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Tom Murphy

Thomas B. Murphy
Tom Murphy is an Extension Educator and Co-Director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.  Employed with Penn State Cooperative Extension, he has 25 years of field experience and educational consultation with landowners, government agencies, and public officials.  Recently, he has focused on natural resource development, specifically in natural gas exploration and related topics and provides leadership to Marcellus outreach activities. He has lectured throughout Pennsylvania on Marcellus shale and topics associated with its development including landowner leasing issues, environmental impacts, the drilling process, infrastructure development, and financial considerations.   Mr. Murphy is a graduate of Penn State University.
Co-Director Murphy Honored with 2010 DEP Environmental Excellence Award

Mike Arthur

Michael A. Arthur

Michael A. Arthur, a geochemist and sedimentary geologist, is Penn State Professor of Geosciences.  He is a past Department Head in Geosciences and is a recipient of the L.L. Sloss Medal in Sedimentary Geology (Geological Society of America), the Francis P. Shepard Medal for Marine Geology (Society for Sedimentary Geology, SEPM), the Wilson Awards for Research and Teaching in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union. His research interests include investigating the nature of climates and oceans of the past and the causes of past global change.  He has long focused on studies of modern marine environments characterized by organic-carbon rich sediment deposits and the origin and nature of ancient “black shales.” The geology of the Devonian Marcellus Shale is a current research emphasis through the efforts of the Appalachian Basin Black Shales Group (Engelder, Slingerland, and Arthur collaboration and students in the Department of Geosciences).


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