Dr. Bickmore focuses his research in three areas: geochemistry, mineralogy/structural chemistry, and geoscience education. Dr. Bickmore uses atomic force microscopy, force spectroscopy, and other surface sensitive techniques to get a more complete and accurate picture of mineral-fluid interactions. He is also involved in a multi-year project to expand the bond-valence model into something that can predict full structures and be easily transferable to a molecular mechanics framework. He also works on developing innovative methods for teaching the nature of science.
Dr. Carling researches the processes that affect trace element cycling in the hydrologic system. His current projects include trace element inputs to the Provo River; trace element and nutrient dynamics in Utah Lake wetlands; mercury and other trace metals in glacier meltwater in the Teton and Wind River Ranges (Wyoming); the impact of dust on snowpack and runoff chemistry in the Uinta Mountains (Utah); groundwater-surface water interactions at Red Canyon Creek (Wyoming); and impacts of groundwater flow on archeological sites at Petra (Jordan).
Dr. McBride's research experience includes acquiring, processing, and interpreting geophysical data, particularly waveform data. He specializes in applying seismic reflection methods to the study of the structure, composition, and deformation history of the earths crust and upper mantle. A major research focus is the constraining of carbon sequestration planning using industrial seismic reflection data. His geological hazards work is centered around landslides, active faults, and contaminated aquifers.
Dr. Nelson's research includes studying the response of arid groundwater systems to climate change. He also examines weathering rates of tropical islands to understand the relative importance of dissolved loads in ground water versus dissolved and suspended loads in surface water. In 2017, he received the J. Keith Rigby Research Award.