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
- 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!
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.
Precious Efereta Batubo
BS Geology & Mining, Godfrey Okoye University, 2016
MS Geology, UL Lafayette, 2021
In co-supervision with Gabriele Morra
Juliet C Aralu
BS Geology University of Lagos, Nigeria, 2016
MS Geology, UL Lafayette, ‘22
I started graduate school at UL Lafayette in the spring ’21 semester. Before grad school, I worked as a Geologist and Seismic interpreter at an oil and gas consulting firm (Degeconek) in Nigeria. My primary research interests include Petroleum Geology, Sedimentology and CCUS. I am currently working on the analysis of sub-circular depressions formed in the Gippsland basin, SE Australia.
BS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette, 2021
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.
BS Geology, UL Lafayette, 2020
MS Geology, UL Lafayette
My primary research interests include sedimentology, marine geology, and deep-sea sedimentation. I am currently researching the variability of methane release from a seafloor cold seep at Woolsey Mound in the Gulf of Mexico. Using a combination of geochemical and biostratigraphy data collected from sediment cores, I am hoping to better understand the seeps’ role in the global carbon cycle.
Zachary B. Lukaszeski
B MS Geological Engineering, University of Mississippi, 2013
MS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette
I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Petroleum Geology. My primary research interests i 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.
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)
Kristen Holmes, MS Petroleum Geology, 2021 – Now at Oceaneering
Ernest Antwi, MS Geology, 2021 – Now Ph.D. student at UL Lafayette
Mandi Lalonde, MS Petroleum Geology, 2021