Marcia K. Schulmeister
Professor of Geology
Rm. 119B Cram Science Hall
My interests span the fields of hydrogeology and geochemistry and emphasize problems in groundwater and surface water chemistry. My background includes both research and professional experience in these areas, and has helped shape the field-oriented program offered at ESU. Over the years, my students and I have developed of new approaches for high-resolution characterization of unconsolidated aquifers, based largely on direct-push technology. The approach provides details about the stratigraphic controls on groundwater flow and solute transport at a scale of measurement that is not possible with conventional drilling-based methods. Ongoing research in alluvial aquifers demonstrates the capabilities of our approaches, and includes examination of recharge at floodplain-terrace and at stream-aquifer interfaces. The new tools are extremely relevant for environmental site characterization projects and the design of remediation strategies at contaminated sites. New research projects exploit the high-resolution capabilities of these approaches in a contaminated aquifer,and are currently taking shape at ESU's on-campus hydrogeology teaching and research station.
My Research with Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Courses I Teach at ESU:
- ES 110/111 Introduction to Earth Science (5 cr hrs.)
- ES 333 Environmental Geology (3 cr hrs) (Salt Mine field trip photos),
- ES 367 Global Environmental Change (2 cr hrs.)
- GO 571 Hydrogeology (4 cr. hrs. ONLINE* and on-campus sections)
- GO 572 Contaminant Hydrogeology (3 cr. hrs.;ONLINE* and on-campus)
- GO 580 Environmental Field Methods (3 cr. hrs., ONLINE* and on-campus) (photos from the field)
- ES 767 The Geochemistry of Natural Resources (3 cr. hrs.)
- Environmental Geochemistry (3 cr. hrs.; ONLINE and on-campus sections)
*For a complete list of ESU's online courses, see Online M.S. at ESU flyer
- Ph.D., The University of Kansas (Geology/Hydrogeology), 2000
- M.S., Michigan State University (Geology/Geochemistry), 1993
- B.S., University of Illinois (Geology), 1985
- Kansas Geological Survey Geohydrology Section, 2000-2002
- Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment, Bureau of Environmental Remediation, 1997-2000
- Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources (now Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality), Superfund Section, 1990-1991
- Illinois State Water Survey, Groundwater Section, 1986-1989
My Work Experience as an Educator:
- Adjunct Professor, Washburn University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Summer, 2003
- Instructor, University of Kansas, Department of Education, Math and Science Center (Trio Program), Summer, 1997
- Park Ranger, U.S. National Park Service, Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT, Summer, 1985 (students, look here for Student Conservation Association info)
(students, look here for Student Conservation Association info)
Other Professional Affiliations:
- Fulbright Scholar, U.S. Dept of State, CIES. Also see: Crystal Lake South H.S. story (go Gators!)
- Collaborator, Center for Integrated Research for Natural Resources Remediaiton and Reclamation, and Center for Excellence of Sustainability of Health, Environment and Industry, Naresuan University, Thailand.
- Visiting Faculty Department of Geotechnology, Khon Kaen University , Khon Kaen, Thailand.
- Visiting Scientist, Chinese Academy of Science, Shijiazhaung, China
- Adjunct Research Associate,University of Kansas, Geology Department (Geology/Hydrogeology)
- Registered Geologist #138, State of Kansas (students, look here for details on the Geologist License Exam) KS State Board of Technical Professions
- National Ground Water Association (reviewer for Ground Water, and Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation)
- Geological Society of America: Hydrogeology Division (section representative), and South-central Section (Chair, Vice Chair and Meeting Chair 2007-2011 - click here for exciting memories from the 2010 joint meeting in Branson Missouri), reviewer for GSAToday.
- Sigma Xi
- International Association of Hydrological Scientists
- The Geochemical Society (reviewer for Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta)
- American Geophysical Union (reviewer for Water Resources Research)
- Association for Women Geoscientists: proud co-founder of the Osage Chapter!
- "Expanding YourHorizons in Math and Science" (A blast from the past)
- Biking Across Kansas , Border Raiders, MS 150 Tour of Lawrence "I'm a course marshall- be one too!, Sierra to the Sea, Dirty Kanza 200 , My awesome bike!
