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Mohamed Zobaa

Assistant Professor, Geology Graduate Coordinator
Department of Geosciences
Geology Program
Office
Geosciences Room 106

Mohamed K Zobaa received his PhD degree in 2011 in Geology and Geophysics from Missouri University of Science and Technology. His BS (Geology) and MS (Paleontology) degrees were awarded by Benha University, Egypt. Mohamed has been working continuously in academia since 2002, beginning during his graduate training. He has taught several geology courses at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels (e.g. Stratigraphy and Sedimentation; Systematic Paleontology; Stratigraphy Lab; Paleobotany and Palynology). His teaching at institutions in Egypt and the USA has given him the experience to handle large class numbers as well as students from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds. Mohamed’s research expertise is mainly focused on Applied Palynology (palynofacies analysis, organic thermal maturation, source rock evaluation, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, detecting past catastrophic climatic events), in addition to systematic palynology and Mesozoic and Cenozoic palynostratigraphy. His scientific record includes many published international journal papers and conference/workshop abstracts, as well as several invited talks, funded awards, and achievement and recognition awards. This in adition to supervising MS and PhD students as well as serving as a reviewer for NSF and 11 peer-reviewed international journals.


Teaching

UNDERGRADUATE

  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology
  • Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Micropaleontology
  • Basic Field Methods
  • Advanced Field Geology (summer field camp)
  • Mineralogy

GRADUATE

  • Micropaleontology
  • Sedimentary Organic Matter (SOM)
  • SOM Research Methods
  • Scientific Communication

Research Interests

I'm primarily interested in utilizing palynology to understand the accumulation, distribution, and metamorphism of sedimentary organic matter in time and space, and how this can be employed to characterize hydrocarbon systems, interpret paleoenvironment, delineate biostratigraphic events and solve geologically related problems.

Publications

Zobaa, M. K. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. (2018-in press): The Magnificent Seven: the stratigraphically most important mid-Cretaceous terrestrial palynofloral species in the north Western Desert, Egypt. Journal of Iberian Geology. DOI: 10.1007/s41513-018-0062-6.

Barron A., Zobaa, M. K. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. (2017): Palynological evidence for sustained deep marine conditions during the Eocene–Miocene in the southern Gulf of Mexico distal continental margin. GSA Bulletin. V. 129 (1-2), p. 218–228. DOI: 10.1130/B31559.1.

Ibrahim, M. I., Zobaa, M. K., El–Noamani, Z. M. and Tahoun, S. S. (2017): A Review of the Angiosperm Pollen Genus Cretacaeiporites Herngreen, with one new species from the Upper Cretaceous of Egypt. Palynology. V 41 (1), p. 101–116.  DOI: 10.1080/01916122.2015.1093561.

El Beialy, S. Y., Zobaa, M. K. and Taha, A. A. (2016): Depositional paleoenvironment and hydrocarbon source potential of the Oligocene Dabaa Formation, north Western Desert, Egypt: A palynofacies approach. Geosphere. V. 12 (1), p. 346–353.  DOI: 10.1130/GES01227.1.

Wanas, H. A., Sallam, E., Zobaa, M. K. and Li, X. (2015): Mid-Eocene alluvial-lacustrine succession at Gebel El-Goza El-Hamra (Shabrawet area, NE Eastern Desert, Egypt): Facies analysis, sequence stratigraphy and paleoclimatic implications. Sedimentary Geology. V. 329, p. 115–129. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2015.09.006.

Zobaa, M. K., El Beialy, S. Y., El-Sheikh, H. A. and El Beshtawy, M. K. (2013): Jurassic–Cretaceous palynomorphs, palynofacies, and petroleum potential of the Sharib-1X and Ghoroud-1X wells, north Western Desert, Egypt. Journal of African Earth Sciences. V. 78, p. 51−65.

Zobaa, M. K., Zavada, M. S., Whitelaw, M. J., Shunk, A. J. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. (2011b): Palynology and palynofacies analyses of the Gray Fossil Site, eastern Tennessee: Their role in understanding the basin-fill history. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. V. 308, p. 433−444.

Zobaa, M. K., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. and Ibrahim, M. I. (2011a): The Cenomanian/Turonian oceanic anoxic event in the Razzak Field, north Western Desert, Egypt: Source rock potential and paleoenvironmental association. Marine and Petroleum Geology. V. 28, p. 1475−1482.

Elgmati, M., Zobaa, M., Zhang, H., Bai, B., and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. (2011): Palynofacies analysis and submicron pore modeling of shale-gas plays. SPE North American Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition, The Woodlands, Texas, USA. SPE 144267, 10 p.

Shunk, A. J., Driese, S. G., Farlow, J. O., Zavada, M. S. and Zobaa, M. K. (2009): Late Neogene paleoclimate and paleoenvironment reconstructions from the Pipe Creek Sinkhole, Indiana, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. V. 274 (3-4), p. 173184.

Zobaa, M., Sanchez Botero, C., Browne, C., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. and Ibrahim, M. I. (2008): Kerogen and palynomorph analyses of the mid-Cretaceous Bahariya Formation and Abu Roash “G” Member, north Western Desert, Egypt. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) Transactions. V. 58, p. 933-943.

Presentations

McCrary, C. and Zobaa, M. K. (2018): Depositional Paleoenvironment of the Mancos Shale Formation, San Juan Basin, New Mexico. 2018 Permian Basin Research Forum, UTPB, Odessa, Texas, USA. April 20, 2018. Schedule and Abstracts, p. 61

McCrary, C. and Zobaa, M. K. (2018): Palynofacies and organic geochemical analyses of the Mancos Shale Formation in the Burnham-1 well, San Juan Basin, New Mexico. 2018 SWS AAPG Annual Convention, El Paso, Texas, USA. April 7–10, 2018. Schedule and Abstracts, p. 84

McCrary, C. and Zobaa, M. K. (2018): Hydrocarbon source-rock potential and depositional paleoenvironment of the Mancos Shale Formation in the Burnham-1 well, San Juan Basin, New Mexico. The 2018 AAPG Spring Break Student Expo, University of Oklahoma - ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics, Norman, Oklahoma, USA. March 16, 2018. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.26057.44648

Adojoh, O., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., Jaramillo, C. and Zobaa, M. K. (2018): Orographic impacts on climate variability and the Great America Biota Interchange: The role of the elevation of Panamanian Isthmus during the last 5 Ma yrs. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS), University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. January 12–14, 2018. Schedule and Program, p. 4

Zobaa, M. K. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. (2017): Taxonomy of stratigraphically important mid-Cretaceous terrestrial palynofloral species in the north Western Desert, Egypt. 2017 GSA Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA. Abstract, V. 49 (6). DOI: 10.1130/abs/2017AM-308314

Adojoh, O. C., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., Marret-Davies, F., Zobaa, M. K., Osterloff, P. L., Jaramillo, C. A. and Cardenas, D. L. (2017): Controls on fluvial paleodischarge and sediment influx: Current paradigms and potential future scenarios from passive (Gulf of Guinea) and active (Central America) margins. 2017 GSA Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA. Abstract, V. 49 (6). DOI: 10.1130/abs/2017AM-301958

Zobaa, M. K. (2017): Source Rock Evaluation in the Permian Basin. 1st UTPB Geoscience Symposium, UTPB CEED, Midland, Texas, USA

Valdon, Y. B., Zobaa, M. K., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., Maigari, A. S., Awad, W. K. and Haselwander, R. D. (2016): Strong terrestrial influence on the Late Cretaceous Tethyan–Atlantic epeiric sea in the Upper Benue Trough, northeastern Nigeria. 2016 GSA Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, USA. Abstract, V. 48 (7)

Wanas, H. A., Sallam, E., Zobaa, M. K. and Li, X. (2016): Floodplain-dominated alluvial and lacustrine system in the Bartonian succession at Gebel El-Goza El-Hamra (NE Eastern Desert, Egypt): Facies analysis, sequence stratigraphy and paleoclimate implications. First Arab Geosciences Union (ArabGU) International Conference (AIC-1), Algeria, February 17-18, 2016

Zobaa, M. K., El Beialy, S. Y., Taha, A. A. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. (2015): Improved Graphical Representation of Sedimentary Organic Matter as Paleoenvironmental Parameters. 2015 GSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Abstract, V. 47 (7), p. 365

Zobaa, M. K., Sallam, E. S. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. (2015): Palynological Evidence for Epicontinental Dry Subtropical to Temperate Climatic Conditions During the Eocene in the Southeast Mediterranean. 2015 GSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Abstract, V. 47 (7), p. 142

Abdelfattah, A., El Beialy, S. Y. and Zobaa, M. K. (2014): Palynofacies analysis of the Oligocene Dabaa Formation, Amana-1X well, north Western Desert, Egypt. 8th International Symposium on Geophysics (ISG-8), Faculty of Science, Tanta University, EGYPT. Abstracts with Program, p. 25

