Who We Are


Richard DenneDr. Richard Denne
Professor of Professional Practice
Hunter Enis Chair in Petroleum Geology

Dr. Denne became Director of the TCU Energy Institute in the fall of 2018. He has been the Hunter Enis Chair in Petroleum Geology at TCU since 2016. Dr. Denne worked as a geologist in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years, working with integrated teams in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons from deep-water basins across the globe, including the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, and the North Sea. He has also been heavily involved in unconventional shale plays, particularly the Haynesville and Eagle Ford of Texas. Dr. Denne worked at Exxon, and Marathon Oil prior to coming to TCU, where he was the corporate Biostratigraphy Subject Matter Expert with oversight of the application and integration of biostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy in unconventional shale, deep-water, and carbonate plays.

His specialty is using biostratigraphy and geochemistry to resolve the sequence stratigraphy, paleoenvironment, and paleoceanography of hydrocarbon reservoirs and source-rocks, with expertise in the biostratigraphic application of microfossils such as calcareous nannofossils and foraminifera. He also works with log data, stable isotopes, bulk geochemical data, and other fossil groups.

Dr. Denne’s current research is focused on depositional systems that have produced organic-rich rocks, especially those from the Cretaceous of Texas and the Eagle Ford / Woodbine systems. He has published the results of several studies on the effects of the end Cretaceous Chicxulub bolide impact on the Gulf of Mexico and has plans to continue that work.


Ed IrelandEd Ireland, Ph.D.
Director of Energy Education
Energy Institute / Ralph Lowe Energy Management Program

Ed Ireland became Director of Energy Education for the TCU Energy Institute’s Ralph Lowe Energy Management Program on June 1, 2018. He is a TCU Associate Professor of Professional Practice. Previously he was a key member of Neeley’s Energy MBA program, as well Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council. He serves on the Board of Directors of the TCU Energy Institute and was a co-founder of the Metroplex Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium. His oil and gas career included serving as CEO of a natural gas pipeline and marketing company and CFO of an oil and gas exploration company. He earned his PhD. in Economics from Texas Tech University, did post-doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and was head of the Economics Department at Clemson University before entering the energy industry.

PhotoBlake Warwick
Core Lab Manager




Blake Warwick became the Core Lab Manager in the fall of 2018. He has his BS and MS in Geology and is currently pursuing an Energy MBA from Texas Christian University. Blake served 8 years as a United States Marine Corps reserves, managing people, equipment and training. He’s an active member in AAPG and Fort Worth Geological Society. He takes care of core lab viewing for external companies, TCU professors and students and is responsible for receiving, storage and managing core equipment.


Michelle Chappell
Coordinator of Operations
Energy Institute / Ralph Lowe Energy Management Program