- Schulmeister, M.K. R. Lersirivorakul, T. Nettasana, P. Assiri (2015) Hydrogeochemistry of the Flowing Artesian Wellfield of the Northern Khorat Plateau, Northeastern Thailand. Proceedings of the 5th GeoIndo International Conference on Geology, Geotechnology, and Mineral Resources of INDOCHINA October 23-24, Thailand. (http://www.geoindo2015.org/proceeding/assets/file/GWR%2011.pdf).
- Mungkang*, P., Lertsirivorakul, R. and Schulmeister, M. (2015). An evaluation of dispersivity in solute transport modeling of the aquifer storage and recovery project in Sukhothai province. Khon Kaen University Research Journal, 15(3), 33-45.
- Schulmeister M.K. and D.M. Barlow (2015) The impact of drought on stream flow and stream-aquifer exchange in the Neosho River Headwaters, Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, Special Ecohydrology Edition. Vol. 119, no. 1, p. 93-102.
- Schulmeister, M.K. (2015) Chapter 10 Sampling for Analysis of Water Quality and Chapter 11 Processing of ASR System Chemical Testing Results IN: Exploring Corrective Means for Solving the Flood and Drought Problem by ASR Methods in the Northern Part of the Upper Chao Phraya River Basin (Phase 2): Executive Summary Report. Compiled for the Department of Groundwater Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment by SNT Consultants, Bangkok, 500+p.
- Schulmeister, M.K., J.M. Healey, J.J. Butler, Jr. and G.W. McCall (2004) Direct-push geochemical profiling for assessment of inorganic chemical heterogeneity in aquifers. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, v. 69, no 3-4, p 215-232. abstract
- Schulmeister, M.K., J.J. Butler Jr., J.M. Healey, L. Zheng, E.K. Franseen and D.A. Wysocki (2004) High-resolution stratigraphic characterization of unconsolidated deposits using direct-push electrical conductivity logging: A floodplain margin example. In: Concepts in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology series, v. 2, Aquifer Characterization (D. Hyndman and J. Bridge, eds.) Society of Economic and Petroleum Geologists. pdf version
- Schulmeister, M.K., J.M. Healey, G.W. McCall, S.M Birk and J.J. Butler, Jr. (2003) High-resolution chemical characterization of an alluvial aquifer. In: Modelcare 2002: Calibration and reliability in groundwater modelling: A few steps closer to reality (K. Kovar and Z. Hzkal, eds.), IAHS Publication 277, Wallingford, UK: International Association of Hydrological Sciences. p. 419-423. pdf version
- Schulmeister, M.K., J.J. Butler, Jr., J.M. Healey, L. Zheng, D.A.Wysocki and G.W. McCall (2003) Direct-push electrical conductivity for high-resolution hydrostratigraphic characterization. Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation v. 23, no. 3, p. 52-63. pdf version.
- Butler, J.J., Jr., J.M.Healey, L. Zheng, W. McCall and M.K. Schulmeister (1999) Hydrostratigraphic characterization of unconsolidated alluvial deposits with direct-push sensor technology, Kansas Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-40, 30 p. (also available in an electronic form at: //www.kgs.ku.edu/Hydro/Publications/OFR99_40/index.html).
- Macpherson G.L. and M.K. Schulmeister (1994) Sources, fate and residence time of nitrate at two sites in Kansas: A comparison of carbonate and alluvial Aquifers. Kansas Water Resources Research Institute, Rpt# G2020-08, 81 p.
- Shafer J.M., H.A. Wehrmann, M.K. Schulmeister, and S. Schock (1988) A plan for the comprehensive evaluation of the occurrence,transport and fate of groundwater contaminants in the Lake Calumet area of southeast Chicago. Illinois Hazardous Waste Research and Information Center, Technical Notes #88-101.
- Visocky A.P. and M.K. Schulmeister (1988) Groundwater Investigations for siting the Superconducting, Super Collider in northeastern Illinois. Illinois State Water Survey Circular #170, 80 p.ISWS Pubs.
- Langenheim R.L. and M.K. Schulmeister (1987) Virgin River Gorge: Boundary between the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin in Northwestern Arizona. In Geological Society of America Centennial Field Guide 8 Cordilleran Section (M.L. Hill, ed.) p. 43-47.