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1 Michael Gaskins ExxonMobil Exploration Company West Africa Operations Manager CCE – Bite of Science March 18, 2013

2 ABOUT ME Degree in Geology – Oklahoma State University (first in my family to go to college) Employed by ExxonMobil ~30 years Current position West Africa Operations Manager ExxonMobil Exploration Company Married with 3 kids; youngest in high school

3 What is GEOLOGY? Study of the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them

4 What does a geologist do? o Study the physical aspects & history of the earth o Analyze seismic information to identify the location of oil, natural gas, minerals, and underground water o Study, preserve, and clean up the environment o Examine chemical and physical properties of specimens in laboratories May study fossil remains of animal and plant life Use two or three-dimensional computer modeling to portray geologic layers o Apply geological knowledge to engineering problems in constructing large buildings, dams, tunnels, and highways

5 Current Assignment What do I do? Exploration - West Africa Operations Manager o Evaluate geologic opportunities in the West Africa region in the pursuit of new Oil and Gas deposits Evaluate seismic / geologic data Identify and drill prospects; evaluate economic potential o Maintain relationships with partners and governments o Travel, learn new cultures

6 Past Assignments Began my career in Oklahoma City, OK working the Midcontinent and Rocky Mountain areas of the US Moved to Houston, worked Texas, Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast Worked Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Region Moved to London, England as Manager over Russian exploration activities Returned to Houston, Manager over our US production geology activities Currently Manager of our exploration activities across West Africa

7 Path College degree in geology or geophysics o Bachelor’s degree o Master’s degree may be needed for some jobs Skills o Solid background in mathematics, chemistry and physics o Effective oral and written communication skills o Computer modeling, data processing o Ability to think independently and creatively It is impossible to see inside the earth so geologists leverage other sciences & techniques to predict what lies below the surface of the earth – explain to others why this is important

8 Plate Tectonics Demonstration

9 Questions?


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