Yawooz Kettanah

Adjunct Professor



  • Ph.D. in economic geology, 1978 (Southampton University, U.K.)
  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Geology, Salahaddin University, Iraq (2011-present)
  • Adjunct Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University, Canada (2003-present)
  • Visiting Scholar, Assistant Professor, Research Associate at the Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (2003-2015)
  • Associate Professor and Member of the Board of Directors and Head, Geological Engineering Departments at Erciyes University, Turkey (1996-2003)
  • Assistant Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq (1978-1995)
  • Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant at Southampton University, England. 1974-1978. Thesis title “Mineralization, paragenesis and geochemistry of Mount Wellington Mine, Cornwall”.
  • Geologist at the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission, Department of Nuclear Geology, 1971-1974.
  • Trainee Student  at Basrah Petroleum Company, Basrah, Iraq, 1968
  • Supervised two Ph.D. students and fifteen M.Sc. students thesis in mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, hydrochemistry and petroleum geology.
  • Published >50 papers and abstracts in scientific journals.
  • Wrote >20 scientific reports in various aspects of geology for oil companies, geological survey organizations and universities in Canada and Iraq.
  • Expert in mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry of ore deposits and all rock types.
  • Expert in the geology of Iraq.
  • Expert in reservoir characterization studies (core description, cuttings analysis, petrography, tectonic provenance, heavy minerals provenance, porosity, diagenesis).
  • Expert in studying aqueous and petroleum fluid inclusions in rock salts and other rocks and minerals.
  • Expert in microscopic studies (transmitted, reflected and fluorescence) of all rock types (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic as well as ore deposits).
  • Expert and/or user of most of the analytical techniques in geology (XRD, XRF, SEM, EPMA, AA, Raman Spectroscopy, Heavy minerals and clay separations).
  • Attended seven training courses and workshops in different aspects of geology.
  • Fluent in Arabic, English, Turkish and Kurdish





University and Faculty / Country



General Geology

Baghdad University,  College of Science, Iraq



Economic Geology

Southampton University,  Faculty of Science, United Kingdom


Position Held

Department / Faculty / University



Assistant Professor

Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Salahaddin University



Adjunct Professor

Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University




Head of Department

(Associate Professor)

Department of Geological Engineering, Yozgat Faculty of  Engineering & Architecture,  Erciyes  University



Faculty Member

(Assistant Professor)

Department of  Earth Sciences, College of  Science, Baghdad University



Ph.D. Student

(Teaching Assistant)

Department of  Geology, College of Science, Southampton University

United Kingdom



Department of Nuclear Geology, Nuclear Research Institute / Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).




Ismail, Sabah A., Kettanah, Yawooz A., Chalabi, Sawsan N., Ahmed, Ahmed H., Arai, Shoji, 2014. Petrogenesis and PGE distribution in the Al- and Cr-rich chromitites of the Qalander Ophiolite, northeastern Iraq: Implications for the tectonic environment of the Iraqi Zagros Suture Zone, Lithos, 202-203, 21-36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2014.05.013. Impact Factor: 3.779; 5-Year Impact Factor: 4.246.

Tobia, F.H., Kettanah, Y.A., Mustafa, M.M., 2014. Petrography and geochemistry of Ga’ara sedimentary ironstones, Western Desert of Iraq, African Earth Sciences (2014), doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2014.04.030. Impact Factor 1.229.

Hasley Vincent, Grant Wach, Yawooz Ketannah, 2014. Heavy mineral record of Andean uplift and changing sediment sources across the northeastern margin of South America; a case study from Trinidad and Barbados. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 2014: Sediment Provenance Studies in Hydrocarbon Exploration & Production, 386, 217-241. First published on February 6, 2014; doi: 10.1144/SP386.19. Impact Factor 2.583.

Yawooz A. Kettanah, Muhammad Y. Kettanah and Grant D. Wach, 2014. Provenance, diagenesis and reservoir quality of the Upper Triassic Wolfville Formation, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia., Canada. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 2014: Sediment Provenance Studies in Hydrocarbon Exploration & Production, 386, 75-110; first published on October 24, 2013, doi:10.1144/SP386.18.

Impact Factor 2.583.

Farhad A. Muhammad, Yawooz A. Kettanah  and Sirwa Q. Smail, 2013. Environmental Significance of Major and Trace Elements in the Soils of Selected Areas in Erbil City, Kurdistan Region, Northern Iraq. Iraqi National Journal of Earth Sciences, 13(2), 15-32.

Kettanah, Yawooz, A, 2013. Hydrocarbon Fluid Inclusions in the Argo Salt, Offshore Canadian Atlantic Margin. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 50 (6): 607-635 (2013) dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2012-0040. Impact Factor 1.366

Sinha, R., Kettanah, Y., M.R. Gibling, Tandon, S.K., Jain, M., Bhattacharjee, P.S., Dasgupta, A.S., and Ghazanfari, P., 2009. Craton-derived alluvium as a major sediment source in the Himalayan Foreland Basin of India. The Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 121; no. 11/12; p. 1596–1610. Five Year Impact Factor 4.494