DR. RICHARD SMOSNA
PROFESSOR OF GEOLOGY
Bachelor of Science, 1967, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Master of Science, 1970, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
Doctor of Philosophy, 1973, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Sedimentology and Sedimentary Petrology
Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis
1978‑present: Professor of Geology, West Virginia University.
2012-present: Adjunct Professor, University College Cork, Ireland.
2009-2011, Research Geologist part-time, URS Corporation, Morgantown, WV.
2006-2009: Associate Editor, Journal of Geoscience Education.
Fall 2007, Visiting Professor, Department of Geology, University College Cork, Ireland.
Fall 2000: Visiting Professor, Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain.
Fall 1993: Visiting Professor, Departamento de Geologia, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain.
Fall 1986: Visiting Professor, Department of Geology, University of Bristol, England.
1972‑1978: Petroleum Geologist, West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey.
1971-1972: Instructor of Geology, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana.
Laura Wray, 1980 Pete Sullivan, 1981 *Burt Carter, 1981 John Ragan, 1982
Pete Miller, 1984 Tim Maxwell, 1985 Eric Tissue, 1986 Marty Zeleznek, 1986
*Cindy Carney, 1987 Matt Conrad, 1987 Allison Earl, 1989 Bryan Koehler, 1989
Greg Kelleher, 1990 *Tammy Suter, 1991 Rick Goings, 1991 Larry Cavallo, 1994
Andy Judd, 1995 *Steve Bell, 1997 *Dave Oldham, 1997 Heather Rosenstein, 1998
Drew Mann, 1998 Scott Tye, 2000 Coen Bauders, 2000 Jeff O'Connell, 2002
Laura Sheehan, 2002 Jeff Rutland, 2004 Darin Dolezal, 2004 Patrick McBride, 2004
Jeremy Wolpert 2006 Bret McDaniel 2006 Melissa Sager 2007 Anthony Johnson, 2008
John Tellers, 2008 Jamie Moore, 2009 Travis Warner, 2011 Meg Walker-Milani, 2011
Ian Lucas, 2011 Jared VanMeter, 2014 * = PhD
PUBLICATIONS—JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
1. P. Lessing and R.A. Smosna, Environmental impact statements, worthwhile or worthless?: Geology, v. 3, p. 241-242, 1975.
2. D.G. Patchen and R.A. Smosna, Stratigraphy and petrology of Middle Silurian McKenzie Formation in West Virginia: Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull., v. 59, p. 2266-2287, 1975.
3. R.A. Smosna, D.G. Patchen, S.M. Warshauer, and W.J. Perry, Jr., Relationships between depositional environments, Tonoloway Limestone, and distribution of evaporites in the Salina Formation, West Virginia: in J.H. Fisher (ed), Reefs and evaporites-concepts and depositional models, Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol., Studies in Geology 5, p. 125-143, 1977.
4. S.M. Warshauer and R. Smosna, Paleoecologic controls of the ostracode communities in the Tonoloway Limestone (Silurian; Pridoli) of the central Appalacians: in H. Loffler and D. Danielopol (eds), Aspects of ecology and zoogeography of Recent and fossil Ostracods, W. Junk Publishers, The Hague, p. 475-485, 1977.
5. R. Smosna and S.M. Warshauer, The evolution of a carbonate shelf, Silurian McKenzie Formation, West Virginia: a cluster analytic approach: Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, v. 48, p. 127-142, 1978.
6. R. Smosna and S. Warshauer, Fossil diversity in thin section: Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, v. 48, p. 331-336, 1978.
7. R. Smosna and D. Patchen, Silurian evolution of the central Appalachian basin: Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull., v. 62, p. 2308-2328, 1978.
8. R.A. Smosna and S.M. Warshauer, A very early Devonian patch reef and its ecologic setting: Jour. Paleontology, v. 53, p. 142-152, 1979.
9. R. Smosna and S.M. Warshauer, A scheme for multivariate analysis in carbonate petrology with an example from the Silurian Tonoloway Limestone: Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, v. 49, p. 257-272, 1979.
10. T. Arkle, Jr., and others, The Mississippian and Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Systems in the United States - West Virginia and Maryland: U.S. Geol. Surv. Professional Paper 1110D, 35 p., 1979.
11. R. Smosna and D. Patchen, Niagaran bioherms and interbioherm deposits of western West Virginia: Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull., v. 64, p. 629-637, 1980.
12. S.M. Warshauer and R. Smosna, On minimum spanning trees and the intergradation of clusters: Mathematical Geol., v. 13, p. 225-235, 1981.
13. R. Smosna and S.M. Warshauer, Rank exposure index on a Silurian carbonate tidal flat: Sedimentology, v. 28, p. 723-731, 1981.
