I received a BSc. in Geology from Obafemi Awolowo University in 2011, my thesis was on the Hydrogeophysical investigation of Chat Formation, Chad Basin. I proceeded to the University of Ibadan where I obtained an MSc degree in Petroleum Geology and Sedimentology. I stayed back at the University of Ibadan for two years, working as a research assistant and software instructor. In 2017, I enrolled in the marine geosciences MS program at the University of Bremen. I did my thesis in Prof. Kai-Uwe Hinrich’s organic geochemistry group under the supervision of Dr. Florence Schubotz. My thesis centered on the characterization of polar hydrocarbons at an asphalt seep (Campeche Knoll, Southern Gulf of Mexico) using class-type separation. In the Fall of 2020, I began my graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma, in the geobiology research Lab.
The onset of the last interglacial period resulted in rise of the global sea level which led to the reconnection of the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea. The changes in salinity and water chemistry due of this reconnection is expected to be accompanied by a dynamic and a continuous evolution in the microbial community. My research therefore focuses on better understanding the response of the microbial community to salinity changes during the transition of the Black Sea from freshwater lake to marine. I use integrated biomarker inventory and trace metal abundance and distribution to characterize the changes.
I received a B.S. in both Geology and Chemistry in 2017 from Wichita State University where I participated in research creating novel ligands. After I briefly worked for a geochemistry company that put mass spectrometers on oil rigs to analyze the gas coming off the mud as they drilled. I then returned to academia in 2019 and worked as a graduate assistant for OU where I did my thesis on the use of a novel LCMS method to analyze polar biomarkers of the Woodford Shale. In 2021 I began the Doctorate program at OU where I will continue my research and working as a teaching assistant for undergraduate labs.
My research will mainly continue my Master’s thesis, in which I analyzed a suite of polar biomarkers and applied them as a proxy for the ancient environment. In this thesis I will reinvestigate the use of metalloporphyrins as redox proxy, such as the VO/Ni ratio, and explore the chelating characteristics of porphyrins to different metal species. Future research will also explore the possibility to use porphyrins to chelate free metals in sediment allowing metals to be characterized by the novel LCMS method we used to analyze the polar biomarkers.