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Dr. Richard Smosna
Emeritus Professor of Geology

 

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Office         233 Brooks Hall

                   Department of Geology & Geography

                   West Virginia University

                   Morgantown, WV 26506

 

Phone        304-293-9664

 

e-mail         rsmosna@wvu.edu

 

Education

Ph.D., Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 1973, mathematics minor

M.S. Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 1970
B.S. Geology, Michigan State University, 1967, graduated with honors

 

 

Professional Experience

 

1978‑present: Professor of Geology, Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.  Teaching graduate‑level courses in sedimentology, stratigraphy, and diagenesis; field courses to Florida, Ireland, Spain; undergraduate-level stratigraphy and sedimentology; petroleum and advanced petroleum geology; oceanography, physical geology, and historical geology.  Supervised over 30 MS and PhD students' theses.

 

2012-present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology, University College Cork, Ireland.

 

2009-2011, Research Geologist (part-time), URS Corporation, Morgantown, WV.

 

2006-2009: Associate Editor of the 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 Survey, Morgantown, West Virginia. Surface and subsurface stratigraphy, carbonate petrology, and paleontology of Paleozoic strata in Central Appalachians.  Paleoecology, paleogeography, and petroleum potential of these rocks. 

 

1971-1972: Instructor of Geology, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana  47243.  Taught introductory geology, petrology, and economic geology.

 

 

Publications

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 Appalachians: 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 Appalachian 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.

 

 

 

Graduate Students

 

M.S.

 

1.  Laura Wray, 1980

2.  Pete Sullivan, 1981

3.  John Ragan, 1982

4.  Pete Miller, 1984

5.  Tim Maxwell, 1985

6.  Eric Tissue, 1986

7.  Marty Zeleznek, 1986

8.  Matt Conrad, 1987

9.  Allison Earl, 1989

10. Bryan Koehler, 1989

11. Greg Kelleher, 1990

12. Rick Goings, 1991

13. Larry Cavallo, 1994

14. Andy Judd, 1995

15. Heather Rosenstein, 1998

16. Drew Mann, 1998

17. Scott Tye, 2000

18. Coen Bauders, 2000

19. Jeff O'Connell, 2002

20. Laura Sheehan, 2002

21. Patrick McBride, 2004

22. Jeff Rutland, 2004

23. Darin Dolezal, 2004

24. Jeremy Wolpert 2006

25. Bret McDaniel 2006

26. Melissa Tharp Sager 2007

27. John Tellers, 2008

28. Anthony Johnson, 2008

29. Jamie Moore, 2009

30. Travis Warner, 2011

31. Meg Walker-Milani, 2011

32. Ian Lucas, 2011

 

Ph.D.

 

1.  Burt Carter, 1981

2.  Cindy Carney, 1987

3.  Tammy Suter, 1991

4.  Dave Oldham, 1997

5.  Steve Bell, 1997