Mark Myers

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Mark D. Myers
Myers Mark geologist 2006.jpg
Myers as Director of USGS, 2006
Commissioner of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Assumed office
September 24, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources
In office
December 4, 2014 – March 1, 2016
GovernorBill Walker
Preceded byJoseph Balash
Succeeded byAndy Mack
14th Director of the United States Geological Survey
In office
September 26, 2006 (September 26, 2006) – January 8, 2009 (January 8, 2009)
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byCharles G. Groat
Succeeded byMarcia McNutt
Personal details
Bornc. 1955 (age 67–68)
Residence(s)Alaska, United States
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Scientific career
ThesisEvolution of late Cretaceous-early Tertiary depositional sequences in the Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin, Canada (1994)
Doctoral advisorR. Keith Crowder

Mark D. Myers is an American geologist who currently serves as a commissioner for the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. He also served as the fourteenth Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 3, 2006, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in September 26, 2006.[1] Dr. Myers replaced prior director Charles G. Groat, who had resigned effective June 17, 2005.

Anticipating the inauguration of Barack Obama as U.S. president, Myers resigned as USGS director on January 8, 2009, "as is customary during a change in Administrations."[2] On January 21, 2009, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appointed Myers as coordinator for the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, responsible to lead efforts to expedite state review and permitting for a proposed natural gas pipeline intended to transport natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to markets in the contiguous 48 states of the U.S.[3][4]

Education and career[edit]

Myers grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin[5] where he graduated from high school. He earned degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving his B.S. in 1977 and his M.S. in 1981.[6][7] He served as a pilot and intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1977 until 2003, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.[8][5]

After receiving his M.S., Myers worked for ARCO in Louisiana where he met his wife, Alice.[5] After two years in Louisiana he was transferred to Alaska. In 1987, he entered the Ph.D. program in geology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 1990, he joined the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas as a Petroleum Geologist, where he worked for eight years. In 1994, he completed his dissertation and received his Ph.D. in geology, specializing in sedimentology, clastic depositional environments, surface and subsurface sequence analysis, and sandstone petrography. He then served as Senior Staff Geologist for Exploration at ARCO Alaska Inc. and Phillips Alaska Inc. In 2000 Myers was chosen as Alaska State Geologist and Director of Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas, which included the Alaska Geological and Geophysical Survey.[6][9]

Myers was one of six officials in the Alaska Department of Natural Resources who resigned on October 27, 2005, in response to Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski's dismissal of the department's commissioner and the position the state has taken in negotiations with oil companies regarding a $20 billion natural gas pipeline to the North Slope.[10][11][12][13]

On September 3, 2010, Chancellor Rogers of the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced that Myers had accepted the position of UAF Vice Chancellor for research, slated to begin on January 24, 2011.[14]

Myers is a past president and board member of the Alaska Geological Society; a certified professional geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists; a certified petroleum geologist with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists; and a licensed geologist with the State of Alaska.[8]

In 2014, Myers was appointed by Bill Walker to be the Alaskan DNR Commissioner.[15] He stepped down from the position on March 1, 2016.

In 2021, President Joe Biden appointed him to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.[16]


  • "USGS Goals for the Coming Decade by Myers, M.D. et al. Science, 12 October 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5848, pp. 200-201. 2007
  • "Core lithofacies analysis and fluvio-tidal environments in the AK 94 CBM-1 well, near Wasilla, Alaska" by Flores, Romeo M; Myers, Mark D; Stricker, Gary D; Houle, Julie A. US Geological Survey Professional Paper No. 1614. pp. 57–72, 1999
  • "Depositional processes and reservoir continuity within coarse grained basinal lowstand deposits of the middle Brookian sequence; an outcrop study" by Myers, M D. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, vol.27, no.5, pp. 67, May 1995
  • "Paleogeographic and sequence stratigraphic reconstruction of the Cretaceous Nanushuk Group, central North Slope, Alaska; Slope Mountain outcrop to the Lupine #1 Well" by Myers, M D; Smith, T N; Krouskop, D L; Ryherd, Timothy J. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, vol.27, no.5, pp. 67, May 1995
  • "Evolution of Late Cretaceous-early Tertiary depositional sequences in the Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin, Canada" by Mark D. Myers. Dissertation - University of Alaska at Fairbanks. 255 pages. 1994.
  • " Facies variations in the Fish River sequence" by Myers, Mark D. Annual Meeting Expanded Abstracts - American Association of Petroleum Geologists 1992, pp. 95
  • "Secondary porosity in immature Late Cretaceous and Tertiary sandstones, Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada" by Mark D. Myers and T.N. Smith, AAPG Bulletin, vol.74, no.5, pp. 727–728, May 1990
  • "Sedimentology of Upper Cretaceous-Paleocene strata of the Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin, Canada" by Myers, Mark D; Crowder, R Keith; McGowen, Joe H. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, vol.21, no.5, pp. 121, Mar 1989


  1. ^ "Mark Myers Confirmed as Director of U.S. Geological Survey" Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine GEA Update. October 18, 2006, p.7.
  2. ^ Myers, Mark D. (2009-01-08). "A fond farewell" (letter to USGS employees). Reproduced at Arizona Geology: blog of the State Geologist of Arizona.
  3. ^ "Myers has another state job". Anchorage Daily News. 2009-01-23. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17.
  4. ^ "Mark Myers Appointment: Coordinator for Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA)". Alaska Department Natural Resources. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  5. ^ a b c "New Director - New Direction?" Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine. GEO ExPro profile. December 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2007: Mark D. Myers" (PDF). Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  7. ^ Myers, Mark D. (1994). Evolution of late Cretaceous-early Tertiary depositional sequences in the Beaufort-Mackenzie Basin, Canada (Ph.D.). University of Alaska Fairbanks. OCLC 35872302 – via ProQuest.
  8. ^ a b "Mark Myers bio" Archived 2009-05-09 at the Wayback Machine. U.S. Geological Survey.
  9. ^ "Mark D. Myers: Politics, pipelines and permafrost". Geotimes. American Geological Institute. November 2006.
  10. ^ "Mark Myers raises concerns on gas line". The Associated Press. 2005-11-06.
  11. ^ "Bush Plans to Nominate Mark Myers as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey". National Council for Science and the Environment. 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-09-19.
  12. ^ Marris, Emma (2006). "Who is Mark Myers?". Nature. 441 (7091): 266. Bibcode:2006Natur.441..266M. doi:10.1038/441266a. PMID 16710384. S2CID 28514476.
  13. ^ Staff (2006-05-19) "Inside Government" Science 312(5776)
  14. ^ "Rogers names Myers new research vice chancellor". University of Alaska Fairbanks. 2010-09-03. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-09-03.
  15. ^ "Alaska Gov.-elect Walker announces first Cabinet picks - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska News". Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  16. ^ "President Biden Appoints Commissioners of U.S. Arctic Research Commission". The White House. 2021-09-24. Retrieved 2021-09-24.

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