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Lawrence C. Murdoch

Lawrence C. MurdochProfessor
340 Brackett Hall
Clemson, SC 29631

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

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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. More info is available at:

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 Appied Hydrogeology
GEOL 4150/6150 Method of Analysing Geological Processes
GEOL 4750/8750 Hydrogeology Field Camp First Summer Session
GEOL 8160 Aquifer Systems
GEOL 8180 Hydrology and Mechanics of Fractured Media

Selected Publications

Chen, F., R.W. Falta, L.C. Murdoch. 2012. Numerical analysis of contaminant removal from fractured rock during boiling. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology. 134-135, 2012, p. 12-21.

Burbey, T.J., D. Hisz, L. C. Murdoch, M. Zhang. 2011. Quantifying Fractured Crystalline-Rock Properties Using Well Tests, Earth Tides and Barometric Effects. Journal of Hydrology. : 28-NOV-2011 DOI information: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.11.013

Murdoch, L.C. Hydrology and Geology in the Marcellus Shale Region. Pittsburg Engineer. Quarterly Publication of the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania. Spring 2011, p. 11.

Chen, Fei, D.L. Freedman, R.W. Falta, L.C. Murdoch. 2011 Henry’s Law constants of chlorinated solvents at elevated temperatures, Chemosphere, doi: 10.1016/

Murdoch, L.C., L. Germanovich, H. Wang, T.C. Onstott, D. Elsworth, D.Boutt. 2011. Hydrogeology of DUSEL Homestake. Hydrogeology Journal. Published online, 11 Oct. 10.1007/s10040-011-0773-7

Murdoch, L.C. Potential Groundwater Problems with Gas Production from Shale in Southwestern Pa. Pittsburg Engineer. Quarterly Publication of the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania. Spring 2011, p. 14.

Schweisinger, T., E. J. Svenson, and L. C. Murdoch. 2011. Hydromechanical Behavior During Constant-Rate Pumping Tests in Fractured Gneiss, Hydrogeology Journal, 19, 963-980.

Chen, F., X. Liu, R.W. Falta, L.C. Murdoch. 2010. Experimental demonstration of contaminant removal from fractured rock by boiling. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44,6337-6442.

Kennedy, C. D. Generaux, L.C. Murdoch. 2010. Comparison of Darcian flux calculations and seepage meter measurements in a sandy streambed in North Carolina, USA. Water Resources Research. V. 46, W09501, 2010.

Onstott, T.C., E. van Heerden, L.C. Murdoch. 2010. Microbial life in the depths of the Earth. BRGM Geosciences. July, n. 11, 52-60.

Germanovich, L. and L.C. Murdoch. 2010. Injection of solids to lift the ground. Proceedings A of the Royal Society of London, November 8, 2010 466:3225-325.

Murdoch, L.C., D.B. Hisz, J.F. Ebenhack, D.E. Fowler, C. R. Tiedeman, L. N. Germanovich. 2009. Analysis of Hydromechanical Well Tests in Fractured Sedimentary Rock at the NAWC Site, New Jersey. Asheville 2009, the 43rd US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 4th U.S.-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, held in Asheville, NC June 28th – July 1, 2009, 8 p.

Onstott, T. C., F. S. Colwell, T. L. Kieft, L. Murdoch, and T. J. Phelps. 2009. New Horizons for Deep Subsurface Microbiology. Microbe. Volume 4, Number 11, 2009. 499-505.

Svenson, E. T. Schweisinger, L.C. Murdoch, 2008, Field evaluation of the hydromechanical behavior of flat-lying fractures during slug tests. Journal of Hydrology, 359, v. 1-2. 30-45.

Murdoch, L.C., T. Schweisinger, C.O. Huey. A device to measure axial displacement in a borehole. Patent #7347003, Issued 25 March 2008

Murdoch, L. C., J.R. Richardson, Q.Tan, S. C. Malin, and C. Fairbanks, 2007. Reply to the discussion by Au and Yeung on “Forms and sand transport in shallow hydraulic fractures in residual soil. . Canadian Geotechnical Journal V. 44, n. 12.1476-1478.

Schweisinger, T., L.C. Murdoch, C.O. Huey. 2007, Design of a removable borehole extensometer. Journal of Geotechnical Measurement. V 30 n. 3, p. 202-211.

Svenson, E. T. Schweisinger, L.C. Murdoch, 2007, Analysis of the hydromechanical response of a flat-lying fracture to a slug test. Journal of Hydrology, 347, 35– 47

Castle, J.W., D.A. Bruce, R.W. Falta, and L.C. Murdoch, United States Provisional Patent for Storage Cavities in Carbonate Rock, 7156579 B2, Jan. 2, 2007.

Harrar, W., L.C. Murdoch, B. Nillson, K. Klint. 2007. Field characterization of vertical bromide transport in a fractured glacial till. Hydrogeology Journal. 15: 1473–1488.

Murdoch, L.C., J. R. Richardson, Q. Tan, S.Malin, C. Fairbanks, 2006 Forms and sand transport in shallow hydraulic fractures in residual soil. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, V. 43(10), Oct. 1061-1073.

Murdoch, L.C. and L. Germanovich. 2006. Analysis of a deformable fracture in a permeable material. International Journal of Numerical and Analytica Methods in Geomechanics, 30:529-561.

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