Dr. Jack C. Pashin - USGS Energy Resource Program Committee

The Boone Pickens School of Geology is pleased to announce Dr. Jack C. Pashin has been selected by the National Academy of Science to be a committee board member for the United States Geological Survey's Energy Resource Program.  Dr. Pashin and ten fellow esteemed colleagues will utilize their specialized expertise to steer the future of this program and geological science as it is seen today. 

Future Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Energy Resources Program

Committee Biographical Sketches


REX C. BUCHANAN 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 co-author 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; co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press; and co-editor 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 Strickler award for environmental education from KACEE. He also provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. Mr. Buchanan holds B.A. degrees in biology and 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 over 40 articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared in Marine and Petroleum Geology and Geothermics, among others. Dr. Anderson holds a B.S. and 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 is the director of UNR’s Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. Dr. Ayling is a geologist and geochemist with over 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 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 USA contributing to regional geothermal resource assessments, surface heat-flow measurement, characterization of reservoir fracture mineralogy, geochemical tracer studies, and 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 over 200 articles including a conservation biology textbook. His most recent book, Effective Conservation Science: Data Not Dogma, will be 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.


T. KURTIS KYSER is currently the director of the Queen’s Facility for Isotope Research at Queen’s University in Canada. The interests of his research group include applied isotope geochemistry, geosphere-biosphere interactions, and environmental and exploration geochemistry with emphasis on both pure and applied science. The current focus of his research is on developing new technologies to help formulate effective exploration for ore deposits, understand how elements migrate in the near-surface environment, and developing management strategies for natural resources. He is an expert in the genesis, evolution, and exploration strategies for ore deposits, particularly energy related metals such as uranium and lithium. He has over 350 refereed publications, 4 books, and has trained 90 graduate students who currently have positions with universities, government, and industry around the world, is chief editor of Geochemistry: Exploration Environment Analysis; and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Kyser holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980.


ROBIN L. NEWMARK is an associate laboratory director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She leads the unit that develops analytic insights and information that inform energy system policy and investment decision-making, both domestically and internationally. This analysis spans all energy pathways including renewables, conventional, and emerging technologies. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Newmark conducted research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on energy, environment, and national security. She led integrated field, experimental, and modeling imaging programs and developed technologies for chemical plume characterization, monitoring groundwater pumping, and unexploded ordnance detection to facilitate enhanced oil recovery or CO2 injection for sequestration. She coinvented an award-winning suite of environmental remediation technologies and supported their commercialization by private industry resulting in their successful application to clean up and close Superfund sites. More recently, she has led or participated in programs involving energy, climate, and water issues including the interdependence of water and energy systems. She advises such groups as the multi-national laboratory Energy-Water Nexus consortium and the U.S.-China Expert Carbon Capture and Sequestration Steering Committee. Dr. Newmark is author of over 100 papers and reports and was lead author for the 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, and holds five issued patents. She is a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Center of Integrated Water Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 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. in geophysics from Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in marine geophysics from Columbia University in 1985.


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. He serves as codirector of the Unconventional Hydrocarbon Cooperative at Oklahoma State, which is a university-industry consortium that includes 26 affiliated scientists. Dr. Pashin holds a B.S. in geology from Bradley University and an M.S. and 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 Natural, Physical, and Exact Sciences in 2003. 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 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. 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 Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer in 2007. She serves as an associate editor for Water Resources Research and Environmental Research Letters and has authored or co-authored approximately 130 publications. She was inducted into the U.S. 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.S. 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 over 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 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 at the University of Texas, Jackson School of Geosciences. 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 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.


JAMES L. SWEENEY is a professor of management science and engineering and director and founder of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis for energy and the environment, especially energy efficiency. His research includes energy policy, depletable and renewable resource use, electricity market analysis, environmental economics, global climate change policy, gasoline market dynamics, energy demand, energy price dynamics, and housing market dynamics. He is a senior fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, California Council on Science and Technology, Hoover Institution, Precourt Institute for Energy and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Dr. Sweeney serves on the external advisory council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and on the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee. He was editor, with Alan Kneese, of the three volume Handbook of Natural Resource and Energy Economics, author of the California Electricity Crisis, and of Energy Efficiency: Building a Clean, Secure Economy. Dr. Sweeney holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University in 1971.