An accomplished oil and gas industry professional with over three decades of experience, David Lawrence recently served as the executive vice president of exploration and commercial for Shell Upstream Americas in Houston. Today, David Lawrence uses the experience he acquired as a Shell executive to assist organizations like the Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI), a nonprofit group that works to help the world prepare for and adapt to climate change.
In its efforts to educate the scientific community and the general public about climate change issues, YCEI holds a variety of workshops, symposia, special lectures, and conferences throughout the year. One of the organization’s most popular events is its Annual Conference, which has been held on the Yale campus in New Haven, Connecticut, each spring for the last six years.
YCEI’s most recent Annual Conference took place on April 24, 2015, and focused on the future of nuclear energy. Highlights of the event included panel discussions on topics such as nuclear energy regulation, policy, and safety.
In addition, the conference featured a special screening of the documentary Pandora’s Promise and several lectures from prominent keynote speakers, including Matt Crozat, a senior advisor in the US Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. For more information about YCEI’s 2015 Annual Conference, or any of its future activities, visit www.climate.yale.edu.
Before embarking on his career with Royal Dutch Shell, David Lawrence earned a Ph.D. in geology from Yale. David Lawrence brings a wealth of knowledge gained from executive roles at Shell to his position on the advisory board for the Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI). YCEI aims to advance understanding of the Earth’s energy resources and climate systems.
The institute supports interdisciplinary climate and energy research conducted by faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. One program, the Climate System and Human Health Initiative, focuses on climate changes caused by human activity and how those changes may affect human health. Another initiative, high-resolution climate assessments, studies the potential impacts of global warming on vulnerable regions in the Northeastern United States, the Arabian Peninsula, and Africa. YCEI also has a research initiative focused on unconventional hydrocarbon resources.
Through these research programs, YCEI is creating a plan for Yale to adapt to expected climate change over the next 50 to 100 years. In addition, YCEI is providing insight on practical solutions to help the world address the challenges of climate change while meeting global energy demands.
Utilizing decades of experience as a geologist and business leader, David Lawrence formerly held the position of executive vice president with Shell Upstream Americas in Houston with responsibilities including exploration.