Kerry L. Sublette

Kerry Sublette

ProfessorKeplinger Hall 321

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, 1985
  • M.S.E., Chemical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, 1980
  • M.S., Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, 1974
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Arkansas, 1971

Areas of Research Focus

  • Bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons
  • Restoration of soil ecosystems
  • Ecological indicators of soil restoration
  • Remediation and restoration of brine-impacted soil
  • Subsurface microbial ecology of groundwater impacted by hydrocarbons and chlorinated hydrocarbons

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 1/05-present
    Professor of Geosciences, The University of Tulsa
  • 5/03-present
    Adjunct Professor, Ralph E. Martin Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas
  • 8/93-present
    Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Tulsa
  • 8/89-8/93     
    Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, The University of Tulsa
  • 1/86-8/89     
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, The University of Tulsa
  • 8/76-8/78     
    Tulsa Junior College, Instructor of Chemistry
  • 8/75-8/76      
    Southwest Missouri State University, Instructor of Chemistry
  • 12/74-8/75     
    University of Oklahoma, Visiting Instructor of Biochemistry

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 8/80-1/86
    Combustion Engineering, Natco Division, Tulsa, OK, Research and Development, Crude oil dehydration and desalting and biotechnology
  • 8/78-8/80
    The University of Tulsa, Petroleum and Energy Research Institute, Research Associate, Biological waste treatment

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Chemical Society

Courses Taught at TU

  • Environmental Engineering (CHE 6563)
  • Environmental Geochemistry (CHE 6553)
  • Heat Transfer (ES 3073)

Awards & Recognition

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Division of Environmental Geosciences Teaching Award, 2005
  • Appointed by Governor Brad Henry to the Oklahoma Environmental Quality Board, 2006
  • Appointed by Governor Frank Keating to the IOGCC Environment, Health & Safety Committee, 1998
  • Appointed by Governor Henry Bellmon to the Oklahoma Environmental Concerns Council, October, 1988
  • Appointed by the Oklahoma Speaker of the House to CLEER, an advisory board to The Energy Council, 2001
  • Award from Public Service Co. of Oklahoma as recognition of activities of SAVE OKLAHOMA STREAMS (SOS), 1991
  • College of Engineering & Applied Sciences Junior Faculty Research Award, 1991
  • DuPont Environmental Award, $25,000 unrestricted grant, 1994
  • Fellow, National Energy-Environment Law and Policy Institute, 1995
  • R.N. Maddox Distinguished Lecturer, University of Arkansas, 1997


  • Biggerstaff, J.P., Le Puil, M., Weidow, B.L., Leblanc-Gridley, J., Jennings, E., Busch-Harris, J., Sublette, K.L., White, D.C., and Alberte, R.S., “A Novel and In Situ Technique for the Quantitative Detection of MTBE and Benzene Degrading Bacteria in Contaminated Matrices”, Journal of Microbiological Methods, 68 (2), 437-441 (2007)

  • Busch-Harris, J., Sublette, K.L., Roberts, K., Landrum, C., Peacock, A., Davis, G., Ogles, D., Holmes, W., Ota, C., and Yang, X., “Bio-traps Coupled with Molecular Biological Methods and Stable Isotope Probing Demonstrate the In Situ Biodegradation Potential of MTBE and TBA in a Gasoline-contaminated Aquifer”, accepted for publication in Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation (2008)

  • Fisher, J.B. and Sublette, K.L., “Environmental Releases from E&P Operations in Oklahoma: Type, Volume, Causes and Prevention”, Environmental Geosciences, 12, 89-99 (2005)

  • Geyer, R., Peacock, A.D., Miltner, A., Richnow, H.-H., White, D.C., Sublette, K.L., and Kästner, M. “In Situ Assessment of Microbial Activity Using Microcosms Loaded with 13C-Labeled Benzene or Toluene”, Environmental Science and Technology, 39, 4983-4989 (2005)

  • Davis, G., Baldwin, B.R., Peacock, A.D., Ogles, D., White, G.M., Boyle, S.L., Raes, E., Koenigsberg, and Sublette, K.L., “Integrated Approach to PCE-impacted Site Characterization, Site Management and Enhanced Bioremediation”, accepted for publication in Remediation journal (2008)

  • Sublette, K.L., Tapp, J.B., Fisher, J.B., Jennings, E., Duncan, K., Thoma, G., Brokaw, J., and Todd, T., “Lessons Learned in Remediation and Restoration in the Oklahoma Prairie: A Review”, Applied Geochemistry, 22, 2225-2239 (2007)

  • Dhritiman, G., Krishnakali, R., Williamson, K.E., White, D.C., Wommack, K.E., Sublette, K.L., and Radosevich, M., “Lysogeny is Prevalent Among Soil Bacteriophages and the Bacterial 16S rRNA and trzN Gene Are Present in the DNA of Mitomycin C-Inducible Prophage”, accepted for publication in Applied & Environmental Microbiology (2007)

  • Chang, Y-J, Long, P.E., Geyer, R., Peacock, A.D., Resch, C.T., Sublette, K.L., Pfiffner, S., Smithgail, A., Anderson, R.T., Vrionis, H.A., Stephen, J.R., Dayvault, R., Ortiz-Bernad, I., Lovley, D.R., and White D.C., “Microbial Incorporation of 13C-Labeled Acetate at the Field Scale: Detection of Microbes Responsible for Reduction of U(VI), Environmental Science & Technology, 39 (23), 9039-9048 (2005)

  • Sublette, K., Jennings, E., Mehta, C., Duncan, K., Brokaw, J., Todd, T., and Thoma, G., “Monitoring Soil Ecosystem Recovery Following Bioremediation of a Terrestrial Crude Oil Spill With and Without a Fertilizer Amendment”, Soil & Sediment Contamination: an International Journal, 16 (2), 181-208 (2007)

  • Busch-Harris, J., Jennings, E., Sublette, K.L., Roberts, K.P., White, D.C. , Peacock, A., Davis, G., Ogles, D., Holmes, W.E., Yang, X., Kolhatkar, A., Beckmann, D., and Kolhatkar, R., “Monitoring Subsurface Microbial Ecology and Demonstrating In Situ Biodegradation Potential Using Bio-Sep® Bio-Traps”, Ecological Chemistry and Engineering, 13 (5), 349-372 (2006)