Dr. Ronald D. Ripple Energy Economist, President at R.D. Ripple & Associates. Dr. Ripple has studied oil and natural gas markets for over 40 years, getting his start in the Office of the Governor of Alaska. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Alaska North Slope natural gas, and recently authored a chapter on the Geopolitics of Australia Natural Gas Development for the joint Harvard-Rice Geopolitics of Natural Gas Study. In between these two studies, Ron has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, trade press articles, and reports, typically focusing on oil and natural gas markets and the financial derivatives markets that support them. Dr. Ripple is also VP for Conferences for the International Association for Energy Economics.