- Ph.D. Geology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
- M.S. Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- B.Sc. Geology, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
- Sequence stratigraphy and chemostratigraphy
- Hydrocarbon reservoir characterization (carbonates)
- Carbonate facies and depositional environments
- Carbonate petrography and diagenesis
- Origin and diagenesis of microcrystalline limestones (micrites)
- Sustainable utilization of limestone quarry waste (limestone fines) and lime sludge from water treatment plants
- Characterization of limestones for desulfurization in coal-fired power plants
- Mapping and petrographic, geochemical, and mineralogical characterizations of Illinois aggregate resources
- High-calcium limestone resource mapping and characterization
- Middle Mississipian carbonates chemostratigraphy
- Middle Mississippian hydrocarbon reservoir characterization (carbonates)
- Origin and distribution of Mississippian carbonate mud mounds and bryozoan "reefs"
Selected Journal Articles/ISGS Publications
Freiburg, J.T., Fouke, B.W., and Lasemi, Z., 2012, New insights on Upper Mississippi Valley mineralization based on solution cavities in the Ordovician Galena Group at the Conco Mine, North Aurora, Illinois, USA: Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 581, 45p.
Butler, S., Roy, W. R., and Lasemi, Z., 2010, Short-Term Leaching Behavior of Mixtures of Swine Manure and Flue Gas Desulfurization Byproducts: in Proceedings of the 35th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems, B. A. Sakkestad (ed.). Coal Technology Association, Gaithersburg, MD, P. 1358-1369.
Lasemi, Y., Seyler, B., Lasemi, Z., and Askari Khorasgani, Z., 2010, Sedimentology and reservoir characterization of the Silurian deposits in the Mt. Auburn Trend of the Sangamon Arch, West-Central Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 577, 33 p.
Seyler, B., Grube, J.P., and Lasemi, Z. 2003, The origin of prolific reservoirs in the Geneva Dolomite (Middle Devonian), west-central Illinois Basin, Illinois State Geological Survey Illinois Petroleum 158, 36p.
Lasemi, Z., and Berg, R.C, 2001, Three-dimensional geologic mapping: A pilot program for resource and environmental assessment in the Villa Grove Quadrangle, Douglas County, Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 106, 118p.
Lasemi, Z., and Grube, J.P., 1995, Mississippian "Warsaw" play makes waves in Illinois Basin: Oil & Gas Journal, v. 93, No. 2, p. 47-51 (Illinois State Geological Survey Reprint 1995C).
Lasemi, Z., Sandberg, P.A., and Boardman, M.R., 1990, New microtextural criterion for differentiation of compaction and early cementation in fine-grained limestones: Geology, v. 18, p. 370-373.
Lasemi, Z., Boardman, M.R., and Sandberg, P.A., 1989, Cement origin of supratidal dolomite, Andros Island, Bahamas: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 89, p. 249-257.
Lasemi, Z., and Sandberg, P.A., 1984, Transformation of aragonite-dominated lime muds to microcrystalline limestones: Geology, v.12, p. 420-423.
Selected Book Chapters
Lasemi, Y., D. Jahani, H. Amin-Rasouli, Z. Lasemi, 2012. Ancient Carbonate Tidalites: in Principles of Tidal Sedimentology, R. A. Davis and R. W. Dalrymple (eds.), Springer Science, pp. 567-607.
Lasemi, Z., 2010, Lead, Zinc, and Fluorite Mining: in Kolata, D. R., and Nimz, C. K. (eds.), Geology of Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL., p. 299-308.
Lasemi, Z., Mikulic, D. G., Hughes, R. E., Kemmis, T. J., Bhagwat, S. B., and Keith, K. S., 2010, Industrial Minerals: in Kolata, D. R., and Nimz, C. K. (eds.), Geology of Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL., p. 309-322.
Lasemi, Z., Norby, R.D., Utgaard, J. E., Ferry, W.F., Cuffey, R.J., and Dever, G. R., JR, 2003, Mississippian carbonate buildups and development of cool-water-like carbonate platforms in the Illinois Basin, Midcontinent U.S.A., in Ahr, W. M., Harris, P.M., Morgan, W. A., and Somerville, I.D. eds., Permo-Carboniferous Carbonate Platforms and Reefs,SEPM Special Publication No. 78 and AAPG Memoir 83, p. 69-95.
