Amanda Kolker

Amanda Kolker

Researcher IV-Geoscience


Amanda Kolker has over 10 years of professional experience as a geothermal geologist, specializing in resource exploration and sustainable production of geothermal energy. With a background in volcanology, igneous petrology, and geochemistry, Kolker has worked in academia, government, and private industry as a researcher, project manager, and professor. She values multidisciplinary and innovative approaches to the energy question and enjoys working at the intersections of geoscience, policy, and economics. Kolker joined NREL in 2019 and is a member of the Thermal Sciences Group.

Research Interests

Geothermal energy



Igneous petrology



Community engagement

Renewable energy policy and economics


Ph.D. in Geology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

B.A. in Geology, Oberlin College

Featured Work

Exploration of the Hot Springs Bay Valley (HSBV) geothermal resource area, Akutan, Alaska,” Geothermics (2015)

Exploration of the Akutan Geothermal Resource Area, Proceedings, Thirty-Seventh Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Stanford University (2012)

The 2010 Akutan Exploratory Drilling Program: Preliminary Findings Geothermal Resources Council Transactions (2011)

Geothermal Exploration at Akutan, Alaska: Favorable Indications for a High-Enthalpy Hydrothermal Resource Near a Remote Market, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions (2010)

Alaska Geothermal Development: A Plan, Report to the Alaska Energy Authority (2007)

Geologic Setting of the Chena Hot Springs Geothermal System, Alaska, Proceedings, Thirty-Second Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Stanford University (2007)