George Pemberton is an exceptional scientist, a great teacher and outstanding mentor who epitomizes the type of geoscientist that the Logan Medal is intended to recognize. George has elevated the Field of Ichnology (animal – sediment relationships) from obscurity to become an integral and routine part of multidisciplinary sedimentologic and stratigraphic studies worldwide. He has established a world class Ichnology research community in Canadian universities. George pioneered the use of Ichnology to identify brackish water depositional systems like estuaries, bays and incised valley complexes in the rock record. He was instrumental in the application of Ichnology in the developing field of genetic stratigraphy, particularly in identifying critical bounding surfaces. He also pioneered combing the study and significance of trace (Ichno) fossil assemblages with sedimentology and genetic stratigraphy to build complex, multi-disciplinary geologic and reservoir models for hydrocarbon exploration and reservoir optimization globally. More recently, his research has expanded into investigating how trace fossils can substantially modify the flow of fluids (hydrocarbons or water) through both carbonate and siliciclastic conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
Amongst his significant scientific and technical contributions, he has published over 200 seminal papers and given approximately 300 presentations. He has won 15 Best Paper or Presentation awards. George is the Editor and co-founder of the international journal Ichnos.
Dr. Pemberton is a gifted and exceptional teacher who inspires the deepest respect from his students and fellow scientists. He has graduated 51 M.Sc. and 11 Ph.D. students, 7 of whom are now professors in Canadian universities. In addition to academic teaching, he has conducted over 120 short courses for petroleum companies and professional societies around the world. Over 2800 professional geoscientists have attended to learn why Ichnology is a must have skill set in interpreting sedimentary rocks for exploration and production.
George’s outstanding achievements in research, teaching and mentoring have been recognized by a number of awards, among them: Honorary Membership (2010) Can. Soc. Petrol. Geol., Distinguished University Professor (2009), Killiam Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2009), Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award (2008), Killiam Annual Professor Award (2005-06), R.C.Moore Medal (2003), Canada Research Chair in Petroleum Geology (2002-09), and election to the Royal Society of Canada (2001).
Based on his exceptional record of distinguished achievement in Canadian geoscience research and teaching, Dr. George Pemberton is a most deserving recipient of the Logan Medal.