Lasemi, Z., Norby, R.D. and Treworgy, J.D., 1998, Depositional facies and sequence stratigraphy of a Lower Carboniferous bryozoan--crinoidal carbonate ramp in the Illinois Basin, mid-continent USA, in Burchette, T. P. and Wright, V.P., eds., Carbonate Ramps: Geological Society of London, Special Publications, 149, p.369-395.
Lasemi, Z., Sandberg, P.A., 1993, Microfabric and compositional clues to dominant mud mineralogy of micrite precursors: in Rezak, R., and Lavoie, D. L., eds., Carbonate Microfabrics, Frontiers in Sedimentary Geology Series, Springer-Verlag, p. 173-185.
Selected Filed Trip Guidebooks
Lasemi, Z., Norby, R.D., Devera, J.A., Fouke, B.W., Leetaru, H.E., and Denny, F.B., 1999, Middle Mississippian carbonates and siliciclastics in western Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey Guidebook 31, 60p.
Lasemi, Z., and Norby, R.D., 1999, Stratigraphy, paleoenvironments, and sequence stratigraphic implications of the Middle Mississippian carbonates in western Illinois, in Lasemi, Z., Norby, R.D., Devera, J.A., Fouke, B.W., Leetaru, H.E., and Denny, F.B., eds., Middle Mississippian Carbonates and siliciclastics in Western Illinois, Illinois State Geological Survey Guidebook 31, p.1-18.
Lasemi, Z., Treworgy, J.D., Norby, R.D., Grube, J.P., and Huff, B.G., 1994, Waulsortian mounds and reservoir potential of the Ullin Limestone (“Warsaw”) in southern Illinois and adjacent areas in Kentucky: Illinois State Geological Survey Guidebook 25, 65p.
Recent Presentations (with published abstracts)
Lasemi, Z., Henriksen, J., Hansel, M., and Krumenacher, M., 2014, Planning for sustainable aggregate production in Illinois, USA: 18th Extractive Industry Geology Conference Abstract with Program, St. Andrews, Scotland, p. 31-32.
Lasemi, Z., Butler, Shane, Roy, William R., Ansari, Shadi, Maddix, Shatosha L., and Durant, Gregory R., 2012, Feasibility of Lime-Water Softening Slurry as a Sorbent for Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization Systems: InBarbara A. Sakkestad (ed.), 37th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems Proceedings, Clearwater Fl., P 665.
Lasemi, Z., June 10, 2012, Feasibility of Lime-Water Softening Slurry as a Sorbent for Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization Systems: 37th International Technical Conference on Clean Coal & Fuel Systems, Clearwater Fl., June 3-7.
Lasemi, Z., 2011, High-calcium limestone resources in Illinois: The 47th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, Program with Abstracts and Field Trips, ISGS Open File Series 2011-2, p. 27.
Lasemi, Z., Z., Askari Khorasgani, Z., and D. G., Mikulic, 2010, Hydrocarbon potential of the Silurian and Lower Devonian biohermal dolomite in east-central Illinois: Eastern Section AAPG 39th Annual Meeting, Abstract with Programs, p. 44.
Recent Presentations (no published abstracts)
Lasemi, Z, 2014, Middle Mississippian carbonates reservoir facies and sequences; the view from outcrop: Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Workshop, March 5, 2014, Evansville, Indiana.
Lasemi, Z, 2014, Controls on porosity preservation in the Middle Mississippian carbonates reservoirs: Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Workshop, March 5, 2014, Evansville, Indiana.
Lasemi, Z, 2013, Three-dimensional mapping for sustainable aggregate production; presented at the Annual American Planning Association meeting in Chicago, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in a session titled Planning for Sustainable Aggregate Production.
Lasemi, Z, 2013, Three-dimensional mapping for sustainable aggregate production; presented at the Illinois Association of County Engineers, Collinsville, Illinois; Thursday, October 10, 2013 in a session titled Planning for Sustainable Aggregate Production.
Lasemi, Z., 2012, 3-D geologic mapping for sustainable aggregate production: presented at the Illinois Association of County Zoning Officials, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Starved Rock State Park, Utica, IL.