Barron, A. P., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. and Zobaa, M. K. (2013): A palynological record of the Eocene-Miocene interval at DSDP Site 94, Yucatan Peninsula Shelf. AASPThe Palynological Society, 46th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA. Abstracts and Program, p. 45

Zobaa, M. K. (2012): The Cenomanian/Turonian oceanic anoxic event in the Razzak Field, north Western Desert, Egypt: Source rock potential and paleoenvironmental association. 2nd International Workshop on the Applications of Palynology in Oil and Gas Exploration, Department of Environmental Sciences, Alexandria University, EGYPT in collaboration with Missouri S&T, USA. Abstracts with Program, p. 34

Zobaa, M., Elgmati, M., Zhang, H., Bai, B. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. (2011): Palynofacies analysis and submicron pore modeling of the Utica, Haynesville and Fayetteville shale-gas source rocks. Graduate Research Showcase, Missouri S&T, Rolla, Missouri, USA

Zobaa, M. K., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. and Rogers, J. D. (2010): Catastrophic Palynology; an innovative application of fossil palynomorphs. Graduate Research Showcase, Missouri S&T, Rolla, Missouri, USA

Zobaa, M. K., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., Ibrahim, M. I., Arneson, K. K., Browne, C. M. and Kholeif, S. E. A. (2009): The Cenomanian/Turonian oceanic anoxic event in the Razzak #7 oil well, north Western Desert, Egypt: palynofacies and isotope analyses. 2009 GSA Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA. Abstracts with Program, V. 41, No. 7, p. 513

Zobaa, M. K., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. and Rogers, J. D. (2009): Possible palynologic evidence of hurricanes in the New Orleans area during the past 4,500 years. AASPThe Palynological Society, 42nd Annual Meeting, Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. Abstract Volume, p. 39. (Best Poster Award from the AASP, a world prestigious palynological organization)

Zobaa, M. K., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. and Zavada, M. S. (2009): Applications of palynology for hydrocarbon exploration: case studies from Egypt, eastern Tennessee (USA) and the Gulf of Mexico. AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Denver, Colorado, USA. Abstract Volume, p. 238

Zobaa, M. K. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. (2009): Two oil and gas source rock zones in the Paleogene of the Gulf of Mexico (DSDP Leg 10, Site 94, Yucatan Platform) identified from a palynofacies study. Graduate Research Showcase, Missouri S&T, Rolla, Missouri, USA

Zobaa, M. K. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. (2009): Palynofacies and hydrocarbon potential of DSDP Leg 10 (Site 94), Yucatan Platform, Gulf of Mexico. Second International Conference on Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils (Microfossils II), University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA. Abstracts with Program, p. 72

Zobaa, M., Sanchez Botero, C., Browne, C., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E. and Ibrahim, M. I. (2008): Kerogen and palynomorph analyses of the mid-Cretaceous Bahariya Formation and Abu Roash “G” Member, north Western Desert, Egypt. 2008 GSA Joint Annual Meeting, Houston, Texas, USA. Abstracts with Programs, V. 40, No. 6, p. 568

Zobaa, M. K., Zavada, M. S. and Whitelaw, M. J. (2008): Palynology of the Gray Fossil Site, eastern Tennessee: its role in understanding the basin fill history. GSA North-Central Section–42nd  Annual Meeting, Evansville, Indiana, USA. Abstracts with Programs, V. 40, No. 5, p. 24

Shunk, A. J., Driese, S. G., Farlow, J. O. and Zobaa, M. K. (2008): Early Pliocene paleoclimate reconstruction from the Pipe Creek sinkhole, Indiana, USA. GSA North-Central Section–42nd Annual Meeting, Evansville, Indiana, USA. Abstracts with Programs, V. 40, No. 5, p. 24

Zobaa, M. K., Zavada, M. S. and Whitelaw, M. J. (2007): Palynofacies analysis, source rock evaluation and organic thermal maturation of the Gray Fossil Site, Gray, Tennessee. AAPG Eastern Section, 36th Annual Meeting, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Abstract Volume, p. 60

El Beialy, S. Y., El Beshtawy, M. K., El Sheikh, H. A. and Zobaa, M. K. (2005): Contribution of palynology to age dating, palaeoenvironment and organic thermal maturity of the Upper Jurassic–Lower Cretaceous sediments, Sharib-1X borehole, north Western Desert, Egypt. 2nd International Petroleum Conference & Exhibition, Cairo, EGYPT. Abstract Volume, p. 17

Last Updated: 11/21/2019
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