Associate Professor and Chairman, Geosciences
Dr. Bryan Tapp is the Co-PI on several grant proposals involving educational outreach through the Oklahoma State Regents - No Child Left Behind, and through NSF - Math Science Partnership. The Regents proposal is an extension of successful grant based workshops involving cooperative efforts between the University and the major Non-Profits in Tulsa: Gilcrease Museum, Jenks Aquarium, Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Oxley Nature Center working with Middle and High School Science teachers. The NSF proposal is to develop an interdisciplinary Masters program in Environmental Sciences that will serve secondary school teachers in the region as well as traditional students seeking expertise in Environmental Sciences. Dr. Tapp is also co-PI on an NSF proposal in Biogeosciences to extend ground-breaking work on the biogeochemical characterization of acid rock drainage systems in a high alpine setting. This is a team effort involving faculty and researchers from several institutions.
Dr. Tapp is working on research projects involving the characterization of the structural evolution and tectonic style of the ShoVelTum area, in between the Arbuckle Uplift and the Wichita Uplift. This region has not been well characterized. These studies will attempt to develop balanced cross sections of significant oil and gas fields, and may lead to the development of a regional balance for the system. In addition, Dr. Tapp is working to try to understand the detailed structural evolution of the Arbuckle Uplift, and the role that the structural system plays in the hydrodynamics of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer through field geophysical characterization.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in these research efforts along with the graduate students involved in the studies.
Dr. Tapp likes the interdisciplinary aspect of the geosciences and weaves this into his love of teaching. Studies in the geosciences allows students to use math, chemistry, and physics to understand earth processes. Specific problems can lead to involvement of other subject areas such as history, sociology, anthropology, law and environmental sciences.