14. L.L. Wray and R.A. Smosna, Sedimentology of a carbonate-red bed association, Mississippian Greenbrier Group, eastern West Virginia: Southeastern Geol., v. 23, p. 99-108, 1982.
15. R. Smosna and S.M. Warshauer, Environment analysis of a Silurian patch reef, Lockport dolomite of West Virginia in P.M. Harris (ed), Carbonate buildups--a core workshop: Soc. Econ. Paleo. Mineral. Core Workshop No. 4, p. 26-52, 1983.
16. R. Smosna, Depositional patterns of a Silurian shelf sand in the central Appalachians: Northeastern Geology, V. 5, p. 100-109, 1983.
17. R. Smosna, Diagenetic history of the Silurian Keefer Sandstone in West Virginia and Kentucky: Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, v. 53, p. 1319-1329, 1983.
18. R.A. Smosna, Sedimentary facies and early diagenesis of an oolite complex from the Silurian of West Virginia in P. M. Harris (ed), Carbonate sands--a core workshop: Soc. Econ. Paleo. Mineral. Core Workshop No. 5, p. 20-57, 1984.
19. R. Smosna, Diagenesis of a stromatoporoid patch reef: Journal Sed. Petrology, v. 54, p. 1000-1011, 1984.
20. R. Smosna, Day-to-day sedimentation on an Ordovician carbonate ramp punctuated by storms and clastic influxes: Northeastern Geology, v. 7, p. 167-177, 1985.
21. J. Ragan and R. Smosna, Sedimentary characteristics of low-energy carbonate beaches, Florida Keys: Jour. Coastal Research, v. 7, p. 15-28, 1987.
22. R. Smosna, Compositional maturity of limestones--a review: Sedimentary Geology, v. 51, p. 137-146, 1987.
23. B. Carter, P. Miller, and R. Smosna, Environmental aspects of Middle Ordovician limestones in the central Appalachians: Sedimentary Geology v. 58, p. 23-36, 1988.
24. R. Smosna, Low-temperature, low-pressure diagenesis of Cretaceous sandstones, Alaskan North Slope: Jour. Sedimentary Petrology, v. 58, p. 644-655, 1988.
25. R. Smosna (editor), A walk through the Paleozoic of the Appalachian basin (core workshop): Appalachian Geological Society, 126 p., 1988.
26. R. Smosna and T. C. Maxwell, Stromatoporoid reefs and banks in the Silurian of the Appalachian basin in H. H. J. Geldsetzer, N. P. James, and G. E. Tebbutt (eds.), Reefs, Canada and adjacent areas: Can. Soc. Petrol. Geol. Mem. 13, p. 350-355, 1988.
27. R. Smosna, Paleogeographic reconstruction of the Lower Devonian Helderberg Group in the Appalachian basin in N. J. McMillan, A. F. Embry and D. J. Glass (eds.), Devonian of the world: Canadian Soc. Petrol. Geol., v. 1, p. 265-275, 1988.
28. R. Smosna, J. M. Conrad, and T. Maxwell, Stratigraphic traps in Silurian Lockport Dolomite of Kentucky: Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Bull., v. 73, p. 874-886, 1989.
29. K. R. Bruner and R. A. Smosna, The movement and stabilization of beach sand on transverse bars, Assateague Island, Virginia: Jour. Coastal Research, v. 5, p. 593-601, 1989.
30. R. Smosna, Compaction law for Cretaceous sandstones of Alaska's North Slope: Jour. Sed. Pet., v. 59, p. 572-584, 1989.
31. C. Carney and R. Smosna, Carbonate deposition in a shallow marine gulf, the Mississippian Greenbrier Limestone of the central Appalachian basin: Southeast. Geol., v. 30, p. 25-48, 1989.
32. R. Smosna and D.G. Patchen, Ordovician limestone and shale in the central Appalachian basin: early sedimentary response to plate collision in A.J. Lomando and P.M. Harris (eds.), Mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sequences: Soc. Econ. Paleo. Mineral. Core Workshop No. 15, p. 485-509, 1991.
33. R. Smosna and B. Koehler, Tidal origin of a Mississippian oolite on the West Virginia Dome in B.D. Keith and C.W. Zuppann (eds.), Mississippian oolites and modern analogs: AAPG Studies in Geology #35, p. 149-162, 1993.
34. G.T. Kelleher and R. Smosna, Oolitic tidal-bar reservoirs in the Mississippian Greenbrier Group of West Virginia in B.D. Keith and C.W. Zuppann (eds.), Mississippian oolites and modern analogs: AAPG Studies in Geology #35, p. 163-173, 1993.
