Dr. Steve Bohlen was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 2 as State Oil and Gas Supervisor and head of the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). Bohlen has devoted much of his career to using scientific evidence to inform policy development at multiple levels of federal and state government.
Prior to joining DOGGR, Bohlen served science and society as a prominent researcher, professor, and senior manager of national and international research programs in the geosciences. Most recently, Bohlen was the program director for Nuclear and Domestic Security (2013-2014) and previously the deputy program director for energy security (2011-2013) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
From 2008 to 2010, Bohlen was a research professor and interim director of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at Texas A&M University. As CEO of Joint Oceanographic Institutions from 2000-2008, Bohlen led the global effort in scientific ocean drilling through the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program and the development of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories.
From 1995 through 2000, Bohlen was associate chief geologist for Science at the U.S. Geological Survey. He was responsible for the scientific priorities and funding of the broad portfolio of USGS research, including the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction, Climate Change, Global Energy and Minerals Resource programs.
Bohlen was a consulting professor at Stanford University from 1988-1995 and a tenured professor at Stony Brook University from 1985-88. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA and holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Michigan.