Jackson School of Geosciences


Dr. Scott W. Tinker

Scott Tinker's passion is education. Toward this end, Scott is actively engaged in building bridges between academia, industry, government and the public. Scott weaves energy, the environment, and the economy into his work, in which he envisions a challenging, but positive, global future. In visiting some 50 countries and every U.S. State, Scott has given more than 600 keynote, distinguished, and invited lectures. His latest educational effort is the Switch Energy Project, anchored by the heavily awarded documentary film Switch, which has screened to over 3 million people worldwide.

It is from these experiences that Dr. Tinker has developed a vision for America's energy future. He concludes that security—available, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable energy—must drive policy and that efficiency and source diversity—varying by geopolitical region—are overriding elements of long-term security. Ultimately, energy security requires a reasoned balance among energy, environment, and the economy.

Dr. Tinker worked in the oil and gas industry for 17 years in research, exploration, and development, prior to coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Scott has been a licensed professional geoscientist in Texas since 2003. He is the past President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Dr. Tinker holds appointments on the National Petroleum Council, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the Geology Foundation at Sandia National Lab, is a trustee associate at Southwest Research Institute, and serves on several university, private, and professional boards.

Dr. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and the Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium. He is also the acting Associate Dean for Research and Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Business Administration from Trinity University. He received his Master of Science degree in Geoscience from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Colorado.
The Bureau of Economic Geology under Dr. Tinker's Leadership

Dr. Tinker joined the Bureau as its eighth Director in January 2000. Under his leadership, and with the remarkable dedication of an extremely talented group of associated directors and staff, the BureauScott Tinker has grown into a world-class research organization having major programs in energy, the environment and economics. Strategic directions of the Bureau include a strong emphasis on the three E's: Energy, Environment, and the Economy, all centered on a broad theme of education of students, industry, government, and the general public. The Bureau is expanding its focus on relevant issues related to the environment, including remote sensing, economic geology, environmental change, and energy and water.

As Director, Scott conceived of and directs the Advanced Energy Consortium, a global program in subsurface micro- and nano-sensing; the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, a major integrated program in carbon capture and sequestration; a major unconventional oil and gas reservoir program combining Industrial Associates, sponsored research, federal grants and reserve and production forecasting funded by the Sloan Foundation; the Center for Energy Economics; the Bureau's Core Research Centers, comprising three major core repository facilities in Houston, Austin, and Midland; and several major sponsored research programs, including projects in Mexico, Brazil, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Since 2000, the Bureau has grown from a $10M to a $30M annual grant organization; from 90 staff to 250 staff; from $8M to $25M in annual expenditures. With a focus on diversity—of people, revenue sources, and research—the Bureau well to meet the 21st century challenges of in energy, environment and economic research.

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