Carol Wicks 

Professor  - Karst Hydrogeology

Frank W. and Patricia Harrison Family Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Chemical Engineering Clarkson University, 1980
PhD: Environmental Sciences University of Virginia, 1992
Phone: (225) 578-2692
Fax: (225) 578-2302


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Office: E235 Howe-Russell-Kniffen

Areas of Interest

My primary research interest is understanding the linkages between hydrology and ecology of carbonate systems. Hydrogeologic topics include

  • determining the rate of and mechanism of sediment transport through karst basins;
  • understand the spatial and temporal geochemical variations in closely spaced saline springs;
  • and understand the role of faults in controlling flow of saline water in carbonate aquifers.

Research interests with a biological slant are

  • understanding disturbances (siltation and scour events) to the habitat of the endemic aquatic cave-dwelling animals
  • understanding the mobility of these aquatic animals

A new research topic involves petrophysics and the subsurface geology of Louisiana.

Awards & Honors

Fellow - American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow - Geological Society of America

Fellow - National Speleological Society

Selected Publications

Walsh, M. M., & Wicks, C. (2014). Introducing Transdisciplinary Problem Solving to Environmental Management Systems and Geology Students Through a Case Study of Disturbed Coastal Systems. Journal Of College Science Teaching, 43(3), 48-53.

Aronhime, B., Elderd, B. D., Wicks, C., McMichael, M., & Eich, E. Teaching Exponential and Logistic Growth in a Variety of Classroom and Laboratory Settings 9(4) 1-26.

Wicks, C.M., Noltie, D.B., Peterson, E.W, and Dogwiler, T., 2010, Disturbance events in streambed habitats of Macrocotyla glandulosa (Kenk),Ecohydrology, v. 3, no., 1, p. 116-125.

Covington, M.D., C.M. Wicks, and M.O. Saar, 2009. A dimensionless number describing the effects of recharge and geometry on discharge from simple karstic aquifers, Water Resources Research, vol. 45, W11410, doi:10.1029/2009WR008004.

Covington, M.D., Luhmann, A.J., Alexander, E.C., Alexander, S.C, Saar, M.O., Wicks, C.M., 2009. Thermal Signals as a Means of Characterizing Karst Aquifers. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009, abstract #H14A-04.

Covington, M.D., Luhmann, A.J., Wicks, C.M., and Saar, M.O., 2010, Process length scales: A conceptual tool for karst hydrogeology, geomorphology, and hydroecology.  2010 GSA Denver Annual Meeting (31 October –3 November 2010).

Current students:

Randy Paylor, PhD candidate
Claire Jones, MS candidate

Samiha Naseem, MS candidate