Derek Lichtner

Alumni/Former
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Shale Hills
Geology and Geophysics

Undergraduate Student
Temple - Temple University

PhD Student, Dept. of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Advisor: Jim Best Reseach Area: Sedimentology, sediment transport, and fluid dynamics

Double Major B.S. , Geology and Geophysics, Temple University, May 16, 2013


At Susquehanna Shale Hills CZO, I researched spatiotemporal controls on near-surface hillslope infiltration, such as surface topography and subsurface heterogeneity. The primary method of investigation comprised time-lapse geophysical surveys of artificial infiltration experiments, with the goal of imaging fluid propagation into the subsurface. Geophysical methods included time-lapse ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). My current research interests center on fluid dynamics around and within alluvial bed forms, particularly the coupling of hyporheic exchange flows and bed form topography. I plan to study these phenomena in laboratory flume experiments using particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) and various image processing techniques. Overall, I hope to obtain a graduate degree and pursue a research career.


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