Nathaniel “Nat” Usher New Director of Geoscience at Tesla Offshore LLC.

Nathaniel “Nat”Usher

Nathaniel “Nat”Usher

Houston, TX - Nat Usher has joined Tesla Offshore LLC as Director of Geoscience. For the past 30 years, Usher has worked for ARCO/BP. By joining Tesla Offshore, Usher returns to his passion for data acquisition. He plans to assist Tesla in optimizing use of state of the art technology in their geophysical survey operations and to further the development of geohazards interpretation services for clients worldwide.

Usher began his career specializing in data acquisition around the world, including: 2D and 3D seismic (onshore and offshore), VSP, geotechnical, metocean, aeromagnetic, geochemical, geo-botany and geohazards. His primary focus then shifted to marine geohazards and high-resolution seismic surveying. Geohazards project management included survey design, contracting, quality control and the interpretation of the data for writing shallow hazard assessment reports for company drillers.

Active throughout the oil and gas industry, Usher has been recognized as an industry authority regarding marine geohazards identification and mitigation. He has served on several panels for the US Department of the Interior’s Mineral Management Service - MMS (now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management - BOEM). Usher participated in several submersible dive missions to depths as great as 2,900 meters to investigate submarine venting and chemo-synthetic communities at the request of the MMS / BOEM. He has been involved in several notable marine archaeological projects including the discovery of the German WWII submarine U-166. He has served on the US Department of Energy’s methane hydrates research steering committee. He is a frequent presenter at international conferences, most recently regarding mitigating geohazards to subsea developments from submarine landslides at conferences in Argentina and Japan. Usher is a licensed professional geoscientist by the State of Texas. He has a BS and MS from the University of Michigan. Usher is also certified by NEBOSH for health and safety risk assessment and management.

For more information, contact Randall P. Bergeron, President, Tesla Offshore LLC, at 
(281) 880.8015 or  



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