Meet our Advisory Board 

Mr. Larry Archibald
Non-Executive Director
Woodside Petroleum
Houston, TX
Advisory Board Chair
Alumni & Development Committee

Larry E. Archibald has spent close to 40 years in roles associated with the oil and gas industry. He is currently a non-executive director at Woodside Petroleum, an Australian-based exploration and production (E&P) company. 

From 2008 to late 2015 he was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Exploration and Appraisal for ConocoPhillips. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of exploration leadership and commercial roles for BP and Amoco.

Archibald earned a BS in Geology from Colgate University in 1979, an MS in Geosciences from the University of Arizona in 1982, and an MBA from Regis College in 1986. Larry joined the Geosciences Advisory Board in 2016.

Dr. Lisa Park Boush
University of Connecticut Professor
Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee

Lisa Park Boush received her PhD (1995) and MS (1991), from the University of Arizona in Geosciences; Minor: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the Department of Geosciences. She is currently the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Affairs, College of liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Lisa also is a professor at the University of Connecticut in Professional Development. Her research focuses on questions related to the reconstruction of past climate history and its impact on coastal and large lake ecosystems. The past 19 years she has been working in the Bahamas reconstructing high resolution records of climatological and anthropogenically-driven environmental change for the past 6,000 years. She is also involved in the Lake Tanganyika Drilling Project.

Lisa is a new Advisory Board starting in 2021.

Dr. Stacie Gibbins
Senior Geologist (Petroleum Systems Analysis Team)
Spring, TX 77389 
Alumni & Development Committee Chair

Alumni & Development Committee

Stacie Gibbins received her MS (2001) and PhD (2006) in Geosciences from the University of Arizona. 

She is currently a Senior Geologist at ExxonMobil Corporation on the Petroleum Systems Analysis Team.

Dr. Tekla Harms
Massachusetts Professor in Chemistry and Natural History
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee

Tekla Harms received her MS (82) from Queens University and her PhD (86) from the University of Arizona. She is currently a Massachusetts Professor in Chemistry and Natural History (geology) at Amherst College. Tekla's teaching and research interests include geodynamics and the evolution of mountain belts and the interactions of plate boundaries in creating those belts.

Tekla has served on the Department of Geosciences Advisory Board since 2018.


Mr. Anthony Murer                    Bakersfield, CA

Alumni & Development Committee


Anthony Murer received his BS from SUNY at Plattsburgh in 1974 and an MS in geology from the University of Arizona in 1982. He started working as an Exploration Geologist in 1981 for Mobil Oil Corp in Houston and continued working for Mobil as  Production Geologist in Denver, Colorado, and in Bakersfield, California.  This was followed by stints as field technical coordinator and as a research and special projects coordinator. Tony remained in California upon the merger of Mobil's and Shell's operations there in the combined company, Aera Energy LLC where Tony served in a variety of positions including Geologist, Innovation and Strategic Development Advisor,  and Geological and Engineering Advisor, from which he is recently retired.
Mr. John M. Pekala 
Environmental Remediation Program Manager
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
​​​Phoenix, Arizona
Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee

John Pekala received his BS in Geosciences from the University of Arizona in 1993 and his MS in Geology (Coastal Sedimentology and Stratigraphy) from the University of South Florida in 1996.

John is an Environmental Remediation Program Manager at Motorola Solutions in Phoenix, AZ. He is a registered Professional Geologist in Arizona and California, with more than 25 years of experience in the environmental field. His work has included implementing contaminated site investigation and remediation programs, hydrogeological evaluations, water quality monitoring, and environmental due diligence and compliance reviews. John has developed and directed community involvement programs, and represented responsible parties in Stakeholder and regulatory agency communications. As Program Manager, he provides leadership and strategic direction for the North Indian Bend Wash Superfund Site, along with management of Motorola's Global Environmental Remediation and Due Diligence programs. 

John joined the Department of Geosciences Advisory Board in 2011.

Dr. Kenneth Ridgway
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Purdue University
Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee
Kenneth Ridgway received his PhD in geological sciences from the University of Rochester in 1992, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University.
Dr. Simone Runyon
Assistant Professor
Geology and Geophysics
University of Wyoming
Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee

Simone Runyon received her MS and PhD in Geosciences from the University of Arizona in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

Simone is an economic geologist with expertise in hydrothermal systems. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences with a PhD in 2017. She was later a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Carnegie Geophysical Laboratory between 2017-2018 before becoming an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming in 2017. She is currently working for Freeport McMoRan in Tucson, since 2022.



Dr. Moira Smith
VP of Exploration and Geoscience
Liberty Gold Corp
Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee

Moira Smith received her PhD in Geology from the University of Arizona in 1990 and is a P.Geo. (British Columbia). She has held board or executive positions with numerous industry associations and is past-president of the Society of Economic Geologists and a recent winner of the Colin Spence award from the Association for Mineral Exploration of B.C. Dr. Smith is also a director of Discovery Metals Corp.

Dr. Smith is the VP of Exploration and Geoscience for Liberty Gold Corp, with development properties in Idaho, Utah, and Turkey.

Formerly Chief Geologist, Nevada for Fronteer Gold, Dr. Smith was instrumental in the successful advancement of Long Canyon, now an operating gold mine in Nevada. She developed an understanding of the geology and controls on mineralization at Long Canyon and built the geological model for ongoing exploration and resource growth. Prior to Fronteer Gold, she managed exploration programs for Teck on several high-profile, advanced-stage gold and copper-gold projects (now operating mines) throughout the Americas, including the Pogo gold deposit in Alaska, the Cobre Panama Cu-Mo-Au porphyry deposit in Panama, and the El Limon gold deposit in Mexico.

Dr. Kelly West
Deputy Director
UN Environment Programme Science Division
Nairobi, Kenya
Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee

Kelly West received her MS in Geosciences from the University of Arizona and her PhD in Geology from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and supporting Global Environment Facility and other environmental projects for UN Environment, IUCN, UNDP and the Natural Resources Institute in the UK. Much of her professional work has been linked to the science and management of aquatic systems in East Africa. 

Kelly currently serves as the Deputy Director of the UN Environment Programme Science Division.

Dr. Mark Zoback
Stanford University
Stanford, California
Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee Chair

Research, Collaboration & Outreach Committee

Dr. Mark D. Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus at Stanford University, where he was also the Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity and the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and a Senior Fellow in the Precourt Institute for Energy. Dr. Zoback conducts research on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas and tight oil production as well as CO2 sequestration. Dr. Zoback served on the Secretary of Energy Subcommittee on shale gas development and the National Academy of Engineering Committee that investigated the Deepwater Horizon accident. He is the author of two textbooks and the author/co-author of approximately 400 technical papers. His online course, Reservoir Geomechanics, has been completed by over 12,000 people around the world. Dr. Zoback has received a number of awards and honors including election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011.