Dr. Scott Stout is an organic geochemist with 29 years of upstream and downstream petroleum industry and consulting experience. He has extensive knowledge of the chemical compositions of natural/shale gas, crude oil, and coal as well as their products and by-products found in the environment. His research has been used for decision making by the U.S. Depts. of Justice, Commerce, and Defense and for the oil & gas, utility, pipeline, railroad, wood treatment, maritime shipping, port operations, and forest products industries. He has authored or co-authored over 160 papers published in scientific journals and textbooks and has co-edited three textbooks (2007, 2016, and 2018) on the environmental forensics aspects of oil spills. He holds a B.S. from Florida Institute of Technology and M.S and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.