Brian holds both a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, and A.A.S. in Chemical Technology from Alfred State College, and is a member of SPE. 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.
Select Research Grants & Contracts:
Atlas of major gas reservoirs, Central Gulf Coast (Louisiana): Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas, 1990 - 1992. Gas Research Institute.
Atlas of oil and gas reservoirs, Northern Gulf of Mexico (State water area): Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas, 1994-1997, Gas Research Institute, Minerals Management Service and the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Gulf Coast Geopressured - Geothermal Energy Program Summary Report: U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations office, Idaho, July 1995 - June 1998.
Missing Well locations: An Environmental Risk Assessment and Regulatory Problem for Louisiana: U.S. Department of Energy, National Petroleum Technology Office, Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 1999-June 2002.
Atlas of Oil and Gas Fields in Offshore State Waters of Louisiana (Volume 1: Breton Sound Area): Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2000.
State Geological Survey contributions to the National Geothermal Data System: Arizona Geological Survey/U.S.Department of Energy, May 24, 2010 – May 23, 2013.
Geologic data creation for three Louisiana Parishes (Iberville, Point Coupee and West Baton Rouge Parishes) for use in the USGS National Geologic carbon dioxide sequestration assessment: U.S. Geological Survey, July 1, 2010 –June 30, 2011.
Surface Water Gaging Network Improvements: Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015.
Potential for carbon dioxide sequestration in five fields along the Mississippi River industrial Corridor in Louisiana: John, C. J., B. J. Harder, B.L. Jones, R. J. Bourgeois and Warren Schulingkamp, 2012, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 62, p. 563-571.
Field production and potential for deeper hydrocarbon resources in the Main Pass area, Louisiana State Waters: Jones, B.L, C.J. John, B.J. Harder, and R.J. Bourgeois, 2009, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, v. 59, P. 385-396.
Exploratory progress towards proving the billion barrel potential of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale: John, C.J., B.L. Jones, B.J. Harder, and R.J. Bourgeois, 2005, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transaction, v.55, p. 367-372.
Tuscaloosa marine shale may be untouched Gulf Coast oil play: John, C.J., B.L. Jones, R. Bourgeois, B.J. Harder, and J.E. Moncrief, 1997, Oil and Gas Journal, v. 95, no. 52, Dec. 29, p. 91-96.