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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Energy Resources

Studies of use and availability of energy resources, ranging from geosciences to political economy, and from traditional to renewable resources. Faculty are actively involved in research on basin analysis, geophysical exploration, tectonic frameworks, as well as wind energy, CO2 sequestration, and the political and social economics of developing energy grids.

Energy Resources Faculty

Gwendelyn Geidel

Gwendelyn Geidel

Prediction, prevention and remediation of ground and surface water contamination caused by mining and other anthropogenic disturbances of the earth’s surface. Examples include investigations of rock-water interactions from mining activities (including both coal and metal mining in the US and Canada), the degradation of water quality from the oxidation of sulfide minerals, laboratory evaluation of acid and alkaline potentials from rock strata, field investigations of the long term effects of mining, and the implementation at field sites of constructed wetlands, anoxic limestone drains, alkaline trenches and other remediation and reclamation technologies.

Conor M. Harrison

Conor M. Harrison

Dr. Harrison’s research examines the relationship between energy and society, with a particular focus on political economy and power relations. Portions of his work have been published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geoforum, and Local Environment. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Center for Study of the American South, and the University of North Carolina.

James Kellogg

James Kellogg

Director of the Andean Geophysical Laboratory, at the University of South Carolina, and is Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of South American Earth Sciences. My research interests include geodetic, gravity and tectonic studies of active margins and the Andean orogenic belt where I haveworked for the last 30 years.

Camelia C. Knapp

Camelia C. Knapp

Application of active source seismology to the structure, composition, and physical properties of the Earth's crust and upper mantle; seismic wave propagation and imaging; petroleum exploration; environmental geophysics; CO2 sequestration (CCS); hydrogeophysics; physical properties of petroleum related marine gas hydrates; Geographic Information Systems.

James H. Knapp

James H. Knapp

Analysis of the structural and geodynamic evolution of the continental lithosphere through integration of seismic reflection and refraction data, structural analysis, and geologic data. Application of geological and geophysical analysis to exploration and production of hydrocarbons. 

Andrew Leier

Andrew Leier

Clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy, sediment provenance, basin analysis, tectonics and sedimentation, stable isotopes, paleoelevation, paleoclimate, petroleum geology, reservoir architecture and characterization.