David Barnes

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David Barnes
Research Associate and Professor Emeritus
(269) 387-8617
(269) 387-5513
MGRRE (Core Lab), 5272 W Michigan Ave, Mail Stop 5241
Mailing address: 
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5241 USA
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982
  • B.A., San Francisco State University, 1974
Teaching interests: 
  • Numerical and spatial data analysis
  • Clastic sedimentary petrology
  • Clastic depositional systems
Research interests: 
  • Sedimentology
  • Characterization of petroleum
  • CO2 water reservoirs in the Michigan subsurface

Dr. David Barnes is professor emeritus at Western Michigan University; his primary research interests involve sedimentology and Michigan subsurface geology. More specifically, his research focuses on sedimentation, subsurface geology, application of geographic information systems in paleotectonic and basin analysis studies through the Department of Geosciences and the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education.

Barnes applies conventional oil field reservoir characterization methodology to the determination of geological carbon sequestration potential in the Michigan basin subsurface. Other investigations include:

  • Study of fracture related hydrothermal mineralization and the formation of dolostone hydrocarbon reservoirs in the Michigan basin.
  • Pennsylvanian bedrock aquifer delineation in the context of groundwater resource assessment and contaminant hydrogeology.

Barnes's research activities have lead to the integration of computer systems technologies and geographic information systems to subsurface stratigraphy, coastal change and water resources problems. His current research is funded by the Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory for the study of geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide in the Michigan basin through the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership.