Deborah Gordon, Principal Investigator, Oil Climate Project
A chemical engineer by training, Deborah Gordon’s research focuses on oil and climate change issues, both in North America and globally. Debbie serves as a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs at Brown University. She previously served as the Director of the Energy and Climate Program and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she initiated the Oil Climate Index. Gordon holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MPP in public policy. She has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors for Chevron, Union of Concerned Scientists, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She managed her own energy policy consulting practice for over a decade. Gordon has authored two books, Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2008, co-authored with Daniel Sperling) and Steering a New Course (Island Press, 1991). She is currently writing her third book, No Standard Oil, about new climate strategies for abundant, heterogeneous oil and gas resources in a warming world.
Frances Reuland, Researcher, Oil Climate Project
Frances Reuland is an energy analyst at the International Energy Agency in the Energy Supply and Investment Outlooks division, where her work focuses on methane emissions and greenhouse gas reduction measures from the oil and gas sector. Reuland began work under Gordon as a Carnegie Junior Fellow (2018). She continued her investigations as a Researcher at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University (2019). Reuland assisted in the development of a Beta version of the Oil Climate Index (OCI), which focused on modeling petroleum sector methane emissions, as well as the expansion of the model to include global gas resources, culminating in the OCI+ Preview web tool. Reuland graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and Spanish.