Lee C. Gerhard is principal geologist of the Kansas Geological Survey. He received his B.S. in geology at Syracuse University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Kansas. He has combined academic, government, and industry leadership with technical appointments. His history includes petroleum exploration, management of exploration programs, oil and gas regulation, reservoir geology and management of research. His research interests are in carbonate sedimentology, petroleum geology, and environmental public policy. He was the state geologist of North Dakota. He has also led a marine laboratory. Prior to returning to Kansas, he was the Getty Professor of Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and operated an independent petroleum exploration company.
Gerhard is an honorary member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Studies, AAPG, past president and honorary member of that society's Division of Environmental Geosciences, an honorary member of the Association of American State Geologists, and an honorary member of the Kansas Geological Society. He has published more than 150 papers and books on geology, petroleum exploration, natural resources, and environmental policy. He co-chaired the AAPG Climate Change Issues Committee.
Gerhard is the senior editor and author of the 2001 book Geological Perspectives of Global Climate Change. He will be inducted into the Kansas Oil and Gas Hall of Fame in April.