Morgan CampbellThroughout his undergraduate career, Morgan Campbell took advantage of every opportunity to gain hands-on experience through valuable internships and professional organizations. This energy land management major worked as a geographic information systems (GIS) assistant for WVU and an intern for DPS Land Services. He also served as a member of the WVU Energy Land Management Association, an d is current member of the American Association of Professional Landmen.
Campbell, a native of Earlysville, Virginia, minored in business administration and GIS and was a recipient of the George A. Myles Natural Resources Undergraduate Student Enhancement Grant, which he used to support his work in analyzing the development of Marcellus shale using GIS.
Below, he shares some insight on his experiences as a student and goals for the future.
What are your plans after graduation?
Continue my work leasing for DPS Land Services. I also want to keep working on developing my research. I may return to school to further my education. At this point, I’m still figuring all of that out.
What is your dream job?
I have dreams, but there is so much I have left to experience. I feel like I don’t know enough about what’s out there to be sure exactly what my dream job is.
Briefly describe your findings from your research that was supported by the Myles grant .
The project involved mapping the development of the Marcellus shale and identifying areas that are undeveloped. This included estimating well lateral locations, pad locations and the amount of area these wells are developing. I hope to use this to further study the movement of individual companies across the Marcellus and identify areas that are being targeted.
What has been the most valuable part of your undergraduate experience at WVU?
My most valuable experiences were tied to events put on by the ELM program here at WVU, as well as the events the program allowed us to attend elsewhere, to which I was lucky enough to be invited. I was exposed to many aspects of this industry and introduced to many very successful companies and individuals.
Tell us about your experience with DPS Land Services.
I've been interning with DPS Land Services over the course of this past year, starting in May 2017, to the present. My responsibilities include negotiating leases with landowners and doing courthouse research. Through the job, I've met a lot of different people and have negotiated leases with over 100 landowners. That’s a lot of new faces and experiences. I've tried to learn something from each one of those experiences to better myself and my professional career.
Overall, interning with DPS Land Services has been a great learning experience – one that has forced me to learn many things on my own while pushing me out of my comfort zone.
What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?