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Christopher Neuzil


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I have a B.A. in geology from SUNY Binghamton, a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from Johns Hopkins, and have worked in the USGS Water Discipline since 1977 and its National Research Program since 1980. My research is aimed at a firmer understanding of low-permeability flow and transport, rock and pore fluid mechanical interactions, anomalous fluid pressures, and coupling between geologic processes and fluid flow, phenomena that I've investigated in mid-continent Cretaceous shale and other clay-rich rocks in Europe and Canada. I've served as Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, and on editorial boards at Water Resources Research, Groundwater, and Geofluids. My professional affiliations include the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of Washington. I received the O. E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America’s Hydrogeology Division in 1991 and I am coauthor of the textbook Groundwater in Geologic Processes.


Neuzil, C. E., Interpreting fluid pressure anomalies in shallow intraplate argillaceous formations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL064140, 2015. [Link]

Neuzil, C.E., Science is the first step to siting nuclear waste repositories, Eos 95(8), 71, 2014.

Neuzil, Chris, Shale: an overlooked option for US nuclear waste disposal, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nov. 27, 2014. [Link]

Neuzil, C.E., and A.M. Provost, Ice sheet load cycling and fluid underpressures in the eastern Michigan Basin, Ontario, Canada, Jour. of Geophys. Res. 119(B10), DOI: 10.1002/2014JB011643, 2014.

Neuzil, C.E., Can shale safely host U.S. nuclear waste?, Eos 94(30), 261-262, 2013. [Link]

Provost, A. M., C. I. Voss, and C. E. Neuzil, Glaciation and regional groundwater flow in the Fennoscandian Shield, Geofluids 12(1), 79-96, 2012.

Person, M., J. McIntosh, N. Iverson, C. E. Neuzil, and V. Bense, Geologic isolation of nuclear waste at high latitudes: The role of ice sheets, Geofluids 12(1), 1-6, 2012.

Neuzil, C. E., Hydromechanical effects of continental glaciation on groundwater systems, Geofluids 12(1), 22-37, 2012.

Neuzil, C. E., and A. M. Provost, Recent data point to a greater role for osmotic pressures in the subsurface, Water Resour. Res., 45, W03410, doi:10.1029/2007WR006450, 2009.

Buruss, R.C., S.T. Brennan, P.A. Freeman, M.D. Merrill, L.F. Ruppert, M.F. Becker, W.N. Herkelrath, Y.K. Kharaka, C.E. Neuzil, S.M. Swanson, T.A. Cook, T.R. Klett, P.H. Nelson, and C.J. Schenk, Development of a probabilistic methodology for evaluation of carbon dioxide storage, U.S. Geol. Surv. Open File Rept. 2009-1035, 81p., 2009.

Neuzil, C.E., and L.F. Konikow, Reply to comment by T.N. Narasimhan on “A method to estimate groundwater depletion from confining layers”, Water Resour. Res. 44, W06421, doi: 10.1029/2008WR007084, 2008.

Konikow, L. F., and C. E. Neuzil, A method to estimate groundwater depletion from confining layers, Water Resour. Res. 43, W07417, doi: 10.1029/2006WR005597, 2007.

Garavito, A. M., H. Kooi, and C. E. Neuzil, Numerical modeling of a long-term in-situ chemical osmosis experiment in the Pierre Shale, South Dakota, Adv. in Water Resour. 29, 481-492, 2006.

Ingebritsen, S. E., W. E. Sanford, and C. E. Neuzil, Groundwater in Geologic Processes, Cambridge Univ. Press, 535 p., 2006.

Neuzil, C. E., Nothing older than three years, Ground Water 42(6), 797, 2004.

Neuzil, C. E., Hydromechanical coupling in geologic processes, Hydrogeol. Jour. 11(1), 41-83, 2003.

Neuzil, C. E., Comment on “A creative solution to the NIMBY problem” Editorial by Jay Lehr and Herbert Inhaber, Ground Water 41(6), 722, 2003.

Neuzil, C. E., Osmotic generation of ‘anomalous’ fluid pressures in geological environments, Nature 403, 182 - 184, 2000.

Neuzil, C. E., Hydrogeology, Geotimes 43(2), 38 - 39, 1998.

