- Dave Barry -

“There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean.”

Hydrogeology Lab


Jesse Carpinello

M.S. Student

After earning his first undergraduate degree in Earth and Space Science Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), Jesse has been an Astronomy, Mathematics, and Instructional Support teacher at Punxsutawney Area School District since 2006.  In 2014, he earned his second undergraduate degree, again from IUP, in Geology (Environmental), where his research focused on potential surface water contamination due to natural gas extraction in western Pennsylvania.
Jesse is interested in water resources and quality.  At WVU, he is building groundwater models that simulate the interaction of fresh and salty groundwater in coastal aquifers to understand how surge, seiching, and waves cause contamination of these crucial resources during high-intensity storm events.


Deon Knights

Postdoctoral Fellow

Deon was awarded an NSF EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship to work in the lab for two years. His work will examine how nutrients are processed in Arctic Deltas. He will build physical, flow, and reactive transport models for Arctic Deltas to understand the role they play in removing nutrients from discharging surface water prior to entering the Arctic Ocean. He will also conduct fieldwork in the Mackenzie Delta in Canada's Northwest Territories to make direct measurements that will constrain his numerical models.


Deon started his education at the University of Delaware, where he worked as an undergraduate field assistant in Dr. Holly Michael's lab. Following UDel, he spent a year learning Mandarin at Xiamen University before returning to work with Dr. Audrey Sawyer  for an MS and then a PhD at the Ohio State University. We are excited for him to join us in August 2020!


Lindsey Aman

M.S. Student

Lindsey joins us in August 2020 straight out of her undergraduate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she majored in Geology and minored in Math. During her time at IUP, she traveled with a professor to Taiwan to do summer fieldwork studying the structural geology and tectonics of Taiwan’s metamorphic core. This research required traversing rivers and coastal outcrops, and sparked a passion in water resources.


This passion drove her to apply to graduate school at WVU, where she plans to study water resources and human-water interactions in our lab. We are excited for her to arrive!


Interested in the Hydrogeology Lab?

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