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David L. LePain

David L. LePain

Dave provides strategic planning for the Division's programs to ensure DGGS meets the needs of the public as defined by Alaska statute. He manages the Division's fiscal affairs, acting as a liaison between the division and local, state, federal, and private agencies; seeking out and encouraging cooperative geologic programs of value to the state; and advising the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources about geologic issues.

Education and/or Training

Ph.D. 1993, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Geology)
M.S. 1987, Wright State University, Dayton, OH (Geology)
B.S. with distinction, 1984, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (Geology)

Projects and/or Research Interests

I am a process-oriented clastic sedimentologist with expertise in a wide range of settings, including fluvial, deltaic, glacial-marine, storm-influenced shelf, and deepwater depositional systems. I am particularly interested in the integration of surface and subsurface (core) data sets for use in reconstructing depositional systems in a sequence stratigraphic framework, with the ultimate goal of predicting reservoir potential. I routinely work with clastic petrologists to understand reservoir quality in a depositional systems context.

My work in Alaska has focused on the North Slope, including the northeastern Brooks Range (ANWR), Cook Inlet basin, and several interior sedimentary basins, including the Susitna, Holitna, and Yukon Flats. I have also collaborated on a project focusing on building a depositional model of a latest Ordovician (Hirnantian) glacigenic succession in the Middle East. I am currently working on the following projects:

Professional Experience

2022-Present, State Geologist and Director, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2014-2022, Petroleum Geologist, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2012-2013, Geological Specialist, EXPEC ARC, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
2006-2011, Geologist, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
2003-2006, Geologist, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Madison, WI
1998-2003, Geologist, Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Fairbanks, AK
1993-1994, Exploration Geologist, Shell Offshore, Inc., New Orleans, LA
1990, Geologist (intern), Alaska Team, Mobil Exploration & Production, Bakersfield, CA

Selected Professional Activities

AFFILIATIONS
Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologist
Member, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
Member, Alaska Geological Society

CORE WORKSHOPS
LePain, D.L., Decker, P.L., Helmold, K.P, and Wartes, M.A., 2017, Brookian topset core workshop: Depositional setting and potential reservoir facies in the Albian-Cenomanian Nanushuk Formation: May 24, Alaska Geologic Materials Center, Anchorage, Alaska. [Workshop organizer]
Garrard, D., Helmold, K.P., Decker, P.L., Wilson, G., LePain, D.L., Houseknecht, D., and Papp, K., Core Workshop: Reservoir potential of the western North Slope: Pacific Section Meeting, May 6, 2011, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Anchorage, Alaska. [Workshop contributor]

FIELD TRIP LEADERSHIP
2016, Field trip co-leader, Sedimentology and reservoir quality of the Beluga and Sterling Formations in outcrop analogues, Kenai Peninsula, Cook Inlet, Alaska (PSAAPG)
2011, Field trip co-leader, Sedimentology and reservoir quality of the Beluga and Sterling Formations in outcrop analogues, Kenai Peninsula, Cook Inlet, Alaska (PSAAPG)

Selected Publications


Selected Presentations


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