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About David M. Borrok

Dr. David M. Borrok, former professor of geosciences and director of the School of Geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was named chair of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology August 1, 2017. He is an internationally known geochemist with research interests in isotopic and environmental geochemistry.

Dr. Borrok was inaugural director of the Louisiana geosciences school, which consists of undergraduate and master’s programs in environmental science and geology. He was previously on the geological sciences faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso and also served as interim director of the Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering (now known as the Institute for Coastal and Water Research) at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Dr. Borrok received a bachelor of science in geology and geophysics from Missouri S&T, a master of science in economic geology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in geomicrobiology and geochemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to his academic career, Borrok spent several years in the private sector, working as a mineral exploration geologist in the United States, Europe and South America and as a site manager and project scientist for a consulting company. He has also worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Positions

August 2017 Present Gulf Oil Foundation Professor and Department Chair, Missouri University of Science and Technology Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
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2012July 2017 Director and Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette ‐ The School of Geosciences
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August 2012August 2014 Interim Director, University of Louisiana at Lafayette ‐ Institute for Coastal and Water Research
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August 2011June 2012 Associate Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
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January 2007August 2011 Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
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September 2005December 2006 Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship, U.S. Geological Survey
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May 2000August 2002 Site Manager/Project Scientist (professional geologist licensed in Missouri), Black and Veatch
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May 1997May 2000 Exploration Geologist (mineral exploration in U.S., South America, and Europe), ASARCO Inc.
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Curriculum Vitae


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Grants

2016 - 2017 Acquisition of an X-ray Diffractometer for Research and Training in Oil and Gas Exploration and Materials Evaluation
Louisiana Board of Regents
Role: Principal Investigator
$138,359
2014 - 2017 Food-Energy-Water Nexus Supplement to current WSC-Category 1 grant
National Science Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
$96,645
2014 - 2017 WSC-Category 1 Collaborative: A surface water management framework to counterbalance groundwater withdrawals in wetter regions of the U.S.
National Science Foundation - CBET 1360398
Role: Principal Investigator
$596,864
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Honors and Awards

  • Research and Sponsored Projects Award, UL Lafayette (for > $150,000 in external funding), 2016
  • Chemical Geology outstanding reviewer, 2015
  • Recipient of South Louisiana Mid-Winter Fair Endowed Professorship in Renewable Resources, 2014-present
  • Research and Sponsored Projects Award, UL Lafayette (for > $400,000 in external funding), 2014
  • Invited keynote speaker at the 2013 V. M. Goldschmidt Conference, Florence, Italy, 2013
  • Research and Sponsored Projects Award, UL Lafayette (for > $150,000 in external funding), 2012
  • Invited keynote speaker at the 2012 V. M. Goldschmidt Conference, Montreal, Canada, 2012
  • Elsevier “top 50 most cited article” in Chemical Geology (2006-2011), 2011
  • Chosen by the National Academy of Sciences (among the top young scientists in the U.S.) to attend the 2011 Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, 2011
  • Environmental Science and Technology Excellence in Review Award, 2010
  • Research and Sponsored Projects Outstanding Performance Award (UTEP), 2008-2009
  • Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (U.S. Geological Survey), 2005-2006
  • Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award in Engineering and Geological Sciences (University of Notre Dame), 2005
  • Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship (University of Notre Dame), 2002-2005. This fellowship was awarded competitively based on research and leadership merit

Courses

  • Water-Rock interaction
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Petroleum Geochemistry
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Forensic Geology
  • Stable Isotope Geochemistry
  • Geomicrobiology

Education

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20022005 Ph.D. in Geomicrobiology and Geochemistry, University of Notre Dame
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19951997 M.S. in Economic Geology, The University Of Michigan
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19911995 B.S. in Geology and Geophysics, Missouri University of Science and Technology
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Contact Information

Petroleum Engineering Department
Missouri University of Science and Technology
129 McNutt Hall
Rolla, MO 65401

(573) 341-6784

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