Estella Atekwana

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Estella Atekwana
Alma materHoward University

Dalhousie University

Scientific career
FieldsGeophysics, Biogeophysics, Tectonics
InstitutionsUniversity of Delaware
Estella Atekwana is a geophysicist studying biogeophysics and tectonophysics. She is currently Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of Delaware.[1][2][3] She is also an adjunct professor at both the University of Waterloo and the Missouri University of Science and Technology.[3] Before joining the University of Delaware in 2017, she was the Department Head of the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University. Atekwana has also been a faculty member at Missouri University of Science & Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Western Michigan University.[1]


Atekwana grew up in Cameroon and obtained her B.S. in Geology from Howard University in 1983 as a first-generation college student.[3] She later completed an M.S. in the same subject, also at Howard University in 1986. In 1991, Atekwana completed a Ph.D. in Geophysics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] After completing graduate school, she became an assistant professor at Western Michigan University.[3] She taught at Missouri University's School of Science and Technology before Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens School of Geology.

Research interests[edit]

Atekwana's research focuses investigating the effects of microbial-mediated processes on geological media.[4] She also studies the tectonic processes that occur during incipient rifting of continental crust.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Estella Atekwana". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  2. ^ "Atekwana takes helm as UD dean at Lewes campus". Cape Gazette. 2017-07-08. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  3. ^ a b c d Karen B. Roberts (2018-03-08). "Estella Atekwana, inspiring the next generation". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  4. ^ Atekwana, Estella A.; Slater, Lee D. (2009-12-31). "Biogeophysics: A new frontier in Earth science research". Reviews of Geophysics. 47 (4): RG4004. Bibcode:2009RvGeo..47.4004A. doi:10.1029/2009rg000285. ISSN 8755-1209.
  5. ^ Alex Marianos (2015-12-02). "Oklahoma State University recognizes Atekwana, Masters during 2015 University Awards Convocation". Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  6. ^ "SEG Announces 2016 Honors and Awards Recipients". 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2019-02-28.