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Richard Bottjer

President, Coal Creek Resources, Inc., Denver; Research Associate, Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Rich worked in the oil and gas business for 30+ years and is now focusing on more academic research, working on stratigraphic problems uncovered while working. Current research largely revolves around the Carboniferous Heath and Tyler Formations in central Montana, their stratigraphic relationships, and environments of deposition. Other areas of research include stratigraphic relations of Cretaceous tight-oil sandstone reservoirs of the Powder River and DJ Basins of Wyoming and Colorado, Stratigraphy of late Mississippian – early Pennsylvanian strata of the Anadarko Basin, and of the Gallup-Tocito-Mancos interval of the San Juan Basin, New Mexico. Rich is the author of numerous technical papers and the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists President’s Award and Julie LeFever Memorial Award (2018) and the AAPG Rocky Mountain Section Steve Champlin Memorial Award for Best Poster (2016 and 2014).


M.Sc. in Geology from University of Wyoming, 1984
B.Sc. with Honors in Geology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, 1981