Merril Stypula began her journey to becoming a geologist when she fell in love with the great outdoors many years ago. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from Colorado College she went on to pursue her adoration of rocks at the University of Vermont, where she received a Master’s of Science in 2012 after completing a research project in Southeast Mongolia: U-Pb zircon records of arc magmatism, orogenesis, and intraplate shearing: An example for the East Gobi Shear Zone, Mongolia. Although she has taken a fairly nontraditional path to become a petroleum geologist, as a native Pittsburgher, Merril was excited to return to her home town and get involved in the exciting world of shale gas development.
Merril graciously accepted her first job as a geologist in the Appalachian Basin in 2012 from CONSOL Energy where she began a new chapter of her life-shifting from the hard rocks that she studied throughout her academic career to the famous (and much softer) Marcellus Shale. Currently, Merril is employed by EQT and works as an operations geologist in the Upper Devonian rock units of Eastern Kentucky.
As a new young professional member of AAPG, Merril is excited to meet with other young professionals and help build the AAPG Eastern Section young professional network. She is honored to serve as the Eastern Section young professional lead and excited to work with the accomplished AAPG young professional leads from both around the country and the world!
Aside from her love of rocks and the great outdoors, Merril enjoys spending her time outside of the office running, hiking, cycling, and creating exciting culinary experiences for her loved ones.