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Lawrence C. Murdoch

Lawrence C. MurdochProfessor
337 Brackett Hall
Clemson, SC 29634

Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 1991, Geology
M.S. University of Cincinnati, 1987, Environmental Science
M.S. University of Cincinnati, 1983, Geology
B.S. Penn State University, 1980, Geology

Professional Registration
Professional Geologist, Indiana, 1992, No. 1421

Classes | Publications | Honors 

Faculty Overview

Dr. Murdoch’s teaching and research interests are in hydrogeology. He teaches an introductory course in applied hydrogeology, and advanced courses in the hydrogeology of U.S. aquifers and fractured rock hydrology. He also teaches a course in methods for analyzing geological processes, and he organizes the hydro field camp.

Murdoch’s recent research activities have included projects in environmental remediation, aquifer characterization, interaction between ground water and surface water, and effects of changing land use. He developed techniques for creating and applying hydraulic c fractures for environmental applications, and more recently he has been developing hydromechanical techniques for characterizing rock aquifers. Many of his projects involve innovative field or laboratory techniques with modeling coupled processes of flow, transport, and deformation. 

Professor Lawrence Murdoch is a Task Leader on the Department of Energy, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Implementation Project "Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities" (2014-Present)

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

GEOL 4080/6080 Applied Hydrogeology
GEOL 4150/6150 Analysis of Geological Processes
GEOL 4750/8750 Hydrogeology Field Camp
GEOL 4820/6820
 Groundwater and Contaminant Transport
GEOL 8160 Aquifer Systems
GEOL/BE/EES 8170 Applied Process Simulation
GEOL/BE/EES 8171 Applied Process Simulation Lab
GEOL 8180 Hydrology and Mechanics of Fractured Media

Selected Publications

Daniel, T.J., Richendrfer, J., Falta, R., Murdoch, L., Lin, H., Darnault, C.J.G., 2023. Hydrogeologic and geomorphic processes in a karst landscape and seasonably-cold climate: Linking spatial distribution and morphometric dynamics of closed depressions to bedrock fractures in a wastewater spray irrigated agricultural and forest system located at the site of the Living Filter in Central Pennsylvania, United States. Agric. Water Manag. 279, 108170. doi:10.1016/J.AGWAT.2023.108170

Roudini, S., Murdoch, L.C., Shojaei, M., DeWolf, S., 2023. Proxy-based Bayesian inversion of strain tensor data measured during well tests. Geomech. Energy Environ. 36, 100506. doi:10.1016/J.GETE.2023.100506

Dauson, E., Donahue, C., DeWolf, S., Hua, L., Xiao, H., Murdoch, L., Johnson, P., 2022. Damage detection in a laboratory-scale wellbore applying Time Reversal and Nonlinear Elastic Wave Spectroscopy (TR NEWS). NDT E Int. 126, 102573. doi:10.1016/J.NDTEINT.2021.102573

Ferguson, B.O., Murdoch, L.C., Trumm, M., Liu, F., Rao, A.M., Powell, B.A., 2022. Mechanisms and kinetics of citrate-promoted dissolution of a uranyl phosphate mineral. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 318, 247–262. doi:10.1016/J.GCA.2021.11.023

Santikari, V.P., Witmer, M., Murdoch, L.C., Kaplan, D.I., Powell, B.A., 2022. Leaching and transport of technetium from reducing cementitious waste forms in field lysimeters. Sci. Total Environ. 841, 156596. doi:10.1016/J.SCITOTENV.2022.156596

Murdoch, L.C., Germanovich, L.N., Roudini, S., DeWolf, S.J., Hua, L., Moak, R.W., 2021. A Type-Curve Approach for Evaluating Aquifer Properties by Interpreting Shallow Strain Measured During Well Tests. Water Resour. Res. 57, e2021WR029613. doi:10.1029/2021WR029613

Li, C., Hassan, A., Palmai, M., Xie, Y., Snee, P.T., Powell, B.A., Murdoch, L.C., Darnault, C.J.G., 2021. Experimental measurements and numerical simulations of the transport and retention of nanocrystal CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in saturated porous media: effects of pH, organic ligand, and natural organic matter. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. Int. 28, 8050–8073. doi:10.1007/S11356-020-11097-0

Xiao, H., Tang, J., Lei, J., Murdoch, L., Hua, L., Zhu, X., Xiao, H., 2021. Microwave–photonic low-coherence interferometry for dark zone free distributed optical fiber sensing. Opt. Lett. Vol. 46, Issue 5, pp. 1173-1176 46, 1173–1176. doi:10.1364/OL.414699

Yu, R., Murdoch, L.C., Falta, R.W., Andrachek, R.G., Pierce, A.A., Parker, B.L., Cherry, J.A., Freedman, D.L., 2020. Chlorinated Ethene Degradation Rate Coefficients Simulated with Intact Sandstone Core Microcosms. Environ. Sci. Technol. 54, 15829–15839. doi:10.1021/ACS.EST.0C05083

Hua, L., Zhu, X., Dewolf, S., Lei, J., Zhang, Q., Murdoch, L., Xiao, H., 2021. Phase Demodulation by Frequency Chirping in Coherence Microwave Photonic Interferometry. IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 27.


Awards & Honors

Elected as Chair of CUAHSI Board of Directors, 2011

Elected to Board of Directors, CUAHSI, 2007-2012

Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, 2008

Visiting Scientist, Geological Survey of Denmark, Copenhagen, Spring 2005

Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, 2003

Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, 2001

NSF CAREER Award, 1999, Hydraulic fractures at shallow depths

Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, 1999