Joe DeVay, '76, '79

Joe DeVay

Position Title
Member, Earth and Planetary Sciences Alumni Advisory Board


Joe DeVay recently retired after more than 36 years working as a petroleum geologist with some of the largest multinational corporations in the world. Mr. DeVay has extensive experience and significant expertise in a broad variety of geologic sub-disciplines, including classical stratigraphy, seismic and sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology and tectonics, petroleum geology, geochemistry, geophysics, historical and economic geology, and basin modeling.

Most of his career was spent exploring for hydrocarbon on several continents and continental margins, including North America, South America, East Africa and West Africa. DeVay’s work included analysis of rifted and passive margins, collisional and transform margins, salt and shale dominated tectonic regimes, deep water depositional systems, fluvial deltaic clastic systems, and carbonate depositional systems.

Mr. DeVay received both his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in geology at UC Davis.