James Shultz

James “Jake” Shultz is a geoscientist at ExxonMobil in Houston, TX, and currently works the Delaware Basin for the XTO Energy division. He entered the oil and gas industry in 2012 with Ames Energy Advisors in San Antonio while attending Trinity University, and then went on to work for the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology while attending graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. After completing his graduate studies in 2015, Jake began work for XTO Energy (a subsidiary of ExxonMobil) in Fort Worth. In the summer of 2018, Jake moved to Houston with XTO Energy/ExxonMobil.

His love of geology started with an oversized rock collections as a small child.  This love grew into permeability experiments in grade school and continued to flourish as he became a member of AAPG in 2012 while studying Geology at Trinity University.  Jake has gone on to work basins in China, Canada, and across the Lower 48.  He is also an active SPWLA member as well as a contributing member of the HGS NeoGeos committee.  Jake enthusiastically shares his passion for geology as he engages with and supports both students and educators.

"I am honored to have been asked to serve as a candidate for the AAPG House of Delegates. While intellectually rewarding, I believe that our profession plays a key role in ending global energy poverty as well as providing the means for a sustainable future for generations to come. AAPG provides the education and support necessary to make ideas become reality.  AAPG provided me not only educational classes and a venue to collaborate on my research with leaders in our field, but also provided a supportive community that has enabled me to have a very rewarding career.  I look forward to the opportunity to give back to this organization that has been so impactful to not only my life to but more importantly, lives across the globe."