Molly Turko, PhD Structural Geology Expert at Applied Stratigraphix | VP of AAPG PSGD | Devon Energy |
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Molly Turko, PhD Structural Geology Expert at Applied Stratigraphix | VP of AAPG PSGD | Devon Energy |

Dr. Molly Turko has nearly 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is a subject matter expert in structural geology.

She has had the opportunity to work in multiple basins in the U.S including the Anadarko, Ardmore, Delaware, Powder River, Appalachian, Maveric, Onshore Gulf Coast, and Rocky Mountain Basins. Additional study areas include Nevada and Utah analyzing Basin and Range structures for geothermal potential and mineral exploration.

She received both a B.Sc. (2009) and a M.Sc. (2011) in geology from the University of Tulsa followed by a Ph.D. (2019) from the University of Oklahoma where she studied under Dr. Shankar Mitra. Her work experience includes Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Applied Stratigraphix, and several small operators in Tulsa. She has taught courses for R.M.A.G., AAPG, Applied Stratigraphix, SCA, and for the Ore Geology Conference based out of Peru.

Molly is the Vice President of AAPG's Petroleum Structure and Geomechanics Division for 2021-2023 as well as the co-chair for the 2023 AAPG Midcontinent Sectional Meeting. She also serves on the board of the Oklahoma City Geological Society and is an Associate Editor of the AAPG Bulletin.

Her passion is mentoring and teaching, but her favorite role is leading structural geology field courses in Nevada and Southern Oklahoma for Applied Stratigraphix.

Visit her website at to learn more about Molly, her experience, and to see what structural geology teaching tools she has available for purchase! #andycube

James Van Alstine President | Principal Geoscientist at VanAlstine Geosciences

Geophysical Advisor with 20 years of Oil & Gas experience and an emphasis on interpretation, exploration and prospect development of conventional and unconventional targets across the Gulf Coast, the US Mid-Continent, the Appalachian Basin and into the Permian Basins.

Adept at basin-scale to prospect-level structural and stratigraphic interpretations and evaluations in both extensional and compressional settings and incorporating all sources of information into an analysis from surface geology, Gravity/Magnetic data, well log analysis and 2D & 3D seismic interpretation, having interpreted over 40,000 line miles of 2D and nearly 18,000 square miles of 3D across the continental US from surface to basement with full well log and seismic attribute integrations

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