Geologist, Humanities, Art and Social Science, Colorado School of Mines


Ms. Swank is a registered professional geologist with 25 years of experience working with and consulting for independent oil and gas companies. She holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati and an M.S. in Petroleum Geology from the Colorado School of Mines.

Currently, Ms. Swank is pursuing education through the Natural Resources & Energy Policy program at the Colorado School of Mines. Her studies are focused on how effective public policy can facilitate a just and equitable energy transition for all people. She is eager to leverage her experience in the fossil fuel energy sources of the past to engage with those working to establish the future’s clean energy sources. 

Selected publications

Swank, R. L., 2020, Mancobrara Stratigraphy Unraveled: A Tale of Mancos to Niobrara Stratigraphic Continuity Across the Upper Turonian to Campanian Western Interior Seaway. Search and Discovery Article #30649. Adapted from oral presentation given at 2019 AAPG Rocky Mountain Section Meeting, Cheyenne, Wyoming, September 15-18, 2019. 

Swank, R.L., 2018, The last Frontier: A guide to the lower Upper and Lower Cretaceous stratigraphy from the Wyoming Overthrust to the Denver-Julesburg Basin in D.L. Rasmussen, J. Payne, and S.P. Cumella, eds., Subsurface cross sections of the southern Rocky Mountain basins: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists.