Local geologist receives Pioneer Award for contributions to petroleum geology field
Tim Schowalter, a seven-year Granby resident, has been awarded the 2012 Pioneer Award by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Schowalter received the award for his “significant and meaningful contributions” to petroleum geology during his long career.
Schowalter has published two landmark papers that are still used today both in the field to locate oil and gas fields and in various publications and classrooms.
His first paper, “The Mechanics of Secondary Hydrocarbon Migration and Entrapment,” was published in 1979 and was awarded the Sproule Award in 1980 for the best AAPG Bulletin paper for an author under the age of 35.
His second paper, “Interpretation of Subsurface Hydrocarbon Shows,” was published in 1982 and became the basis for a AAPG Distinguished Lecture tour which took place from 1981-82.
These papers and Schowalter’s research and field work provided the basis for geologists to use the principles of petroleum engineering to help find oil, Schowalter said.
Schowalter’s list of accomplishments does not end at his professional resume.
Schowalter has climbed all of Colorado’s 54 Fourteeners (peaks higher than 14,000 feet) and recalls the knife ridge on Capitol Peak as being the hardest obstacle to overcome.
He reported that his favorite peak was “the last one,” he said.
He has also achieved the title of Worldloppet Master by completing 11 of the 15 ski marathons that are held as part of the Worldloppet Ski Federation series. Worldloppet is an international sports federation of cross-country skiing marathons that takes place in different locations across the world such as Europe, Japan, Canada, and the U.S.
He also traveled from Seattle to the Atlantic Ocean in New Jersey, a 3,500 mile trip, via bicycle in 2001.
Since 2004 he has been working as an independent petroleum geologist and consultant and has been involved in the geology profession since he graduated with a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in 1967. Prior to graduate school he attended Central Missouri State where he was the first graduate of the geology program.
Schowalter has two daughters, Katie and Marie, and four grandchildren ages 1, 3, 5, and 7 who live in the Denver area.
He is an active member of the Granby Rotary Club as well as the Church of The Eternal Hills.
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