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Director named for UT Austin Bureau of Economic Geology

Dr. Scott Tinker has been named director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT Austin.

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AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Scott Tinker has been named director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT Austin.

The bureau conducts oil and gas reservoir research using funds from the state and federal governments and industry. The bureau also conducts research involving ground water, the Texas coast, environmental issues and outreach programs for kindergarten through grade 12.

Dr. Juan Sanchez, UT Austin vice president for research, said: “I am delighted that Dr. Tinker has accepted the position of leader of the Bureau of Economic Geology at a time that promises to be marked by exciting opportunities and new challenges. Dr. Tinker has had a distinguished career at Marathon Oil. He brings with him more than 18 years of experience and exceptional expertise in three-dimensional petroleum reservoir characterization.”

Reservoir characterization helps the oil and gas industry develop better pictures of the internal structure of petroleum reservoirs to maximize oil and gas production.

Tinker has been working as an advanced senior geologist at Marathon Oil’s Petroleum Technology Center in Littleton, Colo. He has extensive experience conceiving, designing, implementing and managing multidisciplinary reservoir characterization studies of giant hydrocarbon reservoirs. He also is an expert in carbonate sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and digital integration, analysis and interpretation of diverse data types.

Tinker replaces Dr. William Fisher, the Leonides T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources, who is returning to his other duties as chair of the Geology Foundation and professor in UT Austin’s department of geological sciences. “I also would like to sincerely thank Dr. Fisher for his outstanding leadership during the transition of the bureau into the hands of the new director,” Sanchez said.

For more information, contact the Bureau of Economic Geology at (512) 471-1534 or the Office of Public Affairs at (512) 471-3151.