Aisha Al-Suwaidi

Aisha Al-Suwaidi

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences Department

Telephone: +971 (0)2 607 5714

Email: aisha.alsuwaidi@ku.ac.ae


Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi completed her DPhil in Earth Science at the University of Oxford, Oxford UK in 2012, following a Masters of Geology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA and Bachelors 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 Petroleum Geoscience Dept. since 2012 and has contributed to a wide number of courses.


Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi has worked on terrestrial and marine Mesozoic sediments in China, Argentina, UK, and the USA specifically related to understanding the impact and timing of global carbon cycle perturbations in the Cretaceous (~120 MA) and the Jurassic (~180 Ma). She has received grants from AAPG, The Geological Society of London, The Jeremy Wilson Foundation, and Research Initiation Grants from the Petroleum Institute and ADRIC.

Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi is also the lab coordinator for the Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry and Geochemistry labs in the ADNOC Research and Innovation Centre at the Sas Al Nakhl Campus of the Khalifa University. She was actively involved in the design and development of these labs known as the Geochemistry in Ancient and Modern Environment (GAME) Labs.

Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi has continued to be actively involved in new projects in Argentina and the USA with researchers from The University of Oxford, Camborne School of Mines (CSM), University of Exeter, UK, The University of La Plata, Argentina and The University of Texas San Antonio, USA. She has also started new research in the UAE, specifically related to subsurface records from Abu Dhabi and outcrop records from Ras Al Khaimah for the Cretaceous, Jurassic, Triassic–Jurassic boundary and Paleocene¬Eocene thermal maximum.

  • PhD (Earth Science), Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • MSc (Geology), University of Kansas, Lawrence KS, USA
  • BSc (Environmental Science), University of Arizona, Tuscon AZ, USA
  • Courses Currently Taught:

    • PGEGE331 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    • STPS251 Strategies in Team Based Engineering Problem Solving II for Petroleum Geoscience
    • PGEG493 Special Topic in Climate Change and Mass Extinction in Earth History
    • PGEG601 Petroleum Systems (Co-taught)

    Courses Taught Previously:

    • PGEG 221 Introduction to Geology and Geophysics
    • PGEG 311 Sedimentary Petrology
    • PGEG 230 Geological Maps
    • PGEG220 Geology of the Middle East

    Planned Future Courses:

    Advanced Lab Techniques for Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Biogeochemical Cycles, Organic Geochemistry, Field Geology of Petroleum Systems and Isotope Geochemistry of Sedimentary Systems

  • The record of the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum from the UAE in Shallow Carbonates
  • Cretaceous and Jurassic Chemostratigraphy and Chronostratigraphy in the UAE and Argentina
  • The Terrestrial Record of Early Cretaceous Climate Change
  • Triassic–Jurassic record from equatorial regions
  • Large Igneous Provinces Impact on the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • Oceanic Anoxic Events and Major Perturbations of the Carbon Cycle Through Time.


  • Al-Suwaidi, A. H.,  Steuber, T., Suarez, M. ” The Triassic-Jurassic boundary event from an equatorial carbonate platform (Ghalilah Formation, United Arab Emirates)”, The Journal of the Geological Society of London,   2016.  https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2015-102
  • Al-Suwaidi, A. H.,  Hesselbo, S.P, Damborenea, S.E., Manceñido, M.O., Jenkyns, H.C., Riccardi, A.C., Angelozzi,G.N., and Baudin, F., “The Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event (Early Jurassic) in the Neuquén Basin, Argentina: A Reassessment of Age and Carbon Isotope Stratigraphy, The Journal of Geology , vol. 124, pp. 171-193, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1086/684831
  • Paganoni, M., Al Harthi, A., Morad, D., Morad, S., Ceriani, A., Mansurbeg, H., Al Suwaidi,A.,  Al-Aasm, I.S., Ehrenberg, S.N. and Sirat, M., ” Impact of stylolitization on diagenesis of a Lower Cretaceous carbonate reservoir from a giant oilfield, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates”, Sedimentary Geology , vol. 335, pp 70–92, 2016.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2016.02.004
  • Morad, D.,  Paganoni, M.,  Al Harthi, A.,   Morad, S., Ceriani, A.,  Mansurbeg, H., Al Suwaidi, A., Al-Aasm, I. S. and Ehrenberg, S. N.,”Origin and evolution of microporosity in packstones and grainstones in a Lower Cretaceous carbonate reservoir, United Arab Emirates;”. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 435, 21 December 2016, https://doi.org/10.1144/SP435.20
  •  Sirat, M, Al-Aasm, I.S., Morad, S., Aldahan, A., Al-Jallad, A., Ceriani, A., Morad, D., Mansurbeg, H. and Al Suwaidi, A.  ” Saddle Dolomite and calcite cements as records of fluid flow during basin evolution: Paleogene Carbonates, United Arab Emirates” Marine and Petroleum Geology . vol. 74, pp. 71–91., 2016. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.11.005
  • Percival, L.M.E., Witt, M.L.I., Mather, T.A., Hermoso, M., Jenkyns, H.C., Hesselbo, S.P., Al- Suwaidi, A.H.,  Storm, M.S., Xu, W., and Ruhl, M, ” Globally enhanced mercury depositionduring the end-Pliensbachian extinction and Toarcian OAE: A link to the Karoo–Ferrar Large Igneous Province”, Earth ad Planetary Science Letters , vol. 428, pp. 267–280, 2015 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.06.064
  • Ludvigson, G.A., Joeckel, R.M., Murphy, L.R., Stockli, D.F., González, L.A., Suarez, C.A.,Kirkland, J.I. and Al-Suwaidi, A. “The emerging terrestrial record of Aptian-Albian global change”, Cretaceous Research, vol. 56, pp. 1–24, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2014.11.008
  •  Suarez, M.B., Ludvigson, G.A., González, L.A., Al-Suwaidi, A.H. and You, H. “Stable isotope chemostratigraphy in lacustrine strata of the Xiagou Formation, Gansu Province, NW China” Journal of the Geological Society, London, vol.382, pp. 382, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP382.1
  • Al-Suwaidi, A.H., Angelozzi, G.N., Baudin, F. , Damborenea, S.E., Hesselbo, S.P. , Jenkyns, H.C., Mancenido, M.O. and Riccardi, A.C., “First record of the Early Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event from the Southern Hemisphere, Neuquen Basin, Argentina” Journal of the Geological Society of London, Special, vol. 167, pp. 633–636, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1144/0016-76492010-025
  • Pelletier, J.D., DeLong, S.B., Al-Suwaidi, A.H.,  Cline, M., Lewis, Y., and Psillas, J.L. “Evolution of the Bonneville shoreline scarp in west-central Utah: Comparison of scarpanalysis methods and implications for the diffusion model of hillslope evolution”; Geomorphology ; 74, pp. 257–270, 2006. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2005.08.008


Book Chapter

Suarez, M.B., Suarez, C.A., Al-Suwaidi, A.H., Kirkland, J.J., Salazar-Verdin, J., Ludvigson, G.A., and Joekel, R.M.,” Terrestrial Carbon Isotope Chemostratigraphy in the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation: Coplications and Pitfalls” in Terrestrial Depositional SystemsDeciphering Complexities through Multiple Stratigraphic Methods, Ziegler, K. and Parker, W., eds. , Elsevier, 2017. 303–330pp.Paperback ISBN: 9780128032435


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