Junfeng Zhu

  • Geologist V
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
316 Mining and Mineral Resources Building
Other Affiliations:
  • Kentucky Geological Survey
Research Interests:

Ph.D., Hydrology, University of Arizona, 2005
M.S., Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Nanjing University, China, 1998
B. S., Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Nanjing University, China, 1995


Aquifer characterization; groundwater flow and transport modeling; hydrogeophysics, focusing on electrical resistivity; water chemistry modeling; LiDAR applications for karst hydrology.

Selected Publications: 

Zhu, J., Parris, T. M., Taylor, C. J., Webb, S. E., Davidson, B., Smath, R., Richardson, S. D., Molofsky, L. J., Kromann, J. S. and Smith, A. P. (2017), Assessing Methane in Shallow Groundwater in Unconventional Oil and Gas Play Areas, Eastern Kentucky. Groundwater. doi:10.1111/gwat.12583.

Zhu, J. and W. P. Pierskalla Jr. (2016), Applying a weighted random forests method to extract karst sinkholes from LiDAR Data, Journal of Hydrology, 533, 343-352, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.12.012.

Zhu J., G. A. O’Dell, E. L. Laudermilk, G. Bogosian, J. C. Currens, S. E. Webb, and P. Bogosian, (2016), Locating a Sealed Cave in Kentucky Using Electrical Resistivity Surveys, AIMS Geosciences, 2(1): 32-44, DOI: 10.3934/geosciences.2016.1.32.

Crawford, M. M., Zhu, J., and Webb, S. E. (2015), Geologic, geotechnical, and geophysical investigation of a shallow landslide, eastern Kentucky, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, doi: 10.2113/EEG-1642.

Sawyer, A. H., Zhu, J., Currens, J. C., Atcher, C., and Binley, A. (2015), Time-lapse electrical resistivity imaging of solute transport in a karst conduit. Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10622.

Zhu, J., T.P. Taylor, J.C. Currens, and M.M. Crawford (2014), Improved karst sinkhole mapping in Kentucky using LiDAR techniques: a pilot study in Floyds Fork Watershed, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, v. 76, no. 3, p. 207–216. DOI: 10.4311/2013ES0135.

Zhu, J., T. M. Parris, J. R. Bowersox, and D. C. Harris (2013), Modeling CO2–brine–rock interactions in the Knox Group: Implications of a deep carbon storage field test in western Kentucky, Applied Geochemistry, Volume 37, October 2013, Pages 29-42, ISSN 0883-2927, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.07.007.

Zhu, J., J. C. Currens, J. S. Dinger,  (2011), Challenges of using electrical resistivity method to locate karst conduits—A field case in the Inner Bluegrass Region, Kentucky, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 75(3), 523-530, doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2011.08.009.

Illman, W. A., J. Zhu, A. J. Craig, and D. Yin (2010), Comparison of aquifer characterization approaches through steady state groundwater model validation: A controlled laboratory sandbox study, Water Resources Research, 46, W04502, doi:10.1029/2009WR007745.

Zhu J., X. Cai, T.-C. J.Yeh (2009), Analysis of tracer tomography using temporal moments of tracer breakthrough curves, Advances in Water Resources, Volume 32, Issue 3, March 2009, Pages 391-400, ISSN 0309-1708, DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2008.12.001.

Yeh, T.-C. J., and J. Zhu (2007), Hydraulic/partitioning tracer tomography for characterization of dense nonaqueous phase liquid source zones, Water Resources Research, 43, W06435, doi:10.1029/2006WR004877.

Zhu, J., and T. –C J. Yeh (2006), Analysis of hydraulic tomography using temporal moments of drawdown recovery data, Water Resources Research, 42, W02403, doi:10.1029/ 2005WR004309.

Zhu, J. and T. –C J. Yeh (2005), Characterization of aquifer heterogeneity using transient hydraulic tomography, Water Resources  Research, 41, W07028, doi:10.1029/2004WR003790.

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