Dr. Tinker is the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and the director of the Advanced Energy Consortium. He is also the acting associate dean for research and holds the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in geology and business administration from Trinity University. He received his M.S. in geology from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Colorado. Prior to coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 2000, Dr. Tinker worked in the oil and gas industry for 17 years in research, exploration, and development.
Dr. Tinker’s passion is education. Toward this end, he is actively engaged in building bridges between academia, industry, and government. Tinker weaves energy, the environment, and the economy into his talks, in which he envisions a very challenging, but positive, global future. In visiting more than 45 countries and numerous cities in the United States, he has given more than 400 invited and keynote lectures. His latest educational project is a major documentary film on global energy.
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After reaching the highest possible levels of oil production, known as peak oil, experts say a combination of geological, technological and economic factors will cause the production rate to slow. According to some experts, technological innovations mean peak oil won’t become a reality anytime soon. But other experts say we are already past the peak — and the issue of slowing oil production is a problem we can’t innovate our way out of.
Professor Scott Tinker warns that with energy demand poised to spike in developing nations like India and China, it's necessary to consider energy options on the criteria of being available, affordable, reliable, and green.