Dr. Davide Oppo
Pioneer Production Endowed Professor of Geology

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I joined the School of Geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an Assistant Professor in August 2018. Before moving to Louisiana I was a Lecturer in at the University of Aberdeen (UK). I completed a postdoc at the University of Bologna (Italy), where I also received my Ph.D. in Geology and MSc in Marine Environmental Sciences in 2012 and 2008, respectively. I am Associate Editor of Marine and Petroleum Geology and Frontiers in Earth Sciences – Marine Geosciences

Research interests:

  • Evolution and Significance of cold seepage systems
  • Biogeochemistry of methane-derived authigenic carbonates
  • Geophysical imaging of fluid flow features
  • Sediment dynamics along continental margins
  • Sedimentology of tsunamis and extreme waves

I am a broadly trained marine geoscientist, with my core research interests at the intersection of sedimentology, biogeochemistry, and geophysics. Most of my research focuses on the multidisciplinary study of fluid flows in sedimentary basins, with a personal interest in methane seepage.
My main efforts are oriented to obtain a clear understanding of the processes governing fluid and sediment emission at the surface, a fundamental aspect to evaluate cold seeps impact on human communities and natural ecosystems, and to properly consider their role in geological models at local and global scale.


To all UL Lafayette students: Please remember that every Spring you can apply for Scholarships with the School of Geosciences. Do not hesitate to contact me for further information!


Ferdinando Cilenti

BS Geology, University of Naples Federico II, 2017
MS Geology, University of Naples Federico II, 2020

My primary research interests include petroleum systems, reservoir geophysics and field geology. I am currently working on a quantitative analysis of a fault-controlled cold seep/hydrate system (CSHS) over a temporal window of approximately 20 years, through 4D time-lapse seismic imaging techniques and principles.

Grace L Stone

BS Geology, University of Southern Indiana, 2017
MS Geology, UL Lafayette, 2019

My primary interests include geochemistry, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and field geology.  I am currently working on the genesis and architecture of Mass Transport Deposit in the Gulf of Mexico. I combine the analysis of high-resolution 3D seismic data with AUV-borne Chirp sub-bottom profiles from different fields.


Kristen Holmes

BS Geology, UL Lafayette, 2019, with double concentration in Environmental and Petroleum Geology.
MS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette

I am working on my Master’s Degree of Science in Geology. My research interests include offshore geohazards and I’m currently performing research focusing on basin analysis in the Gulf of Mexico.

Precious Efereta Batubo

BS Geology & Mining, Godfrey Okoye University, 2016
MS Geology, UL Lafayette

I am currently working on my master’s degree in Geology at the School of Geosciences, UL Lafayette. My main research interests are computational Geophysics, sedimentology and machine learning. My current research focuses on inverse modeling using artificial Intelligence techniques to estimate tsunami characteristics from their deposits.

Zachary B. Lukaszeski

MS Geological Engineering, University of Mississippi, 2013
MS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette

Prior to attending UL Lafayette for graduate school, I worked as a logging geologist for Halliburton in deep water Gulf of Mexico. In my 3.5 year tenure, I was able to be a part of some large discoveries with Chevron. The time offshore sparked an interest to further my education in order to pursue a career as a geoscientist for an operator. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree with research interest in geophysics, petrophysics, basin modeling, and sequence stratigraphy.

Ernest Antwi

BSc. Geology, University of Ghana. 2012
MPhil. Geology, University of Ghana, 2016

My main research interests are petroleum systems and reservoir geophysics. As a member of the Sedimentary Basin Research Group, my research focuses on the application of data mining, robust regression models, and machine learning in characterizing hydrocarbon seepage in the Gulf of Mexico for petroleum exploration.

Mandi Lalonde

BS Geology, UL Lafayette, 2018
MS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette

As a part of the Geology team, I am interested in seismic interpretation, well log analysis, and geohazards characterization. My current research includes understanding and identifying Mass Transport Deposits in the Gulf of Mexico.

John Blanchard

BS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette
MS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette

I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Petroleum Geology. My primary research interests include reservoir geophysics, sedimentology, and petroleum systems. My current research involves the characterization of the seafloor geomorphology within offshore Lebanon, in the Eastern Mediterranean, using bathymetry data.


Mary “Katie” Fearn, MS Geology, 2019 – Now at Shell

Cyle Chapman, MS Petroleum Geology, 2020 – Now at the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM)