Basin Research Section

The Basin Research Energy Section is the oil, gas, and coal research section of the LGS, and it performs research into the nature and occurrence of oil, gas, and coal both in Louisiana and around the world. The section disseminates its research and technical information widely, especially to the independent oil and gas producers of Louisiana, thereby enabling more economically efficient exploration and production operations. The Basin Research Energy Section was formerly the LSU Basin Research Institute, which was established in 1984 and which was merged into the Louisiana Geological Survey in 2000.

Basin Research Staff

Brian J. Harder
Research Associate 5 (retired, part-time)
Telephone: 225-578-8533 

Brian holds both a Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, and Associate degree in Applied Science in chemical Technology, from Alfred State College, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Before joining LSU in 1987, he worked for Gearhart Industries as an engineer in Oklahoma, North Texas, North Louisiana and Mississippi. Harder’s areas of expertise include petroleum engineering, well logging, petroleum economics, the development of oil and gas databases, oil and gas atlas preparation, regulatory studies, and oil and gas operations in wetland areas of south Louisiana.
Brian J. Harder projects

Reed J. Bourgeois
Computer Analyst 3
Telephone: 225-578-8879

Reed Bourgeois obtained a Bachelors of Science from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in 1985. Reed provides computer assistance to the research staff with their projects and is also responsible for the acquisition, upkeep, and maintenance of LGS computer hardware and software. Reed started at LSU in 1991.