• STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Michelle Lutiker is a first year doctoral student who was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as a senior undergraduate student. She will work with Assistant Professor Natascha Reidinger investigating uranium depletion in organic-rich Devonian-age shale to assist in determining depositional and diagenetic processes at work in ancient North American interior seaways.







Geology to break ground on new $3 million research facility.


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 Nine Geology Grad Students Awarded AAGP Grants.



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Congratulations to Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam for
winning the Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award.


Congratulations to PhD students Ibukun Bode and
Pouyan Ebrahimi for winning the GSA 2017 Graduate
Student Research Grants.

Colloquium Schedule (GEOL 4300/5300)
Boone Pickens School of Geology
Spring Semester 2017
Fridays 12:30 - 1:30 (NRC 108)
All graduate students and faculty are expected to attend.


March 3

“Hybrid Fixed-Point Fixed-Stress Splitting Method for Linear Poroelasticity”
Vinod Kumar – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso


March 10

“Understanding the Large Role of Small Particles in Contaminant Remediation and
Andrew Swindle – Department of Geology, Wichita State University


March 17

Student's Spring Break


March 24

“Influence of Reservoir Wettability on CO2 EOR and Sequestration Processes”
Prem Bikkina, School of Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University


April 7

“Revealing Full Spectrum of Triggering Processes in Induced Seismicity”
Xiaowei Chen – ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma


April 14

“Trace Metals in Petroleum Source Rocks and Produced Waters”
David Borrok – School of Geosciences, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


April 21

“Significance of Terminated and Doubly Terminated Quartz Crystals, Lower Mississippian
Boone Formation, Southern Ozark Region, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri ”
Walt Manger – Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas


April 28



May 5

“Bacterial Communities Associated with Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Early
Production Stages in Thermogenic Natural gas Wells of the Barnett Shale”
Mostafa Elshahed, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Oklahoma State














Heenan, J. W., D. Ntarlagiannis, L. D. Slater, C. L. Beaver, S. Rossbach, A. Revil, E. A. Atekwana, and B. Bekins (2017), Field-scale observations of a transient geobattery resulting from natural attenuation of a crude oil spill, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 122, doi:10.1002/2016JG003596

 Emishaw, L., D. Laó-Dávila, M.G. Abdelsalam, E.A. Atekwana, and S. S. Gao (2017), Evolution of the Broadly Rifted Zone in southern Ethiopia through gravitational collapse of dynamic topography, Tectonophysics, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2016.12.009


Shabani, Babak, and Javier Vilcáez. Prediction of CO 2-CH 4-H 2 SN 2 gas mixtures solubility in brine using a non-iterative fugacity-activity model relevant to CO 2-MEOR.  Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 150 (2017): 162-179.

Vilcáez, J., Morad, S., & Shikazono, N. (2017). Pore-scale simulation of transport properties of carbonate rocks using FIB-SEM 3D microstructure: Implications for field scale solute transport simulations. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 42, 13-22.

Egger, M., Hagens, M., Sapart, C.J., Dijkstra, N., van Helmond, N.A., Mogollón, J.M., Risgaard-Petersen, N., van der Veen, C., Kasten, S., Riedinger, N. and Böttcher, M.E., 2017. Iron oxide reduction in methane-rich deep Baltic Sea sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2017.03.019

Schiffbauer, J. D., Huntley, J. W., Fike, D. A., Jeffrey, M. J., Gregg, J. M., and Shelton, K. L., 2017, Decoupling biogeochemical records, extinction, and environmental change during the Cambrian SPICE event: Science Advances  Vol. 3, no. 3, e1602158 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602158

Ngalamo, J.F.G., D. Bisso, M.G. Abdelsalam, E. A. Atekwana,A.B. Katumwehe, G.E. Ekodeck (2017), Geophysical imaging of metacratonizaton in the northern edge of the Congo Craton in Cameroon, Journal of African Earth Sciences 129 (2017) 94-107

 Jahan, S., Uddin, A., Pashin, J. C., & Savrda, C. E. (2017). Petroleum source-rock evaluation of upper Eocene Kopili Shale, Bengal Basin, Bangladesh. International Journal of Coal Geology, 172, 71-79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coal.2017.02.002

Abdel Aal, G, E.A. Atekwana, D. D. Werkema (2017), Complex conductivity response to silver nanoparticles in partially saturated sand columns, Journal of Applied Geophysics, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jappgeo.2016.12.013

Xue, L., Gani, N.D., and Abdelsalam, M.G. Geomorphologic proxies for bedrock rivers: A case study from the Rwenzori Mountains, East African Rift system. 2017. Geomorphology. Doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.01.009

 Kaczmarek, S. E., Gregg, J. M., Bish, D. L., Machel, H. G., and Fouke, B. W., 2017, Dolomite, very- high magnesium calcite, and microbes – implications for the microbial model of dolomitization, in MacNeil, A. J., Lonnee, J., Wood, R., McIlreath, I., Characterization and Modeling of Carbonates– Mountjoy Symposium 1: SEPM Special Publication 109, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/sepmsp.109.01

 Ebrahimi, P. and P. Jaiswal, 2017, Directional filter aided sub-basalt interpretation: a case study from the Fareo-Shetland basin, J. App. Geo., DOI:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2016.12.004

 Cheng, J., C.A. Zelt and P.Jaiswal, Detecting a known near-surface target through application of frequency-dependent traveltime tomography and full waveform inversion to P- and SH-wave seismic refraction data, Geophysics, DOI:10.1190/geo2016-0085.1 http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/geo2016-0085.1