Rex C. Buchanan (Chair) is director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), based at the University of Kansas. He joined KGS in 1978 and was interim director from 2010 to 2016. He is the coauthor of Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Landmarks and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils, both published by the University Press of Kansas; coauthor of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press; and coeditor of Geowriting, published by the American Geological Institute. Mr. Buchanan served as secretary of the Association of American State Geologists, past chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and past president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Association of Earth Science Editors. He chaired the Kansas Task Force on Induced Seismicity from 2013 to 2016. In 2008, Mr. Buchanan was named a GSA fellow and in 2016 received GSA’s Public Service Award. In 2009, he was given the John K. Strickler Award for Environmental Education from KACEE. He also provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. Mr. Buchanan holds a B.A. in biology and a B.A. in history from Kansas Wesleyan University and an M.A. in the history of science and an M.S. in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brian J. Anderson is the GE Plastic Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering and director of the Energy Institute at West Virginia University (WVU). His research interests include molecular, reservoir, and multiscale modeling applied to energy and biomedical systems, enhanced geothermal systems, and natural gas hydrates. As director of the WVU Energy Institute, he helps coordinate research among scientists nationwide to advance both conventional and unconventional energy technologies. He was awarded the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. He was the recipient of the 2011 Department of Energy Secretary’s Honor Award for his work in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Anderson has published 40-plus articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared in Marine and Petroleum Geology and Geothermics, among other journals. Dr. Anderson holds a B.S. and an M.S. in chemical engineering from WVU and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), respectively. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT in 2005.
Bridget F. Ayling is an associate professor at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and she is the director of UNR’s Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. Dr. Ayling is a geologist and geochemist with more than 10 years of combined experience in the geothermal and
unconventional oil and gas sectors. She joined UNR in early 2016 after working at Geoscience Australia, the Australian government’s geoscience agency, and at the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. Dr. Ayling has worked in both conventional and unconventional geothermal settings in Australia and the United States, contributing to regional geothermal resource assessments, to surface heat-flow measurement, to characterization of reservoir fracture mineralogy, and to geochemical tracer studies, as well as conducting numerical modeling to understand reservoir fluid flow regimes. Dr. Ayling holds a B.S. with honors in geology and physical geography from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. in paleoclimate and environmental geochemistry from the Australian National University in 2006.
Peter M. Kareiva (NAS) is director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to that, he was chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy, director of the Division of Conservation Biology at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries lab, and a professor of zoology at the University of Washington. Dr. Kareiva’s current research has two major foci: how to meet the needs of people for energy, food, and water without degrading environmental systems, and how to better communicate science to the public and policy makers in a way that is maximally helpful. He cofounded the Natural Capital Project, NatureNet Fellows, and Science for Nature and People. He has written or edited nine books and more than 200 articles, including a conservation biology textbook. His most recent book, Effective Conservation Science: Data Not Dogma, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2017. Dr. Kareiva was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He holds a B.A. in zoology from Duke University and an M.S. in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kareiva received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1981.
Robin L. Newmark is Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Previously, as Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Analysis and Decision Support, she led the organization that develops analytic insights and information that inform R&D directions and energy system policy and investment decision making, which spanned all energy pathways, including renewables, conventional, and emerging technologies. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Newmark conducted and led research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on energy, environment, and national security. More recently, her research has focused on energy, climate, and water issues, including the interdependence of water and energy systems. She advises such groups as the multinational laboratory Energy-Water Nexus consortium and is part of the U.S.-China Expert Carbon Capture and Sequestration Steering Committee. Dr. Newmark is author of 100-plus papers and reports and was a lead author for the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment. She is a member of the editorial board for Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, a guest editor for Environmental Research Letters, a fellow of research institutes in both Colorado and California, and holds five issued patents. Among her awards are the U.S. Environmental protection Agency’s Outstanding Remediation Technology Innovation Award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Recognition Award. Dr. Newmark holds a B.S. in
earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in earth sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in marine geophysics from Columbia University.
