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The Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research is part of the Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and is supported by the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State Outreach and by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) and the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI).
Its co-directors are Michael Arthur, professor of geosciences, and Thomas Murphy, extension associate and member of the Marcellus Education Team. This co-leadership reflects the Marcellus Center’s equal commitment to both outreach and research responsibilities.
Dave Yoxtheimer, P.G., EMS Extension Associate, investigates water-treatment, water-quality and environmental issues related to natural resource development and specifically to the Marcellus shale. He is an outreach liaison between the University, natural gas industry, environmental organizations, local government and the public to advise stakeholders on key environmental issues.
James Ladlee, Associate Director, MCOR; Director of Special Initiatives, ShaleTEC. His primary program responsibilities include oil and gas shale research, community education, and natural gas economic and workforce development.
Matt Henderson, Shale Gas Asset Manager, MCOR. His focus is community education, oil and shale gas research and economic development. He helps coordinate and deliver programs related to sudden wealth, economic development and community outreach.
The Marcellus Center's goals are three-fold: