Jackson School of Geosciences


Director, Bureau of Economic Geology and State Geologist of Texas, 2000-
Director, Advanced Energy Consortium, 2008-
Professor, Edwin Allday Endowed Chair in Subsurface Geology, 2002-
Acting Associate Dean of Research, 2010-
Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Administrative Expertise
Executive direction for private and nonprofit organizations
Foundation development
Academia, government, and industry interaction
Conceiving, funding and directing major research programs
Research and Technical Interests
Global energy supply and demand
Technology administration
Multidisciplinary reservoir characterization
Carbonate sedimentology
Sequence stratigraphy
3-D reservoir modeling
Resource assessment
Cy Fair High School, Summa Cum Laude, Houston, Texas
B.S. Geology and Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
M.S. Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Industry Experience
Advanced Senior Geologist, Marathon Oil—Petroleum Technology Center, Littleton, Colorado, 1988–2000
Geologist, Union Pacific Resources, Englewood, Colorado, 1985–1988
Geologist, Robert M. Sneider Exploration, Houston, Texas, 1982–1984


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Selected Publications
Tinker, S. W., Lynch, H., Carpenter, M., and Hoover, M., 2013, Global energy and the role of geosciences: A North American perspective, in Bickford, M.E., ed., The Impact of the Geological Sciences on Society: Geological Society of America Special Paper 501, p. 21–51.

Gülen, G., Browning J., Ikonnikova, S., Tinker, S. W., 2013, Well economics across ten tiers in low and high Btu (British thermal unit) areas, Barnett Shale, Texas: Energy, October 2013, v. 60, No. 10, p. 302–315, available online August 2013.

Browning, J., Ikonnikova, S., Gülen, G., Tinker, S. W., 2013, Barnett Shale Production Outlook: SPE Economics & Management, July 2013, p. 89–104. SPE 165585.

Browning, J., Tinker, S. W., Ikonnikova, S., Gülen, G., Potter, E., Fu, Q., Smye, K., Horvath, S., Patzek, T., Male, F., and Roberts, F., 2014, Study develops Fayetteville shale reserves, production forecast, Oil & Gas Journal, vol. 112.1, January, p. 64–73.

Browning, J., Tinker, S. W., Ikonnikova, S., Gülen, G., Potter, E., Fu, Q., Horvath, S., Patzek, T., Male, F., Fisher, W., Roberts, F., and Medlock, III, K., 2013, Barnett Shale Model – 2 (Conclusion) Barnett study determines full-field reserves, production forecast, Part 2, Oil & Gas Journal, September.

Browning, J., Tinker, S. W., Ikonnikova, S., Gülen, G., Potter, E., Fu, Q., Horvath, S., Patzek, T., Male, F., Fisher, W., Roberts, F., and Medlock, III, K., 2013, Barnett Shale Model – 1 Study develops decline analysis, geologic parameters for reserves, production forecast, Part 1, Oil & Gas Journal, August, p. 62–73.

Tinker, S. W., 2010, Strengthening Connections: Oil and Gas Investor, Industry Icons, v. 30, no. 1, p.23.

Tinker, S. W., and Potter, E. C., 2009, The unconventional bridge to an alternate energy future, in Carr, T., D'agostino, T., Ambrose, W., Pashin, J., and Rosen, N. C., eds. Unconventional energy resources: making the unconventional conventional: 29th Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference, December 6–8, Houston, p. 1–5.

Tinker, S. W., 2009, The 21st Century Bureau: Bureau of Economic Geology Annual Report 2009, 100th Anniversary edition.

Tinker, S. W., 2008, Building energy, economy and environmental bridges: Exploration Production Oil & Gas Review, v. 6, no. 11, p. 18–20.

Tinker, S. W., 2008, Energy myths and a few realities: Fort Worth Oil and Gas Magazine, July, p. 19–21.

Tinker, S. W., 2006, The “I” in busIness ethIcs: American Institute of Professional Geologists, The Professional Geologist, v. 43, no. 2, p. 36–42.

Tinker, S. W., 2004, Unconventional resources to play vital supply role as world transitions to gas: The American Oil and Gas Reporter, v. 47, no. 10, p. 63–71.

Tinker, S. W., Caldwell, D. H., Cox, D. M., Zahm, L. C., Brinton, Lisë, 2004, Integrated reservoir characterization of a carbonate ramp reservoir, South Dagger Draw field, New Mexico: seismic data are only part of the story, in Seismic imaging of carbonate reservoirs and systems: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 81, p. 91–105.

Kerans, Charles, and Tinker, S. W., 1999, Extrinsic stratigraphic controls on development of the Capitan Reef Complex, in Geologic framework of the Capitan Reef: SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Special Publication No. 65, p. 15–36.

Osleger, D. A., and Tinker, S. W., 1999, Three-dimensional architecture of Upper Permian high-frequency sequences, Yates-Capitan shelf margin, Permian Basin, U.S.A., in Advances in carbonate sequence stratigraphy: application to reservoirs, outcrops and models: SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Special Publication No. 63, p. 169–185.

Tinker, S. W., Caldwell, D. H., Brinton, L., Brondos, M. D., Cox, D. M., DeMis, W. D., Hamman, J. G., Laskowski, L. C., Miller, K. A., and Zahm, L. C., 1999, Sequence stratigraphy and 3-D modeling of a Pennsylvanian ramp-crest reservoir: Canyon and Cisco Formations, North Indian Basin field, New Mexico, USA: GCS-SEPM Special Publication, p. 213–232.

Tinker, S. W., 1998, Shelf-to-basin facies distribution and sequence stratigraphy of a steep-rimmed carbonate margin: Capitan depositional system, McKittrick Canyon, New Mexico and Texas: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 68, no. 6, p.1146–1174.

Uland, M. J., Tinker, S. W., and Caldwell, D. H., 1997, 3-D reservoir characterization for improved reservoir management: Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE Paper No. 37699, 14 p.

Tinker, S. W., 1996, Building the 3-D jigsaw puzzle: applications of sequence stratigraphy to 3-D reservoir characterization, Permian Basin: AAPG Bulletin, v. 80, no. 4, p. 460–485.

Tinker, S. W., Ehrets, J. R., and Brondos, M. D., 1995, Multiple karst events related to stratigraphic cyclicity: San Andres Formation, Yates field, west Texas, in Budd, D. A., Saller, A., and Harris, P. M., eds., Unconformities and porosity in carbonate strata: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Memoir 63, p. 213–237.
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