Andrew Katumwehe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Advisor for the Robert L. Bolin Graduate School of Geology
Geophysics 940.397.4031

Dr. Andrew Katumwehe studies processes through which extensional strain is localized and subsequent rift initiation, segmentation, propagation and termination. He is specifically interested in understanding the role of pre-existing lithospheric scale fabric in the evolution of continental rifts. He is involved in research especially to better understand basin architecture, thermal anomalies and petroleum systems based on the un-conventional methods for hydrocarbon basin analysis by integrating potential field geophysical methods (gravity and magnetics), sedimentary stratigraphy, seismic and basin modelling approach to determine heat flow. This potentially serve as proxy indicators of source rock maturation within frontier continental rift basins. He specializes in the two principal areas of tectonophysics and near surface geophysics based on problems, spanning the very shallow subsurface to deeper crustal-scale. Additional interests are in using geophysical applications for mineral exploration, engineering, geothermal, archaeology, environmental studies, agriculture and hydro geophysics.

Peyton Lisenby, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 
Geomorphology 940.397.4475

Dr. Lisenby is an environmental scientist who specializes in fluvial geomorphology. His research integrates aspects of geology, hydrology, physical geography, and ecology and examines how fluvial landforms respond to natural and anthropogenic disturbances over a range of spatiotemporal scales. Dr. Lisenby is particularly interested in how easily riverine landforms can adjust and how easily sediment can be exchanged between different components of the landscape. His related work includes using the science of geomorphology to inform river, wetland, and watershed management. Correspondingly, Dr. Lisenby is keenly interested in integrating river ecology and fluvial geomorphology to better understand the linkages between abiotic and biotic structure and function in river systems and their interaction with anthropogenic activities.

W. Scott Meddaugh, Ph.D.

Robert L. Bolin Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Geology
Petroleum Geology, Reservoir Characterization, Modeling, and Geostatistics 940.397.4469

Dr. Meddaugh studies petroleum geology with an emphasis on reservoir characterization, 3D reservoir modeling, uncertainty analysis, and the impact of model, data, and human biases on reservoir performance forecasting.  In addition, he is interested in efficient integration of various types of static and dynamic data in 3D reservoir models.  Dr. Meddaugh is also interested in assessing the impact of steam injection on carbonate rocks through geochemical and reactive transport modeling and the potential uses of chemostratigraphy in reservoir characterization and modeling.  He is responsible for the RL Bolin Petroleum Geology Laboratory which is equipped with several high end computer workstations with state of the art reservoir characterization, modeling, mapping, and simulation software.  Dr. Meddaugh has over 32 years of international major oil company experience and has worked on a variety of very large (and some small) reservoir projects worldwide including numerous reservoirs in the United States, the Middle East, Australia, and West Africa.  Additional interests include the geology of metallic ore deposits and isotope-based geochronology.  Dr. Meddaugh is active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and has been a Distinguished Lecturer (2015, 2018), an Associate Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal.  Dr. Meddaugh is a frequent contributor to international, national, and regional meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the European Association of Geologists and Engineers (EAGE).   Dr. Meddaugh has been a frequent media reviewer for the Science Media Awards and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. 

Jonathan D. Price, Ph.D.

Chair & Prothro Distinguished Associate Professor of Geological Science
Igneous Petrology and High-Temperature Geochemistry 940.397.4288

Dr. Price is interested in mass and energy transfer in the Earth's interior. Generally, his work assesses chemical signals in rocks to understand partial melting, crystallization, and alteration processes. He is keenly interested in the nature and origin of high-temperature systems closely associated with magmatism (volcanoes and plutons). His current work focuses on granite-forming events of the early Cambrian in southern Oklahoma, both in the surface exposures within the Wichita Mountains and in the subsurface along the Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen trend. He is also exploring shallow intrusions and related volcanism in the Big Bend of Texas. And he is involved in research in the geologically recent central Oregon Cascades. He manages the MSU Geochemistry Lab, a facility that examines the mineral and chemical composition of rocks. 

Anna M. Weiss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Paleontology, Paleoclimatology, and Sedimentology 940.397.4448

Dr. Weiss is a paleoecologist who evaluates how ecosystems (primarily reefs and other benthic communities) are impacted by climate change in deep time and the present. She seeks to answer the question, how do communities respond and build resilience to rapid climate change? To do this, Dr. Weiss integrates regional geological and paleontological field and laboratory data with global datasets to characterize past climate change and understand the traits, environments and behaviors that favor organism survival. Paleoecology is multidisciplinary, and thus she leverages tools from many fields including paleontology, quantitative ecology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, petrography and geochemistry in her research. She is also studying the role of carbonate sedimentary processes in reef development in Belize. In addition, Dr. Weiss is passionate about STEM outreach and developing educational activities for K-12 and university classrooms.


Adjunct Faculty
Rebecca Dodge, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus 
Environmental Sciences and Remote Sensing

Dr. Dodge studies petroleum exploration with an emphasis on structural styles and petroleum play analysis. She is interested in the surface expression of subsurface structural elements in sedimentary basins, as well as regional-scale structural subdivisions that control structural and stratigraphic play elements. She specializes in the application of satellite imagery and its integration with subsurface exploration data sets including petrophysical and geophysical data. Dr. Dodge has been involved since 1982 in petroleum exploration for major oil companies and large independent companies on six continents. She is very active in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists at the national and section level, having served as President of two AAPG Divisions (Division of Environmental Geosciences and Energy Minerals Division). Additional interests include remote sensing-based land-cover change analysis as it relates to environmental impacts on water resources, and development of training and teaching resources for K-12 STEM teachers. 

Jesse Carlucci, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | 
Paleontology and Sedimentology 

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 generate models of how sea level change influenced the abundance and distribution of trilobites within and across environments.    Other lines of research include morphometric studies of trilobite development, and the nature of shape change in juvenile trilobites.  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.