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WN@tL: “Why Are Wisconsin’s Karst Aquifers So Susceptible to Groundwater Contamination?”
February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Speaker: Maureen Muldoon
Description:Why Are Wisconsin’s Karst Aquifers So Susceptible to Groundwater Contamination?
The talk will focus on the hydrogeology of Wisconsin’s karst aquifers. I’ll go over what karst is, how it forms, and where in Wisconsin we have karst aquifers. Then we’ll look at how groundwater moves in those aquifers, existing water-quality data, and the characteristics that make those aquifers so vulnerable to contamination.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Muldoon received both her Ph.D. (Hydrogeology, 1999) and M.S. (Pleistocene Geology & Hydrogeology, 1987) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her bachelor’s degree (A.B. Earth & Planetary Sciences, 1983) from Washington University in St. Louis. She started her career with the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey in 1987, then moved to UW-Oshkosh for 21 years where she was a professor of Geology and taught the hydrogeology courses (Physical, Chemical and Field Methods), Environmental Geology for non-majors, and occasional field trips to the Colorado Plateau and Belize. Dr. Muldoon has recently returned to the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey where she conducts groundwater research.
Maureen’s research focuses on applied groundwater questions throughout Wisconsin and her interests include investigation of groundwater quality and flow in carbonate rocks, the relationship between carbonate stratigraphy and hydraulic properties, land-use impacts on groundwater quality, and delineation of wellhead protection zones in fractured rock. Her professional memberships include American Geophysical Union (AGU), Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers (AGWSE), WI section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) and Geological Society of America (GSA). Dr. Muldoon is a licensed professional geologist and hydrologist in Wisconsin.