Caitlin Orem (MS in Geology, 2010)

Petroleum Geologist in Anchorage, Alaska

After graduating from CWU in 2010, I moved to Tucson, AZ and completed my Ph.D. in Geosciences at the University of Arizona. My dissertation involved using LiDAR to measure physical erosion and deposition after the Las Conchas fire in the Valles Caldera, NM and was funded by a NSF Critical Zone grant. I received an internship with BP in Alaska in the summer of 2013 and decided to work in the oil industry for them at the same office when I graduated in the summer of 2014.

I've now worked at BP in Anchorage, AK for almost two and a half years. My job at BP includes understanding and mapping the subsurface geology of my area within the Prudhoe Bay field, as well as planning and drilling wells. It's interesting and exciting work! I especially like working with the other geologists and learning on the job. I also get to work with lots of engineers on a daily basis which has allowed me to learn about the actual mechanics of rigs, wells, pipelines, and facilities that we use. It's a far cry from what I did getting my degrees but it's still fun to learn about!

As for living in Anchorage, I LOVE IT! There are so many things to do and wonderful people to meet. I take advantage of the many outdoor activities you can do here (mostly rafting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, etc.). It's a great place!

Sadly I don't get back to Ellensburg very often these days, but I do cherish the time I spent there! Great people (especially in the geology department) and so many fun things to do!

Information last updated on Dec 15, 2016