The Hydrogeology Lab is part of the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at The University of Oklahoma (OU). Projects originating from the lab will examine earth, water, and energy resources in the state of Oklahoma and beyond. Recent projects were focused on the Arbuckle Group of Oklahoma and Kansas, the Antlers Formation/Aquifer of southern Oklahoma (aka Edwards/Trinity Group of Texas), and the Green River Formation in the Piceance Basin, Colorado.

Kyle E. Murray, Ph.D.

The majority of my research at OGS and OU examines the interplay between water and energy resources. I have presented this line of research in many public venues and disciplinary conferences held by the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC), Geological Society of America (GSA), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). In 2014, I partnered with Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB), Sustaining Oklahoma's Energy Resources (SOER) and Baker Hughes to present Produced Water: Treatment & Reuse workshops in Ardmore, Tulsa, Woodward, and Oklahoma City. We will be doing another pair of workshops for "Water Reuse, Treatment and Transfer" in April and June of 2015.

In addition to the energy-water nexus, I am interested in development and the simultaneous protection of other natural, earth, and mineral resources. I have prepared independent, scientific perspectives on challenging earth science issues and enjoy sharing my thoughts while learning from others throughout the region.

Most of my research examines water quantity or water quality at the watershed-scale and takes advantage of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to synthesize geologic, hydrologic, climatic, and ecologic data. Because there is a great urgency to sustainably manage our natural resources, my research has also examined renewable and unconventional energy resources and global change.

I have enjoyed multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and international research collaborations with Trinity University, Texas A&M University, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado School of Mines, Stanford University, Universidad de Almería, and others. Some of these were part of research grants and contracts from local, state and federal sources. Local and site-scale projects were sponsored by San Antonio Water System, City of San Antonio, Bexar Met Water District, City of Kenedy, and others. Regional-scale projects were supported by Colorado Department of Transporation, Water Environment Research Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Geological Survey.

See my CV, for a more detailed description of my background and experience. I welcome contact from new collaborators or potential students with an interest in developing geology, hydrogeology, or petroleum geology research projects. Please visit again soon or contact me ( if the information you are looking for is not yet available here.

OGS Reports:

Morgan, B. C., and Murray, K. E. (2015) Characterizing Small-Scale Permeability of the Arbuckle Group, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Geological Survey Open File Report (OF2-2015). Norman, OK. 12 pages. Morgan & Murray (2015)

Murray, K. E. (2014) Class II Underground Injection Control Well Data for 2010-2013 by Geologic Zones of Completion, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Geological Survey Open File Report (OF1-2014). Norman, OK. 32 pages. Murray (2014)

Journal Articles:

Zhou, W., Minnick, M.D., Mattson, E.D., Geza, M., Murray, K.E., 2015-in press, GIS-based geospatial infrastructure of water resource Assessment for supporting oil shale development in Piceance basin of northwestern Colorado: Computers & Geosciences, pp. 15. Zhou et al. (2015)

Murray, K. E., Manitou-Alvarez, E.I., Inniss, E.C., Healy, F.G., and Bodour, A.A., 2015-in press, Assessment of oxidative and UV-C treatments for inactivating bacterial biofilms from groundwater wells: Frontiers of Environmental & Engineering, v. 1, no. 1, p. 39-49. Murray et al. (2015)

Schweitzer, H., Murray, K.E., and Healy, F.G., 2014, Evaluation of media and nitrogen:phosphorus ratios for optimal growth of biotechnologically important unicellular microalgae: American Journal of Biomass and Bioenergy, v. 3, no. 3, p. 139-150. Schweitzer et al. (2014)

Murray, K.E., and Holland, A.A., 2014, Inventory of Class II Underground Injection Control Volumes in the Midcontinent: Shale Shaker, v. 65, no. 2, p. 98-106. Murray and Holland (2014)

Murray, K. E. 2013, State-scale perspective on water use and production associated with oil and gas operations, Oklahoma, U.S.: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 47, p. 4918-4925. Murray (2013)

Murray, K. E., and Yosko, L.S., 2013, Multi-observation well aquifer test case study: is recovery coincident with the cessation of pumping?: Environmental Earth Sciences, v. 68, p. 1955-1965. Murray and Yosko (2013)

Murray, K. E., Shields, J.A., Garcia, N.D., and Healy, F.G., 2012, Productivity, carbon utilization, and energy content of mass in scalable microalgae systems: Bioresource Technology, v. 114, p. 499-506. Murray et al. (2012)

Murray, K. E., Healy, F.G., McCord, R., and Shields, J.A., 2011, Biomass production and nutrient uptake by Neochloris oleoabundans in an open trough system: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, v. 90, no.1, p. 89-95. Murray et al. (2011)

Murray, K.E., Thomas, S.M., and Bodour, A.A., 2010, Prioritizing research for trace pollutants and emerging contaminants in the freshwater environment: Environmental Pollution, v. 158, p. 3462-3471. Murray et al. (2010)

Geza, M., Murray, K.E., and McCray, J.E., 2010, Watershed scale impacts of nitrogen from onsite wastewater systems: Parameter sensitivity and model calibration: Journal of Environmental Engineering, v. 136, p. 926-938. Geza et al. (2010 a)

Geza, M., McCray, J.E., and Murray, K.E., 2010, Model evaluation of the impacts of on-site wastewater systems on phosphorus in Turkey Creek watershed: Journal of Environmental Quality, v. 39, p. 1636-1646. Geza et al. (2010 b)

Thomas, S.M., Bodour, A.A., Murray, K.E., and Inniss, E.C., 2009, Sorption behavior of a synthetic antioxidant, polycyclic musk, and an organophosphate insecticide in wastewater sludge: Water Science and Technology, v. 60, p. 145-154. Thomas et al. (2009)

Weissling, B.P., Xie, H., and Murray, K.E., 2009, Evaluation of NRCS curve number and MODIS time-series proxies for antecedent moisture condition: Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems, v. 26, p. 85-101. Weissling et al. (2009)

Murray, K.E., Straud, D.R., and Hammond, W.W., 2007, Characterizing groundwater flow in a faulted karst system using optical brighteners from septic systems as tracers: Environmental Geology, v. 53, p. 769-776. Murray et al. (2007)

Daniele, L., Pulido-Bosch, A., Murray, K.E., and Molina-Sanchez, L., 2007. Estudio de la evolució de un humedal en una región semiárida mediante GIS. El caso de la Cañada de las Norias (Campo de Dalías, SE España): Geogaceta, v. 41, p. 63-66. Daniele et al. (2007)

Weissling, B.P., Xie, H., and Murray, K.E., 2007, A multitemporal remote sensing approach to parsimonious streamflow modeling in a southcentral Texas watershed, USA: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, v. 4, p. 33. Weissling et al. (2007)

Murray, K.E., and McCray, J.E., 2005, Development and application of a regional-scale pesticide transport and groundwater vulnerability model: Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, v. XI, p. 271-284. Murray and McCray (2005)

Schlosser, S.A., McCray, J.E., Murray, K.E., and Austin, B., 2002, A subregional-scale method to assess aquifer vulnerability to pesticides: Ground Water, v. 40, p. 361-367. Schlosser et al. (2002)

Other Publications:

Murray, K.E., 2012. Oklahoma Rocks! Groundwater. Newspapers In Education (NIE) The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK. pp. 16. OK Rocks! Groundwater (2012)

Murray, K.E., 2012. Geologic controls on groundwater recharge to the central Oklahoma aquifer: Oklahoma Geology Notes, v. 72, no. 2, 1-8. OK Geology Notes (2012)

McCray, J.E., Geza, M., Murray, K.E., Poeter, E.P., and Morgan, D.S., 2009. Modeling of onsite wastewater systems at the watershed scale: A user guide. IWA Publishing, London, U.K., ISBN 978-1-84339-528-7/1-84339-528-2, pp. 230.

Turner, K.J., Hudson, M.R., Murray, K.E. and Mott, D.N., 2007. Three-dimensional geologic framework model for a karst aquifer system, Hasty and Western Grove Quadrangles, northern Arkansas, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5095, Denver, CO, pp. 12. SIR 2007-5095

Blome, C.D., Faith, J.R., Collins, E.W., Pedraza, D.E., and Murray, K.E., 2004. Geologic map compilation of the Upper Seco Creek area, Medina and Uvalde Counties, south-central Texas, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1430, Denver, CO., pp. 21. OFR 2004-1430

Hudson, M.R. and Murray, K.E., 2004. Geologic map of the Hasty quadrangle, Boone and Newton Counties, Arkansas, Denver, CO, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map, SIM-2847. SIM 2004-2847

Hudson, M.R. and Murray, K.E., 2003. Geologic map of the Ponca quadrangle, Newton, Boone and Carroll Counties, Arkansas, Denver, CO, U.S. Geological Survey Misc Field Studies, MF-2412. MF-2412

Bryant, B., Shroba, R.R., Harding, A.E., and Murray, K.E., 2002. Geologic map of the Storm King Mountain quadrangle, Garfield County, Colorado (1:24,000). U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies, MF-2389. MF-2389

Hudson, M. R., Murray, K.E., and Pezzutti, D., 2001. Geologic map of the Jasper quadrangle, Newton and Boone Counties, Arkansas (1:24,000). U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies, MF-2356. MF-2356

Scott, R.B., Carrara, P.E., Hood, W.C., and Murray, K.E., 2001. Geologic map of the Grand Junction quadrangle, Mesa County, Colorado, (1:24,000). U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies, MF-2363. MF-2363

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