Hilary Clement Olson, Project Director 

Associate Professor of Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Stanford University

Hilary Olson is the director of the Energy Excursions project at The University of Texas at Austin. Her education, training, and outreach programs address the areas of unconventional resources and carbon storage, with audiences ranging from state and federal regulators to the public. Her K-12 teacher professional development activities are focused on energy and earth science education, and have received support from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. 

Hilary's technical research integrates biostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental data with core, well-log, and seismic data to examine the Earth’s stratigraphic record, including studies in the offshore and onshore Gulf of Mexico, Faeroe Basin, California, and New Jersey Margin. Before joining the University of Texas at Austin Dr. Olson worked as a research geologist for Mobil Research and Development Corporation. She has served as President of the North American Micropaleontology Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology and as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Ocean Drilling Program. She was awarded the Public Service Award by the Dallas Geological Society and the Public Service Award by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Course Designer:

  • Energize the Future
  • Energy is a Hot Topic
  • How Much Water Does it Take?
  • In Pursuit of the Safe Well
  • Put it Back

Course Instructor (in-person workshops):

  • Put it Back