Elliot Jagniecki

Senior Petroleum Geologist

Utah Geological Survey


Elliot Jagniecki is a Senior Petroleum Geologist with the Energy and Minerals Program at the Utah Geological Survey. He worked five years at ConocoPhillips in Houston in research and development and exploration prior to joining the UGS in September 2018. He coordinates research with government, industry, and academic partners on assessing petroleum resources and characterizing Utah’s geology. Besides his knowledge in petroleum geology, his expertise includes sedimentology, evaporites, modern and ancient lacustrine systems, and geochemistry. He is actively involved in researching the sedimentary processes, chemical sediments, and brine dynamics in Great Salt Lake and working with graduate students on the Bonneville Salt Flats. He graduated with a B.S. in geology from Central Michigan University and received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University in geology and geochemistry. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in Utah. 




Why We Care

  • We should bill the lake for what it is—a place of grandeur and solitude, which nourishes our thoughts and heightens our sensitivity to nature. Seen in that light, the brine flies become a fascinating curiosity more than an annoyance. The Great Salt Lake offers a wilderness experience, not a beach party, and no amount of promotion and development will change that.

    Dean L. May, Images of the Great Salt Lake