Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Science is the scientific study of Planet Earth and its geologic systems and processes. It includes the research of Earth’s structure, minerals, soil, atmosphere, as well as water and energy resources. Combining the fields of geology, physics, chemistry, biology, an earth scientist explores how Earth’s natural systems work today, how they operated in the recent and ancient past, and how we expect they may behave in the future. Earth Science is relevant to us all, every day.

The Department of Earth Sciences offers students a modern educational program leading to a BSc in Petroleum Geosciences, and our Graduate Program offers students the opportunity to pursue MSc and PhD degrees. We provide high-quality education in geology and geophysics to prepare students for a wide range of socially and ethically responsible professional careers. All our students will take part in innovative projects which are part of our Faculty member’s wide-ranging research activity.

Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, and geophysics to formulate solutions to various geoscience problems. They will further have demonstrated an awareness of the social, ethical, and professional responsibilities in the exploration and exploitation of energy and natural resources, and a concern for major regional and global social and environmental issues.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University is an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in geology and geophysics, and is among the leading geoscience centers of education and research in the Middle East. Graduates can join both the local and international petroleum industry or may find career opportunities in governmental and non-governmental institutions. PhD graduates can also choose to pursue academic careers with universities in the UAE and abroad.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Petroleum Geosciences

 

The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences aims to provide a high-quality education in petroleum geology and geophysics and to produce graduates for successful, and socially and ethically responsible, careers in the petroleum industry and other geosciences sectors. The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences features a broad education in the earth sciences with concentrations on geology and geophysics. Earth Sciences laboratories, including a computer laboratory, are well equipped, and up-to-date geophysical equipment is available for field exercises. The program features a summer field geology course for students following the Petroleum Geosciences curriculum, and a summer internship in industry for students of the Concentration in Petroleum Geophysics.

The BSc in Petroleum Geosciences requires a total of 137 credit hours. These consist of 23 credit hours of General Education Requirements, 12 credit hours of General Engineering Requirements, 30 credit hours of Mathematics & Basic Sciences, three credit hours of a free elective, and 69 credit hours of specific Major Requirements, including a four credit hour, four-week Field Petroleum Geology Course, and six credit hours of a senior research project.

The Concentration in Petroleum Geophysics requires a total of 137 credit hours. This consists of 23 credit hours of General Education Requirements (GER), 12 credit hours of College of Engineering Requirements (CER), 30 credit hours of Mathematics & Basic Sciences, three credit hours of a free elective, and 69 credit hours of specific Major Requirements, including a one credit hour, three-week internship, and six credit hours for a senior research project. The concentration includes 16 credit hours in the specialized field.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Petroleum Geosciences

The MSc in Petroleum Geoscience is a research intensive program at an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics. Upon completion of the MSc in Petroleum Geosciences, graduates will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology, and geophysics to formulate solutions to various geoscience problems.

The Department of Earth Sciences’ goals of its MSc program are  to provide graduates with an outstanding education and the research skills required to further their careers and to prepare graduates for further education in PhD programs. Upon completion of the Master of Science in Petroleum Geosciences graduate program, graduates will:

 

  • be able to successfully apply advanced and current concepts and methods of the geosciences to formulate and solve complex petroleum geosciences problems;
  • be able to plan and complete a research project within a reasonable time frame by integrating knowledge and methods from different disciplines of the petroleum geosciences and using appropriately selected research methods;
  • demonstrate an ability to communicate complex scientific problems in oral and written forms in English appropriate to the petroleum and broad energy industry;
  • demonstrate self-direction and time management when working independently;
  • work effectively and professionally in multidisciplinary teams, as a member and a leader
  • be able to manage and analyze complex ethical issues
  • raise the overall educational environment of the UAE through publication of scholarly work

Students entering the Master of Science in Petroleum Geosciences are required to take a minimum of 22 credit hours of technical coursework (including 8 credit hours of electives), 1 credit hour of Technical and Scientific Writing, and 12 credit hours of thesis research. The program of study is selected by the student in consultation with his/her advisor(s). In addition, students must complete and successfully defend a Master of Science thesis.

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PhD in Petroleum Geosciences

The PhD program in Petroleum Geoscience is the first PhD program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Earth Sciences’ goal of its PhD program is to stimulate research and development to foster innovative solutions to challenges in science, technology, and engineering and to advance the technological profile of the UAE and the regional oil and gas industry.

