CASSEY MTELELA

Lecturer, Researcher, Research and Publication Coordinator, School Of Mines And Geosciences
Education:

PhD in Geology

Teaching:

GY 260

Sedimentology and Sedimentary Petrology

Undergraduate

 

GY 265

Geological Mapping, I

Undergraduate

 

GY 310

Principles of Stratigraphy and Paleontology       

Undergraduate

 

GY 602

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Postgraduate

Research:

  • I am a geologist and sedimentary geologist by undergraduate and postgraduate training, respectively, with special interest in basin analysis and petroleum geology.
  • My research involves geologic mapping, sedimentary facies analysis, sedimentary petrology, lithostratigraphy, and sequence stratigraphy in reconstructing: depositional environments; sedimentary provenance; basin evolution, and prospecting for mineral, water and hydrocarbons across the Mesozoic to Cenozoic sedimentary basins in Tanzania.
  • I also work in collaboration with paleontologists and paleoanthropologists in providing geologic context to the flora and fauna preserved within sedimentary basins.

Publications:

2021. Theresa J. Orr, Eric M. Roberts, Christopher M. Wurster, Cassy Mtelela, Nancy J. Stevens, and Patrick M. O’Connor. Paleoclimate and paleoenvironment reconstruction of paleosols spanning the Lower to Upper Cretaceous from the Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 577, 110539, ISSN 0031-0182,

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110539

 

 2020. Jacob A. McCartney, Sierra N. Bouchard, Josephine A. Reinhardt, Eric M. Roberts, Patrick M. O’Connor, Cassy Mtelela, Nancy Stevens.  The oldest lamprophiid (Serpentes, Caenophidia) fossil from the late Oligocene Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania and the origins of African snake diversity. Geobios Volume (In press), ISSN 0016-6995.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geobios.2020.07.005.

 

2020. Vittorio Maselli, Davide Oppo, Andrew L. Moore, Aditya Riadi Gusman, Cassy Mtelela, David Iacopini, Marco Taviani, Elinaza Mjema, Ernest Mulaya, Melody Che, Ai Lena Tomioka, Elisante Mshiu and Joseph D. Ortiz. Forum Reply - A 1000-yr-old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk for East Africa. Geology 49(1): e516-e516.

 https://doi.org/10.1130/G48585Y.1

 

2020. Vittorio Maselli, Davide Oppo, Andrew L. Moore, Aditya Riadi Gusman, Cassy Mtelela, David Iacopini, Marco Taviani, Elinaza Mjema, Ernest Mulaya, Melody Che, Ai Lena Tomioka, Elisante Mshiu and Joseph D. Ortiz. A 1000-yr-old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk for East Africa. Geology v. 48 (8), p. 808–813

https://doi.org/10.1130/G47257.1

 

2018. Mtelela, C., Preliminary sedimentology and stratigraphy of the enigmatic middle Lake Beds succession (Pleistocene?) in the Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science 44(1), p. 75-96. eISSN: 2507-7961, print ISSN: 0856-1761

https://journals.udsm.ac.tz/index.php/tjs/article/view/2805, https://www.ajol.info/index.php/tjs/article/view/171311

 

2017. Mtelela, C., Roberts, E.M., Hilbert-Wolf, H.L., Downie, R., Hendrix, M.S., O’Connor, P.M. and Stevens, N.J., Sedimentology and paleoenvironments of a new fossiliferous late Miocene-Pliocene sedimentary succession in the Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania. Journal of African Earth Sciences 129, p. 260-281. ISSN 1464-343X,

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2017.01.010.

(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1464343X17300110)

 

2017. Hannah Hilbert-Wolf, Eric Roberts, Bob Downie, Cassy Mtelela, Nancy Stevens and Patrick O’Connor. Application of U-Pb detrital zircon geochronology to drill cuttings for age control in hydrocarbon exploration wells: a case study from the Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania. AAPG Bulleti 101 (2), p. 143-159. AAPG Bulletin 101 (2), 143–159.

 https://doi.org/10.1306/06281616003

2017. Quaid Khan Jadoon, Eric Roberts, Bob Henderson, Thomas Blenkinsop, Raphael AJ Wüst, and Cassy Mtelela. Lithological and facies analysis of the Roseneath and Murteree shales, Cooper Basin, Australia. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 37, p. 138-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2016.10.047

 

2016. Mtelela, C., Roberts, E.M., Downie, R., and Hendrix, M.S. Interplay of structural, climatic and volcanic controls on late Quaternary lacustrine-deltaic sedimentation patterns in the Western Branch of the East African Rift System, Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania. Journal of Sedimentary Research 86 (10), p. 1179-1207.

http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2016.73

 

 

2016.   Eric M. Roberts, Christopher N. Todd, Duur K. Aanen, Tania Nobre, Hannah L. Hilbert-Wolf, Patrick M. O’Connor, Leif Tapanila, Cassy Mtelela, Nancy J. Stevens. Oligocene Termite Nests with In Situ Fungus Garden from the Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania, Support a Paleogene African Origin for Insect Agriculture. PLOS ONE.

https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0156847