Information regarding speakers for the 2018 Responsible Shale Energy Symposium will be added as more information becomes available and a preliminary schedule is confirmed.
The 2018 RSEE meeting will host a wide array of dynamic and informed speakers including the individuals listed on the following page. A printable version of the schedule is available HERE and speakers are listed alphabetically by their last name.
Josh Adler - Source Water
Scott Anderson - Environmental Defense Fund, Senior Policy Director, US Climate and Energy Program
Areas of expertise: Oil and gas operations and policy, water and waste management
Since 2005, Scott Anderson has served as Environmental Defense’s point person on policies relating to the land and water impacts of oil and natural gas development and to the geological sequestration of carbon dioxide. Mr. Anderson is a frequent speaker at conferences and participates in stakeholder groups focused on reducing the environmental footprint of oil and gas operations.
Laura Buchanan - Texas Land & Mineral Owners Association
Laura M. Buchanan is the Executive Director of the Texas Land & Mineral Owners Association (TLMA), a nonprofit association that works to level the playing field in Texas and bring some fairness to the balance between those that use the land and those who live on it. She brings a background in energy law to her work on behalf of the association and its members. In her role with TLMA, she focuses on advocacy in Texas state government. TLMA strives for common-sense laws and regulations to encourage responsible oil and gas development that respects the interests of both surface owners and mineral owners.
John Durand - WaterBridge Resources, LLC
John Durand has more than three decades of industry expertise, having held executive leadership positions across multiple disciplines, spanning upstream oil and gas, midstream services, commodity marketing and power generation. Prior to joining WaterBridge Resources, Mr. Durand served on the Management Team of Pioneer Water Management, where he oversaw the commercial, logistics and supply sourcing functions for the largest midstream water operation in North America. In addition, John served as the commercial lead in negotiating landmark agreements with the cities of Odessa and Midland to purchase municipal effluent for Pioneer's long-term development requirements.
Mr. Durand earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas and a B.S. degree in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Louisiana.
Anne Epstein, MD - Texas Tech University
Dr. Epstein received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1981. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine, as well as being a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Previously, she served as a professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock TX. Since 1995, she has been engaged in the private practice of Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Texas Tech.
Appointed to the City of Lubbock Board of Health in 2010, Dr. Epstein chaired the Board in 2015 and 2016. She also chaired the Board of Health Fracking Committee which recommended changes to the Lubbock Oil and Gas ordinance. She was appointed to the Lubbock Oil and Gas Citizen Advisory Committee by City Council in May 2013 and in March 2015, the Lubbock City Council adopted changes to the oil and gas ordinance.
Sabrina Habib, PhD - Winthrop University
Dr. Sabrina Habib is an assistant professor at Winthrop University where she teaches Mass Communication courses. She holds an MFA in Electronic Media (2003) and a Ph.D. in Advertising from the University of Florida (2013). Her current research is on science communication with a focus on hydraulic fracturing. Her interdisciplinary and industry background led her to publish research on creativity, storytelling, and qualitative methods. She recently published and presented on using video as data in qualitative research, which reflects her extensive experience with the medium and methodology.
Katharine Hayhoe, PhD - Texas Tech University
Katharine Hayhoe is an Associate Professor in the Public Administration program at Texas Tech University and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech, part of the Department of the Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences, including the Second and Third U.S. National Climate Assessments.
She currently serves on the American Geophysical Union’s Hydrology Committee on Uncertainty, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climate Predictions and Projections team, and the NOAA Climate.gov advisory team. She also serves as a scientific advisor to the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, the EcoAmerica MomentUS project, the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
Zacariah Hildenbrand, PhD - CLEAR, Inform Environmental, LLC
Zacariah L. Hildenbrand received his bachelors of science and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso, where he also played on the men’s intercollegiate golf team. Dr. Hildenbrand continued his training as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr. Hildenbrand is the principal founder of Inform Environmental, LLC and sits on the scientific advisory board of the Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Together with his colleagues at UT-Arlington, Dr. Hildenbrand has coordinated environmental monitoring and remediation projects all across Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. This research has produced more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Hildenbrand is determined to generate a deeper understanding of energy extraction and to develop solutions for environmental remediation and the recycling of anthropogenic wastes.
Jennifer Hiller, The San Antonio Express-News
Jennifer Hiller writes about oil for the San Antonio Express-News. She previously worked at the Honolulu Advertiser and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and has received several state and national awards for her work. She's a Houston native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Jennifer has won several Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Awards, including first place for business writing in 2011. She has also received awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the Society of Business Editors and Writers. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters & Editors.
David Hunn - The Houston Chronicle
David Hunn is an energy reporter at the Houston Chronicle. He has written on bankruptcies and debt loads after the 2014 oil price crash, on the boom in the Permian Basin that followed, and at length on the discovery of Houston-based Apache Corp.’s Alpine High oil and gas field in the Permian’s southern Delaware Basin. Hunn previously covered government spending for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, including the $380 million renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds, the five-institution tax payer-funded Zoo-Museum District, and the $1 billion plan to build a new football stadium on the Mississippi River, in hopes of keeping the then-St. Louis Rams in the city. Hunn grew up in California, taught English for two years to seventh-graders in the Long Beach Unified School District, and has also worked for the Bakersfield Californian and Anchorage Daily News.
Clint Layman- Challenger Water Solutions
Liza McKenzie - The University of Colorado Denver
Wylie Rhodes - NewPoint Gas
Inês Santos, PhD - CLEAR, UT Arlington
Inês C. Santos is a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Kevin Schug in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She obtained her PhD degree in Biotechnology with specialization in Chemistry at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Portuguese Catholic University (ESB-UCP) in 2015. She has a MSc and a bachelor degree from ESB-UCP on Microbiology. Her research interest is focused on the development of new gas chromatography – vacuum ultraviolet absorption detection methods and the use of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization – mass spectrometry to study the microbiome in environmental samples and to identify organic-degrading bacteria for bioremediation.
Michael Savoie - Ultra3X Water Recycling, LLC
Kevin Schug, PhD - CLEAR, UT Arlington
Kevin A. Schug is Professor and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He is also Director of the Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR) at UTA. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1998 from The College of William & Mary, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Harold M. McNair. From 2003-2005, he performed post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lindner at the University of Vienna in Austria. He joined UTA in 2005. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and 500 presentations, posters, and invited talks to his group’s credit. He has been the primary mentor and research advisor to more than 20 graduate and 50 undergraduate students.
Paula Stigler Granados, PhD, MSPH - UTHealth, School of Public Health – San Antonio Campus
Paula Stigler Granados is an Assistant Professor in Community Health Practice at the UTHealth School of Public Health, San Antonio Campus. She received her PhD from the University of California San Diego in Global Health. Her interests in environmental health and vulnerable communities has led her to conduct research on water and sanitation along the U.S./Mexico border, focusing on low-income communities. Utilizing a community based participatory research model has strengthened her capacity to work closely with rural populations and better understand the role of culture and social networks in addressing vulnerabilities to resources such as clean water. Her most recent research has been in partnership with UT Arlington looking at health, water perceptions, and analytical determination of contamination of rural community water sources in the Eagle Ford Shale, focused on Frio County, Texas.
Joel Warner - Karve IoT