Mark Brusseau, SWES Faculty

Mark Brusseau

I have been with the University of Arizona since 1989, with my home appointment in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and a joint appointment in the Hydrology and Water Resources Department. I received a

B.S. degree in Geology and a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada- Reno, and a M.S. degree in Geology from the

University of Iowa. I received my Ph.D. in Subsurface Hydrology and Environmental Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1989.

My research group is focused on developing a fundamental  understanding of the transport and fate of contaminants in the environment, with a primary focus on subsurface (vadose-zone and groundwater) systems. One of the major facets of our program is field- based research conducted at hazardous waste sites. We have led several characterization and remediation demonstration projects at local, state, and federal hazardous-waste sites. The opportunity to conduct research at actual operating hazardous waste sites has provided numerous valuable and unique outcomes with respect to scientific advances, practical real-world applications, and student training.

I have been involved in research translation activities for many years, much of it associated with our field projects. This is one area in which research projects conducted at hazardous waste sites typically differ from standard earth-science field projects – the involvement of and interactions with local communities and regulatory agencies. Gaining their trust and support is critical to a successful project. The interaction with the public in particular provides an alternative perspective through which to view our projects, and helps clarify the role and             import of academic research efforts within the broader context of addressing environmental issues.

These research translation activities helped inform the development of a formal environmental research translation and outreach program we have since implemented at the UA through the NIEHS Superfund Research Program. Through this program, we have conducted numerous translation and outreach activities targeted to communities affected by chlorinated-solvent contaminated sites, including developing public-education informational materials about TCE and dioxane, providing training to promotoras (local community health advocates), and holding workshops for K-12 teachers.

I would like to thank the many students, postdocs, and visiting scientists that it has been my privilege and honor to work with over the years. I would also like to thank my colleagues here at the UA, who have contributed to an exciting and vibrant environment.