My ultimate goal is to analyze the potential of different groundwater tracer materials to act as surrogate tracers for contaminants in karst. Specifically, my research focuses on the interactions of polystyrene microspheres with karst sediments and mineral surfaces and describing microsphere transport through karst aquifers via field experiments.
My research project is aimed at understanding and quantifying sediment organic carbon within cave systems in order to reconstruct past paleo-storm records. Age dating and major and trace element data are used to understand sediment transport and storage within a karst system.
My work currently focuses on the chemistry and hydrogeology of near-surface coal mine discharges. Topics that intrigue me include water supply management, environmental remediation, contaminant transport, and surficial geology.