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Dr. Sarah A Vitale, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

Sarah Vitale geology faculty
  • Associate Professor
  • Geology and Environmental Science


· Environmental Geology

· Physical Hydrogeology

· Contaminant Hydrogeology

Research and Creative Activities

My primary interests lie in investigating applied groundwater issues, with current or recent emphasis on the following:

  • Characterization of in-well flow conditions using tracers to understand groundwater movement in an aquifer and assess three-dimensional variations in groundwater quality.
  • Assessing the impact of anthropogenic contaminants (e.g. road salt, nitrates) on groundwater in bedrock Investigating
  • Long-term groundwater storage as a function of aquifer material, water usage, and climate variability
  • Ph.D. in Geological Science, University of Connecticut
  • M.S. in Oceanography, Texas A&M University
  • B.S. in Geophysics, SUNY Fredonia
Published Research

Vitale, S.A. and G.A. Robbins (2017) Measuring water quality from individual fractures in open wellbores using hydraulic isolation and the dissolved oxygen alteration method. Hydrogeology Journal. In press. doi: 10.1007/s10040-017-1657-2.

Vitale, S.A. and G.A. Robbins (2017) Measuring Flow Rate in Crystalline Bedrock Wells Using the Dissolved Oxygen Alteration Method. Groundwater. 55, no. 4:588-592.

Vitale, S. Stryker, S.F. DiMarco, H.F. Seidel, and Z. Wang (2017) Circulation Analysis in the Northwest Indian Ocean from ARGO Float and Surface Drifter Observations, and SODA Numerical Model Output. Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans. 78, 57-70.

Vitale, S.A., G.A. Robbins, and L.A. McNaboe (2017) Impacts of road salting on water quality in fractured crystalline bedrock. Journal of Environmental Quality. 46, no. 2:288-294.

Vitale, S.A. and G.A. Robbins (2016) Using Dissolved Oxygen to Delineate Groundwater Flow in Shallow Monitoring Wells. Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation. 36, no. 2:59-67.


Conference Abstracts

Vitale, S.A., Robbins, G.A. and McNaboe, L.A. (2016) Short-term and Long-term Impacts of Road Salting on Water Quality in Fractured Crystalline Bedrock. Geological Society of America Meeting, held September 25-28 in Denver, CO.

Vurro, M., M. Donnaloia, G. Robbins and S. Vitale (2016) Preferential flow characterization in fractured aquifer by injecting dissolved oxygen in boreholes. European Geophysical Union Meeting, held April 17-22 in Vienna, Austria.

Vitale, S.A., Robbins, G.A. (2015) Using Dissolved Oxygen Alteration to Identify Connecting Transmissive Fractures and Determine Vertical Flow Velocity in Crystalline Bedrock Wells. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, held November 1-4 in Baltimore, MD.

Vitale, S.A., Robbins, G.A. (2015) Delineating Groundwater Flow in Shallow Monitoring Wells Using Dissolved Oxygen Alteration. International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Congress- AQUA 2015- held September 13-18 in Rome, Italy.

Vitale, S., Robbins, G. (2014) Determining the Connectivity of Fractures between Multiple Bedrock Wells Using Dissolved Oxygen as a Tracer. Northeast Geological Society of America Meeting, held March 23-25 in Lancaster, PA.

Stryker, S.A., DiMarco, SF, Stoessel, M, Belabbassi, L. (2011) Hydrography in the Arabian Sea and Oman Sea from Satellite, Argo, Surface Drifter and Mooring Observations. Aquatic Sciences Meeting, held February 13-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Stryker, S.A., DiMarco, S.F., Stoessel, M.M., Wang, Z. (2010) Deep and surface circulation in the Northwest Indian Ocean from Argo, surface drifter, and in situ profiling current observations. American Geophysics Union Fall Meeting, held December 13-17 in San Francisco, CA.

Boyle, K., Bradbury, C., Jenson, K. Kelly, C., Litherland, M., Storniolo, R., Stryker, S., Bedrosian,

P., Braile, L., Ferguson, J., McPhee, D.K., and Pellerin, L. (2011) Aquifer Characterization in the Hagan Embayment of the Santo Domingo Basin, North Central New Mexico. Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP), held April 11-15 in Keystone, CO.

DiMarco, S.F., Belabbassi, L., Stoessel, M., Duvall, K., al-Kharusi, L., Stryker S.A., Jochens, A.E., Howard, M.K. (2010) Seasonal variability of Monsoon-driven hypoxia along the northern coast of Oman. Ocean Sciences Meeting, held February 22-26 in Portland, Oregon.