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, near-surface geophysics, and geomechanics 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) the dynamics of natural earthquakes in areas far away from active tectonic boundaries (i.e. intraplate earthquakes). In other words, I use 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.
My ongoing research projects are focused 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 mechanics of basement-rooted faults in areas of induced seismicity [Natural Laboratory: Central-Eastern U.S.], and 3) structural geology and geomechanics of hydrothermally-altered sedimentary reservoirs.

I am very passionate about promoting racial and gender diversity in the Geosciences... because it is the right thing to do. Also, I do enjoy rock climbing.
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The Malawi Active Fault Database: an onshore-offshore database for regional assessment of seismic hazard and tectonic evolution

Williams, J.N., Wedmore, L.N., Scholz, C.A., Kolawole, F., Wright, L.J., Shillington, D., Fagereng, A., Biggs, J., Mdala, H., Dulanya, Z. and Mphepo, F.
Submitted to G3. 
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. 2021   National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG) 2021 Annual Conference

  • Oct. 2021     Geological Society of America (GSA) 2021 Annual Meeting

  • Dec. 2021    American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2021

Upcoming Invited Talks: 

  • 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 

  • November 2021 - Tulane University, LA
    When Continents Stretch, Their Cracks Grow: Insights from Active Rifting in East Africa

  • October 2021 - GSA Annual Meeting, Session T46: Rifts, Rifted Margins, Backarcs, and Spreading Ridges: Understanding Extensional Processes across Tectonic Settings and Time Scales
    Continental rift propagation and growth


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