Michael H Trippi

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


Mr. Trippi began his professional career as a geologist with the USGS in April 2000, working primarily on investigations and assessments of coal (including coal bed methane in the Powder River and Appalachian Basins, and coking coal of the United States) and petroleum systems (including Devonian shale gas and oil shales of the Appalachian Basin). He continues to work in these same areas to date.


  • M.S. Geology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1986; Studied Ordovician K-bentonite clays and heavy minerals of the Black River and Mohawk valleys of upstate New York using X-ray diffraction, INAA, and optical petrography
  • B.S. Geology, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1982
  • A.S. Information Systems Technology (programming), Northern Virginia Community College, 2002; Including courses in Java, C++, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and UNIX

Work Experience

  • April 2000 to present: Geologist, USGS Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Reston, VA; Perform field and lab work for several projects including Appalachian Shale Gas, Coal mapping and analysis, Appalachian Basin Framework Geology, Origin of coal bed methane (CBM) of the Great Plains, and Eastern Oil Shales
  • 1988-1999: Project Manager and Field Inspector, Soil Consultants, Inc., Chantilly and Manassas, VA