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Michael Gardner

I am a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, Central Energy Resources Science Center (CERSC) in Lakewood, Colorado. 

I am field geologist integrating tectonics and sedimentation in developing predictive geological rules that govern sedimentary systems. Since 1990, I have directed integrated outcrop and subsurface studies, first as a researcher at the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG), at the University of Texas at Austin (1990-1994), and later as tenured faculty at the Colorado School of Mines (1995-2005), and Montana State University, Bozeman (2005-2015). I founded and was the Principal Investigator of joint industry-academic research conducted by the Slope and Basin Consortium and Geological Analogs and Information Archive (GAIA) project. I was a principal in establishing and directing the initial research conducted by the Chevron Center of Research Excellence at the Colorado School of Mines. I have advised nineteen graduate students conducting field-based studies across the western U.S. and in Mexico, New Zealand, France, Italy, and Spain. I have delivered ten invited keynote presentations, received four best paper awards, and was the 2008-2009 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer. I have conducted presentations and short courses in eleven countries and published hundreds of papers, abstracts, reports and field guidebooks.

Honors and Awards

  • Fast-Track Tenure Appointment, Montana State University, September, 2006

  • Early Tenure Appointment, Colorado School of Mines, April, 2004

  • Best of AAPG Presentations, Denver Annual Meeting, 2001

  • PBS-SEPM Noon Luncheon Program, Best Paper Award, 1999-2000

  • AAPG Annual Meeting, SEPM Excellence of Oral Presentation, 1998

  • PBS-SEPM Noon Luncheon Program, Best Paper Award, 1996-1997

  • PBS-SEPM Noon Luncheon Program, Best Paper Award, 1995-1996

  • AAPG Annual Meeting, SEPM Best Paper Award Honorable Mention, 1996

  • West Texas Geological Society, Best Poster Award, 1992

  • AAPG, Grant in Aid of Research

  • SEPM, Donald L. Smith Research Grant

  • Utah Geological and Mineralogical Survey, Student Research Grant

  • Sigma XI Grant in Aid of Research

  • Petroleum Research Fund Fellow

  • NAGT/USGS, Geology Field Camp Award

  • NROTC Scholarship

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