Honorary Membership – 2006

Award: Honorary Membership

Recipient: Donna S. Anderson

Citation published in: The Outcrop, Nov. 2006, p. 28-29

The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents Honorary Membership to Donna S. Anderson. The award is given for outstanding and distinguished service to RMAG and the geologic profession.

Donna has served as President of the RMAG in 2004, President-Elect in 2003, Publications Committee Chair in 2000, First Vice-President in 1999, Treasurer in 1997 and served on the Continuing Education, Web and Outcrop committees from 1997 to 2000. Her duties for the Rocky Mountain Section of the MPG include President 2004-2005, President-Elect 2003-2004 and Secretary-Treasurer 2002-2003. She also served as President of the Rocky Mountain Section, SEPM in 1996, President-elect in 1995, Vice-President in 1994 and Treasurer in 1991 and 1993.

Donna is a Research Assistant Professor at Colorado School of Mines where she received a Ph.D in Geology in 1997. Prior to this, Donna earned her M.S. in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1980 and her B.A. in Earth Science at California State University, Fullerton in 1974. Her current research projects include: fluvial architecture and stratigraphic modulation in the nonmarine lies Formation, the subsurface correlation of the Prairie Canyon member of the Mancos Shale and the analysis of the Mancos Shale as a potential shale-gas resource, the architecture and sediment delivery of the Lewis Shale-Fox Hills, and the study of the Bear River-Dakota incised valley­fill systems.

Donna’s research interests focus on the study of elastic depositional architectures in relation to tectonic and climate controls. Her teaching responsibilities at CSM include sedimentary geology, geology field camp, and a graduate seminar in thesis research for geology graduate students.

Donna also consults for the petroleum industry where she specializes in stratigraphic and sedimentary analysis involving subsurface data correlation to outcrop examples. The end result is a prediction of large and small scale sedimentary geometries within fluvial, lacustrine, deltaic and shoreface systems. Her previous industry experience included a post-doctorate research fellow in stratigraphy at the Colorado School of Mines, studying deepwater sandstone reservoirs within the Arkoma Basin. She has also supervised exploration teams for Mobil Oil within the Rocky Mountain region and California.

Her publications include authorship or co-authorship of eleven papers and numerous abstracts. Dr. Anderson was lead editor of the 2001 guidebook “Gas in the Rockies.” She also served as an associate editor of The Outcrop from 2001 through 2003.

For her long and exemplary service to the association and to our profession, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists is pleased to grant Honorary Membership to Donna S. Anderson.