Geochemistry and Hydrogeology Research

In the hydrogeology and environmental geochemistry program we take a multidisciplinary look at water and chemicals in the geological environment. We study issues related to groundwater and surface water, wetlands hydrology, water resources, soil and water geochemistry, and the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. We use a combination of field and laboratory experiments and advanced analytical techniques to study a variety of problems. Our students and researchers have access to several field sites in the region including the USDA’s Forest Service maintained Santee Experimental Forest in the Francis Marion National Forest, the College of Charleston Foundation’s 800-acre Stono Preserve site, and Congaree National Park. Our students also have access to state-of-the-art hydrogeological and analytical instrumentation for class and research projects. Our faculty also has collaborations with professionals at various firms, agencies, and universities and has a solid track record of assisting our graduates with employment and graduate study positions both locally and nationally.

Examples of our recent students in the hydrochemistry group:

  • Staff Scientist, NASA-Ames Laboratories
  • PhD programs at Univ. Hohenheim, Germany, Univ. of South Carolina, Texas A&M Univ.
  • M.S. programs at Clemson University, Louisiana State Univ., Oregon State Univ., Texas A&M Univ., Univ. of Georgia, Univ. of Nevada-Reno, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Texas-Austin,
  • Environmental Consultants at Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Charleston
  • Staff Scientist, Exxon-Mobil