Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi
Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi Associate Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Science

Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi completed her DPhil in Earth Science at the University of Oxford, Oxford UK in 2012, following a Master's of Geology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA and Bachelor's of Environmental Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. She was the recipient of the Scholarship Coordination Scholarship for outstanding students under the Patronage of the President of the UAE’s office. She has been a member of the Earth Science Dept. (previously Petroleum Geosciece) since 2012 and has contributed to a wide number of courses.

Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi main research interest is in the area of Mesozoic stratigraphy and sedimentology specifically using stable isotopes and novel isotopes to understand how the Earth adapted, recovered and recorded major perturbations to the global carbon cycle. Her on-going research includes examination of ancient and modern systems in the Southern Hemisphere to better understand the record of these carbon cycle perturbations in the Early Jurassic.

Her core research competency is in the areas of chemostratigraphy and sedimentology. I consider myself to be a multi-disciplinary Earth Scientist, with skills in geochronology, biostratigraphy, petrology and geochemistry.

  • DPhil, Earth Sciences, University of Oxford (UK), 2012
  • MSc, Geology, University of Kansas (USA), 2007
  • BSc, Environmental Science (Minor in Chemistry and Geoscience), University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA), 2004


    Teaching Areas
    • Introduction to Geology and Geophysics
    • Sedimentary
    • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    • Geology of the Middle East
    • Strategies for Team-based Engineering Problem Solving II
    • Geological Field Mapping
    • Introduction to Geological Maps
    • Senior Research Project I: Scientific Writing for Geosciences
    • Independent research and special topics including Oceanography, Chemostratigraphy, and Major Events in Earth History
    • Seminar I and II
    • Research Methods and Scientific Writing
    • Biogeochemical Cycles
    • Stable Isotopes in Sedimentary Systems 
      Research Interests
      • Exploring sedimentary archives of climate perturbations in the Mesozoic and the Cenezoic through petrology and stable isotope geochemistry
      • Expanding known geochemical and sedimentary records of major climate perturbations beyond the Tethyan realm
      • Exploring the role of Silicic Large Igneous Provinces such as Chon Aike (Early–Middle Jurassic) and Large Igneous Provinces in climate and environmental perturbations
      • Continental records of climatic change through the Mesozoic including fossil plant and paleosol records
      • Improving absolute age controls on major climate and environmental perturbations, to understand duration and causation through integration of geochronology either through radiometric dating of ashes or detrital zircon records

      Research Project:

      Understanding the impact of Climate Change and Volcanism on Early Jurassic Flora and the continental Sedimentary Record, in the Southern Hemisphere- Khalifa University Competitive Internal Research Award