Murray Hitzman, Ph.D.

As Associate Director for Energy and Minerals, he oversees the research and assessments conducted on the location, quantity, and quality of mineral and energy resources, including the economic and environmental effects of resource extraction and use.


Career History and Highlights

Murray comes to the USGS after a 20-year career with the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, bringing with him a breadth of skills and experience. He most recently served as the Charles F. Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. In this role, he built one of the largest academic economic geology teaching and research programs in the United States. He also served as head of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines for five and a half years. Prior to this, he was an American Association for the Advancement of Science/Sloan Foundation Fellow in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Among many other honors, Murray was presented the Haddon Forrester King Medal by the Australian Academy of Science earlier this year; in 2015, he received the Daniel C. Jackling Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. and the Des Pretorius Award from the Geological Society of South Africa.


Murray holds a two bachelor degrees from Dartmouth College. One in anthropology and the other in geology. He received his master’s in geology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University.