Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Professor Emeritus of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University (1999 - Present)
  • Professor Emeritus of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University (1999 - Present)
  • W. M. Keck Foundation Professor of Exploration Science, Colorado School of Mines (1994 - 1995)
  • Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University (1993 - 1999)
  • Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University (1993 - 1999)
  • Professor of Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1973 - 1993)
  • Faculty Athletic Representative, National Collegiate Athletic Association Pacific-10 Athletic Conference (1969 - 1981)
  • Chairman, Department of Geology, Stanford University (1968 - 1972)
  • Associate Chairman, Department of Geology, Stanford University (1967 - 1968)
  • Associate Professor of Geology, Stanford University (1961 - 1966)
  • Assistant Professor of Geology, Stanford University (1955 - 1961)
  • Production Geologist, Carter Oil Co. (1951 - 1953)

Honors & Awards


  • Haworth Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Kansas (1968)
  • A. I. Levorsen Memorial Award, AAPG, Pacific Section (1970)
  • William C. Krumbein Medal, International Association of Mathematical Geologists (1986)
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1987)
  • Stanford Associates Award, Stanford University (1996)
  • 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geology and Geophysics University of Wisconsin (2003)
  • Honorary Member, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (2013)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Consultant, Kansas Geological Survey (1958 - 2005)
  • President, Stanford Faculty Club (1989 - 1991)
  • Invited Speaker, European Science Foundation Conferences, France, Italy, Denmark, England (1989 - 1997)
  • Member, Board of DIrectors, Stanford Historical Society (1995 - 1999)
  • Chairman, Committee on Honors and Awards, International Association of Mathematical Geologists (1996 - 1998)
  • Vice President, Stanford Historical Society (1997 - 1999)
  • President, Stanford Historical Society (1999 - 2001)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Geology (1955)
  • M.S., University of Kansas, Geology (1950)
  • B.S., University of Kansas, Geology (1948)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Financial optimization in oil and gas exploration and development with focus on the interface between mineral-rights owners and oil and gas exploration and producing companies. Transformations between royalty interests and working interests, with current involvement in exploration and exploitation drilling in Oklahoma and Texas.

All Publications


  • The role of positive feedback in the development of internal osciallatoins for a simple, tightly coupled nearshore depositional model Numerical Experiments in Stratigrapy: Recent Advances in Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Computer Simulations, SEPM Special Pub. 62 Penn, B. S., Harbaugh, J. W. edited by Harbaugh, et al. 1999: 265–270
  • Numerical Experiments in Stratigrapy: Recent Advances in Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Computer Simulations edited by Harbaugh, J. W., Watney, W. L., Rankey, E. C., Slingerland, R., Goldstein, R. H., Franseen, E. K. SEPM Special Pub. 62, 362 pp.. 1999
  • Perspectives on stratigraphic simulation models: current approaches and future opportunities Numerical Experiments in Stratigrapy: Recent Advances in Stratigraphic and Sedimentological Computer Simulations, SEPM Special Pub. 62 Watney, W. L., Rankey, E. C., Harbaugh, J. W. edited by Harbaugh, et al. 1999: 3–21
  • DEPOSIM - A MACINTOSH COMPUTER-MODEL FOR TWO-DIMENSIONAL SIMULATION OF TRANSPORT, DEPOSITION, EROSION, AND COMPACTION OF CLASTIC SEDIMENTS COMPUTERS & GEOSCIENCES Bitzer, K., Harbaugh, J. W. 1987; 13 (6): 611-637
  • COMPUTER MAPPING OF SEISMIC REFLECTORS IN THE COASTAL REGION OF THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MATHEMATICAL GEOLOGY TETZLAFF, D. M., Harbaugh, J. W. 1985; 17 (4): 455-480
  • MARKTRAN-II - AN INTERACTIVE FORTRAN PROGRAM FOR CALCULATING MARKOV TRANSITION-PROBABILITIES OF TWO-DIMENSIONAL PATTERNS COMPUTERS & GEOSCIENCES Rohrlich, V., Lin, C., Harbaugh, J. W. 1985; 11 (2): 215-227
  • STATISTICAL APPRAISAL OF SEISMIC PROSPECTS IN LOUISIANA TEXAS OUTER CONTINENTAL-SHELF AAPG BULLETIN Davis, J. C., Harbaugh, J. W. 1983; 67 (3): 349-358
  • REASSESSMENT OF THE RATES AT WHICH OIL FROM NATURAL SOURCES ENTERS THE MARINE-ENVIRONMENT MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH Kvenvolden, K. A., Harbaugh, J. W. 1983; 10 (4): 223-243
  • A COMPUTER PROCEDURE TO ANALYZE SEISMIC DATA TO ESTIMATE OUTCOME PROBABILITIES IN OIL-EXPLORATION, WITH AN INITIAL APPLICATION IN THE TABASCO REGION OF SOUTHEASTERN MEXICO COMPUTERS & GEOSCIENCES BERLANGA, J. M., Harbaugh, J. W. 1981; 7 (1): 59-98
  • USE OF SEISMIC DATA FOR STATISTICAL ESTIMATION OF OUTCOME PROBABILITIES OF COMPLEXLY FAULTED STRUCTURES IN TABASCO BASIN, MEXICO AAPG BULLETIN-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PETROLEUM GEOLOGISTS BERLANGA, J. M., Harbaugh, J. W. 1981; 65 (3): 422-437
  • OIL AND GAS IN OFFSHORE TRACTS - INEXACTNESS OF RESOURCE ESTIMATES PRIOR TO DRILLING SCIENCE Davis, J. C., Harbaugh, J. W. 1980; 209 (4460): 1047-1048

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  • GRANITIC-ROCKS OF YOSEMITE VALLEY AND AN IDEAL GRANITE MODEL JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MATHEMATICAL GEOLOGY Vistelius, A. B., Harbaugh, J. W. 1980; 12 (1): 1-24
  • INTEGRATED OIL-EXPLORATION DECISION SYSTEMS JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MATHEMATICAL GEOLOGY Harbaugh, J. W. 1977; 9 (4): 441-449