New article showcased on EOS by AGU

Recently, Dr. Oppo et al. published a study on Scientific Reports where, by using methane-derived authigenic carbonates, they reconstruct the trends of methane emission from the global seafloor over the last 150 Ma (you can read it open access here). At the long geological time scale, the sea level change and the burial of organic matter have been identified as major controls on the methane release.
The article has been showcased on a science news piece on EOS, published by AGU.

Students doing well

With the start of the new Academic Year, we are continuing to showcase the SBRG work.

This time it was Cyle’s turn. He had a great time at the AAPG Student Expo in Houston, presenting some of his thesis research on the seismic interpretation of SW Gippsland Basin, Australia.


I am so glad to announce that the first graduate of my research group here at the School of Geosciences has been amazing at presenting her work on the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale at the AAPG ACE 2019! And now she’s heading out to a full time job at Shell in New Orleans! Great start for the Sedimentary Basins Research Group!

GSA 2018, Indianapolis

GSA 2018

It’s almost time to pack for the 2018 GSA Meeting in Indianapolis!

A new student poster has been added to the list:

  • Grace Stone*, Raphael Gottardi and Davide Oppo (2018) – A Geochemical Analysis of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (Upper Cretaceous) Core Recovered from Eads Poitevent et al. #1

Do not forget to have look also to the research conduct in Tanzania, Africa together with colleagues from Earlham College (IN), the University of Aberdeen (UK) and the University of Dar es Salaam:

  • Che M.*, Maselli V., Moore A., Mulaya E., Oppo D., Tomioka A.* (2018) – Stratigraphy of a tidal delta near Mbweni, Tanzania
  • Tomioka, A*, Che, M*, Maselli V., Moore A., Mulaya E., Oppo D. (2018) – SFM Sediment flux estimation on a tidal delta near Mbweni, Tanzania

Welcome to Zachary !

Let’s welcome Zachary Lukaszeski in our group!


Zachary got his BS in Geological Engineering from the University of Mississippi (2013) and soon after he started working for Halliburton as a logging geologist in the deep water Gulf of Mexico. Zachary is now pursuing a MS in Petroleum Geology at the School of Geosciences of UL Lafayette.
His thesis project will investigate the relationships between structural evolution and sediment dynamics in the offshore of Australia.

Ph.D. in Earth and Energy Sciences

Applications are now being accepted for the new PhD program in Earth and Energy Science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette! This new program prepares students to embrace an inter- and multi-disciplinary understanding of issues central to meeting the energy and environmental challenges of today and the future. For more information, see here!

Download the Curriculum

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: October 1

Professor of the Month!

I’m very pleased to be named Professor of the Month by the students at Theta Xi. It is always rewarding to see that the constant efforts made to be a better teacher are working and are recognized by the students.

Thank you guys!