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Estella Atekwana

Dean, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment



Dean Atekwana joined the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in the fall of 2017 after more than 10 years at Oklahoma State University, where she finished as department head of the Boone Pickens School of Geology. Prior to Oklahoma State, Dean Atekwana was a faculty member at Missouri University of Science & Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Western Michigan University.


Ph.D., Geophysics, Dalhousie University, 1991
M.S., Geology, Howard University, 1986
B.S., Geology, Howard University, 1983


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Research Interests

My research interests are in:

1) Biogeophysics - concerned with the geophysical signatures of microbial cells in the Earth, the interaction between microorganisms and subsurface geologic media, and  the alteration of the physical properties of geologic media as a result of microbial activity.

2) Tectonics – geophysical investigations of incipient continental rift forming processes to understand how and where do continental rifts initiate with particular attention to the east African rift Zone.



CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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