Geology and Geological Engineering

Dr. Zeynep Oner BARAN
Tectonics: Understanding the past and future of the Earth
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Meet the team

My research team conduct various research projects and mainly utilize applications of various field geology techniques combined with other disciplines (i.e. Remote sensing, Geochemistry, Petrology). Our research interest has a wide range including structural geology &tectonics studies, basin analysis research, natural resources (economic geology, petroleum geology), and environmental & medical geology.


  • Devin Last, MS student
  • Mathew Weinberger, MS student
  • Laura Rochlitz, MS student


  • Ethan Melville, MS in Geology (Hess Corporation, TX)
  • Anthony Gesualdo, MS in Geology (OceanaGold Corporation, NV)
  • Shilpika Podali, MS in Geology (Occidental Petroleum, TX)
  • Emily Davis Fischer (Field Assistant, 2007) Aera Energy, Domestic AAPG Student Chapters President.
  • Mahima Swarup (Field assistant,2009)

For prospective students

Postdocs and students working on my research team can expect academic flexibility and collaborative research, along with my personal attention and strong commitment to excellence.

Students & Researchers who can be a good fit in our research team are:
  • Enthusiastic about scientific and industrial research
  • Independent and self-confident researcher
  • Interested in curiosity-driven, multidisciplinary projects
  • Willing to learn and apply new field and laboratory techniques

If you are interested and need further information, please contact me OR


  • contact: Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, 501 E. Saint Joseph St., SDSMT, Rapid City, SD 57701
    phone: (605)394-5286 / fax: (605)394-6703 / email: