Jeff Miller


Jeff Miller has a broad background in unconventional play exploration and development, most recently as the Vice President of Geoscience Technology at Chesapeake Energy. He has been intimately involved with practical research and its application defining drivers for success for exploration and development programs from the beginning of the shale revolution to the present.

Oakspring Energy, 2014 – Present, Oklahoma City, President

Chesapeake Energy, 2005 – 2013, Oklahoma City, VP Geoscience Technology, Director Unconventional
Resource Exploration, Director Chesapeake/Statoil International JV

    • Led Chesapeake’s Unconventional Exploration team. Resulted in major unconventional discoveries onshore U.S. Played a major role in building Chesapeake’s world class asset base. In charge of opening a proprietary unconventional core analysis lab, which facilitated the company’s understanding of drivers for success in unconventional plays.
    • Successfully managed unconventional resource exploration and technical teams resulting in world class discoveries and technical breakthroughs.
    • Through years of research developed technology to measure critical rock properties which are key to successful unconventional play evaluation.
    • Developed workflows utilizing critical elements necessary for success in unconventional plays. Detailed knowledge of successful, evolving and unsuccessful unconventional plays worldwide.
    • Opened and managed an unconventional core analysis facility at Chesapeake.
    • Managed an interdisciplinary team that discovered or provided technical advisory to successful major oil and gas unconventional plays:
      • Vaca Muerta Shale, Neuquen Basin, Argentina
      • Haynesville and Bossier Shale, North Louisiana and East Texas
      • Marcellus Shale, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
      • Barnett Shale, North Texas
      • Fayetteville Shale, Arkansas
      • Woodford Shale, Oklahoma
      • Eagle Ford Shale, South Texas
      • Bone Spring and Avalon Shale, West Texas and New Mexico
      • Niobrara/Frontier, Wyoming, Powder River Basin
      • Utica Shale, Ohio
      • Mississippi Lime, Oklahoma, Kansas
      • Cleveland, Tonkawa, Hogshooter and Granite Wash, Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle

Devon Energy, 2002 – 2005, Oklahoma City, Geological Advisor

      • Ft. Worth Basin Barnett Shale and Unconventional Reservoir Exploration

Mitchell Energy, 1981 – 2002, The Woodlands, Senior Staff Geologist/Geophysicist

      • Ft. Worth Basin Barnett Shale, Unconventional Reservoir Exploration, and Midcontinent Exploration.


MS in Geology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
BS in Geology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL