Shale Task Force Members

The TAMEST Shale Task Force is a cross-disciplinary project, bringing together a diverse set of experts to achieve a balanced, informed consensus on the impacts of shale oil and natural gas development.

Christine Economides

Christine Ehlig-Economides, NAE (Chair)

University of Houston

This is the first effort of its kind in Texas, with the best experts from academia, environmental organizations, the oil and gas industry and state agencies working together to reach a scientific consensus on what we do and don’t know about the impacts of shale oil and gas development.

– Christine Ehlig-Economides, Task Force Chair


Brian Stump

Brian Stump (Lead)

Southern Methodist University

Kris Nygaard

Kris J. Nygaard

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Craig Pearson

Craig Pearson

Railroad Commission of Texas

Land Resources

Melinda Taylor

Melinda Taylor (Lead)

The University of Texas School of Law

Joseph Fitzsimons

Joseph Fitzsimons

Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett & Burton, PLLC

Tracy Hester

Tracy Hester

University of Houston Law Center


David Allen

David Allen, NAE (Lead)

The University of Texas at Austin

Ramon Alvarez

Ramón Alvarez

Environmental Defense Fund

Matt Harrison

Matthew Harrison

AECOM: Americas – Upstream Oil & Gas


Danny D. Reible

Danny Reible, NAE (Lead)

Texas Tech University

Denny Bullard

Denny Bullard

Texas Tech University

Michael Young

Michael Young

The University of Texas at Austin


John Barton

John Barton (Lead)

Texas A&M University System

Cesar Quiroga

Cesar Quiroga

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Economic and Social Impacts

Gene Theodori

Gene Theodori (Lead)

Sam Houston State University

Omar Garcia

Omar Garcia

South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable

Urs Kreuter

Urs Kreuter

Texas A&M University


Amelie G. Ramirez

Amelie G. Ramirez, NAM

UT Health San Antonio

Board Liaisons

Kenneth E. Arnold

Kenneth E. Arnold, NAE

K Arnold Consulting, Inc.

David W. Russell

David W. Russell, NAS

UT Southwestern Medical Center


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