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The Sedimentary Organic Matter research group at UT Permian Basin focuses on the accumulation, distribution, and diagenesis of sedimentary organic matter in time and space; how they can be employed to interpret paleoenvironment and paleoclimate, delineate biostratigraphic events, characterize hydrocarbon systems, and solve geologically related problems. We utilize palynology and palynofacies analyses as primary proxies in our research but integrate a variety of other tools to support and corroborate our findings and interpretations. These include, for example, Rock-Eval Pyrolysis, XRD, XRF, Vitrinite Reflectance, Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), and Organic Petrology.

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