Benjamin Johnson

Ben Johnson is an Assessment Geologist for the USGS Central Energy Resources Science Center in Lakewood, CO. He is a contributor to the National and Global Assessment of Petroleum Resources Project (NAGA).


Ben’s research focuses on mapping the spatial relationships between subsurface elements (e.g., basin structures, sequence stratigraphic packages, fluid pathways) and production trends to evaluate petroleum resources at a regional scale. Currently, he is tasked with evaluating undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico.



Ph.D. Geology, West Virginia University, 2019

M.S. Geology, Michigan State University, 2013

B.S. Geology, Michigan State University, 2010


Profession Experience

2021-Present: Assessment Geologist USGS Central Energy Resources Science Center

2017-2020: Geologist, Chevron North America Exploration and Production

2017: Shipboard Sedimentologist, International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), Expedition 367 to the South China Sea

2012-2016: Instructor of Record, West Virginia University, Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering