15 About the Authors

Photograph of Eve Louise Kuniansky

Eve Louise Kuniansky pursued a dual degree program graduating with a degree in Physics from Franklin and Marshall College in 1978; a Bachelor in Civil Engineering with highest honors from Georgia Institute of Technology, 1981; and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in Hydrology/Hydraulics, 1982. In January 1983, she began a career with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and gained experience in surface-water modeling, project management, borehole geophysics, geologic mapping, field data collection, groundwater flow and transport simulation, Geographic Information Systems, karst hydrology, and aquifer hydraulics. Eve has been interested in karst aquifers since 1986 when she encountered the Edwards-Trinity aquifer system and coordinated the USGS Karst Interest Group (2000-2017). In 1998, she was promoted to Southeastern Region Groundwater Specialist providing technical assistance to groundwater projects throughout the southeastern USA, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Because of her expertise she was frequently selected for short term international assignments by the USGS International Water Resources Branch (China, Israel, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa). One of the last courses she coordinated and helped teach was the first ever USGS GW2227, Advanced Groundwater Field Techniques in Karst, in November 2017 at the Savoy Experimental Watershed on the University of Arkansas campus. After 35 years with the USGS, she retired December 2017, but continued to work part time on the USGS Floridan Aquifer System Groundwater Availability Study (another major karst aquifer). She is currently in emeritus status with USGS. This book is part of her USGS emeritus work along with continued work with the USGS Karst Interest Group.

Photograph of Charles J. (Chuck) Taylor

Charles J. (Chuck) Taylor is a groundwater hydrologist and heads the Water Resources Section of the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS), a research institute of the University of Kentucky. Chuck joined the KGS after a 21-year career with the United States Geological Survey where he conducted a variety of karst and other hydrogeological studies in Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states. In his present position, Chuck supervises the research projects and data-collection activities of the Water Resources Section, including the Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository and the Kentucky Groundwater Observation Network. His main research interests are characterization of karst and fractured-sedimentary aquifers, water-tracer tests, groundwater monitoring, low-temperature geochemistry, and groundwater and surface water interaction. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geology from the University of Kentucky.

Photograph of John H. Williams

John H. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colgate University, and a Master of Science in Geosciences from Pennsylvania State University. John currently is the Groundwater Specialist for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Water Science Center in New York and is responsible for technical oversight of the Survey’s groundwater program in the State. John has provided technical assistance to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corp of Engineers, and United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission on investigations of contaminated fractured-bedrock aquifers. He has worked with the Geological Survey of Canada in the investigation of transboundary aquifers in New York and Quebec. In addition, John is an integral part of the geophysical training and technology transfer program of the Hydrogeophysics Branch of the Earth System Processes Division of the USGS. He has provided support in borehole geophysics to USGS offices throughout the USA and in the United Arab Emirates. He recently co-taught a borehole geophysics workshop in northern Iraq for the Iraqi Central and Kurdish Regional Governments that was supported by the United States Department of Defense. Over the past several years, John has made presentations on water-resource issues related to shale-gas development to the United States Department of Energy, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Ground Water Association, North American Energy Marketers Association, Empire State Water Well Drillers Association, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, professional associations, universities, and environmental groups. He also has provided testimony to the New York State Assembly and New York City Council on these issues.

Photograph of Fred Paillet

Fred Paillet is Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas and Emeritus Research Scientist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). He served as Chief of the USGS Borehole Geophysics Research Project in Denver from 1983 until his retirement in 2002. Since then, he has had temporary appointments at the University of Maine (Orono), The University of Rennes (France) and the University of Queensland (Australia). His work in karst aquifer characterization includes studies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, and Arizona in the USA, and in Egypt and Kuwait overseas. During this time, he has written numerical codes for the analysis of geophysical well logs, including applications for acoustic waveform, high-resolution flowmeter, and fluid-column resistivity measurements in both single-hole and cross-borehole experiments.


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