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Ian Duncan

Ian Duncan headshotDr Ian Duncan has a Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of British Columbia. He has been a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis and at SMU in Dallas, Texas. He is currently a program director at the Bureau of Economic Geology, at the University of Texas at Austin. His current research focuses on the scientific, environmental and public policy aspects of the energy water nexus, the environmental impact of shale gas production, and the risks associated with carbon capture and storage (CCS). He has a particular interest in CO2-EOR (enhanced oil recovery using CO2) and how it can be used as a cost effective approach to carbon management. Dr. Duncan is currently running a large interdisciplinary study of the risks associated with carbon capture and storage funded by a $2M grant from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. He is also doing research on environmental impacts of CO2 sequestration, natural gas production by fracturing, water for energy production, and biofuel production. He has a particular interest in risk analysis, risk management, decision making under uncertainty, and legal/regulatory issues related to CO2 sequestration, CO2-EOR, and energy production. He has presented congressional testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee June 12th 2008 on: “CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery: A Key Bridge to Large Scale CO2 Sequestration”; House Committee on Energy and Commerce July 24, 2008 on: “Carbon Sequestration: Risks, Opportunities, and Protection of Drinking Water”; and to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce March 10th, 2009 on “Carbon Sequestration Risks, Opportunities, and Learning from the CO2-EOR Industry”.