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Dr. John D. Humphrey

Assistant Chairman, Associate Professor, Geosciences Department

Dr. John D. Humphrey is Associate Professor and Assistant Chairman of Geosciences at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. His appointment is in the Geosciences Department, within the College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences. He received his B.S. degree in Geology at the University of Vermont, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Cum Laude. Dr. Humphrey received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University in Geological Sciences. He was on the faculty of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas from 1986 to 1991. Beginning in 1991, Dr. Humphrey was a professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. He was twice awarded the Alumni Teaching Award for the top educator at CSM (1998, 2014).  He served as Department Head from 2006 to 2013. From 2013 to 2015, he was Interim Director of the CSM Chevron Center of Research Excellence. He retired from Mines in 2015 and joined KFUPM in 2017. His areas of specialization include carbonate diagenesis and geochemistry, carbonate sedimentology and stratigraphy, carbonate reservoir characterization, unconventional carbonate reservoirs, stable isotope geochemistry, and paleoclimatology. He has been a consultant to the oil and gas and mining industries for thirty years. Dr. Humphrey is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and a Trustee Associate of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1987.
  • M.Sc., Geology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1987.
  • B.S. (cum laude), Geology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA, 1982.

Research Interests

  • Characterization of carbonate diagenesis, dolomitization, water-rock interaction, and carbonate geochemistry.
  • Unconventional resource petroleum systems.
  • Applications of carbonate diagenesis to petroleum reservoir characterization.
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy of carbonate sediments and rocks.
  • Applications of stable isotopes to diagenetic, environmental, hydrologic, and paleoclimatic problems.
  • Synergism between Quaternary sea-level history and carbonate diagenesis.
  • Paleoclimatology.

Selected Publications

  • Al Ibrahim, M., Sarg, J.F., Hurley, N.F., Cantrell, D., and Humphrey, J.D., 2017 in press, Depositional environments and sequence stratigraphy of carbonate mudrocks using conventional geologic observations, multi-scale electrofacies visualization and geochemical analysis: The case of the Tuwaiq Mountain and Hanifa Formations in a basinal setting, Saudi Arabia; American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, doi: 10.1306/08051615221.
  • Winkelstern, I.Z., Kaczmarek, S.E., Lohmann K.C, and Humphrey, J.D., 2016, Calibration of dolomite clumped isotope thermometry; Chemical Geology: Isotope Geoscience Section.
  • Hendrickson, M., Hitzman, M., Wood, D., Humphrey, J., and Wendlandt, R., 2015, Geology of the Fishtie deposit, Central Province, Zambia: iron oxide and copper mineralization in Nguba Group sedimentary rocks; Mineralium Deposita, v. 50, p. 717-737, doi: 1007/s00126-014-0570-z
  • Price, J.B., Hitzman, M.W., Nelson, E.P., Humphrey, J.D., Johnson, C.A., 2014, Wall-rock alteration, structural control, and stable isotope systematics of the high-grade copper orebodies of the Kennecott district, Alaska; Economic Geology, v. 109, p. 581-620, doi:10.2113/econgeo.109.3.581.
  • Sarg, J.F., Tanavasuu, K., Suriamin, N., and Humphrey, J.D., 2013, Lithofacies, stable isotopic composition, and stratigraphic evolution of microbial and associated carbonates, Green River Formation, Piceance Creek Basin, Colorado; American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 97, p. 1937-1966.

Awards & Honors

  • CSM Alumni Teaching Award, 2014
  • CSM Alumni Teaching Award, 1998
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1997
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1982-1986
  • Sigma Xi, Brown University, 1984 (full member, 1986)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Brown University, Spring 1984
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Vermont, 1982
  • Charles G. Doll Award for Excellence in Geology, University of Vermont, 1982