Devin Fitzgerald, Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board Member
Marietta College B.S. Geology '13, Ohio University M.S. Geology '15
I grew up in the small town of New Concord, Ohio east of Columbus, Ohio. I attended Marietta College and majored in Geology while obtaining a minor in Petroleum Engineering. While at Marietta I had the opportunity to intern with four different oil and gas-related companies (Artex Oil, Eastern Mountain Fuel, EQT, and Range Resources) all within the Appalachian Basin. My senior year at Marietta College I did my senior capstone on the Utica/Point Pleasant interval right in the middle of the shale boom. After spending the next summer in Pennsylvania, I came back to Ohio to work full-time with Eastern Mountain Fuel and also jumped into Ohio University's Geology graduate program. Thanks to Eastern Mountain Fuel, Dr. Greg Nadon and I had the pleasure of writing the M.S. thesis on sequence stratigraphy, provenance, and clay mineralogy of Ordovician shales in eastern Ohio. All of the data and research was funded by Eastern Mountain Fuel.
Eastern Mountain Fuel is a consulting exploration geology company located in Marietta that assists oil companies in identifying the best prospects to be drilled. EMF specializes in seismic interpretation, well log analysis, and well site geology. On a day by day basis I observe sequence stratigraphy trends, analyze well logs, calculate petrophysical characteristics, and map subsurface formations and structures. Working for a small company in the oil and gas industry is exciting because you are directly involved in the business and the science side.
The geology of the Appalachian Basin is fascinating to work with everyday. The different types of geological environments I work with are the best part of my job; muddy continental shelves, deep anoxic basins, karst carbonates, reef systems, delta complexes, river systems, and shoreline environments just to name a few.
I was extremely lucky because Marietta College was resilient with getting their students summer internships and full-time job placement. Ohio University then helped transform me into a well-rounded geologist. By being asked to join the Ohio University Geological Sciences Alumni Board I hope to give back by assisting students find opportunity they did not know existed.