapersCALL FOR PAPERS! Joint PSAAPG / SPE / PSSEPM Conference – Monterey April 19th – 25th, 2013 at the Portola Hotel & Spa ( Energy & the Environment – Working Together for the Future Sessions

  1. Reviving Old Giants and Recognizing New Potential Mature Basins
  2. Opening Up the West: New and Overlooked Opportunities in Unconventional Reservoirs
  3. Sedimentary and Biogeochemistry of the Monterey Formation & Upwelling Sediments: a Session Dedicated to Bob Garrison
  4. Contributions to the Geology of the Sacramento Valley
  5. Arctic Energy Opportunities: from the Cook Inlet to the North Slope and Beyond
  6. Geothermal Development in a Changing Energy Landscape
  7. Energy and the Environment
  8. Outcrop, Subsurface and Modern Seafloor Studies of California’s Turbidite Systems
  9. The Stratigraphic Architecture of Deep-Water Depositional Models
  10. Fluvial and Shallow-Marine Depositional Systems: Insights from Outcrops and Subsurface Prediction
  11. Western North America Earthquake Hazards: What’s Shakin’?
  12. Faults, Folds, Transforms and Terranes of Western North America
  13. Sediment Routing in Western North America
  14. Tectonics and Sedimentation on the Pacific Margin of North America: New Developments and Interpretations
  15. Analysis and Modeling of the Dynamics of Coupled Seascapes and Landscapes
  16. Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Submit Your Abstract NOW! Submit your abstract to: and list what session you prefer and oral or poster. Deadline for submission is 1/15/13