Paul Weimer has been a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 1990. He holds the Bruce D. Benson Endowed Chair in Geological Sciences, and serves as Director of the Energy and Minerals Applied Research Center. His research has focused primarily on the petroleum systems of deep-water continental margins, unconventional resources, and creating animations for public outreach in geology.
Dr. Weimer has published more than 100 papers on a variety of topics: sequence stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, reservoir geology, petroleum systems, 3-D seismic interpretation, structural geology and tectonics. In 1998, a special edition of the AAPG Bulletin was dedicated to the research done at the University of Colorado by Dr. Weimer and colleagues on the petroleum geology of the northern deep Gulf of Mexico. In late 2015, another special edition of the AAPG Bulletin will be dedicated to his research in the northern deep Gulf of Mexico.
Dr. Weimer has also written two books, and co-edited eleven books, focusing on petroleum systems of deep-water settings, sequence stratigraphy, 3D seismic interpretation, and North Alaska Geology.
Dr. Weimer served as the President of the AAPG in 2011-2012, and gave a 1/2 day short course on the future of petroleum geology at universities in 22 countries. He served as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer in 1998-1999, the Esso Australia Distinguished Lecturer in 2001, and he gave the SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course in 2004. He received his BA with Honors in Geology from Pomona College in 1978, and his MS degree from the University of Colorado in 1980. He worked as an exploration geoscientist for Sohio Petroleum (later BP) in San Francisco, CA, from 1980-1984. He received his PhD in 1989 from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked with Mobil Oil in Dallas, TX, from 1988-1990 as a research and exploration geoscientist. He is an honorary member of the SEPM-Gulf Coast Section and New Orleans Geological Society, and received the AAPG Distinguished Educator Award in 2005.