The Russoniello Lab

Exploring the interface between the earth, fresh water, and the ocean.

Our research group is interested in understanding how physical hydrologic processes influence water quality and movement across the globe -- especially how surface water and groundwater interact in streams, lakes, and oceans.


We explore the resiliency of fresh water resources and the role of water in transporting solutes in the face of a changing world including:

  • Mechanisms for saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifers like storm surge, waves and tides, and rising sea levels

  • Fresh water resources in dry climates like the Mountain West

  • Legacy impacts of Acid Mine Drainage

  • How permafrost and rivers in cold regions control discharge of fresh water and solutes to the coast

We work on interdisciplinary research projects, within which we conduct field and lab experiments coupled with innovative numerical computer models.

I am always looking for highly motivated graduate students interesting in pursuing hydrogeology research in a collaborative environment to join our lab.


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We installed an on-campus teaching wellfield!

Thanks to A-Zone Environmental for joining us to drill 3 piezometer nests and core across our on-campus West Run teaching site. My hydrogeology class (463) joined us on site to see a rig in action, take well measurements, and get a walk through from the driller, Richard, of his rig and his experiences in the environmental and geotech industries. Next up - logging cores!


Deon, Lindsey, and Chris are headed to Utqiagvik in August!

We're headed to  northernmost point in the United States to better understand how changing climate will affect permafrost, hydrology, and chemical cycling in the Arctic.


I'll be a panelist for CUAHSI H3S "Navigating Academic Waters" workshop

Writing Statements - July 15, 2021

This is the second part on academic job documents, focusing on research, teaching, and diversity statements. 

Potential questions: What is an appropriate balance between describing previous research and outlining future research ideas? How do I write a teaching statement if I have little to no teaching or TA experience? How long should these documents be? Who should I ask to review these documents before submitting the applications?


Jerry Hu is joining our lab for an MS!

Jerry is joining the lab in Summer 2021. He just graduated with a BS from William and Mary in Virginia where he worked in the Kidwell Lab Group.

Jerry will be working to understand how AMD Remediation system efficiency varies over different time periods. 


Russoniello and Cayton awarded USGS Grant to study Acid Mine Drainage (AMD)

Passive AMD treatment systems have worked wonders in watersheds throughout Appalachia. Deckers Creek, which flows right through Morgantown is a prime success story. With our project, "Analysis of passive AMD treatment system components over lifespans, seasons, and storms", we will investigate how the efficiency of AMD treatment systems varies over storms, seasons and decades (9/2021-8/2022)


Davis et al. in Press at Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

"Evaluating the geomorphic channel response to beaver dam analogue installation using unoccupied aerial vehicles" by Julianne Davis, Laura Lautz, Christa Kelleher, Philippe Vidon, Christopher Russoniello, Casey Pearce.


Article on Open Data and Collaboration!

Open Data, Collaborative Working Platforms, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Building an Early Career Scientist Community of Practice to Leverage Ocean Observatories Initiative Data to Address Critical Questions in Marine Science


SOGWaM is back online!

Check out the Simple Online Groundwater Model (SOGWaM -- yes, it's a terrible name) here or on the Git. I've included an exercise I have used in my 400-level Hydrogeology courses.


Geofluids special issue is published!

I co-edited a geofluids special issue with Xuan Yu, Leanne K. Morgan, Gudrun Massmann, and Guizhi Wang. The issue and our accompanying editorial was published February 4, 2020


Presentation at the Pittsburgh Geological Society

I spoke at the Pittsburgh Geological Society (PGS) about how i am working to quantify the amount of exchange between global oceans and seabed sediments (and why we care!). The PGS is largely composed on industry professionals and undergraduate participants from a variety of nearby schools. Thanks for the invitation!


American Geophysical Union outstanding reviewer award -

Cited by editor Martyn Clark as an outstanding reviewer for Water Resources Research - 2018

EOS Article


Lindsey's Presenting at GSA 2021!

Lindsey will have three (three!) presentations in Portland!

Freeze/thaw dynamics of Arctic groundwater, a workshop on karst/hydrology data tools, and a talk about those data tools. I'll be there too, chairing a session on Coastal Hydrogeology and presenting Jesse Carpinello's work on 'overtopping'.


WVU faculty receive $125,000 to tap into water research issues in West Virginia


Article in Mountaineer ENews about USGS Awards to Russoniello and Shobe (link).


Congrats to Jesse Carpinello who successfully defends his MS.

Jesse defended his thesis, entitled "The Impact of Unsaturated Zone Thickness on the Severity of Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Aquifers from Overtopping", to a virtual crowd. Special thanks to his committee Drs. Aaron Maxwell and James Heiss!


Lindsey Aman awarded 2021 GSA Student Research Award

Lindsey was awarded a Geological Society of America Student Research Grant for a project to investigate "Active Layer Controls on Seasonal Water Storage in Talik Lakes within an Arctic Delta" (6/2021-6/2022)


Shobe and Russoniello Awarded USGS grant to investigate Deckers Creek erosion

Our project, "Modeling and measuring drivers of erosion in a sediment-impaired stream", will use numerical and field methods to characterize streambank erosion in Deckers Creek. Specifically, we'll use change detection techniques and numerical sediment transport models to understand how climate and anthropogenic influences have changed sediment loads. (9/2021-8/2022)


I am co-chairing a session on Coastal Groundwater at GSA 2021! 

I am excited to be co-chairing a session on "Coastal and Marine Hydrogeology in an Age of Rising Seas: From the Shore to the Oceanic Ridge"


Kendra Devereux (Rutgers REU Mentee) is presenting at AGU!

Kendra presented her Senior thesis work on "Estimating future groundwater recharge rates over the Contiguous United States" at AGU 2020.  Kendra will graduate from Wooster College this May.


Lindsey Aman has joined the lab for an MS looking at groundwater flow in Arctic Deltas

We're excited for Lindsey to join the Hydro Lab at WVU for a Geology MS!


Deon Knights has joined the lab for a two-year PostDoctoral fellowship!

Deon's two year postdoc will focus on understanding nutrient processing in arctic deltas. He will build physical delta models on top of which he will simulate flow and reactive transport of nutrients. Summer 2021 fieldwork in the MacKenzie Delta in Northwest Territories will constrain his nutrient processing rates. 

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I was at AGU!

presented a poster at the AGU 2019 Annual Meeting. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces!


I was at the 2019 Texas Hydro~Geo Workshop!

The Workshop brought students and professionals together for a hands-on field learning experience. Participants explore techniques including drill rigs, surface and borehole geophysics, stream gauging, water quality instruments and more. I presented a talk on my research, attended a module on Resistivity Profiling and co-lead a groundwater tracing module. Thanks to Geary Schindel and the organizing committee, the Bexar Grotto, and the National Speliological Society for bringing me to Texas and making me feel at home!