UK-Texas CCS Technology and Legislation Seminar
Speaker Biographies

May Akrawi
Consul, Science & Innovation
British Consulate-General Houston

May is a British scientist with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and PhD in Molecular Biology, both from University College London. Following a postdoctoral fellowship in Barcelona, she worked in London as a Scientific Research Analyst at a US Law firm on product liability litigation for blue chip clients and established networks of scientific and medical consultants world-wide. She then moved to the biotech field, working as a Programme Manager for Pharmaceutical Discovery at a business information company; she later joined In Vitro Technologies in Baltimore, Maryland to head up their first European office in London. May Joined the British Consulate-General in 2002 to lead the science section, covering the six southwest US states, and has been working on facilitating US-UK science and technology collaborations and on climate change and energy policy.


Steven Bryant
Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

Since 2004, Dr. Bryant has served as the Director of the Geological CO2 Storage Industry Project. In 2005, he received the departmental teaching award and in 2003 was the recipient of the Outstanding Technical Editor Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he also served as a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer from 2001-2002. Dr. Bryant is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Bryant is published widely and frequently conducts industrial and professional society lectures in geological storage of CO2 and on fundamentals of porous media.  Prior to joining the faculty of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling at the University of Texas from 1996-2002. He received his B.E. (summa cum laude) in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.  Other professional experience includes working as a visiting scientist for the Colloid Chemistry Group at EniTecnologie in Italy; as a computer modeling engineer with BP Chemical R&D in Scotland, and as a research engineer with BP Research in England.


Jon Gluyas
Professor of Petroleum Geoscience
University of Durham

Professor Gluyas holds the newly created chair in Geoenergy, Carbon Capture & Storage at the University of Durham.  He is also the current president of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and a director of Geojoule a geothermal energy company.  Jon took the role at Durham in October 2009 having held a honourary chair there since 1999.  Until taking the full post at university, Jon worked in the oil industry for 28 years.  This followed a PhD in geochemistry and BSc in geology.  In 2005, Jon co-founded Fairfield Energy. 

In his current role, Jon is responsible for the carbon capture and storage research at Durham together with geoenergy research including that associated with petroleum, geothermal and coal.  He is a director of Durham’s Centre for Research into Earth Energy Systems and serves on the board of Durham Energy Institute.  Jon has published widely during his career with most of the papers addressing sediment and petroleum geochemistry or production and redevelopment.  Jon served on the ruling council and strategy board for the Geological Society between 2003 and 2006.  Jon received the Aberconway Medal from The Geological Society in 2000 for excellence in applied geology.


Amy Hardberger
Environmental Defense Fund (Texas Office) 

Ms. Hardberger works with the Energy Program and the Land, Water, & Wildlife Program primarily on Texas law and policy issues.  Ms. Hardberger holds a bachelors degree and a Masters of Science in Geology and a doctor of jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law. She is also a professional registered geologist in Texas. Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Ms. Hardberger completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable William Wayne Justice of the Western District of Texas and worked as an environmental consultant.  Her past research focused on international groundwater issues and the human right to water. Currently, she works on municipal water conservation, the energy/water nexus and carbon sequestration.


Stuart Haszeldine
Professor of Geology
University of Edinburgh

Stuart’s current research examines geological storage of CO2, in the context of climate change and changing energy use.  He is a topic leader for the Carbon Management theme of the UK Energy Research Centre.   He leads the UK’s largest university research group for CO2 storage and capture (at Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and British Geological Survey at Edinburgh) and is co-leader of the academic UK Carbon Capture and Storage Consortium.  He was a technical advisor to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on CCS in 2006 and is currently (2007-10) a member of the independent ACCAT committee advising UK Government (DECC) on Carbon Abatement Technologies.  He has provided numerous comments on Carbon Capture and Storage to the print radio and TV media, and is invited speaker on CCS at public and technical conferences.


Ian Havercroft
Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Law
University College London

Ian is Senior Research Fellow in environmental law at UCL Law Faculty’s Centre for Law and the Environment. He joined the Faculty in May 2004, following the completion of his Masters degree.  He maintains a strong research interest in energy and environmental law and he is the lead researcher on the Carbon Capture Legal Programme, an initiative aiming to provide a comprehensive and authoritative source of objective and up to date legal information on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).  Ian also worked with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to set up the International CCS Regulators Network, participated in their CCS roadmapping exercise, and served as an expert reviewer for the IEA’s recent report on CCS, ‘CO2 Capture and Storage  - A Key Abatement Option’, which was published in 2008.  His most recent work has centred upon domestic and EU environmental law and policy and he has conducted research on behalf of; the European Commission (DG Environment), The Cabinet Office, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, RPS Group plc and Haymarket Media Group. 


Susan Hovorka
Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology at UT Austin

Susan Hovorka specializes in environmental problems applying technology and approaches developed to improve hydrocarbon recovery, and has worked on a wide variety of geologic research requiring multi-disciplinary synthesis. Current research is testing the application of geologic storage of carbon dioxide to reduce atmospheric emission (www.gulfcoastcarbon.org). Currently she is leading a team working on large scale field pilot monitoring injection at Cranfield Mississippi, which is currently injection at 100 MMT/year into >3000m deep sandstones for EOR. A 1 MMT/year test is in design. She was team lead for the recently concluded Frio Brine field pilot CO2 injection to assess the cost, safety, and effectiveness of geologic sequestration as a mechanism for reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions . She is the chief scientist of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, an academic-industry consortium seeking an economic basis on which to move forward on carbon sequestration. She is also active on facilitating exchange between the applied scientists and citizens, with a focus on pre-college students and teachers.


Tara LaForce
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth Science & Engineering
Imperial College London

Dr. LaForce is a lecturer (assistant professor) of petroleum engineering in the department of earth science and engineering at Imperial College London.  She has an MS in computational and applied mathematics and a PhD in petroleum engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin.  Previously she has held the position of acting assistant professor at Stanford University and assistant professor at University of Wyoming.  Her primary research areas are analytical solutions for three-phase multicomponent systems, design of secure CO2 storage in aquifers and oilfields and development of improved simulation techniques for subsurface multiphase flow.


Tip Meckel
Research Associate
Bureau of Economic Geology at UT Austin

Dr. Tip Meckel earned his Master’s degree from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1998 and his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. He joined the Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau in 2006, focusing on geologic characterization and pressure evolution for carbon dioxide injections. With Dr. Hovorka, Tip currently directs the DOE-funded SECARB Partnership Project in Cranfield Mississippi.


Rebecca C. Smyth
Project Manager
Gulf Coast Carbon Center, Bureau of Economic Geology, UT-Austin

Ms. Smyth has a diverse background in geological sciences, and her association with GCCC has led her to focus on storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in geologic units deeper than 800 meters below the surface—a practice known as geologic sequestration.  A graduate in geology from Virginia Tech, Ms. Smyth received her Master’s in hydrogeology from UT Austin. Prior to joining BEG in 1997, Ms. Smyth worked 10+ years for private groundwater consulting firms in Austin, Texas.  More recently, she has been sampling groundwater in a west Texas oilfield for CO2 sequestration research while serving as Principle Investigator of the Southwest Partnership for Carbon Sequestration Groundwater Monitoring Research at BEG, and “Site Manager of the SACROC Oil-Field-Site CO2 Injection Experiment.”


Mike Stephenson
Head of Science (Energy)
British Geological Survey



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