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Dr. Andrew B Katumwehe

(940) 397 4893
Associate Professor
Bolin Hall


My research interests lies in the integration of gravity, magnetic, and geologic methods towards the study of Precambrian basements, basins, and rifts of continental interiors. I have been using satellite and ground based gravity, airborne magnetic data as well as shuttle radar tomographic mission to understand the kinematics of pre-rift structures and their influence in rift initiation and propagation. In particular, I am examining the role of pre-rift structures on rift formation, a subject of much interest among geoscientists in the search for conventional hydrocarbon reservoirs. Currently I have a running collaborative project-Dry Rifting in the Albertine-Rhino Graben (DRIAR) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). We are combining geophysical, geodynamic modeling and geological data to unravel the process responsible for the initiation of the Magma poor Albertine of western branch of the East African Rift System.

My energy is also focused towards near-surface geophysics, particularly in the application of seismic, geo-electrical methods (electrical resistivity, induced polarization, self-potential, electromagnetic induction, and ground penetrating radar) to groundwater contamination, engineering, agriculture, and environmental problems. On a global community participation, I am interested in investigating geophysical signatures left behind in former nuclear test sites. Such studies are important and will form the foundation for the development of more robust geophysical models necessary for the characterization of nuclear tests if conducted by any state. 

Institution Degree Graduation Date
Oklahoma State University PhD Geology 2016
Makerere University Bsc Geology and Chemistry 1995
ITC Delft The Netherlands Msc Applied Geology
Employer Position Start Date End Date
Midwestern State University Associate Professor 09/01/2023
Midwestern State University Assistant Professor 08/15/2018
Oklahoma State University Visiting Assistant Professor 07/01/2017 08/01/2018
Oklahoma State University Postdoctoral Research Associate 06/01/2016 06/01/2017

Abdelsalam et al., 2016

The Paleoproterozoic Singo granite in south-central Uganda was revealed as a nested igneous ring complex using geophysical data, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 116 (Supplement C), 198-212.

Katumwehe et al., 2016

Extent, kinematics and tectonic origin of the Precambrian Aswa Shear Zone in eastern Africa, Gondwana Research, 34 (Supplement C), 241-253,

Katumwehe et al., 2015

The role of pre-existing Precambrian structures in rift evolution: The Albertine and Rhino grabens, Uganda. Tectonophysics 646, 117-129.

Goussi et al., 2017

Bisso, M. G. Abdelsalam, E. A. Atekwana, A. B. Katumwehe, and G. E. Ekodeck., 2017. Geophysical imaging of Metacratonization in the Northern edge of the Congo Craton in Cameroon, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 129 (Supplement C), 94-107.

Alam et al., 2022

Geophysical characterization of a leachate plume from a former municipal solid waste disposal site: A case study on Norman landfill, AAPG Bulletin, 106(6), 1183-1195, doi:10.1306/eg.01072120006.

Nyalugwe et al., 2018

Lithospheric structure beneath the Cretaceous Chilwa Alkaline Province (CAP) in southern Malawi and northeastern Mozambique (Submitted to Geophysics, Geosystems and Geochemistry Journal).

Nyalugwe et al., 2020

Structure and tectonic setting of the Chingale Igneous Ring Complex, Malawi from aeromagnetic and satellite gravity data: Implication for Precambrian terranes collision and Neogene - Quaternary rifting, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 163, 103760, doi: