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James W. Castle

James W. CastleProfessor Emeritus

Ph.D. Geology (Sedimentology), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1978
M.S. Geology (Structural), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1974
B.S. Geology (Honors), Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1972

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Castle’s major teaching and research interests are in the geological and environmental aspects of energy resources. He teaches courses in sedimentology, structural geology, and aquifer characterization.

His current research activities focus on environmental aspects of sediments in terms of physical, chemical, and biological processes. He investigates constructed wetland systems for treating impaired waters for beneficial reuse, including produced waters from oil and gas operations and scrubber waters from coal-burning power plants. His research includes applying results from studies of modern natural and experimental systems to understanding processes operating on the scale of geologic time, especially processes related to past and future changes in global climate. His other recent research activities focus on unconventional hydrocarbon resources (heavy oil, gas shales, and tight gas), reservoir characterization, and natural gas storage.

Class Information

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GEOL 3020 Structural Geology
GEOL 3130 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
GEOL 4050/6050 Surficial Geology
GEOL 8060 Aquifer Characterization
GEOL 8140 Environmental Sedimentology

Selected Publications

Choi, J.W., Germanovich, L.N., Murdoch, L.C., Castle, J.W., 2016. Pressure transients to characterize cavities dissolved for natural gas storage. J. Nat. Gas Sci. Eng. 33, 611–623. doi:10.1016/j.jngse.2016.03.082

McQueen, A.D., Kinley, C.M., Kiekhaefer, R.L., Calomeni, A.J., Rodgers, J.H., Castle, J.W., 2016. Photocatalysis of a commercial naphthenic acid in water using fixed-film TiO2. Water. Air. Soil Pollut. 227. doi:10.1007/s11270-016-2835-x

Kinley, C.M., Gaspari, D.P., McQueen, A.D., Rodgers, J.H., Castle, J.W., Friesen, V., Haakensen, M., 2016. Effects of environmental conditions on aerobic degradation of a commercial naphthenic acid. Chemosphere 161, 491–500. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.07.050

Pardue, M.J., Castle, J.W., Rodgers, J.H., Huddleston, G.M., 2015. Effects of simulated oilfield produced water on early seedling growth after treatment in a pilot-scale constructed wetland system. Int. J. Phytoremediation 17, 330–40. doi:10.1080/15226514.2014.910168

Beebe, D.A., Castle, J.W., Rodgers, J.H., 2015. Biogeochemical-Based Design for Treating Ammonia Using Constructed Wetland Systems. Environ. Eng. Sci. 32, 397–406. doi:10.1089/ees.2014.0475

Haakensen, M., Pittet, V., Spacil, M.M., Castle, J.W., Rodgers, J.H., 2015. Key Aspects for Successful Design and Implementation of Passive Water Treatment Systems. J. Environ. Solut. Oil, Gas, Min. 1, 59–81. doi:10.3992/1573-2377-374X-1.1.59

Schwindaman, J.P., Castle, J.W., Rodgers, J.H., 2014. Biogeochemical process-based design and performance of a pilot-scale constructed wetland for arsenic removal from simulated Bangladesh groundwater. Water. Air. Soil Pollut. 225. doi:10.1007/s11270-014-2009-7

Pardue, M.J., Castle, J.W., Rodgers, J.H., Huddleston, G.M., 2014. Treatment of oil and grease in produced water by a pilot-scale constructed wetland system using biogeochemical processes. Chemosphere 103, 67–73. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.11.027

Schwindaman, J.P., Castle, J.W., Rodgers, J.H., 2014. Fate and distribution of arsenic in a process-designed pilot-scale constructed wetland treatment system. Ecol. Eng. 68, 251–259. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.03.049

Beebe, D.A., Castle, J.W., Molz, F.J., Rodgers, J.H., 2014. Effects of evapotranspiration on treatment performance in constructed wetlands: Experimental studies and modeling. Ecol. Eng. 71, 394–400. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.07.052

Awards & Honors

Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2007)

Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2005)

Vincent E. Nelson Memorial Best Poster Award (co-author), American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Eastern Section (2005)

Clemson University Research Foundation Certificate of Excellence in Research (2005)

Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2003)

A.I. Levorsen Memorial Best Oral Presentation Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Eastern Section (1991)