K. David Newell, Ph.D., P.G. currently serves as the EMD Midcontinent Councilor (2008-2012), and served as EMD Treasurer during term: 2005-2007. He is employed as a Senior Geologist of the Energy Research Section, Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
Dr. Newell’s fields of research interest include: carbonate geology; fluid inclusions; geological studies related to exploration and utilization of unconventional resources - coalbed gas, shale gas, low-BTU gas, and CO2 sequestration.
He has served as exploration geologist for ARAMCO (Saudi Arabia), Croydon, England (loan assignment from Mobil Oil), and for Mobil Oil, frontier offshore areas (Gulf of Alaska, Atlantic coast); Central America and Caribbean, Dallas, TX
Dr. Newell’s has received the following honors and awards to date:
- EMD Best Poster Presentation (2006, coauthor)
- Energy Minerals Division (EMD), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention, Houston, TX
- EMD President’s Award for Excellence in Presentation (2004)
- AAPG Annual Convention, Dallas, TX; (2009, coauthor) AAPG Annual Convention, Denver, CO
In adjunct positions, he has served as Adjunct Professor, Emporia State University, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Emporia, KS, and for the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Dept. of Geosciences, Kansas City, MO
Dr. Newell’s recent publications include:
- Newell, K.D., 2010, Fall may be imminent for Kansas Cherokee basin coalbed gas output: Oil and Gas Journal, v. 105, no. 5 (Feb. 8th), p. 33-40.
- Newell, K.D., and Carr, T.R., 2009, Coalbed natural gas production and gas content of Pennsylvanian coal units in eastern Kansas, in, Carr, T., D'Angostino, T., Ambrose, W., Pashin, J., and Rosen, N.C., eds., Unconventional Energy Resources; Making the Unconventional Conventional: Proceedings of the 29th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, December 6-8, 2009, Houston, TX, p. 353-387.
- Bhattacharya, S., Newell, K.D., Watney, W.L., and Sigel, J., 2009, Field tests prove microscale NRU to upgrade low-BTU gas: Oil and Gas Journal, v. 107, no. 40 (Oct. 26th), p. 44-53.
- Newell, K.D., Bhattacharya, S., and Sears, M.S., 2009, Low-BTU gas in the US Midcontinent; a challenge for geologists and engineers: Oil and Gas Journal, v. 107, no. 36 (Sept. 14th), p. 35-44.
- Newell, K.D., 2008, Trends in composition of Morrowan gases in southwestern Kansas, in, Andrews, R.D., ed., Morrow and Springer in the southern Midcontinent, 2005 Symposium: Oklahoma Geological Survey, Circular 111, p. 49-61.
- Bhattacharya, S., Newell, K.D., Watney, W.L., and Sigel, J., 2008, Low-cost plant upgrades marginal gas fields: E&P, v. 81, no. 8, p. 102-103.
- Newell, K.D., 2007, Wellsite, laboratory, and mathematical techniques for determining sorbed gas content of coals and gas shales utilizing well cuttings: Natural Resources Research, v. 16, p. 55-66. Article
- Newell, K.D., 2007, Geochemical trends in gas quality in Kansas (abs.): American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2007 Annual Convention & Exhibition, Long Beach, CA, Abstracts Volume, p. 101. (Available as Kansas Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-8) .
- Newell, K.D., Doveton, J.H., Merriam, D.F., Sherwood Lollar, B., Waggoner, W.W., and Magnuson, L.M., 2007, H2-rich and hydrocarbon gas recovered in a deep Precambrian well in northeastern Kansas: Natural Resources Research, v. 16, p. 277-292.
- Carr, T.R., and Newell, K.D., 2006, Geologic controls on coalbed natural gas production in eastern Kansas coals: Symposium on coalbed methane and gas shales in the southern Midcontinent; Oklahoma Geological Survey Seminar on Unconventional Gas, Proceedings, March 2006, p. 1-18.
- Newell, K.D., Carr, T.R., and Brown, W.M., 2005, Eastern Kansas CBNG shows promise: American Oil and Gas Reporter, v. 48, no. 8 (August), p. 135-138.
- Newell, K.D., Goldstein, R.H., and Burdick, C. J., 2003, Diagenesis and late-stage porosity development in thrusted Pennsylvanian Strawn Formation, Val Verde Basin, Texas, in, Ahr, W.M., Harris, P.M., Morgan, W.A., and Somerville, I.D. (eds.), Permo-Carboniferous Platforms and Reefs: AAPG Memoir 83/SEPM Special Publication 78, p. 333-350.
He received a B.S. degree in 1973 from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, in geology, with a math minor; a M.S. degree in 1975 from University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, in structural geology; and a Ph.D. in 1996 from University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, in carbonate geology. He is a Registered Geologist - State of Kansas (#262), and a member of the Kansas Geological Society, the Kansas Academy of Science, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Geological Society of America, Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), and Sigma Xi (scientific honorary).