Peter A. Scholle received his B.S. in Geology from Yale University in 1965 and his Ph.D. in geology in 1970. His professional career includes five years with various oil companies (Cities Service, Gulf and Chevron) and nine years with the U. S. Geological Survey in Reston (VA) and Denver (CO), including three years as chief of the Oil and Gas Branch. He taught at the University of Texas at Dallas for three years and was Albritton Professor of Geology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 1985 to 1999. Since 1999, he has been at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro where he is the State Geologist and Director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (the state geological survey).
Much of his time in those jobs was devoted to research and writing on carbonate sedimentology and petroleum geology. He has worked in nearly 30 countries and has written, coauthored, or edited eight books, more than 250 papers and abstracts, 23 CD-ROMs, and a number of other computer or audio-visual products. Peter has been a member of AAPG and SEPM since 1976-77; he is a GSA Fellow and a member of IAS, AASG, AIPG, and several local societies. He was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer (1975-76) and received the AAPG President's award twice, the Sproule Memorial Award, the AAPG Certificate of Merit, and the 2005 Robert H. Dott, Sr., Memorial Award. He served as president and special publications editor of SEPM and is now an honorary member of that society. He has been treasurer and president of both the American Geological Institute and the Association of American State Geologists. He is currently a member of the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences, the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping and National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation programs, and serves on the board of the AASG foundation. Peter Scholle is former State Geologist of New Mexico.