| ESTELLA ATEKWANA
Department Head, Regents Professor of Geology
Office: 103B Noble Research Center
PhD: 1991 Dalhousie University
HONORS AND AWARDS
• 2010-2011 Regents Distinguished Research Award - Oklahoma State University
• 2008-09 International Education Faculty Excellence Award - Oklahoma State University
• Faculty Excellence Award - University of Missouri-Rolla 2005
• Outstanding Academic Advisor Award- University of Missouri-Rolla 2004/05
BEST PAPER/POSTER AWARDS
1. Best Paper: Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems (SAGEEP’13), March 17-20, 2013 Denver Colorado. Atekwana, E.A., Mewafy F., Abdel Aal, G. Z., Atekwana, E.A., Beaver, C., Rossbach, S., Slater, L., Ntarlagiannis, D., Revil, A., and Werkema, D. (2013). Biogeochemical controls on magnetic susceptibility variations across a hydrocarbon contaminated site. Paper invited and presented at the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers-Near Surface, Bochum Germany, Sept 9-11, 2013.
2. Best Paper: Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems (SAGEEP’10) April 11-15, 2010, Keystone Resort & Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado, USA Atekwana, E.A., Abdel Aal, G. Z., and E. A. Atekwana (2010), Investigating the effect of bioclogging on electrical and flow and transport properties of porous media.. - Paper invited and presented at the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers-Near Surface Geophysics Joint Annual Meeting - Zurich,
Switzerland, September 6-10 2010.
3. #6 of Science Direct TOP25 Hottest and Most Downloaded Articles: Atekwana, E.A., Sauck, W.A. and Werkema, Jr., D.D., 2000, Investigations of geoelectrical signatures at a hydrocarbon contaminated site, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 44, 167-180. http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/503333/description.
4. Honorable Mention in the category of Best Paper in Geophysics: Abdel Aal, G.Z., Atekwana, E.A., Slater, L.D., and Atekwana, E.A., 2006, Induced polarization measurements on unconsolidated sediments from a site of active hydrocarbon biodegradation, Geophysics, 71, p. H13-H24,doi.10.1190/1.2187760.
5. Best Paper: Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems, February 22-26 2004, Colorado Springs, CO. Atekwana, E.A., Atekwana, E.A, Legall, F.D., Krishnamurthy, R.V., and Sauck, W.A., 2004,”Relationship between biodegradation and bulk electrical conductivity”. Paper invited and presented at the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers-Near Surface Geophysics Joint Annual Meeting - Utrecht, Netherlands, September 6-9 2004.
6. Best Poster: -Geological Society of America South Central and Southeastern Joint Annual Meeting, March 12-14, 2003, Memphis, TN. “Geophysical investigation of a superfund site in New Haven, Missouri" (Note: this was a class project and all participants in the course were authors). Co-authored with students as lead authors
7. Best Poster: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 14-18, 2015. Studies of the Erath’s Deep Interior Session: Njinju, E. A., E.A Atekwana, K. Mickus, M. Abdelsalam, E. Atekwana and D. Lao Davila (2015), Mid-lithospheric discontinuity beneath the Malawi Rift, deduced from gravity studies and its relation to the rifting process.
8. Best Paper: Batelle’s Second International Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies Symposium, Jacksonville, FL, 10-13 June, Beaver*, C., S. Rossbach, E. Atekwana, E. Atekwana, F. Mewafy, G. Abdel Aal, L. Slater, D. Ntarlagiannis, and A. Revil (2013), “Microbial Communities within Zones of Elevated Magnetic Susceptibilities”.
9. Best Poster: Batelle’s Second International Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies Symposium, Jacksonville, FL, 10-13 June, Heenan*, J. W., L. D. Slater, D. Ntarlagiannis, E. A. Atekwana, (2013), “Electrical Resistivity Imaging for Long Term Monitoring of Contaminant Degradation”.
10. Best Paper: Missouri Academy of Sciences, April 15-17, 2005, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri. Heeszel, D.S., and Atekwana E.A., “Extent and Distribution of Individual Proterozoic Terranes: Southern Africa”.
11. Best Poster: University of Missouri-Rolla, Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 2005- Natural Sciences Category - Heeszel, D.S., and Atekwana E.A., “Extent and distribution of individual Proterozoic orogenic belts in Southern Africa from gravity and magnetic data: New insights from new data”.
12. Best Paper: Missouri Academy of Sciences, April 18-19, 2003, Central Missouri State University. Barklage, M.E., Atekwana, E.A., Hogan, J.P., 2003, “The role of basement fabrics on the development of continental rifts”.
13. Best of SAGEEP: Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems, February 10-14 2002, Las Vegas, NV. Mwanda, K.O, Atekwana, E.A., and Sauck, W.A. 2002 “Multi-method Geophysical Examination of a Hydrocarbon Contaminated Site”. Paper invited and presented at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting - Special Session - The best of SAGEEP/EAGE -Salt Lake City, UT, October 2002 B:
UNIVERSITY & PROFESSIONAL AWARDS
• Society of Exploration Geophysicists 2016 Outstanding Educator Award
• Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America 2016 • 2015 Eminent Faculty - Oklahoma State University
• 2011 Regents Distinguished Research Award - Oklahoma State University
• 2009 International Education Faculty Excellence Award - Oklahoma State University
• 2005 Faculty Excellence Award - Missouri University of Science and Technology
• 2004 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award - Missouri University of Science and Technology
• Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society - Contributions and service to EEGS 2002-2004, March 27, 2004
• Oklahoma State University Women Leadership Academy - 2013
• Commencement Speaker - Oklahoma State University Graduate College, December 2011
• Inducted Honorary Member- Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars, 2010.
• Inducted Honorary Member- International Golden Key Honor Society, 2008
• Invited Lecturer Marie-Curie Summer School in Cargese, Corsica, Summer 2010 - Flow and transport properties in porous media.
• Featured on Under the Microscope webpage underthemicroscope.com/index2.php?.&do_pdf=1&id=471
• Featured on the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Webpage on Science Update Spotlight on African American Scientists http://www.scienceupdate.com/spotlights/africanamerican.php#atekwana
• Co-Project Leader UNESCO International Geologic Correlation Project (IGCP) 482/489. With M. Modisi (Botswana); G. Mulugeta (Sweden); J.J. Tiercelin (France)- Dynamic Evolution, Resource Potential and Environmental Impact of the East African Rift System / South-Western Branch of the East African Rift System: Geophysical Characteristics, Structural Evolution and Sedimentary Geology: Implications for Modeling Nascent Rifts
• Keynote Speaker - Society of Exploration Geophysics Near-Surface Asia Pacific Conference, Waikoloa, Hawaii, July 2015
• Keynote Speaker - International Conference on Environmental & Engineering Geophysics, Xi’an, China, June 2014
• Keynote Speaker - 8th Washington Hydrogeology Symposium, April 2011.
• Keynote Address - Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars Induction Ceremony 2010
• Keynote Speaker - Society of Exploration Geophysics Annual Meeting- Hydrogeophysics Session, October 2010
• Keynote Lecture - Goldschmidt Conference- Biogeophysics Session, Knoxville TN, June 2010.
• Keynote Lecture - National Groundwater Association Annual Meeting, Denver Colorado, April 2010.
• Keynote Lecture - The 19th International Workshop on EM, Induction in the Earth, Beijing China, October 2008
• Heiland Distinguished Lecturer, Colorado School of Mines, 2008
• Keynote Speaker - Women in Association of Engineering Geologists/Association of Women Geologists/American Institute of Professional Geologists Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October 2001
• Keynote Speaker - African Students Association, University of Missouri-Rolla, April 2002
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS (~$10 million)
1. National Science Foundation: $23,230 (11/1/2016-1031/2017) "RAPID: Collaborative Research: Response to the 2016 M5.8 Pawnee Earthquake: Using MT to map Fluids in Faults”
2. $250,000 (10/1/2014-9/30/2017). “The US-Egypt Cooperative Research: Imaging the Geometry of the Kharga Basin (New Valley Oasis) and its Groundwater Capacity”. Co-PIs M. Abdelsalam, J. Byrnes, J. Jaiswal. PI
3. National Science Foundation: $244,276 (10/1/2014-9/30/2017). “International Research Experience for Students (IRES)”. “IRES: Research Opportunities in Continental Rift Initiation for U.S. Undergraduate Geoscience Students in Malawi”. D. Lao Davila. Co- PI
4. Department of Energy-Savannah River National Lab- Sub contract: $145,572 (2/1/13-1/31/15). “Long-term, In-situ Monitoring for Subsurface Contaminant Stability”. PI
5. Department of Energy-BER: $890,820 (9/15/11 - 9/14/14). “Induced Polarization Signature of Biofilms in Porous Media: From Laboratory Experiments to Theoretical Developments and Validation”. M Patrauchan and A Revil (Co-PIs). Lead PI
6. Chevron-Texaco Energy Technology Company: $1,117,421 (1/01/11 -12/31/15). “Biogeophysics for Optimized Mitigation of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils: From Theoretical Developments, Laboratory Experiments to Field Validation”. Lead PI, E. Atekwana (Co-PI). In collaboration with Rutgers-Newark (L. Slater and D Ntarlagiannis), Colorado School of Mines (A. Revil), Western Michigan University (S. Rossbach)
7. National Science Foundation: $4.6 M, OSU component $537,618 (05/1/11/ - 4/30/15). “Collaborative Research: Integrated Studies of Early Stages of Continental Extension: From Incipient (Okavango) to Young (Malawi) Rifts”. Lead PI. In collaboration with Woods Hole, Lamont, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and UTEP. 8. National Science Foundation: $192,749 (01/08/10-1/31/13) “RAPID Proposal: Understanding Early Time Biogeophysical Signals of the Microbial Degradation of Crude Oil from the BP Spill in Saline Marshlands”. Lead PI - In collaboration with Rutgers-Newark (L. Slater and D. Ntarlagiannis).
9. EPA Student Services Contracts: Solicited ~ $238,500.00 from EPA for support of students through- a Student Services Contract -Total of 6 students supported.
10. Iowa Department of Natural Resources: $11,717.30 (5/01/10-7/31/10). “West Nishnabotna River Near-Surface Geophysics Project (Surveys 1-3)”. Lead PI.
11. National Science Foundation: $18,887 (3/1/09/2/28/10). “Workshop on Geophysical Studies of Continental Rift Initiation at Woods Hole Oceanographic institution in Massachusetts”. Lead PI
12. National Science Foundation: $ 72,999, (09/01/2008-08/31/2009). “AGU Chapman Conference on Biogeophysics”. Lead PI in collaboration with Rutgers, Newark (L. Slater) 13. National Science Foundation: $ 605,000.00, (09/01/2007-08/31/2011). “MRI Acquisition of a Field Emission Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope to Enhance Research and Teaching at Oklahoma State University”. C. Ownby (PI), Co-PI
14. National Science Foundation: $149,282 (2008-2010). “IRES: Reconstructing the Geological History of the Egyptian Nile. Missouri University of Science and Technology as Lead. M. Abdelsalam (PI). Co-PI
15. National Science Foundation: $150,000 (2008-2010). “IRES: Research Opportunities in Extensional Dynamics for US Undergraduate and Graduate Geosciences Students in Western Turkey”. E. Catlos (PI). Co-PI
16. National Science Foundation: $179,792 (2006-2009). “IRES: Research Opportunities in Neotectonics of Incipient Continental Rift Zones for US Undergraduate and Graduate Geosciences Students in Botswana and Zambia”. PI
17. Department of Energy: $198,923 (2007-2009). “Solid State Electron Transfer via Bacterial Nanowires: Contributions toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Geophysical Response of Biostimulated Subsurface Environments”. PI
18. National Science Foundation: $117,590 (2007 -2008). “Acquisition of electromagnetic and resistivity/IP imaging systems for neotectonics, hydrogeologic, and biogeophysics research. Lead PI
19. National Science Foundation: $450,000 (OSU component) $216,344, (2004-2007). “Collaborative Research: Investigating the impact of microbial interactions with geologic media on geophysical properties: Implications for assessing geomicrobiological processes”. Lead PI in collaboration with Western Michigan University and Rutgers University-Newark (L. Slater)
20. National Science Foundation: REU Supplement - $54,300 (2004-2007). “Collaborative Research: Investigating the impact of microbial interactions with geologic media on geophysical properties: Implications for assessing geomicrobiological processes”. PI
21. National Science Foundation: $17,342 (2004) - supplement. “US-Africa Workshop on Anatomy of Continental Rifts: The evolution of the East African Rift System from nascent extension (Okavango Rift Zone) to continental break-up (Afar Depression), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 26 - 28, 2004”. Lead PI
22. United States Geological Survey: $2,142 (May 1-August 31 2004). “Geophysical hands-on training - USGS Staff “. Lead PI
23. United States Department of Energy - PUMPIII: Total award of $1,317,000 including 50% costshare. Total amount of award to UMR $630,024 (2002-2004). “Development Practices for Optimized MEOR in Shallow Heavy Oil Reservoirs”. S. Dunn-Norman (PI). Co-PI
24. National Science Foundation: $46,400 (2002-2006). “Geologic and geophysical investigations of the Southwestern Branch of the East African Rift System: a window into geologic and tectonic processes during incipient rifting”. PI
25. United States Geological Survey: $20,100 (2002-2003). “Microbial influences on geophysical signatures: A proxy for understanding and the monitoring of natural attenuation”. Co-PI, L. Slater (PI)
26. UNESCO - International Geologic Correlation Project (IGCP 482/489): $30,000 (2002- 2007). “Southwestern Branch of the East African rift system: geophysical characteristics, structural evolution and sedimentary geology: implications for modeling nascent rifts’. Lead PI
27. American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund: $119,621 (2002-2006). “Geologic and tectonic processes during incipient rifting: evidence from the Southwestern Branch of the East African Rift System”. PI
28. Missouri Department of Transportation: $5,465 (2001). “Geophysical characterization of sink structures in the Poplar-Bluff Hwy extension”. PI
29. Strata Services: $1000 (2002) “Resistivity and SP study of Earth Fill Dam”.
30. Missouri Department of Transportation: $19,500 (2002-2003). GPR study of imbedded dowel bars, Van Buren, MO”. Co-PI
31. University of Missouri Research Board: $28,060 (2001-2002). “Investigating geophysical signatures at NAPL Sites”. Lead PI
32. Seismic Micro-Technology Inc.: Software valued at ~$444,400. Kingdom Suite seismic processing software donation - 2002.
33. National Science Foundation: $50,000 (2001-2002). “Collaborative Research: Biogeochemical influences on geophysical signatures at LNAPL impacted sites”. Lead PI
34. Michigan Space Grant Consortium: $5000 (2001-2002). “The relationship between major ion chemistry, stable isotopes and geophysical signatures at NAPL impacted sites”. Lead PI
35. Michigan Space Grant Consortium: $5000 (2000-2001). “Geoelectrical response during microbial LNAPL degradation: Implications for monitoring bioremediation”. Lead PI 36. Petroleum Research Fund (American Chemical Society) : $50,000 (1997-1999). “Geophysical investigations of the anomalous conductivities associated with hydrocarbon plumes”. PI
37. National Science Foundation DUE - ILI Program: $42,891 (1995-1997). “Implementing an environmental geophysics field course”. Lead PI
38. Department of Energy PREP Program: $40,000 (1993-1995). “Kalamazoo Mathematics and Sciences Pre-College Engineering Program”. Lead PI
39. Western Michigan University Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund: $3,800 (1997-1998) “Geophysical investigations of hydrocarbon contaminated sites.
40. Western Michigan University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award: $1200 (1997) “Design and Development of Vertical Electrical Resistivity Probe”.
41. Western Michigan University Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund: $4,507.00 (1992-1993). “Mapping buried bedrock topography with gravity in Schoolcraft Township”. PI
42. Western Michigan University Publication Fund: $1500 in 1992, 1994, and 2000.
43. Western Michigan University Faculty Development Fund: $450, 1992
44. Western Michigan University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award Program, $1200 (1992) “Mapping buried channels along the Lake Michigan shoreline, Benton Harbor: implications for sub-surface groundwater flow”.
45. Western Michigan University New Faculty Research Support Fund, $3300 (1991). 46. Geological Association of Canada Travel Support, $450 (1991).
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