Folarin Kolawole, Ph.D.
Structural Geologist, BP America  |  Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Hi! I am a structural geologist, currently working as an Upstream Structural Geologist in BP America, Houston, USA, and as an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA. My research involves the integration of structural geology, geophysics, geomechanics, and modelling to understand 1) how the earth’s lithosphere breaks up to form new sedimentary basins and deform existing basins, and 2) how industrial subsurface activities 'wake-up' ancient faults in the crust (i.e. induced earthquakes in areas of wastewater injection, CO2 injection etc.), and 3) how ancient faults are 'woken up' by natural tectonic forces in areas far away from active tectonic boundaries (i.e. intraplate earthquakes).
In other words, I utilize field observations of fault deformation zones and fracture systems, structural analyses of mappable features in seismic reflection and aeromagnetic datasets, laboratory geomechanics testing of rock samples (obtained from the field and in drill cores), and finite element numerical modelling of deformational processes.

Current projects are on 1.) strain accommodation during the early-stages of continental rifting [Natural Laboratory: East African Rift Zones and Rio Grande Rift], 2.) basement structure and reactivation of basement-rooted faults in areas of induced seismicity [Natural Laboratory: Central U.S.], and natural intraplate seismicity [Natural Laboratory: Western & Southern Africa].

I am very passionate about promoting racial and gender diversity in the Geosciences... because it is the right thing to do. When I'm not working or spending time with family, you'll likely find me at a climbing gym or outdoor crag bouldering or sport climbing.
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Under-Displaced Normal Faults: Strain Accommodation along an Early-Stage Rift-Bounding Fault in the Southern Malawi Rift

Ojo, O.O., Ohenhen, L., Kolawole, F., Johnson, S.G., Chindandali, P.R., Atekwana, E.A., Laó-Dávila, D.A.
Submitted to Frontiers. Preprint on ESSOAr


Published on 07 August 2021

Rift interaction zones and the stages of rift linkage in active segmented continental rift systems

Kolawole, F., Firkins, M.C., Al Wahaibi, T.S., Atekwana, E.A., Soreghan, M.J. (2021) Basin Research, 00:1-37.




  • Sept. 2022   National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG) 2022 Annual Conference

  • Oct. 2022     Geological Society of America (GSA) 2022 Annual Meeting

  • Dec. 2022    American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2022

Upcoming Invited Talks: 
  • February 2022 - Georgia Tech., GA

  • February 2022 - Dallas Geological Society Luncheon, TX
    Waking the Sleeping Giants: Basement-Rooted Deformation and the Injection Induced Seismicity of U.S. Mid Continent

  • December 2021 - AGU Fall Meeting, Session T001 “Advances in our understanding of magma-poor and magma-rich rifting processes”
    Progressive Lateral Propagation, Interaction, and Linkage of Active Rift Segments: Insights from the East African Rift System


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