The Department has a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Hydrocarbon Industry. This relationship is driven by the variety of research directions our faculty pursues and the diversity of the courses that we offer our Undergraduate and Graduate students. The result is that many of our students are employed by the petroleum companies. Recruiters are impressed with our students and their outstanding capability for analysis, interpretation and modeling in sedimentology, stratigraphy, tectonics, geochemistry and hydrology. We have an active student chapter of the AAPG which sponsers field trips, seminars and informal social events in the department.
|Andean Geophysical Laboratory||Radioisotope Geochemical Laboratory|
|Boundary Layer Stress & Sediment Transport (BLASST) Lab||Satellite Oceanography Laboratory|
|Coastal Processes & Sediment Dynamics (CPSD) Laboratory||Seismology-Geophysics Laboratory|
|Electron Microscopy Center||Seismotectonics Laboratory|
|Geochemistry and Orogenesis Lab (GO-Lab)||Subsurface Computer Modeling Lab|
|Geophysical Exploration Laboratory (GEL)||Sequence Stratigraphy Web Server|
|Hydroclimatology and Remote Sensing Lab||Stable Isotope Laboratory|
|Marine Sediments Research Laboratory||Tectonics and Geophysics Laboratory|
|Oceanic Geochemistry Laboratory||Tectonics and Sedimentation Laboratory|
|Petrology-Geochemistry-Volcanology Laboratory||Electron Probe Microanalysis Facility|
Dr. David Barbeau
Geodynamic evolution and regional tectonics of foreland and intraforeland basin systems; Kinematic histories of deformational belts using growth structures and kinematic sequence stratigraphy; Sedimentary lithofacies distribution in contractional, halokinetic and extensional growth strata; Sedimentary provenance using petrography, detrital-zircon geochronology, thermochronometry, stable isotopes and electron microscopy; Energy research; Sequence stratigraphy of siliciclastic deposystems; Tectonic development of basement-involved uplifts and their associated basins; Magnetostratigraphy; and Geology & the sense of place
Paleoecology, palynology, wetlands restoration, hazardous waste and groundwater remediation utilizing organics, coal and peat petrology; Holocene climate and sea-level changes; peat resources and utilization.
Applied geophysics, GPS geodesy, gravitytectonic studies, tectonics of active margins, Andean orogenic belt, GIS, seamounts
Sequence Stratigraphy, Basin Modeling, Sedimentary Simulation, 3-D Seismic Interpretation, Middle East Stratigraphy, Hydrocarbon Exploration & Reservoir Characterization, Carbonates petrography and depositional systems.
Dr. Camelia Knapp
Analysis of Crustal Expression of the Vrancea Seismogenic Zone of Romania, Project DRACULA (Romania), Gas Hydrates of Gulf of Mexico (USA) and Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan).
Dr. James Knapp
Analysis of the structural and geodynamic evolution of the continental lithosphere through integration of seismic reflection and refraction data, structural analysis, and geologic data. Application of geological and geophysical analysis to exploration and production of hydrocarbons.
Dr. Pradeep Talwani
Freshwater reservoir induced seismicity, fluid pressure flow in crystalline rocks, seismotectonics and neotectonics of stable continental regions, strain rate measurement using GPS, paleoseismology, crustal structure of the South Carolina Coastal Plain, the Charleston earthquake of 1886, seismic hazard analysis and seismicity of South Carolina
Dr. Robert Thunell
Reconstructing paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic conditions using deep sea sediments; measuring the production and flux of sediments in the ocean; calibration of paleoclimate proxies.
Dr. William Kanes
A "Distinguised Professor Emeritus" is a key player in developing world wide contacts and projects with the Hydrocarbon Industry.
Currently within a body of some 80 graduate students, we have a very
active AAPG student chapter of some 25 students.
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