Characterizing Biology with Water Quality in Karst: What Can It Tell Us About Aquifer Health

Presented on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Karst aquifer systems are frequently host to diverse biological habitats that are inherently unique to the Earth’s subsurface. These ecosystems are directly linked to the hydrogeology through water that moves though the aquifer, and are subject to changes in water quality that may affect the health of a species or group of species. In many cases, karst aquifer ecosystems can be indicators of emerging water quality concerns that have yet to directly affect anthropogenic uses of the groundwater resource.

Geary M. Schindel
Edwards Aquifer Authority, San Antonio, TX
Geary Schindel is the Chief Technical Officer for the Edwards Aquifer Authority. Before joining the Authority in 1999, he worked at Brown and Caldwell in Nashville, Tennessee where he as the Director of Karst Hydrology and Senior Hydrogeologist. Geary has previously been employed as Manager of the Groundwater Branch for the Kentucky Division of Water. He holds a BS from West Virginia University and an MS from Western Kentucky University.
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