Confirmed Speakers

Here is a small sampling of some of the speakers for this conference.  For a full list of speakers, please see the technical program.

 

  • Ashley Bandy, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky.  This research team is studying the mobility of Escherichia coli in comparison to traditional groundwater tracers in karst terrains.
  • James L. Berglund, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science, Temple University.  This research addresses the role of hydrologic uncertainty in the protection of drinking water resources in Minnesota.
  • Amy L. Brown, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Florida.  This research team investigates the occurrence of trace metals in phreatic karst conduits in Florida.
  • Thomas Byl, U.S. Geological Survey and Tennessee State University.  He will speak about remediating contaminated karst aquifers by natural and enhanced bioremediation.
  • Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor at the Univ. of Maryland Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics  and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her ground-breaking research on cholera has recently carried her interests into the karst regions of Haiti. Former director of the National Science Foundation.
  • José Cordero, Department Head & Professor of Epidemiology, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health, Univ. of Georgia.  Pediatrician, epidemiologist, teratologist. Former Assistant Surgeon General of the Public Health Service. A principle investigator on PROTECT
  • Samuel Dorevitch, Div. of Environ. & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.  He studies frameworks for protecting public health in the context of surface-water recreation.
  • Andreas H. Farnleitner, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology.  This research team focuses on an integrated strategy to assess fecal contamination of alpine karst water resources.
  • Malcolm S. Field, Natl. Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  He will speak on the tools and approaches to remediating karst aquifers.
  • Michael Hendryx, Dept. of Applied Health Science, School of Public Health, Indiana Univ. Bloomington.  He conducts research on public health disparities for disadvantaged populations, with a focus on environmental contributions to health disparities for people who live near contaminated sites.
  • John Meeker, Associate Dean, School of Public Health, Univ. of Michigan.  He is currently leading an epidemiological study of pregnant women from the karst regions of Puerto Rico.
  • Tom Miller, Dept. of Geology, Univ. of Puerto Rico Mayaqüez.  Expert on the karst geology of Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean.
  • Maureen Muldoon, Dept. of Geology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  She is investigating the use of enteric pathogens to assess sources of fecal contamination in a karst aquifer in Wisconsin.
  • Ingrid Padilla. Dept. of Civil Engineering and Surveying, Univ. of Puerto Rico Mayaqüez. Karst hydrogeology, contaminant transport, computer and physical models for contaminant transport in karst, the karst of Puerto Rico.
  • Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., College of Law, West Virginia University.  He considers how karst fits into existing regulations pertaining to groundwater and public health.
  • Vilda L. Rivera, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez.  This research team is investigating the spatiotemporal relationships between groundwater sources of chlorinated volatile organic contaminants and human exposure at tap water point of use.
  • Marian Rutigliano, Environmental Health Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Effects of Ecosystem Services in the natural and constructed environment on human health. Risk analysis of critical effects of toxic chemicals in the environment. Interest and experience in watershed resource management and indices of stream biotic integrity.
  • Ferry Schiperski, Dept. of Applied Geosciences, Hydrogeology Research Group, Technical Univ. of Berlin.  His investigation of particle-facilitated transport of herbicides reveals varying transport velocities that depend upon particle size of suspended sediments.
  • Michael Sinreich, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.  He studies the spectrum from monitoring to underlying controlling processes of microbial contamination in karst. 
  • Hermann Stadler, Joanneum Research, Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainability, Department of Water Resources and Environmental Analytics.  Dr. Stadler focuses on the karst hydrogeology of alpine water resources to address fecal contamination.
  • Abel Vale, Founder of Cuidadanos del Karso (Citizens of Karst), Puerto Rico.  The 2015 KWI Karst Award winner.
  • Philip E. van Beynen, School of Geosciences, University of South Florida.  He will speak on a comparative study of specific groundwater vulnerability to contamination in the karst of central Florida.
  • William B. White, Dept. of Geoscience, Penn State Univ. Expert on karst geochemistry and hydrogeology.
  • Johannes Zirlewagen, Dept. of Applied Geosciences, Hydrogeology Research Group, Technical Univ. of Berlin.  His research uses micropollutants to indicate sewage contamination of karst springs in Germany.