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Battelle Expands into Houston Oil and Gas Market, Hires Two Industry Leaders

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

HOUSTON, TX., 30 June, 2012—Battelle is expanding its position in the oil and gas industry by opening an office in Houston, Texas. Battelle helps its clients develop natural resources and drive competitive growth while being good stewards of the environment. The world’s leading independent research and development organization has bolstered the office by hiring John Bickham and Torrance Haggerty.

Bickham is a Principal Scientist for Battelle with expertise in molecular population, evolutionary genetics and cytogenetics. His work will center on determining genetic effects of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination on marine organisms and ecology. He most recently served as director for the Center for the Environment at Purdue University’s Discovery Park, where he pioneered the use of flow cytometry as a biomarker to detect chromosomal damage from pollutant exposure and in the application of molecular population genetics in the field of evolutionary toxicology. He has been a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Whaling Commission for the past decade.

Haggerty, a geophysicist with diverse expertise in seismic data processing and geophysical operations, is a Program Leader who will grow and manage Battelle’s oil and gas programs. He has worked extensively with government agency officials to develop exploration and exploitation opportunities using state-of-the-art technologies and research. He came to Battelle from Schlumberger and private consulting work.

Battelle’s Houston office will serve oil and gas clients with technical support offerings including:

  • Offshore Capital Project Environmental Support
  • Licensing and Permitting
  • Remote and Deepwater Surveillance and Effects Monitoring
  • High-Resolution Petroleum Analytical Chemistry
  • Pipeline Safety and Integrity
  • Remediation Technology Innovation and Evaluation

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or



Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544