Tim Grundl UWM

Tim Grundl Ph.D.


Dr. Tim Grundl currently serves as Professor in both the School of Freshwater Sciences and the Geosciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before turning to academia, his professional career includes employment as an exploration geophysicist in the oil industry with Texaco, Inc. and as a consulting hydrogeologist with Robert Montgomery Consulting Engineers, Inc. He has kept his interest in applied research alive by developing a sensing system for the in-situ, real time quantitation of pollutants in submerged harbor sediments. This system employs either pulsed laser or x-ray induced fluorescence probes to rapidly find and quantify polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) or heavy metal contamination within the upper 3 meters of   sediment. This obviates the need to collect and extract sediment cores followed by transport and analysis in a laboratory. These sensors are currently being modified to quantify the long term diffusional movement of radionuclides out of spent nuclear fuel storage sites. This work has been supported by US Federal funds as well as foreign governmental and industrial funds. 

His other research interests include the use of trace elements, noble gases and stable isotopes as geochemical tracers for determining the source of radium in groundwater systems, pollutant fate and transport, dynamics of aquifer recharge during the last glacial period and the sustainable use of groundwater resources. He has served on numerous statewide technical advisory committees including the Wisconsin Science Advisory Council on Metallic Mining; the Wisconsin Aquifer Storage Recovery Technical Advisory Group, Groundwater Research Coordinating Council and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts Water Resources Working Group. For more information access the link below.