Neuzil, C. E., and K. Belitz, Fracture control of the hydrology of the North American midconti­nental shales, in Fluid Flow Through Faults and Fractures in Argillaceous Formations, Pro­ceedings of the International Workshop held in Berne, Switzerland, 10 - 12 June, 1996, Paris, OECD/NEA, 1998.

Provost, A. M., C. I. Voss, and C. E. Neuzil, Glaciation and regional ground-water flow in the Fennoscandian Shield, SKI (Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate) Report 96:11, 82 p., 1998.

Neuzil, C. E., Abnormal pressures as hydrodynamic phenomena, Amer. Jour. of Sci. 295(6), 742 - 786, 1995.

Neuzil, C. E., Characterization of flow properties, driving forces, and pore-water chemistry in the ultra-low permeability Pierre Shale, North America, in Hydraulic and Hydrochemical Characterization of Argillaceous Rocks, Proceedings of the International Workshop held in Nottingham, England, 7 - 9 June, 1994, Paris, OECD/NEA, 1995.

Neuzil, C. E., How permeable are clays and shales?, Water Resour. Res. 30(2), 145 - 150, 1994.

Neuzil, C. E., Low fluid pressure within the Pierre Shale: A transient response to erosion, Water Resour. Res. 29(7), 2007 - 2020, 1993.

Silliman, S. E., and C. E. Neuzil, Borehole determination of formation thermal conductiv­ity using a thermal pulse from injected fluid, Jour. Geophys. Res. 95(B6), 8697 - 8704, 1990.

Neuzil, C. E., Groundwater flow in low-permeability environments, Water Resour. Res. 22(8), 1163 - 1195, 1986.

Neuzil, C. E., Comment on ‘Possible effects of erosional changes of the topographic relief on pore pressure at depth,’ by J. Tóth and R. F. Millar, Water Resour. Res. 21(6), 895 - 898, 1985.

Neuzil, C. E., J. D. Bredehoeft, and R. G. Wolff, 1984, Leakage and fracture permeability in the Cretaceous shales confining the Dakota Aquifer in South Dakota, in Proc. of the First C. V. Theis Conf. on Geohydrology, Oct. 5 - 6, 1982, Lincoln, NB, ed. by D. G. Jorgenson and D. C. Signor, National Water Well Assoc., Worthington OH, 1984.

Neuzil, C. E., and D. W. Pollock, Erosional unloading anf fluid pressures in hydraulically ‘tight’ rocks, Jour. of Geol. 91(2), 179-193, 1983.

Bredehoeft, J. D., C. E. Neuzil, and P. C. D. Milly, Regional flow in the Dakota Aquifer: A study of the roles of confining layers, U. S. Geol. Surv. Water-Sup. Paper 2237, 45 p., 1983.

Neuzil, C. E., On conducting the modified ‘slug’ test in tight rocks, Water Resour. Res. 18(2), 439 - 441, 1982.

Neuzil, C. E., and J. V. Tracy, Flow through fractures, Water Resour. Res. 17(1), 191 - 199, 1981.

Hsieh, P. A., J. V. Tracy, C. E. Neuzil, J. D. Bredehoeft, and S. E. Silliman, A transient method for determining the hydraulic properties of ‘tight’ rocks - I. Theory, Int. Jour. of Rock Mech. and Mining Sci. 18(3), 245 - 252, 1981.

Neuzil, C. E., C. Cooley, S. E. Silliman, J. D. Bredehoeft, and P. A. Hsieh, A transient method for determining the hydraulic properties of ‘tight’ rocks - II. Application, Int. Jour. of Rock Mech. and Mining Sci. 18(3), 253 - 258, 1981.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Water Resourcesground water
Water Resourcesground-water quality
Water Resourceswater budget
Water Resourceswater quality

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Energy & Minerals for America's Future

A Water Census of the United States

Low Permeability Flow and Transport

Aquifer - confining layer interaction and regional groundwater flow

Hydrogeology of the Pierre and other Cretaceous shales

Paleohydrogeology and flow system evolution

Waste isolation in argillaceous media and flow system evolution on geologic time scales

Anomalous fluid pressures

Geologic membranes, osmosis, and ultrafiltration

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Christopher Neuzil
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20192
703-648-5274 - Fax
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