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James Hnat

Jim Hnat is currently a Team Lead and Staff Geologist in Shell’s Permian Asset, where he leads a group of geologists and engineers focused on appraising and developing opportunities in the Delaware Basin of West Texas.  During his time in Shell, Jim has worked exclusively onshore U.S., having worked as an exploration geologist in Shell’s Appalachia Asset in Pittsburgh, where he appraised unconventional opportunities in the Ordovician and Devonian rocks of the Appalachian Basin, and as a development geologist, where he evaluated prospects of Oligocene sands in the conventional gas fields of South Texas.  Jim has also led a number of fieldtrips, taught internal classes, and has contributed to multiple internal and external publications in his time at Shell.  Jim holds a Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Michigan (2009) and a B.S. in geology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania (2003).  Jim resides in Fulshear, TX with his wife Amanda.