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seismicity that occurs both within the NCPA area of operations and throughout the entire Geysers field. Prior to joining The Geysers, Dr. Smith worked for 10 years as an oil and gas exploration geologist and geophysicist (seismologist) for Standard Oil of California (Chevron), then for 11 years as Vice President of Exploration for Republic Geothermal, which included geothermal exploration and development projects throughout California, Nevada, Utah, and Japan. Dr. Smith received his A.B. in geology from Middlebury College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in geological sciences from Indiana University.


Elizabeth A. Eide is director of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources at the NRC. Prior to joining the NRC as a staff officer in 2005, she served as a researcher, team leader, and laboratory manager for 12 years at the Geological Survey of Norway in Trondheim. In Norway her research included basic and applied projects related to isotope geochronology, mineralogy and petrology, and crustal processes. Her publications include more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, and 10 Geological Survey reports. She has overseen 10 NRC studies. She completed a Ph.D. in geology at Stanford University and received a B.A. in geology from Franklin and Marshall College.

Courtney Gibbs is a program associate with the NRC Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. She received her degree in graphic design from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in 2000 and began working for the National Academies in 2004. Prior to her work with the board, Ms. Gibbs supported the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board and the former Board on Radiation Effects Research.

Jason R. Ortego is a research associate with the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources at the National Academies. He received a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University in 2004 and an M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University in 2008. He began working for the National Academies in 2008 with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and in 2009 he joined the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources.

Nicholas D. Rogers is a financial and research associate with the National Research Council Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. He received a B.A. in history, with a focus on the history of science and early American history, from Western Connecticut State University in 2004. He began working for the National Academies in 2006 and has primarily supported the board on a broad array of Earth resources, mapping, and geographical sciences issues.

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