About

The Jackson School of Geosciences

Leadership


Dr. Sharon Mosher

Dr. Sharon Mosher

Dean, Jackson School of Geosciences

Dr. Sharon Mosher is dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin effective July 1, 2009. From 2007 to 2009, she served as chair of the Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School. A faculty member at the university since 1978, she holds the William Stamps Farish Chair.

Dr. Christopher Bell

Dr. Christopher Bell

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Dr. Christopher Bell is responsible for academic affairs for the Jackson School, including the undergraduate program, student affairs, and admissions. His research centers on understanding the complex dynamics of vertebrate faunal communities during the Quaternary Period.

Dr. Scott W. Tinker

Dr. Scott W. Tinker

Director, Bureau of Economic Geology

Dr. Scott W. Tinker is Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium and a Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Scott spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry prior to coming to UT in 2000.

Dr. Charles Kerans

Dr. Charles Kerans

Department Chair, Department of Geological Sciences

Dr. Charles Kerans is responsible for academic affairs for the Jackson School, including the undergraduate program, student affairs, and admissions. As a researcher, Kerans is interested in carbonate geology that covers aspects of carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy. Applied aspects of carbonate reservoir characterization, outcrop analog studies, and new approaches to 3D modeling are of particular interest.

Demain Saffer

Demain Saffer

Director, Institute for Geophysics

Dr. Demian Saffer was appointed director in of the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences Jan. 1, 2020.   Prior, he was a professor and head of the Department of Geosciences at Penn State University. Saffer’s research centers on the role of fluids in tectonic processes and what this can tell us about earthquakes and tsunamis.

 

Dr. David Mohrig

Dr. David Mohrig

Associate Dean, Research

Dr. David Mohrig has been a part of the faculty of the Jackson School of Geosciences since 2006 and holds the John E. “Brick” Elliott Centennial Professor in Geological Science. As the Associate Dean of Research he is responsible for fostering an active research culture and promoting the formulation and implementation of major collaborative research initiatives and multi- and interdisciplinary research.