Rick is a petroleum geologist and the Associate Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey. He was the lead geologist for the DOE Class 1 Fluvial-Deltaic project (FDD) and principal or contributing author of most OGS play-based studies. He also led many field trips in the study of conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
Rick’s expertise includes well log interpretation, formation evaluation, subsurface mapping, and recognition of depositional environments of rock formations both at the surface and in the subsurface. Later in his tenure with the OGS, he co-taught Subsurface Methods (Geology 4233) in a collaborating teaching assignment with the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.
Rick started his professional career in 1976 with Union Oil Company of California after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a MS in geology. His first assignment included mineral exploration in the western states for coal and uranium. In 1981, he transferred to petroleum (Unocal) and pursued exploration throughout many basins in Wyoming.
In 1989 he relocated to Oklahoma and helped develop oil and gas fields in Oklahoma. With the downturn in the energy industry during the early 90’s, Rick left Unocal to begin his career with Geo-Information Systems and worked simultaneous with the OGS on the FDD project. This assignment lead to his appointment with the OGS in 1997.