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Karen M. Salvage


Associate Professor of Hydrology

PhD, 1998

The Pennsylvania State University

Office:  Science 1, Room 166

Telephone:  (607) 777-4588

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Research Interests:

  • 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
  • Publications
  • Graduate Student Colleagues


Teaching Activities

The courses that I teach support the Environmental Geology portion of the Geology Department's curriculum and the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program.


GEOL 342 - Environmental Hydrology

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 and remediation.

Prerequisites: ENVI 201 or instructor permission.


GEOL 416/516 - Hydrogeology

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 GEOL 211 or instructor permission.


The Campus Watershed Project: Teaching and Research

A National Science Foundation grant to Professor 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.

Last Updated: 12/14/17