I was essentially unaware that geology was a topic that could be studied for a lifetime or a career option until I arrived at Lafayette College in the fall of 2007. At that time, the term “global warming” was in the news a lot and I thought I should learn about it, so I took GEO115 – Earth’s Climate: Past, Present, and Future. The novel information and scientific concepts presented were inspiring. I vividly remember approaching my first geology professor, Dr. Kira Lawrence, near the end of that course and proudly telling her that I wanted to be a geologist.
I am currently employed full-time as a petroleum geologist at Southwestern Energy Company in Houston, Texas. Southwestern is an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on finding and delivering hydrocarbon fuels, mainly through horizontal drilling and hydraulically fracturing of North American shales. Southwestern Energy has major acreage positions in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Colorado.
Following graduation from Lafayette College in May of 2011, I began pursuing my Professional Master of Science in Subsurface Geoscience at Rice University in Houston. This program allowed me to continue developing as a young geologist with specific application to the energy industry. Living in Houston also afforded me the opportunity to have direct personal contact with many geologists already active within the industry. I interned at Southwestern Energy while completing my degree which was instrumental in my transition between school and work.
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