The Rocky Mountain Section regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 RMS-AAPG Meeting planned for Grand Junction. The Organizing Committee does not make this decision lightly however we feel it is important to minimize health risks to our volunteers and attendees as well as to conserve Section funds during this economic downturn.



Presenting and Corresponding authors of abstracts received by our April 24th deadline should have received an email advising them of their options. Authors may choose to either withdraw their presentations for submission to another meeting or have them reviewed by our Technical Program Committee. If accepted, they will be published on AAPG’s Search and Discovery site. S&D will contact authors of accepted abstracts directly for permission to publish extended abstracts (slide sets and posters). If you submitted an abstract and have not received an email please contact us at

The Steering Committee for AAPG ACE 2021 being held in Denver, May 23rd-26th, 2021, plans to host special RMS sessions to ensure that those authors choosing to withdraw abstracts this year will have a voice next year.


Congratulations to the following award winners from the 2019 RMS meeting in Cheyenne:

  • A.I. Levorson Memorial Award for Best Oral Presentation is Jeffrey W Bader for “Structural Inheritance and the Role of Basement Anisotropies in the Laramide Structural and Tectonic Evolution of the North American Cordilleran Foreland, Wyoming:  Towards a Unified Hypothesis.”
  • Steve Champlin Memorial Award winner for best poster presentation is Brian Toelle with co-authors Marcin Pankau, Ranie Lynds and Pejman Tahmnasebi for Potential Shale-Oil Reservoirs in the Eastern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming.”
  • Runge Award winner for best student presentation is Chris Perfili with co-authors Scott Ritter, Bob Lindsay and Peter Nielsen for “Sedimentology and Reservoir Potential of Allochthonous Upper Desert Creek Carbonates, Southern Margin of the Aneth Complex (Middle Pennsylvanian), Paradox Basin, Utah”.

Look on the RMS website ( ) for more information about the awards & awardees. Unfortunately, cancellation of the 2020 meeting upended plans for the on-site award ceremony. The RMS Board is exploring alternatives. Please watch the RMS-AAPG website for updates.

We regret that we will be unable to judge and determine awards for the 2020 submissions. A large part of the evaluation of talks and posters is the presentation itself, which is necessarily curtailed this year.

We’d like to thank the Organizing Committee for their hard work and the geological community in the Rocky Mountain Section for supporting this decision. It has been a true pleasure working with all of you.

See you in Denver in 2021!

Heidi Schoenstein, General Co-Chair (GJGS) and RMS-AAPG President

Kim Miskell Gerhardt, General Co-Chair (FCGS)