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Neil Sturchio

Professor and Chair

Dr. Neil Sturchio is the chair of the Department of Geological Sciences in the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Dr. Sturchio moved to UD in September 2014 from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  

Dr. Sturchio's research interests include: biogeochemistry; rock-water interactions; stable and radioactive isotope tracers in aquifers, geothermal systems, sediments, and soils; geochemical applications of synchrotron radiation.


Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

B.A., Earth Sciences, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ


Nouamane Laanait, Erika B. R. Callagon, Zhan Zhang, Neil C. Sturchio, Sang Soo Lee, Paul Fenter, 2015. X-ray Driven Reaction Front Dynamics at Mineral-Aqueous Interfaces. Science 349, 1330-1334.

Aggarwal P, Matsumoto T, Gastmans D, Sturchio NC, Chang H, et al., 2015. Continental degassing of helium-4 by surfical discharge of groundwater.  Nature Geoscience 8, 35-39.

Poghosyan A, Sturchio NC, Morrison CG, Beloso AD Jr, Guan Y, Eiler JM, Jackson WA, Hatzinger PB, 2014.  Perchlorate in the Great Lakes: Isotopic composition and origin.   Environmental Science and Technology 48, 11146-11153.

Sturchio NC, Kuhlman KL, Yokochi R, Probst PC, Jiang W, Lu Z-T, Mueller P, Yang G-M, 2014. Krypton-81 transport in the Culebra Dolomite aquifer near the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, New Mexico.  Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 160, 12-20.

Environmental Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory

Current Research Projects

  • Development and application of methods for measurement of kinetic isotope effects in volatile and semivolatile organic compounds during biotic and abiotic degradation (DOD)
  • Origin and isotopic composition of perchlorate in the environment
  • Geochemical controls on radium isotopes in groundwater of the Nubian Aquifer, Egypt and in submarine groundwater discharge of Delaware estuaries
  • Noble gas radionuclides as tracers of groundwater residence time and water-rock interaction in aquifers and geothermal systems (DOE)
  • Biogeochemical chlorine cycling in Arctic permafrost soils (NSF)

Current Team Members

Environmental Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory Manager – Linnea Heraty
PhD student – Mahmoud Sherif
MS student – Karyn DeFranco
Undergraduate research assistants – Rachel Owrutsky, Michael Shand, Shelby Amsel


Environmental Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry

Neil C. Sturchio Publications

Groundwater biogeochemistry, isotopes in aquifers, geothermal systems, mineral-fluid interface, synchrotron radiation


• Geochemistry• Water Science


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography: 302-831-2294 • Geology: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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