Trisha Curtis

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PetroNerds, LLC was cofounded and is led by Ms. Trisha Curtis, an expert of micro and macro market intelligence and an authority on matters of  geopolitics, production and technological change, particularly as it relates to oil & gas.

Trisha Curtis is the President and CEO of PetroNerds, LLC.  She founded the company in 2015 and began working full time at PetroNerds in January 2016.  She was formerly the Director of Research, Upstream and Midstream, at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC) in Washington, DC.  Since 2010, she has led extensive research efforts and major consulting projects and authored several reports on the North American upstream and midstream markets. 

She was also the Manager for Strategy and Analytics at Anschutz Exploration in Denver, Colorado. 

At PetroNerds, Ms. Curtis leads research and consulting services.  She is a macroeconomist with an expertise in US shale markets.  She is globally recognized for her knowledge of US shale and has been asked to speak and present at several forums including OPEC in Vienna, Austria, in Bahrain, and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Stanford University, Chatham House, Oxford University, Denver University, and Colorado School of Mines.  She is also the host of The PetroNerds Podcast. 

Trisha evaluates US upstream markets on a wells-up basis with critical analysis of individual operators, assets, reservoirs, and plays.  She provides clients with in-depth analysis of the US shale industry and the global oil market and synthesizes this into relevant, actionable, and forecastable information integral to her clients and their respective businesses.  She is currently working with several clients to navigate a lower oil price environment. 

Ms. Curtis has traveled to the Middle East and participated as a keynote speaker at an SPE Unconventional Workshop in addition to an investor panel with the Oil Minister of Bahrain.

In November 2017 Ms. Curtis released her report “Completion Design Changes and the Impact on US Shale Well Productivity.”  In November 2016 Ms. Curtis released a report with Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) on US well productivity gains over the course of the downturn.  This followed an extensive report she completed in November 2015 on the state of U.S. shale oil in a low oil price environment. 

She spearheaded EPRINC’s projects with Department of Energy for the Quadrennial Energy Review, evaluating future North American crude oil production volumes and midstream transportation options through 2030.  Her work for Department of Defense has focused extensively on China, international economics, and US Shale.

Ms. Curtis is a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), a recognized independent center of Oxford University, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC).  She is on the advisory board for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s new Institute for Science and Policy.  She is also a Fellow at Colorado School of Mine’s Payne Institute. 

Ms. Curtis completed her undergraduate work at Regis University in Denver, Colorado where she double majored in Economics and Politics, minored in Criminology, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has a Master of Science (MSc) degree from the London School of Economics in International Political Economy and wrote her MSc Dissertation on Chinese National Oil Companies.  As an undergraduate, she also worked as a staff assistant in UK Parliament for John Grogan, Selby Constituency. Raised in northwest Colorado and southwest Wyoming, she grew up around pump jacks and has worked on oil and gas sites in Colorado and Wyoming with her father.  Ms. Curtis is third generation oil and gas.

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