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Nicole Wagoner

Ph.D. in Geology She/her/hers


Nicole (Hart) Wagoner holds a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience/Geological Sciences with a concentration in geophysics from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. She has several years of multidisciplinary technical experience in geologic research and applied geology in the energy industry from working at Devon Energy, ConocoPhillips, and Premier Oilfield Group. She has worked on projects in the western Pyrenees, Permian Basin, Denver-Julesburg Basin, Eagle Ford, STACK/SCOOP, Powder River Basin, Bakken, Marcellus, Gulf of Mexico, and Kuwait. Nicole is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at UNR at the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy under the guidance of Dr. Bridget Ayling and working on the INnovative Geothermal Exploration through Novel Investigations Of Undiscovered Systems (INGENIOUS) DOE project. She has also served as a Co-Chair of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Women’s Network (2020-2022).

Research interests

  • Geothermal energy
  • Subsurface characterization
  • Tectonostratigraphy
  • Rift basins
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochronology/Thermochronology
  • Structural geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Basin analysis.


  • B.S. Environmental Geoscience/Geological Sciences with a concentration in Geophysics, Michigan State University, 2012
  • M.S. Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2015