Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership
Master of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership

Jim Coleman

Senior Industry Specialist/U.S. Geological Survey

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Jim Coleman is a geologist with over 40 years of experience in both the petroleum industry and the US Federal and State government.  He began his career as a research hydrologist with the Water Resources Research Institute, State of Mississippi.  He graduated from the U. S. Navy Officer Candidate School and served as an Ocean System Watch Officer and Command Duty Officer from 1972 to 1975 at the U. S. Naval Facility Argentia, Newfoundland. He then took a position at Amoco Production Company as a petroleum geologist in 1978.  In 20 years spent with Amoco he evaluated geologic sections and basins all over the world for their hydrocarbon potential.  Areas studies include the US Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountains, Africa, and the Middle East.  As a senior geologist in Amoco’s Worldwide New Ventures Group and Strategic Regional Studies Team, he pioneered one of the first Thematic Prospect Catalog Databases ever developed  – a global compendium of Thrust Belt plays.  With his team, he followed that with a global study of deep-water fan reservoirs and fields. This work included fieldwork in many locations in around the world. In the merger of Amoco and British Petroleum, Jim moved into the BP Upstream Technology group serving as a subject matter expert in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy and later as a Production Geologist in the Rockies Business Unit. 

Jim joined the US Geological Survey in 2003, leading the Eastern Energy Science Center, serving as Science Center Director for approximately a decade.  In this capacity, Jim led interdisciplinary teams in conducting US national and global assessments for coal, coalbed methane, conventional and unconventional oil and gas, and carbon sequestration capacity.  He has published extensively on undiscovered oil and gas resources in US Gulf Coast Mesozoic, Triassic synrift basins of the eastern US, the Ouachita Thrust Belt, including the Arkoma Basin, and the Appalachian Basin, including the Devonian Marcellus Shale.

Jim was invited to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 2011.  He travelled across the US and Canada speaking on Tight-gas Sandstone Reservoirs, and Exploration and Production in the Marcellus Shale.  Additional areas of scholarship and teaching include the use of decision analysis approaches for natural resource management decisions and the creation and leadership of high-performing teams to solve complex interdisciplinary challenges.  He retired from the US Geological Survey in 2016.

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