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Barbara Mahler

Research Hydrologist

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Barbara grew up in northern California, where she learned to appreciate the value of water.  She received a B. Mus. in performance at Boston University; in 1986 she moved to Austin, Texas.  Combining her interest in water, mathematics, and the outdoors, she enrolled at the University of Texas and received her Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Geology, with an emphasis on karst hydrology.  Her principal research interests are water quality of karst systems and source and fate of contaminated sediment.



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Science Topic
Subtopic
Environmental Issuescontamination and pollution
Environmental Issuesground-water quality
Environmental Issueshuman impacts
Environmental Issuesland use
Environmental Issuesland use change
Environmental Issuesnonpoint-source pollution
Environmental Issuespesticides and herbicides
Environmental Issuespharmaceuticals
Environmental Issuessurface water quality
Environmental Issueswater quality


Sediment geochemistry, karst aquifers

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Reconstruction of contaminant histories using lake cores; identification and evaluation of contaminant sources; sources and fate of PAHs (including parking lot sealcoat).

Karst water quality; use of aqueous geochemistry to understand karst systems; relations between recharge and spring discharge.


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Barbara Mahler
1505 Ferguson Lane
Austin, TX 78754
bjmahler@usgs.gov
512-927-3566
512-927-3590 - Fax
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