Mark Brusseau
Professor, Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
Joint Professor, Hydrology and Water Resources
(520) 621-3244
Ph.D. Subsurface Hydrology/Environmental Chemistry, University of Florida, 1989

Dr. Brusseau is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and a member of several professional societies. Dr. Brusseau's research is focused on developing a fundamental understanding of the factors and processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface. He is also interested in the development and evaluation of innovative subsurface characterization and remediation technologies, and the evaluation of risks posed to human health by contamination. His research integrates mechanistic, laboratory-based experimentation, site-specific field-based investigation, and the development and application of mathematical modeling. His research projects span and integrate multiple spatial scales, from the pore scale to the basin scale. Dr. Brusseau has extensive experience in research translation and technology transfer activities. He is the originator and Director of the Research Translation Core for the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program. He has served on the technical advisory board for the Arizona WQARF (state Superfund) program, and for several federal and state Superfund sites. He is a member of the Broadway/Pantano WQARF Community Advisor Board (CAB), and has participated in numerous CAB meetings for other sites. He has conducted several international webinars and has participated in local/regional conferences and workshops to relay research results to environmental regulators, consultants, and the general public.

Selected Citations: 

Brusseau, M.L., Carroll, K.C., Allen, T., Baker, J., DiGuiseppi, W., Hatton, J., Morrison, C., Russo, A., and Berkompas, J. 2011. The Impact of in-situ chemical oxidation on contaminant mass discharge: Linking source-zone and plume-scale characterizations of remediation performance. Environ. Sci. Technol., 45:5352-5358. 

Brusseau, M.L., Russo, A.E., and Schnaar, G. 2012. Nonideal transport of contaminants in heterogeneous porous media: 9- Impact of contact time on desorption and elution tailing. Chemosphere, 89: 287-292.

Brusseau, M.L. and M. Narter. 2013. Assessing the Impact of Chlorinated-Solvent Sites on Metropolitan Groundwater Resources. Groundwater, 51(6): 828-832.

Miao, Z., K.C. Carroll, and M.L. Brusseau. 2013. Characterization and Quantification of Groundwater Sulfate Sources at a Mining Site in an Arid Climate: The Monument Valley Site in Arizona U.S.A. J. Hydrology, 504: 207-215. 

Brusseau, M.L. and Zhilin Guo. 2014. Assessing contaminant-removal conditions and plume persistence through analysis of long-term pump-and-treat data. J. Contamin. Hydrol., 164: 16-24.

Miao, Z., C. Carreón-Diazconti, K.C. Carroll, and Mark L. Brusseau. 2014. The impact of biostimulation on the fate of sulfate and associated sulfur dynamics in groundwater. J. Contamin. Hydrol., 164: 240–250. 

Ramirez-Andreotta, M.D., Brusseau, M.L., Maier, R.M., Artiola, J., Gandolfi, A.J. 2014. Environmental research translation: enhancing interactions with communities at contaminated sites. Sci. Total Environ., 497/498: 651–664. 

Brusseau, M.L., El Ouni, A., Araujo, J.B., Zhong, H. 2015. Novel methods for measuring air-water interfacial area in unsaturated porous media. Chemosphere, 127: 208-213. 

Mainhagu, J., Morrison, C., and Brusseau, M.L. 2015. Using vapor phase tomography to measure the spatial distribution of vapor concentrations and flux for vadose-zone VOC sources. J. Contam. Hydrol., 177/178: 54-63.

Brusseau, M.L., Mainhagu, J., Morrison, C., Carroll, K.C. 2015. The vapor-phase multi-stage CMD test for characterizing contaminant mass discharge associated with volatile organic contaminant sources in the vadose zone: Application to three sites in different lifecycle stages of SVE operations. J. Contam. Hydrol., 179: 55-64.

Zhong, H., Brusseau, M.L., Wang, Y., Yan, N., Quig, L., Johnson, G.R. 2015. In-situ activation of persulfate by iron filings and degradation of 1,4-dioxane. Water Research, 83:104-111.

Yan, N. Liu, F., Xue, Q., Brusseau, M.L., Liu, Y., Wang, J. 2015. Degradation of trichloroethene by siderite-catalyzed hydrogen peroxide and persulfate: Investigation of reaction mechanisms and degradation products. Chem. Eng. J., 274: 61-68.

Miao, Z., Gu, X., Lu, S., Brusseau, M.L., Zhang, X., Fu, X., Danish, M., Qiu, Z., Sui, Q. 2015. Enhancement effects of chelating agents on the degradation of tetrachloroethene in Fe(III) catalyzed percarbonate system. Chem. Eng. J., 281:286-294

Research Themes: 
Arid lands
Modeling and simulation
Public Health
Soil contaminants
Sustainable mining
Water contaminants
Science Engagement
Urban Environment
Biogeochemical processes
Community education
Decision making
Land use change
Modeling and simulation
Public Health
Water resource management
Arid lands
Biogeochemical processes
Biological treatment process
Community education
Groundwater remediation
Modeling and simulation
Public Health
Sustainable mining
Urban development
Waste containment
Water resource management
Water reuse
Water treatment
Water-energy nexus
Watershed hydrology
Watershed management

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