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Expert in Environmental Geochemistry, Mineral Resources, Groundwater Remediation and Issues

Expert ID: 730955 Alabama, USA

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Expert is a geochemical expert in natural contamination of groundwater by natural geobiological actions on naturally occurring minerals, geochemistry and bioremediation of groundwater contaminated by metals (Cr, Pb, Zn, Cd, etc.) or radionuclides (U, Co, Sr, Cs, Tc, trititium, etc.), or metalloids (As, Se, etc.), have some expereince with metals released by mining operations, and the geochemistry and exploration for uranium deposits, base- and precious-metal deposits, origin of hydrothermal gold deposits, and general economic geology of metallic mineral resources.

He looked at scientifc data with regards to pumping of groundwater and sink hole formation and property damage in limestone terrainsHe looked at scienticfic data relative to groundwater withdrawals and water resource issues, property damage, road damage in limestone terrainsHe conducted geochemical modeling to look at ground stability above a Gulf coast salt dome in TXHe reviewed scientific data relative to natural natural radioactive matrerial (NORM) and heqvy metal scale deposits in oil well pipes in MSHe reviewed technical data on lawsuit under Superfyund Emeregency response actions with regards to Cr and other metal pollution of ground water in MS

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Columbus, Georgia - Birmingham, Alabama - Montgomery, Alabama - Dothan, Alabama

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1986 Degree: PhD Subject: Geochemistry Institution: Colorado School of Mines
Year: 1978 Degree: MS Subject: Economic Geology Institution: Univeristy of Georgia
Year: 1975 Degree: BS Subject: Geology Institution: Auburn University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1991 to 2015 Employer: Auburn University Title: Professor Department: Geology and Geography Responsibilities: Taught economic geology and geochemistry classes and does research in both areas, has worked 32 summers for Oak Ridge National Lab as summer faculty researcher
Years: 1986 to 1991 Employer: Univiersity of Mississippi Title: Assist. Professor Department: Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering Responsibilities: He taught minerlogy, hydrogeology, geochemistry, and economic geology and conducted research in all those areas, also taught in the Jackson Engineering Program
Years: 1984 to 1986 Employer: US Geological Survey Title: Part-time geologist Department: Geochemistry Responsibilities: He conducted mineral resource assesments of Public Lands using stream sediment geochemistry, resesearch on hydrothermal ore deposits and U deposits
Years: 1980 to 1983 Employer: Law Envineering Co. Title: Project geologist Department: Law Environmental Responsibilities: He managed groundwater contamination site investigations and investigated the utility of using Gulf Coast salt domes as potential repositories for high-level radioactive waste
Years: 1978 to 1980 Employer: Boise State Uiversity Title: Research Associate Department: Geology and Geophysics Responsibilities: He taught mineralogy and petrology classes to geology majors, conducted research on geothermal power and water-rock interactions in Idaho, funded by US Dept. of Energy
Years: 1979 to 1979 Employer: AMAX inc. Title: exploration geologist Department: Mt Tolman Project Responsibilities: He mapped, logged core from diamond drilling operations, and studied hydrothermal alteration of the Mt. Tolman porpyhry Cu-Mo deposit, Washington state, during active exploration of teh deposit (300,000 feet of core drilled)
Years: 1977 to 1977 Employer: U.S. Steel Corp Title: exploration geochemist Department: western mineral exploration divison Responsibilities: He had a summer job collecting stream sediment samples for geochemical exploration (from helicopters) in central Alaska
Years: 1976 to 1976 Employer: Selco Mining Company Title: minerals exploration geologist Department: Chibougamau Office, QUE Responsibilities: He mapped the geology and logged core from a volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit discovered near Chibougamau, Quebec, in Abitibi Greenstone Belt

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1984 to 1986 Agency: USGS Role: part time geologist Description: He conducted exploration geochemical surveys and conducted research on hyrothermal ore deposits

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Sigma Xi
Licenses / Certifications
PG (Professional Geologist in Alabama)
Professional Appointments
associate editor, Ore Geology Reviews, 1996-2009
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 2 US patents, over 150 peer-reviwed scientific US Government (USGS) publications on enviromental geochemistry, ore deposits, mineral resource assessments

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has consulted on groundwater issues related to sinkholes in limestones and marble and how they (pumping and mining)naffect property values, damages, water tables, etc., the Texaco-Diamond Crystal Lawsuit in early 1980s in LA (oil company drill hole caused salt mine to collapse), on naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) and heavy metals scales in oil field drill pipes in MS, Cr pollution of groundwater in MS as part of Superfund litigation, and the suitability of using brownfields oil and gas areas around a Gulf coast salt dome for a lanfill in TX, and gold mining claim dispute in CA
Training / Seminars
He presented a seminar to Japanese scientists and industry geologists working on epithermal gold-silver ores in Japan about similar US ores
Other Relevant Experience
He has conducted research using ore microscopy (reflected light) and fluid inclusion research

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