We are always honored and grateful to have exceptional geoscientists join us as guest speakers during the SEG Annual Meeting.

This year, they’re sharing their industry knowledge and experience in a number of case study presentations. Join us at Booth 1214, and see their scheduled times and details on our Presentation Page.


Dr. James K. Applegate

Jim Applegate has many years of experience in academia and industry. He was a professor at Boise State University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Adelaide (Australia) and University of Louisiana (Lafayette). He has worked for major and independent oil companies, consulted and operated as an independent developing his own exploration projects. Most recently he has been Manager/Geophysicist for Applegate Exploration, LLC and CEO for Pegasus Oil & Gas, Inc. Jim is CEO of SeismicUtensils, LLC. He holds the degrees of Geophysical Engineer, MSc and PhD in geophysical engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He is a registered Professional Geophysicist, Geologist, and Engineer, Certified Petroleum Geologist, and member of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists. He is an Honorary Member of Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association and Denver Geophysical Society, and an Emeritus Member of both SEG and AAPG.


Amber Padilla

Amber received her BSc in Geophysics from the University of Houston, and joined SeisWare as a support specialist in 2011. She’s now joined our product team, and she’s working closely with our software users to drive development initiatives.


Tom W. Stander, P.G.

Tom Stander received his BS in Earth Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 1974.  After working for Amoco Production Company as a petroleum geophysicist for two years, he returned to graduate school and earned an MS in Geophysics and Geology from the University of Kansas.  During graduate school, he worked at the Kansas Geological Survey as a geophysicist in the earthquake laboratory and on shallow seismic reflection projects.  His MS thesis, Structural nature of the Humboldt fault zone in northeast Nemaha County, Kansas, was the first research study at the survey to use modern seismic reflection technology.

In 1981, he formed and managed a geological and geophysical consulting firm – Orion Inc.  Orion, Inc. provided a variety of geological and geophysical services to local Kansas oil and gas operators.  From 1981 to 1986, Orion, Inc participated in the discovery and development of numerous natural gas and oil fields discovered within the Pennsylvanian Cherokee and Mississippian Formations in eastern Kansas.  During this period, Stander managed and operated two natural gas and oil fields.

Since 1986, Stander has been providing a wide range of geophysical and geological consulting services.  Services include an earthquake assessment study for a low-level Radwaste site in Ward Valley, CA.; supervision of the installation of dozens of environmental wells at an environment site in Joplin, MO.; the design and invention of an agricultural irrigation water moisture probe ; and geologic consulting on the exploration and development of a 50-well natural gas field in Kansas.

In 2014, Stander started Trifecta Energy, LLC.  Trifecta Energy is a production company exploring and developing natural gas, helium and oil fields in Kansas.  In 2015, Stander and his partners discovered a new natural gas field found in a paleocave reservoir of the Mississippian Osage formation.

Stander’s professional interests include exploration geophysics, petroleum geology of Kansas, computer programming projects in geology and geophysics, and mathematical analysis of geological and geophysical systems.  Stander has served as chapter chairman and treasurer of the Denver SIPES chapter between 2009 to 2015.

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