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Ed Ratchford Ed Ratchford
R.P. Geologist  License # 1862
(501) 683-0118
ed.ratchford@arkansas.gov
Education

University of Idaho
Doctorate in Geology completed in 1994
Dissertation: Structural Analysis of the Milligen-Wood River Allochthon, Blaine and Custer Counties, Idaho

University of Idaho
Masters of Science in Geology completed in 1989
Thesis: Geology of the Boulder Basin, Blaine and Custer Counties, Idaho

Western Carolina University completed in 1982
Bachelors of Science in Geology

Activities at Arkansas Geological Survey
Geological assessment and analysis of all fossil fuel related resources within the state. Determine specific structural and stratigraphic controls associated with conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources, coalbed natural gas, and coal. Model and characterize fossil fuel resources and provide this information to state and federal agencies, private industry, and citizens. Conduct fossil fuel research on topics that stimulate industry to search and develop additional fossil fuel resources within Arkansas. Present geotechnical data and geologic information to a variety of audiences including the oil and gas industry, the coal industry, state legislators and regulators, and the general public. Provide geologic supervision and oversight to other geologists that are on staff at the Arkansas Geological Survey.
Adjunct Professor
6/2007 to present
University of Arkansas, Department of Earth Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Conduct geological research on fossil fuel related topics with students and faculty within the Department of Earth Sciences.
Overview of Previous Work Experience

Oil and Gas exploration ventures - Western U.S.

U.S. Geological Survey - Regional field mapping and detailed structural analysis of allochthonous Paleozoic rocks, Central Idaho Fold and Thrust Belt

Mineral Exploration - Reconnaissance mineral exploration for base and precious metal commodities, Canada and Western U.S.

Mine Development - Underground, open-pit, and mine exploration projects Western and Northwestern U.S.


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