Upon completion of the PhD program in Petroleum Geosciences, graduates will have achieved:

  • an ability to recognize, evaluate, interpret, and understand issues and opportunities at the frontiers of knowledge;
  • an ability to integrate and apply knowledge across disciplinary boundaries in order to create new knowledge;
  • an ability to conduct independent original research that results in significant contribution to knowledge in the field;
  • the competencies necessary to disseminate knowledge and research findings in a variety of formats to the scientific community and public at large;
  • a propensity to engage in life-long learning and self-development in their field as a way of contributing to its future advancement;
  • a commitment to ethical behaviour in research and professional activities;
  • the skills required to manage effectively in a multidisciplinary collaborative environment

Students are required to complete 60 credit hours; 24 credit hours are required for coursework, and 36 credit hours for thesis research. The required and elective courses of the PhD program in Petroleum Geosciences are listed in the following table. Written and oral qualifying exams have to be passed before students can start research that leads to a PhD dissertation.

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Academic Faculty

THOMAS STEUBER

Professor

SADOON MORAD

Professor

GUO TAO

Professor

MOHAMMED ALI

Professor

ANDREA CERIANI

Associate Professor and Interim Chair

BING ZHOU

Associate Professor

Aisha Al Suwaidi

Associate Professor

Youcef Bouzidi

Assistant Professor

Flavia Fiorini

Assistant professor

Dominik Hennhoefer

Assistant Professor

Mohammad Al Suwaidi

Assistant Professor

Fateh Bouchaala

Assistant Professor

Laboratory

Susanne Herrmann

Laboratory Engineer

Saif Ullah

Laboratory Engineer

Sanaa Masad

Laboratory Engineer

Muhammad Asim Iqbal

Laboratory Engineer

Prasanth Thiyagarayan

Laboratory Engineer

Faculty and students in the have access to leading-edge research equipment and laboratories at the Department of Earth Sciences and the Research Center (ADRIC). This excellent research environment is enriched through strong relationships to national and international partners including industry leaders, multinational entities, government agencies, universities and other institutions.

The diverse expertise of faculty members lead to a variety of research opportunities, which include studies of Earth’s surface and deep processes, geophysics, tectonics, sedimentology, paleontology, geochemistry, petrology, geological hazards, and environmental geoscience.

Research interests of our faculty members and the outputs from our research can be seen on the individual People page.

 

Active research projects (alphabetically by member of faculty):

Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi

  • TBA

Dr. Mohammed Al Suwaidi

  • Reservoir rock characterization of Cretaceous carbonates (KU-FSU)
  • Reservoir Characterization: Critical Assessment of Regional Stratigraphy, and the Origin and Evolution of Microporosity (KU-CIRA)

Dr. Mohammed Ali

  • Enhancement of Fracture Characterization by innovative Geophysical Data Processing and Integration in Carbonate Reservoirs (funded by ADNOC)
  • Determining basement and sedimentary structures of Abu Dhabi by innovative geophysical and inversion techniques: Implications to Abu Dhabi oilfields (KU-CIRA)
  • Passive seismic monitoring of Abu Dhabi reservoirs: Detecting production induced fracturing and hydraulic fracturing (funded by ADNOC)

Dr. Youcef Bouzidi

  • TBA

Dr. Andrea Ceriani

  • TBA

Dr. Flavia Fiorini

  • TBA

Dr. Dominik Hennhoefer

  • Carbonate sedimentology and geochemistry during climatic turnovers in the Jurassic and Cretaceous systems on the Arabian Plate (KU-FSU)
  • Prehistoric human and faunal evidence of late Pleistocene-early Holocene age in submerged caves of the Yucatan peninsula, State of Quintana Roo, southern Mexico (funded by DFG)

Dr. Sadoon Morad

  • TBA

Dr. Thomas Steuber

  • TBA

Dr. Guo Tao

  • TBA

Dr. Bing Zhou

  • A novel surveying configuration and new imaging algorithms of electrical resistivity tomography for assessment of groundwater resources in Abu Dhabi (funded by AARE)
  • Seismic anisotropic viscoelastic tomography using multi-arrival travel times and full waveform spectra for imaging carbonate reservoirs (KU-CIRA)

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