Mark R. Williams is Senior Vice President of Exploration and Development at Whiting Petroleum Corporation where he has managed the company’s upstream activity and capital budget since 1986. His mission is the identification, qualification and development of unconventional oil reservoirs through the integration of geoscience, technology and economics. During his tenure at Whiting, he has lead the company’s efforts in the discovery of key unconventional oil plays including the Bakken in North Dakota and the Niobrara in Northeastern Colorado. He has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in geology from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines. His primary areas of technical expertise include sedimentology, stratigraphy, hydrocarbon systems, geophysics and petroleum economics. He has published and served in leadership positions in the AAPG, RMAG and SEPM.