Rick Devlin

Natural Sciences and Mathematics - Geology
Primary office:
Lindley Hall, 102
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613





I have active research programs examining the reactivity and permeability of granular iron used for groundwater remediation (permeable reactive barriers), and other in situ remediation technologies such as denitrification with a nutrient injection wall. I am also developing methods of characterizing porous media in situ, such as the direct measurement of groundwater velocity with point velocity probe (PVP), the in-well PVP and the streambed PVP. These projects offer opportunities for graduate studies in hydrogeology with emphases on site characterization, groundwater remediation, and fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater.

Research Interests

  • Groundwater, remediation, groundwater velocity, point velocity probe, PVP, granular iron, reactive barriers, denitrification, diffusion, contaminant hydrogeology

Selected Publications

Schillig, Peter, J.F. Devlin, and David Rudolph. “Upscaling Point Measurements of Groundwater Velocity for Enhanced Site Characterization in a Glacial Outwash Aquifer.” Other. Schillig, P.C., Devlin, J.F., Rudolph, D. 2015. Upscaling Point Measurements of Groundwater Velocity for Enhanced Site Characterization in a Glacial Outwash Aquifer. Groundwater, Published Online: 29 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/Gwat.12357. , 2015. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwat.12357.
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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
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