Environmental Geologist, Shell AppalachiaMaris Densmore


Coffee Shop Drink of Choice: Chai, the spicier, the better!

What has surprised you about your career? Is it like you imagined it would be? In school you get to go on field trips, go hiking, play with rocks and call it learning. This is AWESOME. My first job was in Michigan and there was less hiking and more standing next to a drill rig outside abandoned factories in Ohio… less fun. But, every job I’ve worked, I’ve been able to do something to improve the environment, and that’s what’s important to me.

What is a typical day like at your job? Every day is an adventure! Some days it’s groundwater quality, other days, greenhouse gas management or health and safety. And, honestly, some days I just sit at my desk and crunch numbers for reporting. I get to meet everyone in our organization, I give trainings, I do outreach, community service, and occasionaly climb all over a drill rig when I’m out in the field. I love the variety.

What are your favorite aspects of your job? People! I love people! I get to talk to everyone! I get to influence how Shell does business in Pennsylvania. We do a great job, environmentally, I like to be a part of that. I also have great work-life balance. I go home everyday to play with my husband and kiddos, which is the most important thing.

What do you wear to work?  Today I’m wearing jeans, goofy socks (that most people won’t see) and a business-y shirt. Geologists are, in general, a pretty casual group.

What are some of your recent personal goals? I want to delve more deeply into Greenhouse Gas Management and Energy Efficiency. There’s a big push for this at Shell and it’s an area that’s near and dear to my heart.

Where did you train for your career? University of California, Santa Cruz–Bachelor’s of Science in Earth Science, and University of California, Davis–Master’s of Science in Geology.

Read more about her career!  Environmental Geologist