Mark L. Brusseau

Dr. Mark Brusseau
Saguaro Hall, 312

Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210038
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0038

Office Phone: 
(520) 621-3244
Lab Phone: 
(520) 626-4191
(520) 621-1647

1989 Ph.D. Subsurface Hydrology/Environmental Chemistry University of Florida

1984 M.S Geology [Watershed Hydrology] University of Iowa

1982 B.S. Geology [Environmental Geology] University of Nevada

1982 B.A. Political Science [Environmental Policy] University of Nevada

· Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
· Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America
· Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
· Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Earth Science Honor Society
· Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society

7/98 - present.  Professor of Subsurface Hydrology/Environmental Chemistry; Soil,Water, and Environmental Science Department (Home), and Hydrology and Water Resources Department (Joint); University of Arizona

7/93 - 6/98.  Associate Professor; University of Arizona

11/89 - 6/93.  Assistant Professor; University of Arizona

Our research program is focused on developing a fundamental understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological factors and processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface environment. We integrate theoretically and experimentally based investigations with the development and use of process-based mathematical models. Our research projects span and integrate multiple spatial scales, from the pore scale to the basin scale. Specific research interests include: (1) organic-liquid contaminants and multi-phase systems; (2) aqueous and vapor-phase contaminant transport and mass-transfer processes; (3) pore-scale fluid behavior; (4) pathogen and nanoparticle transport; (5) characterization and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination; (6) groundwater quality and water-resource sustainability; (7) implementation of research translation for improving assessment and mitigation of risks posed by contamination to human health and the environment.

SWES 565. Contaminant Transport in Porous Media. (3) The transport of contaminants in the subsurface environment. Effects of dispersion, interphase mass transfer, transformation reactions, and porous-media heterogeneity on transport; covers aqueous (dissolved) and multiphase (immiscible liquid, gas) systems. P, SWES 570 or HWR 518 or 531. Brusseau.

SWES 566. Soil and Groundwater Remediation. (3) Methods for remediating contaminated soil and groundwater; factors influencing efficacy of remediation systems. Brusseau.

full publication list available at Lab Website



Pepper, I., Gerba, C., and Brusseau, M. L. Environmental and Pollution Science. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 2006.

Artiola, J., Pepper, I., and Brusseau, M. L. Environmental Monitoring and Characterization. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 2004.

Brusseau, M. L., Sabatini, D. A., Gierke, J. S., and Annable, M. D. Innovative Subsurface Remediation: Field Testing of Physical, Chemical, and Characterization Technologies. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 1999.

Journal Articles

*McCray, J.E., Tick, G.R., Jawitz, J.W., Brusseau, M.L., Gierke, J.S., Falta, R.W., Knox, R., Sabatini, D., Harwell, J., Annable, M.D., Wood, A.L. Remediation of NAPL Source-Zones: Lessons Learned from Field Studies at Hill and Dover AFB. Ground Water, 2011 (in press)

*Brusseau, M.L., Carroll, K.C., Allen, T., Baker, J., DiGuiseppi, W., Hatton, J., Morrison, C., Russo, A., and Berkompas, J. The Impact of In-situ Chemical Oxidation on Contaminant Mass Discharge: Linking Source-zone and Plume-scale Characterizations of Remediation Performance. Environmental Science & Technology, 45, 5352-5358, 2011.

DiFilippo, E.L. and *Brusseau, M.L. Assessment of a Simple Function to Evaluate the Relationship Between Mass Flux Reduction and Mass Removal for Organic-liquid Contaminated Source Zones. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 123, 104-113, 2011.

Mahal, M.K., Murao, A., Russo, A.R., and *Brusseau, M.L. Nonideal Behavior During Complete Dissolution of Organic Immiscible Liquid: 1. Ideal Porous Media. Water, Air, Soil Pollution, 213(1), 191-197, DOI 10.1007/s11270-010-0377-1, 2010.

*Brusseau, M.L., Narter, N., and Janousek, H. Interfacial Partitioning Tracer Test Measurements of Organic-liquid/water Interfacial Areas: Application to Soils and the Influence of Surface Roughness. Environmental Science & Technology, 44(19), 7596-7600, 2010.

Marble, J.C., Carroll, K.C., Janousek, H., and *Brusseau, M.L. In Situ Oxidation and Associated Mass-Flux-Reduction/Mass-Removal Behavior for Systems with Organic Liquid Located in Lower Permeability Sediments. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 117, 82-93, 2010.

Russo, A., Johnson, G.R., Schnaar, G., and *Brusseau, M.L. Nonideal Transport of Contaminants in Heterogeneous Porous Media: 8. Characterizing and Modeling Asymptotic Contaminant-Elution Tailing for Several Soils and Aquifer Sediments. Chemosphere, 81, 366-371, 2010.

DiFilippo, E.L., Carroll, K.C., and *Brusseau, M.L. Impact of Organic-Liquid Distribution and Flow-Field Heterogeneity on Reductions in Mass Flux. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 115, 14-25, 2010.