Groundwater and Environmental Research

Groundwater research

  • 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: Stochastic hydrogeology, Geostatistics, Data assimilation
Foster Sawyer: Groundwater, Petroleum, Sedimentation
Larry Stetler: Geological engineering, Site characterization, 3D imaging

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