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Scientist honored by Kansas Geological Society

Tue, 01/22/2013

LAWRENCE — Lynn Watney of the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, has been recognized for contributions to the geological sciences and Kansas by the state’s pre-eminent geological society.Lynn Watney

The Wichita-based Kansas Geological Society named Watney an honorary member at its annual dinner Jan. 11. Present and past members are selected for honorary membership based on their distinguished service to the Society and the science of geology.

Watney, senior scientific fellow at the survey and president of the society in 2010, specializes in subsurface geology and has done extensive research in the fields of petroleum geology and energy research. He is lead investigator for a multi-year project to study the potential for storing industry-produced carbon dioxide (CO2) underground and using it in enhanced-oil-recovery operations.

In addition to his work at the survey, Watney is adjunct professor in the KU and Kansas State University geology departments and has authored numerous publications. He is active in many scientific organizations, is on the board of the Kansas State University Geology Advisory Council, and was executive director of the KU Energy Research Center from 1991 to 2007.

Watney received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University and his doctorate from KU. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey since 1976.

The Kansas Geological Society started as a statewide organization in 1924 and today has a membership that includes geological professionals from across the country. The Kansas Geological Survey and Kansas Geological Society have worked together for several decades to preserve subsurface rock samples collected from wells by oil and gas producers.



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