Groundwater and Environmental Research

Groundwater research

  • Assessment of groundwater contamination Risk. Real-time data integration in groundwater flow and transport modeling. Optimal monitoring network design for groundwater management.
  • Groundwater protection and aquifer vulnerability. Groundwater quality. Acid rock drainage from mines. Removal of arsenic and heavy metals from water. Water resource availability. Aquifer system response to pumping through ground-surface elevation monitoring with Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR).
  • Groundwater and surface water interaction along the White River on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Environmental research

  • Abandoned mine lands contaminant assessment in western South Dakota; primary assessments for radionuclide and heavy-metal contamination of soils, surface water, groundwater, and air.
  • Environmental effects of mine drainage and tailings disposal. Subsurface contamination and environmental remediation. Water monitoring and water quality assessment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Poroelastic research

Poroelastic theory is a discipline of geophysics that describes the physical coupling of the stress within the rock matrix and fluid pressure within the pore spaces. GGE's Geophysics Research Team continues to pioneer methods to construct sophisticated numerical models on the cutting-edge of poroelastic research:

  • Poroelastic deformation and triggering of aftershocks.
  • Reservoir impoundment and induced seismicity.
  • Fluid injection and earthquake triggering.
  • Inverse methods of geophysical data (InSAR, GPS, pore-pressure, temperature)
  • Optimization and uncertainty.


Emeritus Faculty

  • Arden Davis
    Groundwater modeling, Contaminant transport, Arsenic and heavy metals
  • Alvis Lisenbee
    Structural geology, Tectonics, Geologic mapping
  • Perry Rahn
    Engineering geology, Hydrogeology


Research Focus Areas