University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) Principle Investigator, Dr. Mark Brusseau, was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in June 2016. GSA members are elected to Fellowship in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of Geoscience, and Dr. Brusseau’s diverse and accomplished background in research and teaching at the UA certainly fits the bill. Since starting his academic career in environmental geology and watershed hydrology, Dr. Brusseau has evolved into a leading specialist in the field of contaminant transport. By integrating lab and field-based research with mathematical modeling, Dr. Brusseau has investigated the behavior of organic-liquid contaminants in multiphase systems, pore-scale fluid behavior, and coupled biogeochemical processes affecting contaminant fate, amongst others. Through this work, Dr. Brusseau has made widely-recognized advances in the areas of soil and groundwater contamination characterization and remediation.
Further, Dr. Brusseau is a pioneer in the field of research translation, a field that has allowed him to bring his specialized areas of research to the public at large. As the original PI for our Research Translation Core, Dr. Brusseau has provided technical expertise on Community Advisory Boards for local superfund sites, served on the Advisory Board for the Arizona Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF), developed informational materials for the public, and held workshops for K-12 teachers. Dr. Brusseau is also an existing Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Soil Science Society of America.
Requirements for GSA fellowship include: a ten-year professional career beyond a terminal degree; consistent publication of research; active participation in applied research and contributions towards solving significant problems; training and teaching of next-generation geologists and scientists; administration of distinctive academic programs; leadership of research teams and coordination of research programs; contribution to the public awareness of geology; active participation in professional organizations; and a general dissemination of geologic knowledge so as to contribute to the advancement of science.
This is a well-deserved honor and the UA SRP congratulates Dr. Brusseau!