Jack C. Pashin is a professor and Devon Petroleum Chair of Basin Research at the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, which he joined in January 2013. From 1988 through 2012, Dr. Pashin led research programs at the Geological Survey of Alabama, including the Energy Investigations Program, and served as an associate director of the survey. His principal expertise is in petroleum geology, coal geology, and geological carbon dioxide storage. He has published widely and won several awards for his research, including the Gilbert H. Cady Award of the Geological Society of America (GSA), which was given in recognition of career contributions in coalbed methane and geologic carbon storage. Dr. Pashin serves on the editorial boards of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Bulletin and the International Journal of Coal Geology and has held officer positions in the Alabama Geological Society, the Energy Minerals Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Coal Geology Division of the GSA. He is also an elected fellow of the GSA and a Charles Taylor Fellow of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Throughout his career, Dr. Pashin has managed numerous projects on unconventional and conventional natural gas and oil reservoirs and geological carbon sinks. Dr. Pashin holds a B.S. in geology from Bradley University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Kentucky.
J. Carlos Santamarina is a professor of earth science and engineering and associate director of the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. His research explores the scientific foundations of soil behavior and subsurface processes using innovative particle- and pore-scale testing methods combined with high-resolution process monitoring systems and inversion techniques. His work helps advance the study of phenomena and the development of solutions in energy geotechnology with contributions to resource recovery, energy geo-storage, efficiency and conservation, and energy waste. He was inducted as a corresponding member into Argentina’s National Academy of Sciences in 2003 and into Argentina’s National Academy of Engineering in 2005. Dr. Santamarina is widely published, with recent pieces appearing in Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, the Journal of Geophysical Research, and Energy Policy. Dr. Santamarina holds a B.S. and an M.Sc. in civil engineering from Argentina’s National University of Córdoba and the University of Maryland, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1987.
Bridget R. Scanlon (NAE) is a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked at the University of Texas since 1987. Her current research focuses on the interdependence of water and energy, specifically on water quantity aspects. Dr. Scanlon’s group evaluates water use for hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas extraction relative to water use in electricity generation. Their recent work focuses on tight oil plays in semiarid regions where produced water management is a critical issue because of over-
pressuring and seismicity hazards. She also works on broader issues related to water resources within the context of climate extremes using ground-based and satellite data. Dr. Scanlon was the Geological Society of America Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer in 2007. She serves as an associate editor for both Water Resources Research and Environmental Research Letters and has authored or coauthored about 130 publications. She was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2016. Dr. Scanlon is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America. She received the M. King Hubbert Award from the National Ground Water Association in 2016. Dr. Scanlon holds a B.A. Mod. in geology from Trinity College, Dublin, and an M.S. in geology from the University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D. in geology with a focus on hydrogeology from the University of Kentucky in 1985.
Lori L. Summa is a geologist with more than 30 years of experience in geoscience, basin formation research, and petroleum-systems analysis. She retired as a senior technical consultant with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in 2016. In this position, she advised corporate management on strategic geoscience issues to ensure that appropriate research is performed in support of business objectives. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Geosciences at Rice University and a research collaborator in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her background is in basin analysis and numerical modeling, but she has done much applied research with exploration and drilling. She currently serves as the chair of the Education Committee for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and she has led numerous student short courses for the Geological Society of America, for which she received a 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Summa earned a B.S. in geology with honors from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of California, Davis, in 1985.
Robert E. Vance is a consultant focusing on global uranium resource inventories, uranium supply and demand issues, and prospects for global development of civil nuclear power. He was previously employed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency and the Canadian government as a ministerial advisor on uranium mining policy. At the OECD he worked on projects exploring the needs for increasing nuclear energy generation capacity and the environmental and health impacts of uranium mining. Dr. Vance has also completed reviews assessing energy policies of the European Union, Japan, and Sweden, among others. Prior to his work in nuclear power, Dr. Vance conducted research on the hydrological impacts of postglacial climate change in western Canada. He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and has presented to national and international audiences. Dr. Vance holds a B.Sc. in forestry and an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Alberta. He received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Simon Fraser University.