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Margaret M. Sanders, Ph.D.

Margaret Sanders is a Research Geologist with the USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals (GEM) Science Center in Reston, VA.

Dr. Sanders joined the USGS in 2018 as a Research Geologist working in the Organic Petrology Laboratory in Reston, Virginia. Currently, she works with the Alaska Petroleum Systems project, where her research is focused on Alaskan North Slope coal and source rock organic petrology and characterization in support of oil and gas assessments. She also works with the Thermal Indices project investigating the use of hydrous pyrolysis for the artificial maturation of sedimentary organic matter.

Professional Experience

  • October 2018 to present: Research Geologist, USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals Science Center, Reston, Virginia

  • October 2017 to September 2018: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

  • September 2014 to December 2014: Organic Petrology Intern, ConocoPhillips

  • May 2013 to August 2013: Applied Geologist Intern, BP

  • May 2013 to August 2013: Geochemistry Intern, Shell

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Geoscience, Southern Illinois University, 2017

  • M.S., Geology, Southern Illinois University, 2012

  • B.S., Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP)

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

  • Geological Society of America (GSA)

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government