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Paul Morgan

Senior Geothermal Geologist
Mineral Resources
1801 19th Street
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-2648

Specialties: Geothermal Energy, Earthquakes

Morgan, P., 2016, Defining The Geologic and Tectonic Colorado Plateau in Space and Time by Extension:  Geological Society of America annual meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Vol., 48, No. 7, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-282900.

Souvall, Z., Keator, A., Baron, M., Morgan, P., and Barkmann, P., 2016, The Effects of Sratigraphy and Coal and Shale Thermal Conductivites on Temperature Gradients in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, USA:  Geological Society of America annual meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Vol., 48, No. 7, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-286682.

Morgan, P., 2015, Sedimentary basin geothermal resources in the Piceance Basin, Colorado, Geothermal Resources Council, Transactions, 39, 1049-1056.

Morgan, P., and Scott, P., 2014, New geothermal-gradient maps for Colorado’s sedimentary basins, Geothermal Resources Council, Transactions, 38, 155-162.

Morgan, P., 2013, Advantages of choosing a sedimentary basin as the site for an EGS field laboratory, Geothermal Resources Council, Transactions, 37, 179-183.

Morgan, P., 2012, Geothermal regulations in Colorado – land ownership is the key, Geothermal Resources Council, Transactions, 36, 1233-1237.

Ravat, D., Salem, A., Abdelaziz, A.M.S., Elawadi, E, and Morgan, P., 2011, Probing magnetic bottom and crustal temperature variations along the Red Sea margin of Egypt, Tectonophysics, 510, 337-344.

Morgan, P., and Scott, B., 2011, Bottom-hole-temperature data from the Piceance Basin Colorado: indications for prospective sedimentary basin EGS resources, Geothermal Resources Council, Transactions, 35, 477-485.

Morgan, P., 2011, Heat flow, continental, in H. Gupta (ed.), Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics, Springer, v. 1, 573-582.

Morgan, P., Barkmann, P., Kluth, C., and Sares, M., 2010, Prospects for Electricity Generation in the San Luis Basin, Colorado, USA, Geothermal Resources Council, Transactions, 34, 615-620.

Berkman, F.E., Morgan, P., and Watterson, N.A., 2010, Oil and Gas Wells in Areas of Colorado with Superior Geothermal Properties, Colorado Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Series 52.

Morgan, P., 2009, Geothermal energy on Mars, in Badescu, V. (ed) MARS: Prospective Energy and Material Resources, Springer-Verlag, Ch. 11, 360-378.

Morgan, P., 2009, A preliminary analysis of geothermal resources in the central Raton Basin, Colorado, from bottom-hole temperature data, Geothermal Resources Council, Transactions, 33, 509-513.

Morgan, P., 2003, Colorado Plateau and Southern Rocky Mountains Uplift and Erosion, in R.G. Raynolds and R. M. Flores, eds., Cenozoic Systems of the Rocky Mountain Region, Rocky Mountain SEPM, Denver, Colo., 1-31.

Phillips, R. J., Johnson, C.L.,  Mackwell, S.J., Morgan, P., Sandwell, D.T., and Zuber, M.T., 1997,  Lithospheric mechanics and dynamics of Venus, in S. W. Bougher, D. M. Hunten and R. J. Phillips, (eds.), Venus II, University of Arizona Press, pp. 1163-1204.

Morgan, P., 1995, Diamond exploration from the bottom up: regional geophysical signatures of lithospheric conditions favorable for diamond exploration, J. Geochemical Exploration, 53, 145-165.

Morgan, P., 1990, Egypt in the framework of global tectonics, in R. Said (ed.), The Geology of Egypt, A. A. Balkema Publishers, Rotterdam, 91-111 (Invited Paper).

Morgan, P. and Gosnold, W.D., 1989, Heat flow and thermal regimes in the continental United States, in L. C. Pakiser and W. D. Mooney, Geophysical Framework of the Continental United States, Geol. Soc. Am., Memoir 172, Boulder Colorado, 493-522, (Invited Paper).

Morgan, P., Seager, W.R., and Golombek, M.P., 1986, Cenozoic thermal, mechanical and tectonic evolution of the Rio Grande rift, J. Geophys. Res., 91, 6263-6276.

Morgan, P., 1984, The thermal structure and thermal evolution of the continental lithosphere, Phys. Chem. Earth, 15, 107-193 (Invited Paper).

Heat flow and geothermal processes on Earth and solid planets, including theory, field, and laboratory measurements

Exploration and use of geothermal resources

Continental tectonic processes


Colorado Geological Survey, Golden, CO (2008-present)

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO (2006-2008)

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (2000-2006)

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (1999-2000)

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (1986-1998)

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (1984-1986)

Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX (1980-1984)

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (1975 to 1980)

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (1974 to 1975)



Ph.D., Imperial College, London University, London, Great Britain, 2003

B.Sc., Durham University, Durham, Great Britain, 1969