THE SPACKMAN AWARD
Graduate Student Research Grants

TSOP has awarded research grants to graduate students since 1999. In 2005, the grant was named the William Spackman Student Research Award. William Spackman, throughout his career at The Pennsylvania State University, played a leading role in educating many people who are now active in the organic petrology field. Many in TSOP were either Bill's student or had Bill serve on their graduate committee. Graduates at schools such as Southern Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, and others, represent the second generation of Bill's influence. His long dedication to coal education has made it appropriate to name this award after him. Bill was highly influential throughout the history of the North American Coal Petrographers, and was the first President-Elect and second President of TSOP. He was made an Honorary Member in 1994.

 

Year

Spackman Award Recipients

2017









Dakota Lindsey
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA
Preservation of organic matter in the New Albany Shale (IL).
&
Manuel Paez
University of Houston, Texas, USA
Revealing the influence of volcanism, silicate weathering and organic productivity on the carbon cycle in the Cenomanian-Turonian.


2016








Quin Ryan Scott Miller
University of Wyoming, USA
Neutron scattering study of porosity evolution in unconventional reservoirs.
&
Qiang Wei
China University of Mining & Technology (Beijing), CHINA
Organic affinity of trace elements in Ge-rich coals from China.


2015









Amberley Tobin
Southern Illinois University, USA
Geochemical and maceral composition of the Illinois Basin slurry ponds: Economic implications via the OHD process.
&
Ashley Manning-Berg
University of Tennessee, USA
Effects of biogeochemical processes on the preservation of Paleozoic algal mats.


2014




Carl Peters
Macquarie University, AUSTRALIA
Biomarkers and fluid inclusions of early Earth using samples from Australia.


2014





Sophia Bratenkov
Macquarie University, AUSTRALIA
Exploration of Miocene biomarkers in cored sedimentary rocks from IODP Expedition 317, Canterbury Basin, New Zealand.


2014





Arka Rudra
Indian Institute of Technology, INDIA
Palaeo-environmental and palaeoclimatic studies of Palaeogene sediments and oils, Upper Assam Shelf, India.


2014






Julian Zapata
National University of Colombia, COLOMBIA
Petrographic and geochemical evaluation of core samples in horizontal drilling from Amagá Formation coals, to identify lateral variation of organic matter and content of the hydrocarbons present.


2013





Joy Buongiorno
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Time-series analysis of paired isotopic compositions of Ccarb and Corg in mineralized microbialites of the High Andes, Argentina.


2013




Trent Garrison
University of Kentucky, USA
Environmental effects of coal mine fires.


2012




Rita Susilawati
University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Controls on microbial methane generation in selected low-rank Indonesian coals.


2011





Hayley Manners
University of Plymouth, UK
High-resolution compound-specific carbon isotope study of the PETM in northern Spain.


2011




Mohammad Wahid Rahman
Southern Illinois University, USA
Geochemistry and petrology of thermally altered coals.


2010





Kristen Miller
University of Maryland, USA
Metazoans of the Mesoproterozoic? A paleoenvironmental and paleobiological evaluation of biomarkers from the Vazante Group, Brazil.


2010





Chris Mays
Monash University, AUSTRALIA
South Polar environments: new data and insights from the Tapuangi Formation, Chatham Islands, SW Pacific.


2009





Dawn Hayes
Utah State University, USA
Sequence stratigraphic microfossil and geochemical analysis of the Neoproterozoic Red Pine Shale, Uinta Mountain Group: evidence of biotic change driven by eutrophication?

2009





Asep Permana
University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Influence of igneous intrusions on coal seam characteristics in the South Walker Creek area, Bowen Basin, Queensland.


2009





Margaret McPherson
University of Kentucky / Southern Illinois University, USA
Geochemistry and petrography of thermally metamorphosed Antarctic coal: implications for 13C-depleted methane release.


2008





Kaydy Pinetown
University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Factors Affecting Gas in Coal Systems with Special Reference to the Hunter Coalfield.


2007





Lois Yoksulian
University of Kentucky, USA
Petrography and Geochemistry of Contact Metamorphosed Coals: Implications for the Release of 12C-enriched Methane.


2006






Rachael Von Mann
University of Kentucky, USA
Influence of primary productivity on organic matter preservation in the middle Ordovician Decorah Formation and the Late Ordovician Maquoketa Group of eastern Iowa.


2006





Tenille Mares
University of Canterbury, NEW ZEALAND
Geological and geochemical controls on fracture and pore systems in relation to gas flow regimes in the Huntly Basin.


2005






Sarah Hawkins
University of Kentucky, USA
The role of terrestrial organic matter in the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian Appalachian marine basin: Implications for the expansion of land plants, paleo-atmospheric oxygen levels and organic-rich black shale accumulation.


2004




Mark Harvey
Indiana University, USA
Aciniform Soot in K/T Boundary Sediments.


2003




Daniel Ross
The University of British Columbia, CANADA
Gas Potential of Canadian Black Shales and the Role of Organic Matter.


2002




Bethany Burnett
The University of New Mexico, USA
Formation Mechanisms of Hydrocarbons in Volcanic Gases.


2001




Sharleen Ramos
The University of British Columbia, CANADA
Gas Shale Resources - Role of Organic Matter.


2000





Michelle Hawke
The University of British Columbia, CANADA
Anthropogenic trace metals in peats in the environs of industrial point sources - a combined geochemical and petrographic approach.


2000





Rachel Walker
Indiana University, USA
Elemental composition of coal macerals:
distribution of nitrogen as determined from an electron microprobe.


1999





Nadir Taskin Akpulat
University of Calgary, CANADA
Hydrocarbon generation kinetics of the Lower Cretaceous Ostracode Zone and quantitative basin modeling, Alberta Basin, Canada.




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