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Ricardo A. Olea, Ph.D.

Ricardo Olea is a Research Mathematical Statistician with the USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals (GEM) Science Center in Reston, VA.

Ricardo has extensive experience in quantitative modeling in the earth sciences and public health, primarily in the areas of petroleum geology and engineering, coal resource assessment, geostatistics, classical statistics, compositional data modeling, economic evaluation, well log analysis, marine geology, medical geography, geophysics, and geohydrology.

Professional Experience

  • 2006 to Present: U.S. Geological Survey. Statistical Support: Coal Resource Assessment Methodology Implementation; Mathematical Model Enhancement; Exploitation of subsurface geologic resources in the land loss in coastal Louisiana; Advance the application of statistics to the earth sciences world-wide; and Reducing the risk of explosions at underground coal mines

  • Department of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University

  • Marine Geology Section, Baltic Research Institute, University of Rostock, Warnemünde, Germany

  • Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  • Research Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, Kansas

  • Exploration Seismologist, Geostatistician, Log Analyst, Economic Analyst, and Reservoir Engineer, National Oil Company of Chile (ENAP)

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas

  • Mining Engineer Degree, University of Chile

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Compositional Data Association, Member

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, Member

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Member

  • International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, Member

  • Sigma Xi and serves as an Associate Editor of the Springer journal Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment

  • International Association for Mathematical Geology (IAMG), Secretary General (1992–96) and President (1996–2000)

Honors and Awards

  • IAMG Krumbein Medal - Science and Professional Contributions, 2004

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government