How to Join
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Paul Hackley, TSOP Membership Chair
U.S. Geological Survey
956 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
phone: 703 648-6458
fax: 703 648-6419
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Last modified 21 March 2013
Some of the reasons to join today
TSOP is a dynamic group that will continue to evolve as befits the needs of its members!!!
Why join? TSOP provides:
- Contact with leading edge research and researchers in the field of organic petrology, organic geochemistry, petroleum geochemistry, analytical and environmental geochemistry, and several other related subjects;
- A forum for disseminating research findings and ideas among peers;
- Registration discounts for TSOP Annual meetings (filled with the most recent research in the field);
- A small Society where you can easily find a way to participate and get to know fellow members;
- Eligibility to stand for election to, and serve on, the TSOP Council;
- Discounts for two highly-rated Elsevier publications – International Journal of Coal Geology and Review of Paleobotany and Palynology;
- A quarterly newsletter featuring Society business, along with contributions from members including meeting notices, book reviews, and short technical contributions, among other items;
- A variety of high-quality publications including the Abstracts and Proceedings volumes from our annual meetings, and special publications including short course notes and research committee reports;
- Exciting international meeting venues like Sydney, Australia, Beijing, China, Oviedo, Spain, and Gramado, Brazil, as well as locations throughout North America;
- Benefits of an AAPG Associated Society and an AGI Member Society.
Calling all Students!
- Connect with experts in your field of interest/study, from academia, government and industry,
- Meet fellow students in the organic petrology field from around the world,
- Awards and grants are available, including the Spackman Award grant, along with Best Student Paper and poster awards,
- Financial assistance available to student members for meeting attendance,
- Discounted meeting registration fees,
- Special student activities at many annual meetings,
- Student membership representation on the TSOP Council,
- Low dues fees for students.
Who joins TSOP?TSOP members come from many different backgrounds. Currently:
- 28% of members are employed in industry,
- 43% are affiliated with universities - as professors, students or researchers,
- 21% are employed in government agencies,
- 20% work as private consultants.
- 60% in Oil and Gas
- 64% in Coal
- 20% in Coal Bed Methane
- 20% in Environmental fields
(Note: percentages do not add up to 100 because members often work in more than one field or employment category).
TSOP was founded in Houston, and had a predominantly U.S. membership for many years. Recently, international membership has been growing steadily. There are now members in 28 countries. For example, in 2007:
- 45% of members resided in the U.S.,
- 17% in Europe,
- 10% in Australia,
- 9% in Canada,
- 5% in China,
- 2% in South America, plus many more located in other countries.
In its activities and publications, TSOP has strived to maintain an appropriate balance between fundamental versus applied research, coal versus petroleum-related applications, industry versus academic orientation, and North American versus International focus.
Who can join
Membership in TSOP is open to any individual or organization having an active scientific interest in organic petrology. Low annual dues rates are listed on the dues page.
TSOP especially encourages institutions to join at the special institutional rate that supports the goals of the Society (see Application Form).
Learn about the Membership Committee on their web page.