Dr. Jeffrey R. Levine is a consultant geologist, based in Richardson, Texas, specializing in exploration and geological evaluation of coalbed methane (CBM) and shale hydrocarbon reservoirs.
He holds degrees in geology from the University of Michigan (B.S., 1974) and Penn State University (MS, 1981, PhD, 1983).
He first became involved in CBM reservoirs in 1974 at the United States Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh, which was conducting pioneering R&D work on coalbed gas as a mining hazard and energy resource. While at the Bureau, he participated in development of the “Bureau of Mines Method” canister desorption test, for estimating the in situ gas content of coal.
His graduate studies at Penn State focused on coal geology, structural geology, and tectonics. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University in Montréal, Dr. Levine returned to R&D work on CBM at the University of Alabama.
In the years that followed, he has worked in industry, both as an employee and consultant. Over the course of his career, he has worked in many of the important coal and shale basins in North America, as well as overseas, in the UK, Poland, China, India, Australia, and Colombia. Dr. Levine has also taught short courses that have included much of the information and concepts presented in the present class, for: Arco, Canadian Institute, Conoco, Devon Energy, Ecopetrol, El Paso, Institut Français du Pétrole, Shell, University of Alabama, among others.