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BEG Shale Gas Assessment Study Research Team

Scott W. Tinker, University of Texas at Austin
Scott W. Tinker is the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, the State Geologist of Texas, and holds the Allday Endowed Chair and is acting Associate Dean of Research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the university. He spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry before joining UT in 2000. He is past president of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Association of American State Geologists, and Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. He is a Geological Society of America Fellow and holds appointments on the National Petroleum Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission among other boards. Tinker holds a PhD in geological sciences from the University of Colorado, an MS in geological sciences from the University of Michigan, and a BS in geology and business administration from Trinity University.
 
John Browning, The University of Texas at Austin
John Browninghas been a senior research fellow since 2010 at the BEG, having retired from ExxonMobil after 33 years. He holds a BS (1977) in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee.
 
Svetlana Ikonnikova, University of Texas at Austin
Svetlana Ikonnikova (svetlana.ikonnikova@beg.utexas.edu) is a research associate and energy economist in the BEG. She holds an MS (2003) in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, and a PhD (2007) in economics from Humboldt University of Berlin.
 

Gürcan Gülen, University of Texas at Austin
Gürcan Gülen is a research associate and energy economist at the BEG in Houston. He is a member of the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE), the International Association of Energy Economics, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He holds a PhD (1996) in economics from Boston College and a BA (1990) in economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

 

Eric Potter, University of Texas at Austin
Eric Potter is program director for energy research at the BEG, joining in 2001 after 25 years with Marathon Oil Co. as an exploration geologist and as geoscience technology manager at Marathon's technology center in Denver. He holds a BA (1972) in earth science from Dartmouth College and an MS (1975) in geology from Oregon State University.

 

Qilong Fu, University of Texas at Austin
Qilong Fu is a geologist with the BEG, joining in 2008. He holds a BS in geology from the Changchun College of Geology (Jilin University) in China, an MS in geology from the Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a PhD in geology from the University of Regina, Sask.

 

Susan Horvath, University of Texas at Austin
Susan Horvath is a research scientist associate at the BEG. Previously, she worked as a GIS analyst for the Arkansas Geological Survey. She holds a BS (2002) and an MSc (2007) in geographic information systems from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of AAPG, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, and Supporting Women in Geography and GIS.

 

Tad Patzek, University of Texas at Austin
Tadeusz Patzek is the Lois K. and Richard D. Folger Leadership Professor and chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair No. 11. He was professor of geoengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, 1990-2008, and before that was a researcher at Shell Development for 7 years. Patzek is a member of the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee for the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and of the SPE. Patzek holds an MS (1974) and PhD (1980) in chemical engineering from the Silesian Technical University in Poland.

 

Frank Male, University of Texas at Austin
Frank Male is a graduate student in the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the university in 2010, he worked with the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Gottingen, Germany, as a computational microfluidics researcher. Male holds a BS in physics and BA (2009) in political science from Kansas State University.

 

William Fisher, University of Texas at Austin
William L. Fisher holds the Barrow Chair of Mineral Resources and is a professor in the department of geological sciences, University of Texas at Austin. He formerly served as director of the BEG, director of the Geology Foundation, and dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences, all of the University of Texas at Austin. Fisher holds a BS and DSc (Hon.) from Southern Illinois University, an MS and PhD in geology from the University of Kansas, a Deng (Hon.) from the Colorado School of Mines, and received the Presidential Citation (equivalent to an honorary doctorate) from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Forrest Roberts, University of Texas at Austin
Forrest Roberts is a graduate research assistant at the BEG, working on an MS in geology. He worked as a geology intern with Apache Corp. in Houston during summer 2012. He holds a BS (2011) in geological sciences from Brigham Young University and is a member of the AAPG and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

 

Ken Medlock III, Rice University, Houston
Kenneth B. Medlock III (medlock@rice. edu) is James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and senior director of the Baker Institute's Center for Energy Studies at Rice University, Houston. He is also vice-president of academic affairs for the USAEE. Medlock holds a PhD (2000) in economics from Rice University.

 

 

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