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NGI Leadership and Staff

Stanford Main QuadThe Natural Gas Initiative draws its expertise and leadership from across the Stanford campus. Any Stanford researcher with interests in natural gas and related fields may affiliate with NGI. The initiative leaders and staff and the research focus area leaders coordinate with each other, the Stanford community, and external stakeholders to develop and direct the NGI program and research portfolio.

Mark Zoback
zoback@stanford.edu
Director of the Natural Gas Initiative, Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University
An acclaimed expert on reservoir geomechanics, Professor Zoback is the author/co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and has advised industry and government leaders worldwide on shale gas development and environmental protection. He co-directs SCITS Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity (SCITS) and the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS).
Wolak
wolak@zia.stanford.edu
Co-Director of the Natural Gas Initiative, Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics at Stanford University
Wolak's fields of specialization are Industrial Organization and Econometric Theory. His recent work studies methods for introducing competition into infrastructure industries — telecommunications, electricity, water delivery and postal delivery services — and on assessing the impacts of these competition policies on consumer and producer welfare. He currently directs the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) in the Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies.
Naomi Boness
naomi.boness@stanford.edu
Managing Director, Natural Gas Initiative
Managing Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative, is an experienced practitioner in the energy sector with expertise in reservoir geophysics, investment analysis and strategic planning. Prior to joining Stanford in 2019, Dr. Boness has held a variety of technical and management positions at Chevron. She is an invited member of the United Nations Expert Group on Resource Classification and a past Chair of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Oil and Gas Reserves Committee. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals; she presents regularly at professional conferences, and she is the author of several online geophysics and investment courses. Dr. Boness holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, a M.Sc. from Indiana University and a B.Sc. from the University of Leeds.
Tisha Schuller

Tisha Schuller

Strategic Advisor
Tisha Schuller, who earned a bachelor's degree in Earth systems from Stanford, is Strategic Advisor to the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative. Schuller was president of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association when that state's energy companies and the Environmental Defense Fund worked with state regulators to enact the first rules in the United States to reduce methane emissions and volatile gases.
Denise Baughman

Denise Baughman

deniseb@stanford.edu
Geophysics Program Manager of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative
With an extensive background in program management, Denise joined the Geophysics department in August 2019. Prior to joining the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, since 2008, Denise was a Senior Project Manager with the School of Medicine, Stanford Cancer Institute.