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Geoscience Opportunities Beyond Oil and Gas

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 1:20 p.m.–5:20 p.m.  |  Denver, ColoradoMile Hight Room 2-3 - Colorado Convention Center

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Location: In-Person – Colorado Convention Center (Speakers presenting in-person and online)

Session focuses on Geoscience opportunities outside E&P operations. Speakers will give their perspectives on geoscience in various industries outside E&P and market size, experience and educational requirements, etc. Session will likely include Panel discussion following presentations for Q&A and further discussion.


Julie Shemeta


Will Yeck

William Yeck is a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, located at the Geologic Hazards Science Center in Golden, Colorado. His research focuses on real-time detection and characterization of earthquake sources, machine learning applications to earthquake monitoring, spatio-temporal characterization of damaging earthquake sequences for long-term hazard assessment, and induced seismicity. Will received his B.S. in Physics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Anna Snider Lord

Anna S. Lord is a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has been with Sandia for over 20 years. Since 2004 Anna has worked as a geologist as part of the Geotechnology and Engineering department, which is the geotechnical advisor to the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve and currently serves as the project manager. Anna’s work has entailed geologic characterization, modeling, and subsidence analysis related to underground storage applications.

Roger Edgecombe
Operations Director, RPS

Roger Edgecombe is the Operations Director – Technical, Training & Advisory for RPS Energy Canada Ltd. Roger received his BSc. in Geology from Dalhousie University, and a MSc. in Geology from McMaster University. As a student, Roger had the unique opportunity to work in the Canadian High Artic and Subarctic environments, as well as in the sedimentary basins of Eastern Canada. During this time, he was introduced to various geophysical investigative methods, including ground probing radar (GPR), electromagnetic (EM), seismic and gravity. Although trained as a geologist, Roger has been practicing geophysics for the past 24 years.

Roger joined a seismic data acquisition and processing company in 1997, where the early part of his geophysical career was spent overseeing data acquisition crews in Eastern and Central Canada, as well as in the United States. In 2005, Roger joined RPS as a seismic interpreter. Over the last 40 years, RPS has become the preferred seismic technology services provider for the potash industry. Roger’s strengths in acquisition and program management are an asset for the recurring seismic programs at the potash mines. Roger has been fortunate to have worked on mining, oil and gas, and resource projects on all continents, except Antarctica.

In his current role, Roger is focused on Energy Transition, and the application of traditional G&G expertise in nonconventional industries, such as gas storage, helium exploration, geothermal, and geohazards.

Steven Hallinan

Stephen Hallinan holds a degree in Geology (Dublin, 1987) followed by a PhD on the geophysics of the Miravalles geothermal field, Costa Rica (UK, 1991) and post-doc work on gravity modeling of the southern Brazilian shield (Sao Paolo, 1992-93).

He joined Geosystem (Milan) in 1994 (to WesternGeco 2007), then set up Fugro EM Italy in 2011 (to CGG 2013), applying non-seismic geophysics in natural resource exploration, development and monitoring projects, covering some 60 countries across the globe.

Stephen is currently leading CGG’s Multiphysics Imaging group (Milan) providing services and software for data processing and integrated 3D inversion modeling of Electromagnetics, Gravity, Magnetics, Passive Seismic and geological data, across the global Geothermal, Mining and O&G sectors.

Sherilyn Williams-Stroud
University of Illinois

Sherilyn Williams-Stroud is a Research Scientist and Structural Geologist, at the Illinois State Geological Survey/University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her areas of expertise include structural and fracture analysis and modeling for oil and gas and geothermal energy production, with a specialization in microseismic data interpretation and induced seismicity. She received her MA and PhD from The Johns Hopkins University and her BA from Oberlin College and has over 25 years of experience in government and industry. In addition to teaching industry short courses, she has held adjunct positions at the University of Houston, California State U. Los Angeles and Northridge, and has been a full-time faculty member at Whittier College. She is an active member of several professional organizations, has been an AAPG Visiting Geoscientist since 2014, and is a member of the NASEM Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics.

Dawn James

Dawn James leads the U.S. sustainability strategy and thought leadership for Microsoft, focused on delivering digital transformation solutions. She leverages her subject matter expertise across industries to create strategic coalitions and partnerships, helping customers leverage Microsoft technology to accelerate their sustainability journey. Dawn leads a wide range of initiatives in sustainability, environmental science, and innovation.

Dawn has over 23 years of industry experience as a geoscientist and systems leader. She is a certified naturalist, formerly serving as the Americas Energy Lead at Microsoft and Research Hydrogeologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior (USGS). Dawn’s expertise not only includes results-driven leadership and ecosystem innovation but also articulates value at the convergence of industry and technology.

Dawn holds an MSc in geoscience from Cal State University and a professional certification in big data and predictive analytics from MIT. She is a distinguished speaker on “The Business of Sustainability” at the Nazarian School for Business & Economics (CSUN), an advisory board member at the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD). She has been recognized as a DEI Champion (2021) by the National Diversity Council. In her spare time, Dawn enjoys playing the violin and spending time with her daughters.

Colin Brooks
Staff Geologist, Oil and Gas Conservation Division, Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Colin Brooks is an experienced geologist, GIS analyst, and science nerd. He currently works as a staff geologist for the Oil and Gas Conservation Division at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Colin has spent the past four years in the Induced Seismicity Department mitigating seismic hazards across Oklahoma. He takes pride in discovering new ways to present legacy oil and gas well data and earthquake data in visually effective and informative GIS-centric platforms. Currently he is focused on implementing an Enterprise GIS system for the OCC and developing numerous GIS applications for visualizing Oil and Gas data. He enjoys woodworking, Reddit, and traveling with his fiancée and their dog.

Sally Goodman
Chief Geologist, Newmont Mining

Sally Goodman is Newmont’s Global Chief Geologist, and leads a team of 25 specialists in Data Science, Geological Modeling, Structural Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry, that comprise the corporate Global Geoscience Group, providing technical support to the company’s Exploration function around the world. Before joining Newmont she was Chief Geoscientist with Atlantic Gold, following five years with Goldcorp in a variety of corporate technical positions. Prior to that she travelled globally as a consultant in structural geology with SRK Consulting, after holding various lecturing and research posts in universities in Canada and the UK. She has a PhD in Economic Geology and MSc in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines, London (UK), and BSc Geological Sciences from Leeds University (UK). Newmont is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925. With Head Office in Denver, Colorado, the company has a world-class portfolio of assets in North America, South America, Australia and Africa.


Geoscience Opportunities Beyond Oil and Gas
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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