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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Jan. 8, 2008

Survey Scientist Named President Elect of Geological Society

LAWRENCE--Geologist Lynn Watney of the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, has been named president elect of the Kansas Geological Society for 2008.

Watney, senior scientific fellow at the Survey, specializes in subsurface geology. He has done extensive research in the fields of petroleum geology and energy research.

The Society, based in Wichita, is an organization geared toward petroleum producers that sponsors geology-related programs, field trips, and other events for its members as well as educational programs for young people. It maintains a library with the most complete collection of oil and gas well data and drillers logs for Kansas. Starting as a statewide organization in 1924, today its membership includes geological professionals from across the country.

The Kansas Geological Survey and Kansas Geological Society have worked together for several decades to preserve subsurface rocks collected from wells by oil and gas producers.

In addition to his work at the Survey, Watney is an adjunct professor in the KU and Kansas State University geology departments and has authored numerous publications. He is active in a number of scientific organizations, is on the board of the Society of Sedimentary Geology Foundation and the Kansas State University Geology Advisory Council, and was executive director of the University of Kansas Energy Research Center from 1991 to 2007. He will serve as president of the Kansas Geological Society in 2009.

Story by Cathy Evans, (785) 864-2195.
For more information, contact Lynn Watney, (785) 864-2184

Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach