Research Program 

Current research projects include using nitrogen and carbon isotopes as proxies to evaluate environmental conditions of aquatic environments and to identify source rocks for petroleum and unconventional resources; evaluating environmental conditions of aquatic environments, past and present using biogeochemical techniques; characterization of oceanic dissolved organic matter (DOM) using chemical, spectroscopic and isotopic measurement techniques.

Working Groups/Consortia

•    Unconventional Hydrocarbon Center (OSU)
•    NICOPP (Nitrogen Cycle in the Ocean, Past and Present), PAGES (Past Global Changes)/IMAGES (2010-2011)

Recent Funded Projects

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board: Quan, T. M. Chemical characterization of produced water using NMR analysis to identify compound classes. Duration of award: 1/9/20-8/15/20. Total funding: $29,148.
  • National Research Consortium: Quan, T. M. Chemical characterization of produced water using NMR analysis to identify compound classes (match for Oklahoma Water Resources Board funding). Duration of award: 1/9/20-8/15/20. Total funding: $29,214.
  • USSSP Post-Expedition Activity Program:Quan, T. M. Investigating the nitrogen cycle and paleoenvironmental conditions during Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Events and the Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum at Mentelle Basin (Expedition 369).  Duration of award: 3/1/18-2/29/20.  Total funding: $14,981.  
  • National Science Foundation GEO OCE-0961914: Quan, T. M. Nitrogen cycle changes across the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event.  Duration of award 7/1/10-6/30/14.  Total funding $343,893.
  • Newfield Exploration Company; PI: D. Boardman; Co-PIs: J. Pashin, E. Atekwana, J. Puckette, T. M. Quan, M. Grammer.  High resolution stratigraphy, paleoceanography, and conodont biostratigraphy of the Mississippian Strata and Devonian Woodford Shale in the Newfield Central Oklahoma coring project. Duration 4/9/14-6/1/16.  Total funding: $546,894.00. 

Professional Affiliations

•    American Geophysical Union (AGU), affiliated with Ocean Sciences Section
•    American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
•    Geological Society of America  (GSA)
•    Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
•    Tulsa Geological Society (TGS)
•    Geochemical Society
•    American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
•    American Chemical Society (ACS)