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Scott Tinker

Scott Tinker

Director , Bureau of Economic Geology

  • B.S. Geology and Business Administration, Trinity University
  • M.S. Geological Sciences, University of Michigan
  • PhD Geological Sciences, University of Colorado

Dr. Tinker currently serves as Acting Associate Dean for Research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role he works with the Dean and University administration to manage issues related to research in the Jackson School. Scott serves on the Jackson School’s Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Council. He also serves on UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering’s Strategic Planning Committee, and he serves as ex-officio member of UT’s Energy Institute’s Advisory Council. In 2002-2003, Dr. Tinker was selected as a member of The University President’s Committee of the Commission of 125, which resulted in strategic guidance for the university for the coming 25 years.

Scott believes strongly in service and is a member of 12 professional societies and serves on countless committees. Since 1982, Dr. Tinker has been an active member and leader in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), which has a membership roster of 35,000 professionals globally. He was elected President of AAPG in 2009-2010 and had the honor to serve as Distinguished Lecturer in 1997 and Distinguished Ethics Lecturer in 2003. Also since 1982, Dr. Tinker has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer from 2002 through 2003.

Since becoming the State Geologist of Texas in 2000, Dr. Tinker has been a member of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), serving as its president in 2007-2008. The AASG comprises the chief executives of geological societies from each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico. Scott is a member of the Austin Geological Society and served as president in 2002. He is currently President-Elect of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies.

The University of Texas at Austin | Cockrell School of Engineering

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