The past year as been a time of dramatic upheaval in the domestic energy markets. The oil industry has gone from boom to bust while the USA produces record amounts of hydrocarbons. Clean air regulatory mandates have destroyed the coal industry. Wind and solar are growing in leaps and bounds, but from a very small base. Volatility in the fossil fuels commodity markets is expected to continue, perhaps with more intense peaks and valleys. New Canaan resident Skip Hobbs will present his take on the energy markets as a prominent consulting geologist and energy analyst.

G. Warfield “Skip” HobbsG. Warfield “Skip” Hobbs is a geologist and Founder and Managing Partner of Ammonite Resources, a firm of international petroleum and mining geotechnical and business consultants which has been headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut since 1982.

Hobbs holds a B.Sc. Degree in Geology from Yale College and a M.Sc. Degree in Petroleum Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London.

He has served as an elected officer of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and from 2004-2012 served on the Executive Committee of the American Geological Institute, a federation of 50 geoscience professional societies representing over 250,000 members in every earth science discipline. He was AGI President in 2010-2011. Hobbs was a member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in Washington, D.C., from 2009-2012, where he served as Co-Chair of the Committee on Energy and the Environment. From 2000-2014 Skip was a Trustee of the New Canaan Nature Center and was president of the Nature Center from 2012-2014.

He is currently on the board of the Waveny Park Conservancy. Hobbs writes and lectures frequently on energy economics and energy policy, and on environmental issues.

In his spare time Skip manages a family farm in Massachusetts that produces organically grown vegetables, honey, maple syrup, grass-fed beef, and timber .