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Tom Murphy

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 Marcellus research 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.

Andy Nyblade

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.

 

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