The Global Scramble for Natural Resources
Vince Matthews became State Geologist and Director of the Colorado Geological Survey in 2004. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Geology from the University of Georgia and a Ph. D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Matthews held tenured positions at two universities and has taught geology at the University of California, University of Northern Colorado, Arizona State University, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
As an executive in the natural resources industry for Amoco, Lear, Union Pacific, and Penn Virginia; Matthews explored for oil & gas in virtually every basin in the U.S., including Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. Part of his experience in the natural resources industry included responsibility for coal, lime, and limestone activities in New Jersey, Virginia, and Tennessee.
After spending twenty years in the natural resources industry, he returned to academia in 1997 and then joined CGS in 2000. He is the author of more than 60 technical articles and abstracts and is the editor of the multiple, award-winning publication, Messages in Stone: Colorado’s Colorful Geology.
Matthews was the representative for the State of Colorado on BLM’s evaluation panel for the oil shale RD&D proposals, played a key role in developing DNR’s recommendation to BLM on the Roan Plateau Management Plan, served as technical advisor on energy and mineral resources for the Colorado Roadless Area Review Task Force, and participated in development of the programmatic EIS for commercial oil shale leasing.