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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 sedimentologist 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!

Cyle Chapman

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.

Grace Stone

Grace L Stone
BS Geology, University of Southern Indiana, 2017
MS Geology, UL Lafayette

My primary interests include geochemistry, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and field geology.  I am currently working on my Master’s Thesis titled, “A Geochemical Analysis of Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (Upper Cretaceous) Core Recovered from Eads Poitevent et al. #1.”  This work focuses on creating a geochemical proxy for the Gulf of Mexico during the Cenomanian and Turonian and the global Oceanic Anoxic Event #2. Along with my research work, I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant and the President of our AAPG Student Chapter.

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Mary “Katie” Fern
BS Geology and Geography, University of Arkansas, 2017
MS Geology, UL Lafayette

My research interests involve petrophysics, unconventional resources, and sedimentology. My Master’s Thesis focuses on the sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of a Tuscaloosa Marine Shale core recovered from St. Tammany Parish, LA.


Zachary B. Lukaszeski
BS 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.