Karen M. Salvage
Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies
PhD (1998) The Pennsylvania State University
Science 1, Room 166
- Groundwater hydrology
- Contaminant fate and transport in the subsurface environment
- Chemically and microbiologically reactive transport in groundwater
- Numerical modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport and transformation
- Watershed scale hydrology
- Graduate Student Colleagues
SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE HYDROLOGY
(ENVI 342) Fall Semester
This course provides an introduction to surface and subsurface hydrology for future
policy makers, lawyers, ecologists, environmental chemists, and other students of
environmental sciences. Topics include: global and local hydrologic budgets; the processes
by which water moves through the environment including weather and precipitation,
infiltration, stream and river systems, groundwater flow, evaporation and plant transpiration;
an overview of the chemistry of natural and polluted waters and case studies of contamination
Prerequisites: ENVI 201 or instructor permission.
(GEOL416/516) Fall Semester
Examination of the hydrologic cycle, the physical characteristics of aquifers, fluid
flow through porous media, groundwater flow to wells, the geology of groundwater occurrence,
groundwater chemistry and contamination.
Prerequisites: Calculus and GEOL211 or instructor permission.
COMPUTER MODELING OF GROUNDWATER FLOW AND CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
(GEOL 518) Spring Semester
Overview of computer modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Topics
include: (1) conceptual model development, (2) governing equasions for flow and transport
through porous media, (3) physical meaning and mathematical representation of hydrologic
boundaries, (4) finite difference and finite element methods, (5) appropriate model
selection, (6) model calibration, verification, and sensitivity analysis, (7) issues
of accuracy and uncertainty in modeling. Extensive, hands-on experience emphasized.
Prerequisites: GEOL 416/516 or equivalent.
The Campus Watershed Project: Teaching and Research
A National Science Foundation grant to Prof. Joe Graney and myself provided funding to purchase and install hydrologic and environmental monitoring equipment in the campus watershed. Students are currently using the equipment for classes and independent research projects related to examination of the hydrology, geology, and geochemistry of the watershed.Possibilities for future projects are many and varied, and can involve hydrogeology, geology, geochemistry, and geophysics, depending on the particular student's interests and the research questions that they want to focus on answering.For more information, see: The Campus Watershed Project