Dennis Kerr - Faculty & Adjuncts

Dennis Kerr, PhD

Dennis Kerr, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Geosciences
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
918-631-3020 Keplinger Hall Room L109


PhD – University of Wisconsin-Madison MS – San Diego State University BA – California State University-Fresno


Dennis Kerr specializes in clastic sedimentology. He has several years of experience in the petroleum industry and petroleum geology related research. His research interests include application of physical sedimentology and facies architecture to address questions regarding basin evolution and reservoir characterization. Kerr has collaborated with faculty and students from other disciplines including geophysics, petroleum engineering and mathematics. Topics of current interest include: relationship between facies architectural elements and permeability anisotropy for eolian and meandering fluvial systems; Pennsylvanian sequence stratigraphy of northeastern Oklahoma platform and Arkoma basin and controls on distribution of oil, gas and coal resources; and tectonic evolution of the Ouachita trough (i.e. closure of Rheic Ocean) as expressed in the physical sedimentology, provenance and chemostratigraphy of the Atoka Formation.

Research Interests

Meandering Fluvial Facies
Architecture and Reservoir Characterization
Eolian Facies Architecture and Reservoir Characterization
Granite Wash Sedimentology and Dequency Stratigraphy
Deep-water Atoka Sedimentation in the Ouachita Trough
Pennsylvanian Sequency Stratigraphy of Northeastern Oklahoma Platform and Arkoma Basin

Teaching Interests

Sedimentary Rocks and Processes
Clastic Sedimentology and Depositional Systems
Advanced Stratigraphic Analysis
Sandstone Petrography



  • Tapp , J., D. Kerr, and A. Aviantara. Preliminary Report to Marathon Research on Facies and Fracture Architecture of the Tensleep Sandstone. 1996.

Courses Taught

  • Research and Thesis
  • Geology of the National Parks
  • Graduate Forum
  • Field Geology
  • Geology Report
  • Sandstone Petrography
  • Sandstone Petrography Lab
  • Clastic Sedimentology and Depositional Systems