Michael Thornton, Ph.D


Chief Technology Officer | mthornton@microseismic.com

Michael Thornton, Ph.D. has 23 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He spent nearly four years as VP of Data Analysis for MicroSeismic Inc. prior to being promoted to Chief Technology Officer in January 2011. Before joining MicroSeismic Inc. he spent six years in management at Veritas DGC as Imaging Director in charge of multiple processing crews and technology development. He began his career with ExxonMobil where he served as a research geophysicist, processing geophysicist and processing analyst.

Thornton has his MS and BS in geophysics from Texas A&M University and obtained his PhD in geophysics from the University of Houston. He is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  • Better Frac
  • Better World
  • Let's Go!


As an organization we take great pride in being the leader in our industry. Just as our values; Mastery, Service and Innovation imply, we are a technically strong team, which strives to create value for our customers through operating in a safe, efficient manner and constantly pushing the innovation of our technology.

What does this mean for you? You can be sure to join a team that rewards the doers, follows through on our commitments, believes in maintaining a positive outlook, has each other’s backs and goes about our business driving value creation for our customers. You could say we have a “Let’s Go!” attitude.


At MicroSeismic, we have a tagline, “Better Frac, Better World”. Through the use of our technology, our customers are able to optimize their completions costs and produce better wells. Achieving a better frac means less impact on the environment while creating more abundant energy. Better Frac, Better World extends beyond the value we create in our industry. We also take our commitment to our community very seriously. We understand that corporations and individuals have an important part to play in the development of a more sustainable and accessible world. With that in mind, we look for opportunities to serve the communities in which we operate in order to make a positive impact on those around us. It’s just another example of what “Better Frac, Better World” truly stands for.


We find that happy team members make motivated team members, so at MSI we strive to make fun and excitement an integral part of everything we do. To that end we have created a flexible and dynamic work atmosphere, in which an impromptu celebration can break out at any moment.