Antinao, Jose Luis

2017 StateMap
The primary goal of mapping the portion of Elkhart quadrangle in Indiana is to gain an improved understanding of the chronology and 3-D stratigraphy of the glacial and glaciofluvial units in the area, already well mapped by earlier STATEMAP efforts at a more detailed scale.
Primary Contact: Jose Luis Antinao


Autio, Robert

Unconsolidated sediment (soil) core description database forms - Core-nucopia
Primary Contact: Robert Autio


Branam, Tracy

IDEM RiverWatch Program
Collect pertinent data for the IDEM volunteer stream monitoring program known as RiverWatch. Students will be trained to (1) collect water quality data consisting of: temperature, conductivity, pH, redox, dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), turbidity, nitrate, phosphate; (2) flow estimation of stream using cross-section and velocity method; (3) record physical description of stream and bank up to 200 ft above monitoring point, describing stream bed, riparian zone, and sinuosity of stream; (4) collection and identification of macroinvertebrates living in stream at monitoring site, (5) test for total coliform and E. coli bacteria in stream. Student activity will be monitored and assisted as needed. Students will enter data into online forms at IDEM website.Monitoring activity will be conducted once each season for one year for a total of 4 monitoring days.
Primary Contact: Tracy Branam


Drobniak, Agnieszka

Organizing 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) in Bloomington
To organize Annual Meeting of the Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) in Bloomington, IN in September 2019.
Primary Contact: Agnieszka Drobniak


Ellett, Kevin

Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium (MGSC)
The purpose of this project is to determine if the rock systems in the subsurface of the Illinois Basin are strong enough for effective and permanent storage of carbon dioxide that can contribute to global warming.
Primary Contact: Kevin Ellett
Evaluating geologic hazards at Bicycle Basin, Fort Irwin, California
The objective of this project is to determine the most likely driving mechanism for land surface deformation at Bicycle Basin playa. One hypothesis for surface crack/Earth fissure evolution is a tensile failure resulting from differential compaction of the aquifer system as depressurization occurs from groundwater pumping at nearby wells. Such a driving mechanism for Earth fissure development represents relatively deep-seeded stress and strain in the alluvial basin-fill units for which mitigation is likely to entail significant operations. In contrast, the observed presence of giant desiccation cracks in a network pattern across the playa suggests an alternative hypothesis is plausible in which surface cracks form from volume contraction with desiccation of clay-rich sediments. This potential mechanism for crack development represents a near-surface process for which mitigation is a relatively minor operation.
Primary Contact: Kevin Ellett
US-China Clean Energy Research Center, Advanced Coal Technology Consortium
The objective of the CERC-ACTC program is to advance R&D on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology such that it may play an integral role in mitigating CO2 emissions over the coming decades.
Primary Contact: Kevin Ellett
Feasibility Assessment of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Options in the Central Illinois Basin, Illinois
The Indiana Geological Survey (IGS) will perform work as part of a larger project designed to develop a large-volume, carbon storage complex at an industrial facility in the United States. The objective of the IGS’s research will be to support the evaluation of the subsurface geological sequestration potential for an integrated commercial-scale CO2 capture, transport, and storage system. The IGS will be conducting tasks that contribute to the evaluation of potential storage reservoirs and seals that reside in the subsurface in an area surrounding a series of oil and gas fields located in a series of counties in the central portion of the Illinois Basin, Illinois. This area is host to a number of CO2 generating facilities and therefore a storage system at the site in Macon County could serve as key component of a larger system that integrates multiple sources in the region. A major emphasis of the project will be to develop an effective team capable of addressing the technical, geologic, engineering, economic, legal, policy, and stakeholder elements related to implementation of a real-world CO2 storage project. To assist in the accomplishment of this goal, the IGS will coordinate with the Illinois State Geological Survey staff and other partners in their effort to address the overall needs of the project. The specific emphasis of the IGS contribution to the team will be in the realms of 1) technical assessment of geological systems and 2) evaluation of regional infrastructural and regulatory components.
Primary Contact: Kevin Ellett


Florea, Lee

Mount Rainier Fumarole Cave Exploration and Science
Primary Contact: Lee Florea
Critical zone karst observatory
1) Designing and implementing an online registry and inventory system for dye traces that will update IndianaMap and provide notifications to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and emergency management professionals in the location where such traces occur. a. This project mimics the implementation by the Kentucky Division of Water that provides a record of all dye traces conducted in the state. Information from these dye traces are incorporated into statewide maps that help state agencies create and implement development and construction plans. b. Indiana citizens benefit from this project by having a source of information for active, and justified, projects that define groundwater flow. c. Emergency professionals benefit from this project by having an actively updated source of information to distribute in advance of planned tracing activities or answer questions or concerns from citizens. 2) Soliciting existing dye trace data in state/federal agencies, universities, and consulting firms to enhance the presently existing layer in IndianaMap. a. Decades of dye-trace data are presently scattered among environmental consultants, cave enthusiasts, and state agencies. This project will create and authoritative repository and source for these data. b. This effort enhances existing layers in IndianaMap (http://maps.indiana.edu) by collecting all dye trace data in a free public-accessible and searchable site. 3) Conducting a sequence of dye traces in Harrison/Crawford Counties in collaboration with private landowners, tourist caves, state/federal agencies, and municipalities to better outline the boundaries of groundwater basins. a. This project was specifically requested by Mr. Rand Heazlitt, manager of the Town of Corydon and a co-investor of Indiana Caverns. b. Additional dye tracing will help guide exploration and define the limits of the landscape that contributes water to Indiana Caverns. c. Targeted tracing will also help illustrate the direction and speed of groundwater flow, which can help Mr. Heazlitt leverage state funding to expand the sanitation system of the Town of Corydon in response to increased housing development. 4) Installing a set of field-based geochemical and water-level monitoring instrumentation in caves, wells, and springs of the Blueppring and Lost River karst basins of Lawrence and Orange Counties to provide insight into changes in water chemistry and discharge across the karst basins and during individual storms. a. One outcome of this project is an increased understanding of how the landscape responds to rainfall, which have caused considerable flooding and are projected to become greater in intensity with climate change. b. Data from some sites in this project will be made available online for the public and to visitors of Bluespring Cavern in real time on a website that can be live streamed in the visitor center. 5) Collecting water samples at six (6) locations in the Lost River karst basin that, when combined with the data in project 4, provide unique and valuable insight into the transport of carbon, nutrients, and sediments in an agriculturally intensive landscape. a. The data from projects 4 and 5 will be used to create a comprehensive view of the rate of nutrient and sediment loss from these karst basins. b. Such results are vitally important to better refining the role of karst landscapes in the global carbon cycle. c. Results from this study will provide one node of data that can help model water quality changes in the Mississippi River watershed and better predict the ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico caused by excess nutrients.
Primary Contact: Lee Florea


Hasenmueller, Nancy

Indiana Geologic Names Information System
The database facilitates labeling stratigraphic data in IGWS digital and paper archives, aid IGWS researchers in locating current geologic nomenclature for their publications, and provide web-based access to IGWS geologic nomenclature to a broad spectrum of users from academia, industry, government, and the general public.
Primary Contact: Nancy Hasenmueller


Hill, Barbara

GeoMinute video series
To reach much of the public sector in Indiana using the “Youtube” methodology, by shooting short (1 minute) topical geologic subjects. This will be done by interviewing existing personnel about their current research or area of expertise and by using mostly existing equipment.
Primary Contact: Barbara Hill


Letsinger, Sally

Planning, coordination, and training associated with lead sampling activities in schools
The objective is to provide comprehensive planning, coordination, and sampling services for all schools that express interest and participate in the Indiana school water sampling program.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger
Spatial analysis of significant water withdrawal facilities in Indiana
This project will support the larger effort of improving the data accuracy in databases important to water resources planning in Indiana.
Primary Contact: Sally Letsinger


Mastalerz, Maria

Shale Gas: Geochemical and Physical Constraints on Genesis, Storage, and Productibility
This project is comprised of three tasks related to shale gas: (1) Study of porosity in shale; (2) Natural methane outgassing from shales into the atmosphere; and (3) Generation of catalytic shale gas. Each task focuses on an individual aspect in need of basic shale research for industrial and environmental reasons. All three tasks are conceptually linked.
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Enhanced Biological Natural Gas Production from Coal - China Gateway - a proposal for IU President's International Research Awards
There are 2 specific objectives that will be accomplished during the studies funded by the President’s International Research Award: (1) We will build upon a year’s worth of preliminary research using small bottle reactors on methane generation from fungal-treated coal, and determine if methane can be generated using coal slurry in a larger sequential aerobic-anaerobic stirred tank reactor. (2) We will also evaluate the effects of operating parameters, e.g., temperature, pH and medium composition on methane generation **Flynn Picardal, SPEA, is the Project Director
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz
Stratigraphy of the Brazil Formation coal and their potential for coking - Phase 2
Two main objectives of this project are: 1) advance understanding of the stratigraphy of the Brazil and Staunton Formation coals so that the seam identification and correlation become more reliable within the state as well as the entire Illinois Basin; and 2) investigate properties of the coals with the special emphasis on coking properties and consequently on their application in the steel industry
Primary Contact: Maria Mastalerz


McLaughlin, Patrick

2017 StateMap Project 1_Logansport 1:100,000 scale quadrangle bedrock mapping
Primary Contact: Patrick McLaughlin


Medina, Cristian

Petrophysical characterization, regional distribution, and geologic storage suitability of units within the Cambro-Ordovician sequence
The objective of this study is to compile known basic geological attributes of deep oil and gas reservoirs, black shales, coals, and saline aquifers. These attributes will then be assessed with the objective of calculating their ability to effectively store large volumes of liquid CO2. The project is designed to move into a second phase where these candidate formations are tested with a drilling and injection program.
Primary Contact: Cristian Medina


Motz, Gary

Environmental Forecast Matrix
Primary Contact: Gary Motz
Incorporation of high-resolution Indiana GIS data into Flyover Country via Macrostrat
To enhance wonder and knowledge of the natural resources of the State of Indiana by incorporating geologic data into the Flyover Country mobile app.
Primary Contact: Gary Motz
FAIR data: PDMS use by designated communities through time
Is the PDMS a data source that is Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reusable? Provide an assessment of staff perspectives on FAIR data compliance and suitability for the PDMS designated community.
Primary Contact: Gary Motz
Digitization PEN: Paleoniches on the western Cincinnati arch, the Ordovician of Indiana
Primary Contact: Gary Motz
IMLS: Promoting Digital Access and (Re-)Discovery of the IU Paleontology Collection
To enhance the accessibility and discoverability of the type and figured specimens (especially including the entirety of the Rexroad conodont collection) via high-resolution macrophotography.
Primary Contact: Gary Motz


Naylor, Shawn

Unsaturated-zone hydrology of glacial hydrogeologic settings in Indiana
Unsaturated zone data from monitoring sites in eight unique glacial hydrogeologic settings are processed and analyzed to better understand rates of water movement toward underlying aquifers and adjacent surface water bodies.
Primary Contact: Shawn Naylor


Packman, Drew

ASTM testing of the Salem Limestone
Data from the ASTM tests cited have been performed by the Indiana Geological Survey since the early 1950s. These data define physical strength and performance of masonry products fabricated from the Salem Limestone; the data also have been useful to geologists in interpreting depositional environments and diagenetic systems relevant to the Salem Limestone.
Primary Contact: Drew Packman