Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Speaker Bio:

kolbBiography: Jeffrey Daniels is a geophysicist and Professor in the School of Earth Sciences (SES) at The Ohio State University, Co-director of the Subsurface Energy Resource Center, and Co-director of the Subsurface Energy Materials Research Laboratory within SES. After receiving his PhD from Colorado School of Mines, he worked for a brief time for Chevron Oil Company in Denver, and subsequently worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) developing borehole geophysical methods for resource assessment, and later working on issues related to subsurface evaluation of sites for nuclear waste isolation. He joined the faculty at OSU in 1985 where his research has included the development of subsurface geophysical evaluation tools for hazardous waste, primarily through the EPA Superfund Program, and the development and application of geophysical techniques for interpreting subsurface geology. His current research focus includes studies of the physical properties of sedimentary rocks, focusing on Ohio’s subsurface with primary application to carbon sequestration and shale gas. He was the Founding President of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS), recently ended eight years of service on the Science Advisory Board for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP, the environmental science and development program for the Department of Defense), and helped form and establish the Institute for Energy and Environment (IEE) at OSU and the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO). He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on geophysics, geophysical exploration, resource development, and a freshman course investigating the energy-environment nexus, and is actively engaged in energy resource-related discussions and activities at OSU.


 Jeffrey J. Daniels

Biographical Brief

School of Earth Sciences
The Ohio State University                                   Phone: 614-292-6704
125 South Oval Mall                                           FAX: 614-292-7688          
Columbus, OH 43210-1398                                E-mail:

Professional Preparation:

1974, Ph.D., Geophysics (Geophysical Engineering), The Colorado School of Mines
1970, M.Sc., Michigan State University
1969, B.Sc., Michigan State University

Ohio State University Appointments: 9/1/2012-present, co-director, Subsurface Energy Resource Center; 1985-present, Professor, School of Earth Sciences (formerly Department of Geological Sciences); 9/2003-8/2007, Associate Dean, College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Other Professional Work Experience: 1974, Geophysicist, Chevron, Denver, CO; 1974–1985, Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO

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