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Donald I. Siegel

Donald I. Siegel


Research Professor, Earth Sciences and Professor Emeritus
Earth Sciences

disiegel@syr.edu

204 Heroy Geology Laboratory
315.443.3009


Research and Teaching Interests


I have retired and “rewired” myself to a blend of service for the Geological Society of America, consulting and indulging in humanities; playing jazz and writing fiction. What teaching I do now will be in the form of short courses and Maymester courses. 

* Development of lump-parameter and other modeling approaches to characterize non-point contamination and solute transport where data proves minimal in real world applications 

*Spring and seepage face hydrology 
* Isotopic and other geochemistry of water and solutes to characterize solute sources and groundwater resources including PFAS compounds 
* Storytelling to communicate science with the public 

Selected Publications

Jin, L, DI Siegel, LK Lautz, Z Lu. 2012. Identifying streamflow sources during spring snowmelt using water chemistry and isotopic composition in semi-arid mountain streams. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 470-471, p. 289-301. 

Siegel, D.I., 2013, Pseudoscience and the Shale-Gas Debate in New York, The SciTech Lawyer, Fall 2013, p. 20-22. 

Lautz, LK, GD Hoke, Z Lu, DI Siegel, *K Christian, J Kessler, NG Teale. 2014. Using discriminant analysis to determine sources of salinity in shallow groundwater prior to hydraulic fracturing. Environmental Science & Technology, 48(16):9061–9069. doi: 10.1021/es502244v. 

Lu, Z, S Hummel, LK Lautz, GD Hoke, X Zhou, J Leone, DI Siegel.,2014. Iodine as a sensitive tracer for detecting influence of organic-rich shale in shallow groundwater. Applied Geochemistry. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.10.019 

Smith, B., Siegel, D.I., Neslund, . and Carter, C.., 2014, Organic Contaminants in Portland Cements Used in Monitoring Well Construction, Groundwater Monitoring & Remediationhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gwmr.12082

Siegel, D.I. ,2014, On the Effectiveness of Remediating Groundwater Contamination: Waiting for the Black Swan, Ground Water, vol. 52, p. 488-90. 

Mu, X., Brower, J., Siegel, D. I., Fiorentino II, A. J., An, S., Cai, Y., & Jiang, H. 2014. Using integrated multivariate statistics to assess the hydrochemistry of surface water quality, Lake Taihu basin, China. Journal of Limnology. 

Siegel DI, Azzolina NA, Smith BJ, Perry AE, Bothun RL. 2015a.Methane concentrations in water wells unrelated to proximity to existing oil and gas wells in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Environmental Science & Technology 49(7): 4106–4112. 

Siegel DI, Azzolina NA, Smith BJ, Perry EA, Bothun RL. 2015b. Correction to methane concentrations in water wells unrelated to proximity to existing oil and gas wells in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Environmental Science & Technology 49: 4106–4112. 

Siegel, D.I., 2015, ‘Shooting the messenger’: some reflections on what happens doing science in the public arena, Hydrological Processes, ‘Shooting the messenger’: some reflections on what happens doing science in the public arena, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10692 

Gao, P., Wang, Z.Y. and Siegel, D.I. ,2015. Spatial and temporal changes of sedimentation in Three Gorges Reservoir of China. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management, 20, pp.1-10. 

Siegel, D.I., Smith, B., Perry, E., Bothun, R. and Hollingsworth, M., 2015. Pre-drilling water-quality data of groundwater prior to shale gas drilling in the Appalachian Basin: Analysis of the Chesapeake Energy Corporation dataset. Applied Geochemistry, 63, pp.37-57. 

Christian, K., Lautz, L.K. Hoke. G.D., Siegel, D.I.. Lu. Z. and J. Kessler, 2015. Methane occurrence is associated with sodium-rich valley waters in domestic wells overlying the Marcellus shale in New York State, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017805 

Siegel, D.I., Smith, B., Perry, E., Bothun, R. and M. Hollingsworth, 2016, Dissolved methane in shallow groundwater of the Appalachian Basin: Results from the Chesapeake Energy predrilling geochemical database, Environmental Geosciences, v. 23, pp. 1– 47. 

Levy ZF, Siegel DI, Glaser PH, Samson SD, Dasgupta SS. 2016. Peat porewaters have contrasting geochemical fingerprints for groundwater recharge and discharge due to matrix diffusion in a large, northern bog-fen complex. Journal of Hydrology http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.08.001

Glaser, P.H., Siegel, D.I. , 2016, Climate-Driven Shifts in the Vertical Transport of Solutes Through Deep Peat Deposits Alter Methane Production Zones in a Large Peat Basin, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Vol. 30, p. 1578-1598. 
Levy, Z.F., Rosenberry, D.O., Moucha, R., Mushet, D.M., Goldhaber, M.B., LaBaugh, J.W., Fiorentino, A.J. and Siegel, D.I., 2018. Drought-induced recharge promotes long-term storage of porewater salinity beneath a prairie wetland. Journal of Hydrology, 557, pp.391-406. 

Levy, Z.F., Mills, C.T., Lu, Z., Goldhaber, M.B., Rosenberry, D.O., Mushet, D.M., Lautz, L.K., Zhou, X. and Siegel, D.I., 2018. Using halogens (Cl, Br, I) to understand the hydrogeochemical evolution of drought-derived saline porewater beneath a prairie wetland. Chemical Geology, 476, pp.191-207.