James Hall, who holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, spent years studying both microbial life deep underground and environments that could support life on Mars and beyond. He then decided that the most impactful place to study the interplay between life and the environment was here on Earth itself, through work that supports the need for energy while protecting the planet.
An ExxonMobil Environmental and Regulatory Manager for the Permian Basin, a key focus of James’s work is on how to reduce methane emissions. Prior to this, James studied ultra deep-underground microbial life and supported Martian landing probe research for NASA.
For the last quarter of a century, his focus has been on humanity itself, examining our impact on planet Earth. It’s a journey that’s taken him from the deepest depths of the gold mines of South Africa, to the ice of the Arctic to the Permafrost of the Russian steppes.
Today his work is focused near Texas-New Mexico border, where he evaluates technologies for the mitigation of methane. Through ground sensors, aerial imagery, and satellite detection, his objective is nothing less than an industry-defining overhaul of methane detection and abatement.
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