Group Coordinator

Dr. Davide Oppo

Pioneer Production Endowed Professor of Geology and Petroleum Engineering
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@risingfluids

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.


Students

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!

Ph.D.

Bernardo de Almeida Teixeira
MS Geology,  Lisbon University, 2012

Prior to attending UL Lafayette for graduate school, I worked as petroleum geologist at Galp Energia. My primary research interests include petroleum system modeling and sedimentology.  I am currently working on advanced time-lapse seismic characterization of gas hydrate-bearing systems.

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 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.

Master

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.

Alumni

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