Supervisors


Research Theme

  • Solid Earth & Tectonic Processes

Research Discipline

  • Sedimentary Geology/Geomorphology
  • Structural Geology/Lithospheric Geodynamics

Renas is working on the Zagros fold-thrust belt and foreland basin in Iraq's northern region, Kurdistan. His fields of interest are assessing the effect of sedimentation on deformation sequence and styles, and the controls on wedge dynamics of the northwestern Zagros orogenic belt. He is also interested in understanding the competitive role of axial and transverse drainages in filling sedimentary foreland basins and how sediment dispersal pattern change in response to thrust propagation. In his research, Renas employs field geology (sedimentology/stratigraphy and structure) integrated with a variety of analytical techniques such as: U-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He thermochronology, magnetostratigraphy, and petrography. Renas has obtained his MS degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Currently, he is a PhD student in the same school.

Current Research Projects

Depositional and exhumational history of the Zagros fold-thrust belt and foreland basin, Kirkuk embayment, Iraqi Kurdistan

GSA Graduate Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2014)

GSA Graduate Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2013)

Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship Fund (JSG Off campus research fund) - Jackson School of Geosciences (2013)

Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship Fund (JSG Off campus research fund) - Jackson School of Geosciences (2012)

Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program (ISLP) - Institute of International Education, New York, USA (2011)

Iraq Scholars and Leaders Program (ISLP) - Institute of International Education, New York, USA (2009)

Regional variability among flexural models for the Zagros fold-thrust belt and foreland basin, Iraq and Iran, GSA Annual meeting and exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina (2013)

Distribution and Development of the Middle Miocene Moki Submarine Fans, Taranaki Basin, New Zealand, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Long Beach, California (2012)