Yannick Wirtz is a California geologist. His research interest focuses on structural geology, petroleum systems, and active tectonics in Southern California. Yannick is currently working for Earth Consultants International (ECI), a geologic consulting firm based in Santa Ana, CA. He completed an MS in Geology at California State University, Long Beach under the guidance of Richard Behl, Nate Onderdonk, Thom Davis, and Jay Namson after completing a BS degree in Applied Geology at RWTH Aachen University of Technology in Germany. Yannick originally came to California in the spring of 2011 to go surfing and to conduct climate research at UC Irvine as part of his BS degree thesis. He then went on to work as an intern for ECI. At ECI he gained experience in southern California geology and engineering geology practice. In Fall 2013, Yannick started an MS program in geology at California State University, Long Beach where he worked with the Monterey and Related Sediments (MARS) research group, an industry affiliates program on the Monterey Formation incorporating field methods, structural geology, sedimentology, and tectonics in his research. His research project was sponsored by grants received from AAPG, GSA, and the MARS industry affiliates. Yannick was on the Long Beach team at the 2014 AAPG Imperial Barrel Award competition where he and his colleagues utilized petroleum industry software, and an understanding of petroleum systems to analyze the prospectivity of a frontier region and present their findings and recommendations to a panel of industry experts. In 2016, Yannick returned to ECI as a full time consultant. He has been active in professional societies throughout his academic and professional career and presented, and lead field trips at several science symposiums at California State University Long Beach, local geological societies, the National GSA Conference in Baltimore (2015), Pacific Section AAPG conferences (Bakersfield 2014, Oxnard 2015, Las Vegas 2016), and the Tectonic Studies Group conference in London (2016).
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