Folarin Kolawole

Folarin Kolawole is a structural geologist whose research involves the integration of field observation, subsurface geophysical imaging, and geomechanics to investigate research problems related to the evolution of early-stage continental rift zones and fault reactivation in intraplate settings of natural and induced seismicity. He studies continental rift evolution in East Africa, southeast Brazillian rifted margin, and the Rio Grande Rift (U.S.), and investigates intraplate seismicity in central and Eastern U.S., southern Africa (Botswana), and western Africa.

Fields of Interest

Continental rifting, injection induced seismicity, fault reactivation, fracture systems, fault zone architecture, strain localization, rift propagation and linkage.


Folarin Kolawole received a B.Tech. (2008) in Geology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, MS (2017) in Geology from the Oklahoma State University, and Ph.D. (2020) in Geophysics from the University of Oklahoma.