Abdul Wahab, Ph.D Graduate Student

My Research

I aspire to be a computational and experimental sedimentologist trained in both clastic and carbonate systems. I am currently focused on developing an advanced understanding of strata organization in deep-water systems. Therefore, I am constructing a set of stratigraphic metrics that will leverage concepts from fluid mechanics, flow-field hydraulics, sediment transport theory, and probability theory. These metrics will be calibrated for their flow-significant dynamics, utilizing physics-based single-layer cellular synthetic models, laboratory-scale sedimentary experiments, well logs and 3D seismic data. These metrics will probabilistically predict space filling, stratigraphic organization, and their subsequent petrophysical properties in deep-water fans.

I graduated with a Bachelors in geology from University of Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. Soon after, I was fortunate to receive the Fulbright scholarship to pursue my Master of Science in geology from University of Kansas. At Kansas, I worked with Dr. Paul Enos and Dr. Robert H. Goldstein to understand the distribution of petrophysical properties in isolated carbonate platforms that are exposed to closely-spaced disconformities. The results from this study provided a quantitative assessment of the influences of meteoric diagenesis associated with subaerial exposure surfaces in platform margin carbonates. I decided to focus on siliciclastic stratigraphy for my doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Kyle Straub at Tulane University to expand my understanding of sediment transport in a source-to -sink paradigm. After completing my doctorate at Tulane University, I am resolute to tackle more complex problems in sediment transport theory within the framework of probability theory.