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Lee Florea

Assistant Professor

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AR   Phone: 765-285-8266  

Department of Geological Sciences
Ball State University
Fine Arts Building (AR), room 117
Muncie, IN 47306

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My body of scholarly activities spans the natural sciences as they pertain to the understanding of carbonate aquifers—aquifers that have been cited to influence the drinking water of one out of every four people on the globe. As such, I bring to bear my training and experiences in hydrogeology, geomorphology, geochemistry, geophysics, carbonate geology, and biology to answer specific questions that can help regulators, water managers, and scientists understand the processes that influence the groundwater in regions dominated by sinkholes, caves, and springs. Included are investigations of carbonate petrology and stratigraphy as they pertain to aquifer heterogeneity.

Current Research Questions:

  • Do values of stable isotopes of carbon and sulfur from a wide range of karst aquifers in the Cumberland Plateau suggest that carbonic acid speleogenesis, while dominant, is not the only contributor of DIC in shallow groundwater?
  • What can studies of low-temperature geochemistry, groundwater tracing, and stable-isotope processes reveal about vadose-zone hydrology in karst aquifers from a range of geologic environments?
  • What will long term geophysical and hydrogeologic investigations during the Ball State geothermal conversion reveal about the efficacy of large-scale ground-source geothermal projects?
Field Experiences:
  • Award winning, contract-based cartography.
  • Dye tracing studies to aid regulators and community managers.
  • Water sampling and monitoring in surface and groundwater systems

Environmental geophysics in shallow aquifers and cave systems

Course Schedule
Department of Geological Sciences
Ball State University
Fine Arts Building (AR), room 117
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-8270
Fax: 765-285-8265
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