Robert Clarke

Vice President of Upstream Research
Wood Mackenzie

Robert joined Wood Mackenzie in 2005 as an original member of the Houston-based Lower 48 Upstream Research group. He led Woodmac’s modeling of the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Haynesville plays, specifically covering XTO, EOG, CHK, ECA, & DVN.

From 2009 to 2014 he managed global shale, CBM, and tight gas research, with a focus on benchmarking and valuing exploratory shale projects. In this role, Robert worked extensively with supermajors and governments.  He now leads much of Woodmac’s tight oil research and works closely with domestic E&Ps, service companies, and US investors.

Robert specializes in play characterization, portfolio valuation, operator benchmarking, and sector analysis. He has worked on upstream consulting projects ranging from shale opportunity screenings for NOCs, to due diligence for private equity-led M&A.  Robert regularly contributes his research to written media. And he is a frequent speaker and moderator at industry conferences.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Robert worked as a field geologist at a private engineering firm in Houston. He graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a BA in Geology and received a MBA in 2005 from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. He is also an adjunct professor in the Energy MBA program at the Neeley School of Business at TCU.

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