The Faculty of the Kimbell School of Geosciences

Jesse Carlucci, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Advisor for the Robert L. Bolin Graduate School of Petroleum Geology
Paleontology and Sedimentology 940.397.4448

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.  He takes an integrated  approach to paleobiology, where the study of evolution and extinction are done within a framework that includes an analysis of sedimentary rocks,  their properties, and associated depositional environments.  His research 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. 


Andrew Katumwehe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 


Peyton Lisenby, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 


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.


Jonathan D. Price, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Price studies mass and energy transfer in the Earth's interior, assessing 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. He manages the MSU laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometry (LIBS) lab; he is engaged in several projects that explore utilizing the LIBS for geochemical comparison of rock-forming minerals. 


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 landcover change analysis as it relates to environmental impacts on water resources, and development of training and teaching resources for K-12 STEM teachers.