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Thomas B. Murphy

Tom Murphy has been involved with MCOR since its inception in 2010, and has 30 years of experience working with public officials, researchers, industry, government agencies, and landowners during his tenure with the University. His work has centered on translational outreach in natural resource development, with a more recent emphasis specifically in natural gas exploration and related topics for the last ten years. He lectures globally on natural gas development from shale, the economics driving the process, and its broad impacts including landowner and surface issues, environmental aspects, evolving drilling technologies, critical infrastructure, workforce assessment and training, local business expansion, resource utilization, financial considerations, and LNG export trends. In his role with MCOR, Tom provides leadership to a range of Penn State's related outreach activities and events. He also collaborates extensively with government agencies and academics worldwide on community stakeholder engagement and emerging research questions critical to the role of shale energy in a changing global energy paradigm. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of Penn State University.

Andrew Nyblade

Andy Nyblade joined MCOR in September 2016 with the goal of expanding and promoting the research activities of the Center. He is an expert in applied seismology and tectonics, and has been a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State since 1994. He is the lead investigator on a statewide seismic network for monitoring natural and induced seismicity. Among other projects, Nyblade and his students are using data from the seismic network to image the deep structure of the Appalachian basin, map fault structures, and investigate the relationship between shale gas activities in Pennsylvania and earthquakes large enough to be felt. Nyblade holds degrees from Wittenberg University (BA), the University of Wyoming (MS) and the University of Michigan (PhD). He is s a member of the American Geophysical Union, where he was elected a Fellow and received the Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service. He is also a member of the Seismological Society of America and the Geological Society of America.

David Yoxtheimer

David Yoxtheimer, Ph.D., P.G. is a hydrogeologist and extension associate with Penn State University's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and serves as a liaison to advise stakeholders on key environmental issues. He earned his B.S. in Earth Science from Penn State, and recently completed his Ph.D. in Geosciences. Previous to joining MCOR he spent 18 years as a consulting hydrogeologist with expertise in water supply development, karst hydrogeology, geophysical surveying, environmental permitting, shale energy geology, and integrated water resource management. Dave is also a geology instructor at Penn State and was appointed by Governor Wolf to be a voting member of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board and currently serves as the chairperson.

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