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NGI Leadership and Staff

Stanford campus

The 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, Director of the Natural Gas Initiative is the Benjamin M. Page Professor in the Department of Geophysics in Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. An acclaimed expert on reservoir geomechanics, 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.

Sally Benson, Co-Director of the Natural Gas Initiative, is the co-director of Stanford's Precourt Institute. A Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; she studies technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions including geologic storage of CO2 in deep underground formations and energy systems analysis for a low-carbon future. She also directs Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project.

Naomi Boness, Managing Director
Naomi Boness is the Managing Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative. Naomi is an experienced practitioner in the energy sector, most recently as a senior strategy analyst at Chevron with a focus on North America shale gas. With expertise in reservoir geophysics, investment analysis and strategic planning, 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, 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.