The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Berry H. “Nick” Tew, Jr., the State Geologist of Alabama, with the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, its highest award. He is recognized for his roles, abilities and successes in bringing academia, government, industry and the public together to address major societal challenges in the geosciences.
Dr. Tew has served as State Geologist and Oil and Gas Supervisor of Alabama for 14 years and, in these capacities, he directs the Geological Survey of Alabama and the State Oil and Gas Board. He also holds an appointment as a Research Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Alabama, where he directs the Center for Sedimentary Basin Studies. He is a fellow at the Geological Society of America, a member of the National Petroleum Council; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Unconventional Hydrocarbon Roundtable; and the Executive Board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, and a Commissioner of the North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature.
He has been deeply involved with the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Groundwater Protection Council and is a leader in the dialog surrounding the development of unconventional hydrocarbon resources, serving on the Board of the State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange.