Dr. Sam Upchurch
SDII Global Corporation
4509 George Rd.
Tampa FL, 33634
He specializes in sinkholes; ground & surface-water geochemistry; design of ground & surface-water monitoring networks, chemistry of ground-water systems; Karst hydrology & geomorphology.
BIO / Resume / CV:
EW #13851 is principal geologist. He specializes in the origin, properties and prediction of sinkholes; ground and surface-water geochemistry; design of ground and surface-water monitoring networks, chemistry of ground-water systems; Karst hydrology and geomorphology; physical and chemical limnology and oceanography; and the origin and petrology of sedimentary rocks and sediments just to scratch the surface. EW #13851 was a university professor at Michigan State University and the University of South Florida where he taught hydrogeology, hydrology, oceanography, geology, marine geology and geochemistry to more than 30 masters-level students and two doctoral students. EW #13851 completed his undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University where he earned his bachelors degree in geology/chemistry with a concentration in economic geology. He earned his masters in geology with concentrations in geochemistry, sedimentology and stratigraphy from Northwestern University where he also completed his doctoral studies in geochemistry, statistics and oceanography. Additionally, EW #13851 is A certified professional geologist through the American Institute of Professional Geologists, a professional hydrogeologist through the American Institute of Hydrology and a radon measurement specialist through the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Toxicology. He has written more the 100 papers in his specialties and is a registered professional geologist in the State of Florida. Registered Professional Geologist, State of Florida Certified Professional Geologist, American Institute of Professional Geologists (CPGS# 3852) Professional Hydrogeologist, American Institute of Hydrology (Cert. No. 323) Radon Measurement Specialist, Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Toxicology (Cert. No. R1696) Honors and Invited Lectures Finalist, National Merit Scholarship competition (1958) Founder's Scholarship, Vanderbilt University (1959) Distinguished Military Graduate, U.S. Army Reserve (ROTC) (1963) University Fellow, Northwestern University (1963-1967) Citation for research, U.S. Corps of Engineers, Chicago, IL (1970) Special award for research, U.S. Lake Survey District, Corps of Engineers (1970) Distinguished Lecture Series, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL (1973); and Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL (1988) Keynote Speaker, Symposium on Changes in Physical Aspects of Lakes Erie and Ontario, State University College at Buffalo, NY (1973) 1994 Excellence Award for Site Remediation/CERCLA Problem Definition, prize awarded for development of Hydrochemical Facies Analysis for Site Contamination Evaluation & Characterization by Environmental Resources Management - North America Invited lectures at numerous colleges and universities, Oak Rid ge National Laboratory, Hillsborough County Museum of Science and Industry, Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers (National Ground Water Association), American Institute of Mining Engineering/Florida Institute of Phosphate Research, Florida Academy of Science, Geological Society of America, American Institute of Professional Geologists, Florida Bar Association, Association of Women in Geology, and others. Other Professional Activities Member of the Florida Board of Professional Geologists (1988-1995) Chairman of the Board (1989), Vice Chairman (1988) Chairman, Test Development Committee (1988-1995) Geology Chairman, Engineering-Geology Liaison Committee (1991-1995) Work Group on Limnology of Lakes and Embayments, Great Lakes Basin Commission Comprehensive Framework Study (1968-1975) Standing Committee on Geological Survey, Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University (1972-1974) Board of Directors, Michigan Student Environmental Confederation (1972-1973) Commission on Florida Stratigraphy (1974-1975) Workshop on Enhanced Oil Recovery, Gulf Universities Research Corporation and U.S. Department of Energy, Houston, TX (1977) Universities Council on Water Resources, Inc. Delegate for the University of South Florida (1980-1993) Member, Committee on Environmental and Biological Sciences and International Committee Phosphatic Clays Research Committee, Florida Institute of Phosphate Research (1982-1985) State University System/Florida Department of Community Affairs, Florida State University System Radon Advisory Board, one of eight appointees charged with development of a building code for radonresistant structures for the State of Florida (1988-90) Technical Advisory Committee for Development of a Methodology for Identifying Impaired Waters for the State=s 303(d) List, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (1999- ) Technical Advisory Committee, Withlacoochee River Ecosystem Management Initiative, sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (1999- ) Reviewer of textbooks for numerous publishers; reviewer of manuscripts for Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, Water Resources Bulletin, Proceedings of the Great Lakes Research Conference, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Journal of Hydrology, Florida Scientist, Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory, American Society of Testing and Materials, Florida Institute of Phosphate Research, Southeastern Archaeology, Geological Society of America, Ground Water Monitoring Review, Florida Department of Environmental Regula tion, U.S. Geological Survey, and others; reviewer of proposals for the National Science Foundation, Petroleum Research Fund (ACS), Florida Institute for Phosphate Research, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and others. Courses Taught as a University Professor Michigan State University Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Oceanography, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Limnology, Carbonate Sedimentology, Plate Tectonics University of South Florida Physical Hydrogeology, Ground-Water Geochemistry, Contaminant Transport, Statistical Models for Geologists, Stratigraphy and Petroleum Geology, Marine Geology, Carbonate Petrology, Oceanography, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Geology of Our Nations Parks, Physical and Chemical Limnology, Geology of the Florida Everglades and Keys (field course), Geology of the Southern Appalachians (field course) Graduate Students: 2 Doctoral students, over 30 Masters- level students. Professional Organizations / Affiliations Geological Society of America (1965- ) Elected Fellow of the Society (1984) Hydrogeology Division (1974- ) Penrose Conference participant, Geostatistical concepts and stochastic methods in hydrogeology Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia (1977) Co-Chair and Treasurer, 1985 Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida Society of Sedimentary Geology (Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists; 1965- ) Chair, Hydrogeology Committee (1991-1992) American Institute of Professional Geologists (1977- ) American Institute of Hydrology (1984- ) Technical Program Chairman and Senior Editor of Proceedings, International Meeting on Hydrology and Hydrogeology in the 90's (1990-1991) American Water Resources Association (1970- ) Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers (National Ground Water Association; 1978- ) American Association of Petroleum Geologists (1981- ) Division of Environmental Geosciences (1993- ) Florida Association of Professional Geologists, Inc. (1995- ) Founder and co-incorporator (1995) Member, Board of Directors (1995 -1998) Treasurer (1995-1998) Southeastern Geological Society (1974-1990, 1999) Vice President and Field Trip Chairman (1980) President (1981) Ad hoc Committee on Florida Hydrostratigraphic Unit Definition (1982-1985) Results published as Hydrogeological Units of Florida, Florida Geological Survey Special Publication No. 28, 1986. Society of Sigma Xi (1966- ) Associate (1966-1970) Member (1970- ) Hydrogeology Consortium (1998- ) Board of Directors (1998- )
Subsidence Karst Topography Sinkhole Investigation Sinkhole Geotecnical Engineering Ground Geochemistry Surface Water Geochemistry Geomorphology