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Dr. Davide Oppo
Assistant Professor, Sedimentology
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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 PhD in Geology and MSc in Marine Environmental Sciences in 2012 and 2008, respectively.


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 distribution and accumulation along continental margins
  • Sedimentology of tsunamis and extreme waves

I consider  myself as a broadly trained sedimentologist but my core research interests lie at the intersection of sedimentology, biogeochemistry and geophysics. Most of my research focuses at the multidisciplinary study of fluid flows in sedimentary basins, with a personal interest on 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 ChapmanCyle 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 L StoneGrace 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.


Mary “Katie” Fernkat pic
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.




Harris PantlikHarris Patlick
BS Geology College of Charleston, 2011
MS Petroleum Geology, UL Lafayette

I am employed as a Geoscientist and Client Representative for Oceaneering.  During my employment I have been involved in deep-water Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) projects in the following areas: Gulf of Mexico, Offshore Angola, Caspian Sea, Fjords of British Columbia, Offshore Ghana, North Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, and Offshore Congo.
Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s degree in petroleum geology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.  I plan to perform a facies analysis of a core drilled in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) formation.


Zachary B. LukaszeskiZachary
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 geoscientist for an operator. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree with research interest in: geophysics, petrophysics, basin modeling, and sequence stratigraphy.