Dr. Nicholas W. Hayman became the Director of OGS in July 2020. He has a background in science management courtesy of his time at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director for the Marine Geology and Geophysics Program of the Ocean Sciences Division (2018-2020). During that time, and since 2007, Dr. Hayman was a Research Associate (and then Research Scientist) at the University of Texas, Austin, Institute for Geophysics 2007-2020. There he participated and led many research projects, and supervised numerous students and postdocs, with support from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, and energy industry sponsors. Prior to UT, Dr. Hayman was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Duke University, Earth and Ocean Sciences 2003-2007. His primary research focus has been the many ways that deformation impacts the crust and upper mantle of the earth, from scales as small as nano-pores, to as large as active plate boundaries.
His focus with the OGS is currently to harness the abundant subsurface data in Oklahoma, as well as the eager drive of the people of Oklahoma, to work towards major innovations in society’s access to energy in a resilient and sustainable natural environment.