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Tomanek Hall 233
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Dr. Hendratta Ali

  Associate Professor of Geosciences, Geology

Dr. Hendratta Ali

Office: Tomanek Hall, 239
Fax: 785-628-5389

Curriculum Vitae

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 Welcome! I am excited to share some of the activities my students and I participate in with you. Please contact me with questions, comments and suggestions. Do not forget to visit and my Facebook research group page 'FHSU 214 Petroleum and Water Research Group'.

Educational Background

Ph. D. Oklahoma State University- Stillwater, OK

D.E.A. (Diplome D'etude Aprronfondie) University of Yaounde I- Yaounde, Cameroon

M.S. University of Yaounde I- Yaounde, Cameroon

B.S. University of Yaounde I- Yaounde, Cameroon

Courses Taught

General Education and Introductory courses: Introduction to Geology, Introduction to Petroleum Geology, Introduction to Well Logging

Major Courses: Geophysical Well Logging, Stratigraphy, Geophysical Analysis, Methods in Exploration Geology, Subsurface Mapping, Seismic Ineterpretation

Professional Software Packages Used

Professional and Research Interests

  • Aqueous, Environmental and Stable Isotopes Geochemistry
    • Human impact on water chemistry and Carbon cycling in a tropical estuary
    • DIC cycling in mine waste from carbonate environments
  • Exploration Geology and Sediment Geochemistry
    • Inorganic and organic geochemistry of sediments in Kansas cores and rock cuttings
    • Investigating hydrocarbon degradation in shallow reservoirs using magnetic susceptibility
  • Undergraduate research projects
    • Geochemical characteristics of surface & groundwater (KS, MO, etc.)
    • Well log analysis for formation tops and stratigraphic interpretation
    • Drill Core descriptions and analysis
    • Seismic horizons and attribute analysis using a professional software package
    • Sediment geochemistry analysis from XRF and XRD data

Recent Publications

  1. Ali H., 2017. Petroleum Geology, In Springer Handbook of Petroleum Technology, by Chang Samuel Hsu, Paul R. Robinson (Editors):, Springer International Publishing; ISBN 978-3-319-49347-3
  2. Ali, H.N. and Atekwana, E.A., 2016. Dissolved inorganic carbon evolution in neutral discharge from mine tailings piles. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10774
  3. Ali H., Sprunt E., Prasad M., and Capello M. A. 2016. SEG Women's Network Committee announces Annual Meeting workshop on bullying, bias. The Leading Edge 35, 9; pp. 798-799 (2 pages)
  4. Karim M., Ali H., Matende K.N., et al., 2015. Interpretation of basement structures from aeromagnetic data associated with oil producing fields - central Kansas uplift. SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, pp 1573-1577.

Current Synergistic Professional and Community Activities

  • Advisor: FHSU student chapters for SEG and AAPG (2010 - present)
  • Chair: Youth Education Committee of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2014)
  • Webinar Coordinator: Society of Exploration Geophysicists Women's Network (2016-present)
  • Member: FHSU Scholarship Environment Committee (2012- present)


  • Oklahoma State University Rising Star Award recipient (2017)
  • FHSU Pilot Award Finalist (2017)
  • FHSU My-Go-To Mentoring award recipient (2017)
  • Inspirational Educator Award Recipient-American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2017)
  • Empirical Research presentation award: 2nd Place Winner at FHSU SACAD (April 2016)
  • Phenomenal Woman Award recipient - FHSU (2015)

Current Professional Memberships

Service & Outreach Activities

  • Short course instructor for working professionals
  • Board Member: Center for Life Experience ( Hays, (2017-2019)

Student Mentored Research, Honors and Accomplishments

  • Undergraduate student empirical poster 1st place winner
  • 2017 Graduate research day presentation at the Capitol to State Legislature (1-graduate student)
  • 2017 Undergraduate Research Day presentation at the capitol to state legislature (2- students researchers)
  • SEG Student Education Program (SEP) Award (2 MSc students-Fall 2016)
  • SEG 2016 Annual Meeting Challenge Bowl finalists (5th place)
  • FHSU Geosciences Outstanding Graduate student research award (May 2016)
  • 3rd place Graduate Student research in Geophysics award (SEG/AAPG Student Expo. (Sp. 2016)
  • 2016 Graduate Research Day presentation at the Capitol to State Legislature (1-graduate student)
  • Graduate Student Empirical Research 1st place student winner at FHSU SACAD (April 2015)
  • 2014 Graduate Research Day presentation at the Capitol to State Legislature (1-graduate student)
  • Graduate student Research 3rd place student winner at FHSU SACAD (April 2014)
  • Graduate student Research 1st place student winner at FHSU SACAD (April 2013)
  • Graduate student Research 2nd place student winner at FHSU SACAD (April 2013)
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