Multidisciplinary Hydrology: A Few Examples of Scientific Mixology

Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
4 pm on Thursday, September 23, 2021
Available in person in * NEW LOCATION: HARSHBARGER 110 * and via zoom
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Kenneth C. Carroll
Associate Professor, Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University


Ever-growing population and climate change threaten the sustainability of our natural resources. This talk aims to illustrate how multidisciplinary hydrology is critical to advancing our understanding and addressing the issues we face with the food, energy, and water (FEW) nexus. Hydrologists are being called on to address grand challenges including water scarcity, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emission mitigation and subsurface sequestration, nutrient recycling, hydraulic fracturing, and cleaning up water contaminated with a multitude of emerging contaminants (e.g., pharmaceuticals, poly/perfluorinated chemicals). My research targets many of these issues, uses a multidisciplinary approach to research by integrating aspects from several scientific fields to investigate processes at a multitude of scales, and I believe this type of approach is required for the evaluation of coupled processes that influence FEW nexus systems. Hydrology has a rich history in multidisciplinary science, and I believe the interfaces and intersections of multiple disciplines of science are where many of our advances will be discovered. This talk will survey a few subsurface research areas my group has been working on, and it will illustrate how we might use and extend our multidisciplinary approaches in hydrology.


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Kenneth C. (KC) Carroll is an Associate Professor in the Plant & Environmental Sciences Department and also works with the Water Science & Management Graduate Program at New Mexico State University. His background spans both organic and inorganic geochemical hydrogeology and water resources. He obtained a Ph.D. in Hydrology & Water Resources at the University of Arizona with a focus in contaminant transport and groundwater remediation, and he has a Master’s from Ohio University in Environmental Geochemistry focusing on acid rock drainage and metal transport and fate associated with coal mining. His prior hydrology and geochemistry industry experience focused on some of the largest metal mines located around the world; he completed a postdoctoral appointment where he investigated subsurface heterogeneity impacts on groundwater remediation performance, and he spent a few years as a research scientist at the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory before moving to NMSU. He is currently the Herb Ward Family Endowed Interdisciplinary Chair in Environmental and Water Science at NMSU.