Dr. Thomas M. McGee, Senior Scientist
Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute/
Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology

Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute
111 Old Chemistry
University, MS 38677

phone: (662)915-7320
fax: (662)915-5625
e-mail: tmm@mmri.olemiss.edu
 

Thomas Martin McGee was born in Moberly, Missouri, on 3 November 1939. He grew up in St. Louis County and attended Saint Louis University, working on oil exploration field crews during summer vacations as a "doodlebugger". He received a B.Sc. in Geophysical Engineering in 1961 and worked in petroleum exploration, eventually becoming party chief of the first digital crew in the Gulf of Mexico. During 1966-1968 he attended St. Louis University graduate school and completed course work for a Ph.D. before accepting an invitation to teach at the Vening Meinesz Laboratorium of the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, as a NATO visiting scientist. He then returned to the U.S. to take the position of chief programmer in the geophysical research group of Atlantic-Richfield. After moving to the Geology Department of the University of British Columbia to participate in the early exploration of the sea floor of the northeast Pacific, he co-founded Thalassic Data Limited in Vancouver, B.C., and acted as geophysical consultant to engineering management. He returned to the University of Utrecht in 1987 as associate professor in charge of marine geophysics and finally wrote a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. in 1991 (at the age of 51). He then served as acting chairman of the Exploration Geophysics Department and, after the wall came down, worked in environmental assessment of uranium mine tailings ponds in the former East Germany and participated in studies of shallow bodies of water in Hungary. He became employed by the University of Mississippi in 1997 to become involved in the study of natural gas hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently he is a research associate professor at the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI) and the Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology (CMRET). He is also an adjunct research associate professor to the Geology Department. He is registered in British Columbia as both a professional engineer and a professional geoscientist and is listed in Who's Who of Scientists and Engineers.
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