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.


  • Kurt Katzenstein
    InSAR, Geohazards, Geomechanics
  • Liangping Li
    Groundwater, Geostatistics, Data assimilation
  • Foster Sawyer
    Groundwater, Petroleum, Sedimentation  
  • Larry Stetler
    Geological engineering, Site characterization, 3D imaging

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