Alan Fryar

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  • Professor
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
109 Slone
859-257-4392
Research Interests:
Education

Ph.D., University of Alberta, 1992

Research

Alan Fryar's interests broadly cover hydrogeology and environmental geochemistry. Areas of emphasis include delineating rates and sources of ground-water recharge and discharge; interactions of ground water and surface water; chemical evolution during ground-water recharge and flow; and natural attenuation of contaminants. Research projects with students have included controls on the composition of ground water in regional sedimentary aquifers, such as within the Bengal basin of India and the Texas High Plains; sediment and pathogen transport during storm flow through karst aquifers in the Inner Bluegrass region of central Kentucky; ground-water flow to streams in the Gulf Coastal Plain of western Kentucky; and the fate of trichloroethene, a common solvent and suspected carcinogen, in geologic media. These projects have been supported by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Geological Survey as well as by UK. Student research typically includes a combination of field work, laboratory analyses, and mathematical modeling, and involves collaboration with other researchers at UK and elsewhere. Students commonly take courses not only in Geology, but also in related fields, such as Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geography, and Plant and Soil Science. Former students have found work with consulting firms, with government agencies, and as university and high school teachers.

Selected Publications: 

*Bandy, A., Cook, K., Fryar, A.E., and Polk, J., 2018, Use of molecular markers to compare Escherichia coli transport to traditional groundwater tracers in epikarst: Journal of Environmental Quality, v. 47, no. 1, p. 88–95.

Jeelani, G., Shah, R., Fryar, A., Deshpande, R., *Mukherjee, A., and Perrin, J., 2018, Hydrological processes in glacierized high altitude basins of western Himalaya: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 26, no. 2, p. 615–628.

*Mukherjee, A., Fryar, A.E., *Eastridge, E.M., *Nally, R.S., Chakraborty, M., and Scanlon, B.R., 2018, Controls on high and low groundwater arsenic on the opposite banks of the lower reaches of River Ganges, Bengal basin, India: Science of the Total Environment, v. 645, p. 1371–1387.

*Haile, E., and Fryar, A.E., 2017, Chemical evolution of groundwater in the Wilcox aquifer of the northern Gulf Coastal Plain, USA: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 25, p. 2403–2418.

Moumouni, A., and Fryar, A.E., 2017, Controls on groundwater quality and dug-well asphyxiation hazard in Dakoro area of Niger: Groundwater for Sustainable Development, v. 5, p. 235–243.

*Ward, J.W., *Warden, J.G.,*Bandy, A.M., Fryar, A.E., Brion, G.M., Macko, S.A., Romanek, C.S., and Coyne, M.S., 2016, Use of nitrogen-15-enriched Escherichia coli as a bacterial tracer in karst aquifers: Groundwater, v. 54, no. 6, p. 830–839,.

(* indicates student author)

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