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Geology & Geophysics Welcomes Dr. Heather Bedle and Dr. Kato Dee

Dr. Heather Bedle

Heather Bedle

Dr. Heather Bedle has recently joined the Department of Geology and Geophysics as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Bedle was most recently at the University of Houston, where she taught primarily graduate level applied petroleum geophysics courses, utilizing her experiences working as a geologist and geophysicist in the petroleum industry with Chevron.  In her new position at the University of Oklahoma, she will continue to develop and deepen her research initiatives regarding advanced seismic interpretation techniques, which include multi-attribute and machine-learning techniques and the application of rock physics techniques to improve our understanding of the subsurface.  Dr. Bedle is thrilled  with the opportunity to become a Sooner, and is looking forward to working with the students, faculty and staff, and community at OU.

Dr. Kato Dee

Kato Dee

Dr. Kato Tsosie Dee joined the Geology and Geophysics department in Fall 2018. He started off his professional career in environmental consulting as a hydrogeologist/geochemist where he participated in numerous projects related to remediation of abandoned mines, petroleum refineries, uranium mills, and chlorinated solvent releases. Prior to the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Dee was the director of the Colorado Mountain College Natural Resource Management program where he developed, procured funding, and implemented numerous projects related to environmental monitoring, reclamation, and restoration in the Central Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He obtained his PhD in Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines and M.S. and B.S. from the University of Kansas. His primary research focuses on the roles and interactions of natural organic matter with metals in natural waters and how these relations alleviate metal aquatic toxicity. Other interests include fate and transport of metals and hydrocarbons, and use of constructed wetlands is remediating contaminated waters. Dr. Dee is excited to work with students, faculty, develop collaborations with other departments, and increase Native American student presence at OU as part of the development of a robust and innovative hydrogeology program.

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