Our faculty are engaged in several diverse projects that provide highly recognized insights on the nature of petroleum geology, the environment, paleontology and sedimentolgoy, and igneous petrology. We foster student involvement in all of our research endeavors. Most of our classes incorporate our research findings, exposing all of our students research. Furthermore, we support a number of undergraduate researchers who are directly responsible for pursuing significant results. We are now seeking qualified and motivated graduate researchers to tackle a number of independent avenues within our research expertise.
Dr. Meddaugh’s current research interests are focused on several aspects of petroleum geology and reservoir characterization including:
More details: Dr. Meddaugh's ResearchGate Page
Key Research Facility: The Robert L. Bolin Petroleum Laboratory
Dr. Carlucci’s research focuses on integrating data from paleontology (trilobite abundances & systematics), paleoecology (quantitative analysis of diversity), and sedimentology (facies analysis, sequence stratigraphy) to explain the biogeographic distribution of extinct organisms. This type of work is useful in generating models of how basin geometry and environments were affected by physical changes on Earth. Dr. Carlucci’s work features both a laboratory and field component, and current research areas are in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, and the Valley and Ridge province of Virginia.
More details: Dr. Carlucci's ResearchGate Page
Key Research Facility: Paleontology Prep and Sedimentology Lab
Dr. Price’s research focuses on the origin and nature of rocks (petrology) and the chemical systems from which they originate. He’s interested in magmatic materials and processes associated with volcanoes and their subterranean counterparts, plutons. His most recent projects utilize field exploration and mapping, geochemical analysis, and computer modeling to evaluate the crystalline rocks of southern Oklahoma, including the Wichita Mountains, and the volcanic materials of the Trans-Pecos, west Texas. In addition to magmatism, Dr. Price is also interested in mineral growth and geochemistry in a variety of geologic settings.
Key Research Facility: Petrology and Geochemistry Lab
Our faculty participate in UGROW and EURECA during the summer and academic year, respectively. These are interdisciplinary research programs that provide monitary and infrastructural support to undergraduates. We are also active in advising student research through independent study (GEOS 491X) courses.
The Robert L. Bolin Graduate School of Petroleum Geology requires students to complete an original research project and thesis in one of the above areas of concentration. Perspective graduate students will seek out an area of concentration as part of the application process. Under faculty guidance, graduate researchers will engage in a well-defined topic that provides unique and novel insight, potentially leading to publication in the scientific literature.