Brian Keith

Brian D. Keith

Emeritus Adjunct Senior Scientist
Indiana Geological Survey
Petroleum Geology, Basin Analysis, Sedimentology, and Stratigraphy


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 1974, Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.S., 1971, Syracuse University
  • B.A., 1965, Amherst College

Research Interests

Keith’s research involves work on a variety of local to regional-scale outcrop and subsurface studies in the Illinois basin. His primary interests are in defining the long term tectonic controls on Paleozoic carbonate facies and the application of sequence-stratigraphy concepts to interior cratonic basins. This is particularly oriented toward defining the occurrence of potential petroleum reservoirs within the basin.

A major effort is starting in the study of geologic controls over reservoir character and the potential for future exploration in Mississippian carbonates. Some of this effort will involve cooperative studies with research personnel at the Illinois and Kentucky Surveys and with industry geologists. Considerable potential exists for graduate student research in the depositional and diagenetic history of carbonate reservoir rocks and the controls over reservoir quality.

Representative Publications

Keith, B.D. (Ed.) 1988. The Trenton Group (Upper Ordovician Series) of eastern North America - deposition, diagenesis, and petroleum. AAPG Studies in Geology 29, 317 p. Contains: Keith, B.D. Regional facies of the Upper Ordovician series of eastern North America. p. 1-16.

Fara, D.R. and Keith, B.D. Depositional facies and diagenetic history of the Trenton Limestone in northern Indiana, p. 277-298.

Keith, B.D. and Wickstrom, L.H. 1992. The Lima- Indiana trend. in Stratigraphic Traps III, AAPG Atlas of Oil and Gas Fields, Treatise on Petroleum Geology Series, p. 347-367.

Keith, B.D. and Zuppann, C.W. (Eds.) 1993. Mississippian Oolites and modern analogs. AAPG Studies in Geology 35, 265p. Contains: Keith, B.D. and C.W. Zuppann, Mississippian Oolites and petroleum reservoirs in the United States - an overview, p. 1-12.