Research Areas

Research in geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering focuses on the understanding and characterization of the Earth's subsurface.  The unique structure of our department benefits our research efforts and provides students with unique opportunities for collaboration and multi-disciplinary understanding.  Applied research is offered in areas of interest to the mining, petroleum, and geotechnical and environmental consulting industries, as well as fundamental research involving the development of new technologies and modeling of natural processes.  Below is a short summary of the research strengths and highlights within each of our programs. 

Geology and Geophysics

  • Geophysics and tectonics
  • Low-temperature geochemistry and water resources
  • Economic geology, mineralogy, and petrology
  • Petroleum exploration, limnology, sedimentology, and paleontology

Geological Engineering

  • Groundwater hydrology
  • Geotechnics
  • Drone technology and remote sensing
  • Geothermal energy
  • Insitu resource utilization
  • Shallow earth geophysics

Petroleum Engineering

  • Carbon Storage
  • Conformance Control and Water Management
  • Drilling Optimization and Fluid Loss Control
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Mechanical Earth Modeling
  • Unconventional Hydrocarbon Management
  • Wellbore Integrity
  • Well Completion
  • Well Testing


Our faculty are experts in their disciplines who bring extensive experience to our individual programs.

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