The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
Michelle Michot Foss
Michelle Michot Foss Chief Energy Economist (Program Manager) Center for Energy Economics
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019
E-mail: Telephone: 713-654-5400 Fax: 713-654-5405
Areas of Expertise
Thirty+ years' experience in energy and environmental research and consulting (oil and gas, coal, nonfuel minerals, electric power) in the U.S. and abroad in senior positions with extensive public speaking and publications.
Ph.D. Political Science, with honors, University of Houston, 1995

M.S. Mineral Economics, Colorado School of Mines, 1985

Graduate studies in geology, Texas A&M University, 1978-79

B.S., University of Louisiana-Lafayette, fisheries biology (geology minor), including Gulf Coast Marine Laboratory summers 1975-76, with awards and scholarships
Professional History
Executive Director, Institute for Energy, Law & Enterprise, University of Houston (1991–May 2005).

Director of Research, Simmons & Company International (1988–1989).

Senior Associate and Director of Research, Jesse H. Jones Center for Economics and Demographic Forecasting, Rice Center (1985–1988).

Coordinator, Energy and Minerals Field Institute, Colorado School of Mines (1982–1985).

Environmental Consultant, Impact Environmental Scientists & Engineers, Denver (1977–1981).

Environmental Consultant, Texas A&M University (1977–1981).

Environmental Consultant, Southwest Research Institute (1977–1981).
Selected Publications
Books and Book Chapters
Chapter 3, "Natural Gas Pricing in North America," in The Pricing of Internationally Traded Natural Gas, Oxford University Press, 2012 (forthcoming).

Guide to Electric Power in Mexico, second edition, a Bureau of Economic Geology/Center for Energy Economics publication, 2012.

"The Impact of Institutions on the Economic Performance of Country Hydrocarbon Sectors: National Oil Companies," with Miranda Ferrell Wainberg, Gürcan Gülen, Dmitry Volkov, Ruzanna Makaryan in Derecho, Institutiones y Desarrollo, Temas Selectos (Law, Institutions and Development, Selected Topics), ITAM/Editorial Porrúa, 2012.

Working Papers and Articles
The Outlook for US Gas Prices in 2020: Henry Hub at $3 or $10?, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies working paper, December 2011. [ link ]

"Value Creation in National Oil Companies," with Gürcan Gülen and Miranda Wainberg, Empirical Methods in Energy Economics Conference, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, July 14, 2011. [ PDF ]

"El derrame de petróleo de Macondo," Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, V 10, N 3, July-September 2010.

"Africa: A New Frontier in Oil and Gas Exploration", Geotimes Vol. 53 (No. 2), p. 32, February 2008. [ link ]

"Gazprom pipeline gas remains key to Europe" with Dmitry Volkov, Gürcan Gülen and Ruzanna Makaryan, Oil & Gas Journal, April 27, 2009.
Senior Fellow, U.S. Association for Energy Economics, 2006

Scientific Council, 50th Anniversary of ENI, Commemorative Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbons in collaboration with Instituto dell'Encyclopedia Italiana Treccani, 2005

Key Women in Energy—Americas, 2003
Current/Recent Committees and Service
Technical Advisory Board, Natural Resources Charter, 2011-present

LNG 17-Houston 2013 Program Committee, 2010-present

Board of Advisors, Institute for Energy in the 21st Century, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2008-present

Education Advisory Board, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, 2008-present

Advisory Council, North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), 2007-present

National Petroleum Council, North American Natural Gas and Oil Resources Demand Study Group, Prudent Development – Realizing the Potential of North America's Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources 2010-2011

Editorial Board, International Journal of Regulation and Governance, The Energy Research Institute (TERI), IOS Press
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