Dr. Mohammed Yusuf Ali
Dr. Mohammed Yusuf Ali Professor, Acting Department Chair
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Professor, Department of Earth Science

Dr. Mohammed Ali has a BSc in Exploration Geology from Cardiff University, an MSc in Geophysics from Birmingham University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from UWCN, and a PhD in Marine Geophysics from Oxford University. His current research projects are focused on exploration geophysics in the areas of passive seismic, seismic stratigraphy and reservoir characterization and modelling. Other research interests include basin analysis, crustal studies, and the structure of passive margins.

  • PhD, Seismic stratigraphy of the Cape Verde flexural moat, University of Oxford, 1999-2003 
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Further and Higher Education, University of Wales, College Newport, 1998-1999 
  • MSc, Applied Geophysics, University of Birmingham, 1997-1998
  • BSc (Honours), Exploration Geology, University of Wales, College Cardiff, 1994-1997
Teaching Areas

Undergraduate courses:

  • Introduction to Geology and Geophysics
  • Overview of Petroleum Industry
  • Engineering Practices
  • Petroleum Geophysics
  • Seismic Reflection Interpretation
  • Geophysics Computing Project
  • Reservoir Characterization Project
  • Petroleum Systems Project
  • Structural Interpretation
  • Reservoir Geophysics.

Graduate courses:

  • Sedimentary Basin Analysis
  • Seismic Interpretation in Petroleum Exploration and Production
  • Petroleum Systems
Research Interests
  • Reservoir Geophysics: Seismic reservoir monitoring; passive microseismic; seismic modelling of fractured carbonate reservoirs; microgravimetric monitoring of reservoirs; seismic anisotropy; seismic reflection processing (multiple suppression); seismic inversion and modelling; seismic attributes; AVO analysis and seismic amplitude interpretation; 2D and 3D seismic interpretation and visualization.
  • Geology and Tectonics: Tectonic evolution of northeastern Arabia; tectonic evolution of Red Sea and Gulf of Aden; seismic stratigraphy; basin modelling; lithospheric flexure and crustal studies, gravity and magnetic modelling; seismic structural interpretation.
  • Natural Resources: Hydrocarbon potential of Red Sea and Gulf of Aden; geophysical mineral exploration of Arabian shield and horn of Africa.