Education Profile

  • PhD in Geology, 1990, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • MS in Geology, 1981: Colorado School of Mines.
  • BS in Geology (high honors), 1977, King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals

Research Interests

Regional geology of the Middle East, particularly the geological evolution of the Red Sea.  Conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon and geothermal resources. Applications of geodynamics and mineral phase equilibria to geological processes. Formation of hydrothermal mineral deposits. 

Selected Publications

  • Kenkmann, T., Afifi, A. M., Stewart, S. A., Poelchau, M. H., Cook, D. J. and Neville, A. S. 2015, Saqqar: A 34 km diameter impact structure in Saudi Arabia. Meteoritics & Planetary Science. v. 50, p. 1925-1940.
  • Tubbs, R.E., Aly Fouda, H. G., Afifi, A.M., Raterman, N.S., Hughes, G.W., and Fadolalkarem, Y.K., 2014, Midyan Peninsula, northern Red Sea, Saudi Arabia: Seismic imaging and regional interpretation, GeoArabia, v. 19, p. 165-184.
  • Konert, G., Afifi, A.M., Al-Hajri, S.A., and Droste, H., 2001, Paleozoic stratigraphy and hydrocarbon habitat of the Arabian Plate: GeoArabia, v. 6, No. 3, p. 407-442.
  • Afifi, A.M. and Essene, E.J., 1988, MINFILE; a microcomputer program for storage and manipulation of chemical data on minerals: American Mineralogist v. 73 (3-4), 446-448.
  • Afifi, A.M., Kelly, W.C., and Essene, Eric J., 1988, Phase Relations among tellurides, sulfides, and oxides: II. Applications to telluride-bearing ore deposits: Econ. Geology, v. 83, pp. 395-404.