Welcome to the Hydro Laboratory

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

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Research in the hydro research lab focusses on understanding groundwater contributions to water quality and habitat degradation in coastal embayments.

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We are using radionuclides such as Radon (Rn) and Radium (Ra), elemental and stable isotope geochemistry, temperature, and electrical resistivity as

indicators of groundwater discharge.

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We are particularly interested in understanding the role of groundwater nutrients in system-wide nutrient budgets, and hypoxia and phytoplankton (red & brown tide) trends in relation to groundwater flow and nutrient discharge.

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Our research group also is interested in implications of climatic and anthropogenic change on decreased freshwater inflows to coastal embayments and increased salinities in surface water and groundwater in coastal areas.

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More recent efforts include investigation of methane sources in groundwater active horizontal drilling areas and prediction of injected water quality changes under aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) using stable isotopes and modeling techniques.


2016 New funding:
Murgulet, who will work with Dr. Valeriu Murgulet, Research Associate in the Center for Water Supplies Studies, was funded at $92,747 to fund a study to understand the role …. Click here


Dr. Dorina Murgulet, Assistant Professor of Geology, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, received $217,194 for her proposal titled “Evaluating Groundwater / Surface-Water Inflow and Nutrient Transport to Texas Coastal Embayments… Click here


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Four Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi faculty members have received state grants to fund their research involving natural resources and wildlife in the Texas Coastal area. Dr. Michael Wetz, Dr. Jennifer Pollack, Dr. Dorina Murgulet, and Dr. Michael Starek all have received grant funding from the Texas General Land Office’s Coastal Management Program… Click here


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Center for Water Supply Studies (CWSS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently secured a $3,000 grant from LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals, and fuels companies. The grant money will help support the CWSS project to determine the source of poor water quality coming from the aquifers beneath the Nueces River… Click here


Many municipalities in Baldwin have drinking water wells between 150 and 250 feet deep. The water at those depths fell on the surface as rainwater 50 or 60 years ago, said Dorina Murgulet, a geology professor at Texas A&M who did her doctoral dissertation on the aquifer of southern Baldwin County… Click here

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