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Nikki Morris is currently a Senior Geologist with FireWheel Energy, LLC based in Fort Worth, TX. FireWheel Energy was started in August of 2011. She is working on the Permian Basin and has previously worked the Santa Maria Basin, CA; Eagle Ford Shale, South Texas; and the Big Horn Basin, WY. Nikki has worked for Plains Exploration and Production and XTO Energy.

Nikki received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Geology from Texas Christian University in 2008 and 2010. She received her MBA from Rice University in May 2014.

Elected the southwest section chair of AAPG Young Professionals March of 2012, her goal is to get the young professionals in the DFW area up and going by networking and coordinating social events. She hopes to create a presence in the area and be able to coordinate events with the surrounding universities.



YP Chairs with Local Societies


Dallas Geological Society

  • Mandi Beck- Mandi is currently a Geologist with Petro-Hunt, LLC based in Dallas, Texas. Petro-Hunt, LLC is a privately held independent oil and gas company and is owned and operated by the William Herbert Hunt family. Mandi is currently working on on-shore domestic exploration projects in West Texas and Mid-continent as well as, development work in Louisiana and East Texas.

    Mandi received her Bachelor of Science in Geology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in 2009, and completed her Master of Science in Geology from the University of Texas in Arlington in 2012. She also has a Geologist in training certificate from the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.

    Now as the Dallas Geological Society YP Chair, Mandi plans to grow the DGS YP group as well as, connect with other industry YP chapters to promote a strong young professional presence. She would also like to make the DGS YP a solid foundation for universities students to segway into the industry.


West Texas Geological Society

  • Lauren Storm- Lauren has been employed with EOG Resources, Inc. in Midland since August of 2013.  She is currently assigned to geochemical/core analysis in the Delaware Basin.  Lauren held a summer internship with EOG Resources before her full-time hire.  She received her BS in Geology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and her MS in Geology from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2012.

    Lauren was active in UTEP’s AAPG student chapter as president, and is currently active in the West Texas Geological Society.  With a growing community of young individuals in the Midland area, she recognizes the increasing potential for the Young Professionals in Geology.  With the help of her fellow chair and YP committee, she believes the start-up of this local society will be a huge success.

  • Clayton Winkler- Clayton has been employed with Legacy Reserves, LP in Midland, Texas since December of 2013. His current assignment is performing geologic evaluations of Legacy’s holdings for development and exploitation purposes and providing a geologic assessment of new acquisitions. Clayton previously worked with Whiting Petroleum Corporation from 2011 to his current position at Legacy and while with Whiting worked with the exploration and development teams in the Permian Basin. He received his BS in Geology from TCU in 2010 and will receive his MS in Geology from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in May of 2014.

    Clayton is active in the West Texas Geological Society. He is looking forward to building a strong base of Permian Basin Young Professionals along with his dedicated chair and eager YP committee. He believes there is a strong need to develop a network of young professional geoscientists in the Permian Basin to facilitate the exchange of ideas necessary to push new innovations in industry and scientific interpretation.