Geology and Geological Engineering

Dr. Kurt Katzenstein
Understanding Earth’s Dynamic Processes
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I am always looking for enthusiastic, inquisitive students who wish to investigate dynamic processes in the upper portions of earth?s crust.

Current Students:

  • Jay Nopola, Ph.D. student Creep and hydraulic sealing behavior of shale (DOE, State of SD).
  • Erik Walega, M.S. student Estimating recharge of into the High Plains Aquifer of Northern Nebraska and Southern South Dakota (USGS)

Former Students:

  • Kathleen Grigg (M.S. 2013) SD DENR.
  • Jay Nopola (M.S. 2013) RESPEC, Pursuing Ph.D. at SDSM&T.

contact: Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, 501 E. Saint Joseph St., SDSMT, Rapid City, SD 57701
phone: (605)394-5113 / fax: (605)394-6703 / email: