Michael H. Engel is the W. Miller Professor of geochemistry in the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla, USA. His primary research interests include the application of stable isotopes to investigate the diagenetic history of organic matter in fossils and sediments and to determine the origins of organic compounds in extraterrestrial materials such as carbonaceous meteorites. He is also involved in a long-term collaborative study on the development of geochemical and paleomagnetic methods to determine the timing of hydrocarbon and fluid migration events. Current research projects also include global studies of secular changes in the stable carbon and sulfur isotope compositions of crude oils and fossil proteins, in particular with respect to reconstructing changes in ocean water chemistry. He teaches undergraduate geology and oceanography courses and graduate courses in organic and stable isotope geochemistry.
Biography Updated on 1 December 2010