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Greetings!  My name is Nina and I am a first-year master’s student.  I earned my BS in Geology with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma.  I am conducting research on fluvial mud samples from rivers in the  southeastern region of  Puerto Rico to investigate the possible effects mass wasting (landslides) has on sediment geochemistry.  Mass wasting may affect the weathering pattern of sediment delivered to streams in high relief and high precipitation localities, impacting weathering trends, both past and future.  Increased mass wasting may affect stream quality and ecology, as well as increasing chemical weathering rates, resulting in increased consumption of carbon dioxide, providing a slight negative feedback effect to the carbon cycle.

Hi there! My name is Dalila, and I am a geology master’s student from Luanda, Angola. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma.

One of my first research endeavors, which triggered my interests in research, occurred during a class project when I investigated the petrogenic character of igneous rocks from a volcanic field in UK. My study solved a question on the origin of the magma that fed the volcanic field by demonstrating that the rocks were in fact sourced from a mantle plume within a continental setting. Afterwards, I joined the Institute of Reservoir Characterization (IRC) as an undergraduate, led by the well acclaimed Dr. Roger Slatt (to whom I owe many thanks), where I worked with graduate students on their ongoing research by organizing data and conducting various geomechanical and geochemical measurements. Further, I engaged in another undergraduate research with Dr. Doug Elmore to investigate the influence of thermal maturity on the diagenesis of the Wolfcamp Shale in the Permian Basin of Texas.

Currently, I’m working under Dr. Mike Soreghan on the mid Pennsylvanian sediment provenance into the Anadarko Basin. I’m looking at the Red Fork Sandstone (part of the Cherokee Group) in core in north, central and southern Oklahoma, to address the stratigraphy within the incised valleys and interpret the sequence stratigraphy. I’m also looking at detrital zircon geochronology to test whether there are differences in sediment source during low-stand and high-stand times. After graduate school, I plan to work in the oil and gas industry and continue to inspire younger and upcoming geoscientists, especially those within minority groups.