Michael Hale

Vice President, Exploration

Industry Experience

13 Years

  • Experienced team leader and executive
  • Extensive experience with exploration, play evaluation, reservoir characterization, asset development, and geologic operations of both conventional and unconventional reservoirs
  • Worked in multiple basins and play types


Ascent Resources, LLC
Geologic Advisor

  • Built geology department from inception, identified key basins and acquisition targets
  • Led geologic evaluation efforts on all acquisitions resulting in the purchase of over 350,000 acres in Ohio's Utica Shale, one of the most prolific plays in the country 

SandRidge Energy

  • Planning, development, and operations of Permian Basin and Mid-Con assets
  • Reservoir characterization and prospect development

Fronterra Geosciences

  • Formation image interpretation and client-focused reservoir characterization projects


M.S. in Geology
East Carolina University, 2008

B.S. in Geology
East Carolina University, 2004