35. R.E. Goings and R. Smosna, A regional subsurface study of the expanded Yegua Formation in the Houston Diapir province: Trans. Gulf Coast Assoc. Geol. Societies, v. 44, p. 245-254, 1994.
36. K.R. Bruner and R. Smosna, Porosity development in Devonian lithic sandstones of the Appalachian foreland basin: Northeastern Geol., v. 16, p. 202-214, 1994.
37. R. Smosna, Upper Mississippian Greenbrier/Newman Limestones in J.B. Roen and B.J. Walker (eds.), The atlas of major Appalachian gas plays: West Virginia Geological Survey Publ. V-25, p. 37-40, 1996.
38. R. Smosna and K.R. Bruner, Braid-delta facies interpreted from cores, Granny Creek oil field of West Virginia: Southeastern Geology, v. 37, p. 39-54, 1997.
39. L.J. Cavallo and R. Smosna, Predicting porosity distribution within oolitic bars in J.A. Kupecz, J. Gluyas, and S. Block (eds.), Reservoir quality prediction in sandstones and carbonates: AAPG Memoir 69, p. 211-229, 1997.
40. R. Smosna and K.R. Bruner, Depositional controls over porosity development in lithic sandstones of the Appalachian basin: reducing exploration risk in J.A. Kupecz, J. Gluyas, and S. Block (eds.), Reservoir quality prediction in sandstones and carbonates: AAPG Memoir 69, p. 249-265, 1997.
41. K.R. Bruner, R. Smosna, and E. Martínez García, Comparative analysis of fan-delta facies from the Carboniferous of northwestern Spain: Revista de la Sociedad Geológica de España, v. 11, p. 181-194, 1998.
42. S.C. Bell and R. Smosna, Regional facies analysis and carbonate ramp development in the Tonoloway Limestone (U. Silurian; central Appalachians): Southeastern Geology, v. 38, p. 259-278, 1999.
43. R. Smosna, K.R. Bruner, and A. Burns, Numerical analysis of sandstone composition, provenance, and Paleogeography: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 69, p. 1063-1070, 1999.
44. K.R. Bruner and R. Smosna, Stratigraphic-tectonic relations in Spain’s Cantabrian Mountains: fan delta meets carbonate shelf: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 70, p. 1302-1314, 2000.
45. K.R. Bruner and R. Smosna, Cherty sponge reefs in the Devonian Onondaga Limestone: newly discovered gas reservoir in Pennsylvania: Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, v. 24, p. 185-191, 2002.
46. R. Smosna and K.R. Bruner, Algal reef mound in the Middle Ordovician of West Virginia: Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, v. 25, p. 215-225, 2003.
47. R. Smosna, K.R. Bruner, and R.A. Riley, Paleokarst and reservoir porosity in the Ordovician Beekmantown Dolomite of the central Applalchain basin: Carbonates and Evaporites, v. 20, p. 50-63, 2005.
48. P.S. McBride and R. Smosna, Facies analysis and new exploration prospect in the Devonian Gordon Stray sandstone of West Virginia: Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, v. 27, p. 138-154, 2005.
49. R. Smosna and K.R. Bruner, Toward the improvement of reasoning and writing skills in sedimentary geology: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 55, p. 17-21, 2007.
50. R. Smosna and M. Sager, The making of a high-porosity, high-permeability reservoir—the Murrysville Sandstone of Pennsylvania: Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, v. 30, p. 87-100, 2008.
51. R. Smosna and A. Johnson, Bradford reservoir sandstones in a sequence-stratigraphic framework: Northeastern Geology and Environmental Sciences, v. 30, p. 384-393, 2008.
52. K.R. Bruner and R. Smosna, A comparative study of the Mississippian Barnett Shale, Fort Worth basin, and Devonian Marcellus Shale, Appalachian basin: U.S. Department Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, DOE/NETL/2011/1478, 106 p., 2011.
53. R. Smosna and K.R. Bruner, Resource assessment of the Marcellus Shale, in J. Breyer (ed.), Shale Reservoirs—Giant resources for the 21st Century: AAPG Memoir 97, p. 201-204, 2012.
54. P.C. McGuire, A. Bonnici, K.R. Bruner, C. Gross, J. Ormö, R.A. Smosna, S. Walter, and L. Wendt, The cyborg astrobiologist: matching of prior textures by image compression for geological mapping and novelty detection: International Journal of Astrobiology, v. 13, p. 191-202, 2014.
55. K.R. Bruner, M. Walker-Milani, and R. Smosna, Lithofacies of the Devonian Marcellus Shale in the eastern Appalachian basin: Journal Sedimentary Research, v. 85, 2015.