There are now signs, admittedly tentative, that the demand for petroleum industry micropaleontologic analysis and interpretation is increasing. Many previously under-utilized consultants are currently turning away work. One ‘super major’ has begun hiring micropaleontologists again for work in the various subspecialties. Another is ‘re-deploying’ personnel internally to a biostratigraphy team that analysis has shown requires additional staffing. There is little doubt in my mind that these events are related to: 1) higher worldwide oil and natural gas prices (particularly as compared to just three years ago), 2) a dramatic increase in non-U. S. petroleum exploration opportunities, as foreign governments opened...

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