Mineralogy, Pegmatology, and Petrology Research Group (MP2)
MP2 stands for Mineralogy, Pegmatology, and Petrology. A research group dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and research in the classical fields of Mineralogy and Petrology specializing in the investigation of pegmatites, their mineralogy, paragenesis and mechanisms of formation.
Geophysical Research for Oil and Gas Exploration
The main emphasis of geophysical research at the University of New Orleans is seismology for exploration of hydro-carbon. The current focus involves both developing new processing algorithms for imaging the interior of the Earth and using state-of-the-art technology for interpretation of seismic data. The UNO geophysical research has collaboration with the major oil and geophysical companies. These companies provide data, software and equipment, give scholarships and funds, and support students as interns and co-ops.
Coastal and Environmental Hydrodynamics and Coastal Studies
The physical environment of the Louisiana Coastal Zone is composed of barrier island chains, wetlands, marshes and numerous estuaries and bays. The complexity of these systems presents intriguing and extreme hydraulic challenges in describing fluid motion, and subsequently the fate and transport of sediments, nutrients, contaminants and other waterborne constituents. Coastal and Environmental Hydrodynamics and Coastal Studies provide students the opportunity to pursue a wide range of theoretical and applied research interests.
Coastal and Geomorphologic Studies
The Louisiana Coastal Zone is a premiere location to examine fluvial, deltaic, and coastal processes. Through Stratigraphic, Geomorphologic, and Coastal Studies students are presented with a wide range of opportunities to investigate theoretical and applied research interests such as the role of interior marsh loss on tidal prisms, shoreline change, Holocene stratgraphy, coastal zone evolution and other areas.
Sedimentary geology studies at UNO are conducted by the StrataMax Lab, spearheaded by our resident sedimentologist/stratigrapher Dr. M Royhan Gani. His research interests include studies of source-to-sink; facies analysis and depositional environments; sequence and seismic stratigraphy; ichnology; hydrocarbon reservoir analogs in outcrops; integration of well logs, 2D/3D seismic, and cores...
Environmental Management and Research in Aquatic Ecology
One of the primary focuses of environmental management at the University of the New Orleans Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is the study of fishes and other aquatic organisms of the Louisiana Coastal Zone. Scientists in the Nekton Research Laboratory in conjunction with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences study how natural and anthropogenic effects influence the fishes and aquatic animals of the Louisiana Coastal Zone to develop sound solutions that addresses the increasing ecological threats to natural resources. Personnel conducting this work include undergraduate workers, graduate research assistants, full-time technical associates, post doctoral researchers, and research professors.
For the past 25 years, UNO scientists and students have studied both vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology. The vertebrate work has focused upon dinosaurs of the western United States, bird origins, and fossil marine reptiles of North America. A number of students and volunteers have helped by preparing fossils in UNO's Vertebrate Paleo Lab. Invertebrate projects centered upon early echinoderms worldwide and Gulf Coast molluscs. UNO is proud to note that every student who earned a graduate degree for paleontology research has subsequently worked as a professional paleontologist. Many of our undergraduates have also successfully pursued careers in the field, especially those who participated in our summer field expeditions.
Coastal Management and Restoration Science
The Laboratory for Coastal Restoration Science assists with the planning, implementation and monitoring of coastal restoration projects throughout the United States. The lab’s expertise includes developing and evaluating restoration approaches, application of state of the art practice for coastal wetland restoration, and experience with implementing restoration projects in an adaptive management context.
These degrees emphasize original research in an area of expertise, under the guidance of a faculty advisor within the department. Please visit the faculty web pages and focus areas for more information on research areas and directions within the department. Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members directly to discuss potential research opportunities; securing an advisor prior to application to the program is a requirement.