Geothermal Laboratory Coordinator
Maria Richards is a Staff Researcher and Coordinator of the SMU Geothermal Laboratory. She works directly with Dr. David Blackwell, Cathy Chickering, and the Graduate and Undergraduate students in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Maria oversees contracts and grants from agencies such as the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program, Texas State Energy and Conservation Office, Google.org, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and private companies. Her research includes the resource assessment for the MIT Report on the Future of Geothermal Energy, the Geothermal Map of North America, Temperature-at-Depth Maps on Google.org/EGS, eastern Texas geothermal resources and the use of oil and gas wells for geothermal development. Maria continues her geothermal outreach efforts through the SMU Geothermal Laboratory conferences on Geothermal Energy Utilization Associated with Oil and Gas Development, participation at renewable energy event booths, presentations at various conferences, and one-on-one meetings with industry personnel.
Maria holds a Master of Science in Physical Geography, Watershed Management from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography from Michigan State University.
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