What is geothermal energy, how does it fit into the renewable energy portfolio, and why are western states so promising in terms of future geothermal energy resources. Former Boise State University professor Walter Snyder will explain these questions and more at the Herrett Forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Snyder was a research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University and then with Phillips Petroleum before joining the faculty of Boise State University in 1984. He is now retired. His science research has focused on stratigraphy, tectonics, and economic geology, mostly of the western United States but also in Russia, China, and Canada. He has been active nationally and internationally in promoting the development of the geoinformatics community, which includes the National Science Foundation and the Geothermal Data Exchange.