2015 Alabama Mineral Institute

Reserve your seat for the Alabama Mineral Institute today. The University of Alabama will be hosting this must-attend event for anybody interested in mining, water, geology, health, and environmental issues on September 1-2, 2015 at the Bryant Conference Center, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Alabama Mineral Institute

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Are you involved in mine construction and development? Are you interested in health and environmental issues like water policy and mining regulations in Alabama? Do you have a career or interest in geology or coalbed methane?

If so, make plans to attend the next Alabama Mineral Institute. This year, it was held at the Bryant Conference Center on September 1-2. The Bryant Conference Center is on The University of Alabama main campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In addition to presenting interesting and up-to-date sessions in the previously mentioned topics, the Alabama Mineral Institute is particularly valuable for professional engineers and geologists; it will get you 15 PDH credits!

Here’s what some of our attendees from last year’s institute had to say when we asked them to tell us what they considered to be most valuable aspect of the Alabama Mineral Institute:

  • “Current information on industry changes and requirements.”
  • “Programs dealing with geology and groundwater.”
  • “Enjoy attending each year for networking, information exchange, and for my PDH requirement.”
  • “Safety related subjects – a high point!”
  • “The Dr. John Christy presentation on the environment and CO2.”


Here’s a look at this past year’s AMI speakers:


Speaker Picture Speaker Bio

Nick Tew, Speaker at the Alabama Mineral Institute 2015

Dr. Nick Tew

Alabama State Geologist and Oil and Gas Supervisor, Geological Survey of Alabama

Nick Tew is Alabama’s State Geologist and Oil and Gas Supervisor. In these capacities, he directs the Geological Survey of Alabama and the staff of the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama. Nick holds Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees in Geology and has been with GSA and OGB for almost 29 years.

Dr. Tew has extensive knowledge of Alabama’s surface and subsurface geology and the state’s rich endowment of geologically related natural resources and has published extensively on the geology of the state and region.

Nick is currently President-Elect of the American Geosciences Institute, the federation of geoscientific and professional associations representing more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists around the globe. He has previously served as President of the Association of American State Geologists, Vice-Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and Chairman of the U.S. Department of the Interior Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee.

John Christy, Speaker at the Alabama Mineral Institute 2015

 Dr. John Christy

Alabama State Climatologist, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr. John R. Christy is the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he began studying global climate issues in 1987. Since November 2000 he has been Alabama's State Climatologist. In 1989 Dr. Roy W. Spencer (then a NASA/Marshall scientist and now a Principle Research Scientist at UAH) and Christy developed a global temperature data set from microwave data observed from satellites beginning in 1979. For this achievement, the Spencer-Christy team was awarded NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1991. In January 2002 Christy was inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Christy has served as a Contributor (1992, 1994, 1996 and 2007) and Lead Author (2001) for the U.N. reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in which the satellite temperatures were included as a high-quality data set for studying global climate change. Dr. Christy has provided testimony to several congressional committees. 


Presentations from the 2015 Institute:
That Stubborn Climate - Dr. John Christy
Mine Safety and Rescue - Ed Calloway
Southern Company Current Outlook - Chad Hewitt
Energy Efficiency and Power Monitoring - Johnny Grissom
Water Policy and Management in Alabama - Dr. Berry 'Nick' Tew, Jr.
Alabama's Future without Sustainable Water Resources? Not on Our Watch - Marlon Cook
Status of Oil and Gas Development in Alabama and Economics Benefits - Dr. Berry 'Nick" Tew, Jr.
The War on Coal - Milton McCarthy
This is Not Your Father's Dihydrogen Monoxide - Dennis Lathem