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The Co-Directors

Tom Murphy

Thomas B. Murphy
Tom Murphy is the Co-Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research(MCOR).  With 28 years of experience working with public officials, researchers, industry, government agencies, and landowners during his tenure with the Outreach branch of the University. His work has centered on educational consultation in natural resource development, with an emphasis specifically in natural gas exploration and related topics for the last nine 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, resource utilization, and financial considerations.

MCOR’s mission is to pursue science-based research and understanding for the many issues surrounding the development of shale energy in PA and around the world. This ranges from environmental risk mitigation strategy, to legal and regulatory implications of energy development in local communities.  As part of MCOR’s outreach, examining the role of “social license”, and its many components, is a vital feature of the shale dialogue prior to, and during the energy development phase.
In his role with MCOR, Tom provides leadership to a range of Penn State’s related Marcellus research activities and events.  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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