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News and Events

Geology Seminars

Geology seminars are held on Thursdays from 4-5 pm in Thompson 213, unless otherwise noted. The schedule for Fall 2022 is available here. 


"GeoNuggets" video series, by Dr. Karin Goldberg

This video series explores various geological processes, features, and terrains in a virtual format that gives viewers an opportunity to "travel" remotely and learn about geology from wherever they may be! Join us on a virtual journey!

Other videos by Dr. Karin Goldberg:

e-Newsletter & Social Media

Check out our e-Newsletter to keep up with recent events in the department. Updates and images of Department events and local geology are available in our Twitter feed.



Misagh Esmaeilpour, MSc graduate from the Porous Media Research Lab, Publishes Article in journal Water Resources Research.

The article details pore-scale heterogeneity on scale-dependent permeability. Link to the article can be found here: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2021WR030664

Barnabas Adeyemi, graduated MSc student from the Porous Media Research Lab, Publishes Article in the Advances in Water Resources journal. 

The article details effective permeability at reservoir scale and application of critical path analysis. Barnabas is now a PhD student at the Lehigh University. Link to the article can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0309170821002475

Scholarship Awards Banquet - Friday Nov 5th 2021

We hosted our annual Geology Advisory Council & Scholarship Awards Banquet on Friday November 5th, where we honored student achievements and awarded ~$126,000 in scholarship funding! Click here for photos of some of our student award recipients.

Misagh Esmaeilpour, MSc graduate from the Porous Media Research Lab, Publishes Article in prestigious journal Fuel with impact factor 5.6

The article details scale-dependent permeability and formation factor in porous media. Link to the article can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016236121009698

Seek article by Geology Associate Professor Matt Kirk
K-State Department of Geology's Dr. Matt Kirk - "Rural water wells show large increase in nitrate levels" (pg 6) article in the latest edition of Seek. Link to the article can be found here: k-state.edu/seek/2020/imag
Postdoc David Pompeani Publishes Article on Environmental Lead Contamination

The article details Pompeani's recent research that indicates that environmental lead contamination from prehistoric metalworking can be detected in North America for thousands of years. Link to the article found here: https://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement/?id=60495

Geology Professor Brice Lacroix Receives Grant from American Chemical Society for Arbuckle Mountain Study

The Arbuckle Mountains expose 450-million-year-old carbonate rocks from the Arbuckle group, a natural hydrocarbon reservoir that occurs deep in the subsurface in Kansas and parts of Oklahoma. In addition to hydrocarbon extraction, the reservoir is also used to dispose of the wastewater produced during the hydrocarbon extraction process.

The purpose of this research is to better understand the timing and conditions of past fluid-flow that occurred along faults through the Arbuckle group rocks, which would have potentially altered them. Such alteration can affect key rock characteristics such as porosity and permeability.

Lacroix will apply the latest thermochronometry techniques — such as ∆47/U-Pb — that he is currently developing in collaboration with colleagues in Switzerland and France. A better understanding of the fault behaviors and their relationship with fluid flow are important to better understand this natural disposal water reservoir and its link with induced seismicity.

Assistant Professor of Geology to Participate In Drilling of the Ocean Floor

Karin Goldberg, assistant professor of geology, has been invited to participate as a sedimentologist on the International Ocean Discovery Program Equatorial Atlantic Gateway Expedition (388) aboard the research vessel JOIDES Resolution.

The expedition, scheduled for summer 2020, will study the tectonic, climatic and biotic evolution of the Equatorial Atlantic Gateway at three sites on the northeastern Brazilian continental shelf. This expedition will constrain the long-term interactions between tectonics, oceanography, ocean biogeochemistry and climate, and the functioning of tropical ecosystems and climate during intervals of extreme warmth.