Group Coordinator

Dr. Davide Oppo

Pioneer Production Endowed Professor of Geology and Petroleum Engineering
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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 Petroleum Geosciences 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

Research interests:

  • Significance of focused fluid flows in the history of sedimentary basins
  • Biogeochemistry of methane-derived carbonates
  • Geophysical imaging of fluid flow features
  • Sediment dynamics along continental margins
  • Sedimentology of tsunamis and extreme waves

I consider myself a broadly trained marine geoscientist but my core research interests lie 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 and sediment extrusion. The main efforts are oriented to obtain a clear understanding of the processes that govern fluid and sediment emission at the surface, an aspect that is fundamental to evaluate their impact on petroleum exploration, on nearby human communities and natural ecosystems, and to properly consider their role in geological and socioeconomic models at a regional 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!


Grace L Stone
BS Geology, University of Southern Indiana, 2017

My primary interests include geochemistry, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and field geology.  I am currently working on sedimentology and geochemistry of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale to study the Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 in the Gulf of Mexico. Along with my research work, I am the President of our AAPG Student Chapter.


Cyle Chapman
BS Geology, UL Lafayette, 2017
MS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette

My research interests include basin analysis, subsurface mapping, sequence stratigraphy, and unconventional reservoirs.  I just completed an industry-specific subsurface mapping project where I have been analyzing the stratigraphy and reservoir characterization of Greensburg Field in St. Helena Parish, LA. My research work focuses on 3D seismic interpretation and stratigraphic analysis of sedimentary successions in the Gippsland Basin, Australia.

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.


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