Download Adobe Reader

Lawrence C. Murdoch

Lawrence C. MurdochProfessor
337 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

Classes | Publications | Honors | CV

Personal Homepage:

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 Analysis of Geological Processes
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

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

Hall, R., Murdoch, L., Falta, R., Looney, B., Riha, B., 2016. Evaluation of liquid aerosol transport through porous media. J. Contam. Hydrol. 190, 15–28. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.03.003

Hall, R.J., Murdoch, L.C., Freedman, D.L., Looney, B.B., Riha, B.D., 2015. Bench-scale evaluation of aerosol delivery for biostimulation and bioaugmentation in the vadose zone. Biodegradation 26, 91–103. doi:10.1007/s10532-015-9718-5

Murdoch, L.C., Xie, S., Falta, R.W., Ruprecht, C., 2015. Effects of increased upward flux of dissolved salts caused by CO2 storage or other factors. J. Hydrol. 527, 776–787. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.05.022

Chen, F., Falta, R.W., Murdoch, L.C., 2015. Numerical Analysis of Thermal Remediation in 3D Field-Scale Fractured Geologic Media. Groundwater 53, 572–587. doi:10.1111/gwat.12241

Murdoch, L.C., Freeman, C.E., Germanovich, L.N., Thrash, C., DeWolf, S., 2015. Using in situ vertical displacements to characterize changes in moisture load. Water Resour. Res. 51, 5998–6016. doi:10.1002/2015WR017335

Fan, Y., Richard, S., Bristol, R.S., Peters, S.E., Ingebritsen, S.E., Moosdorf, N., Packman, A., Gleeson, T., Zaslavsky, I., Peckham, S., Murdoch, L., Fienen, M., Cardiff, M., Tarboton, D., Jones, N., Hooper, R., Arrigo, J., Gochis, D., Olson, J., Wolock, D., 2015. DigitalCrust - a 4D data system of material properties for transforming research on crustal fluid flow. Geofluids 15, 372–379. doi:10.1111/gfl.12114

Ruprecht, C., Pini, R., Falta, R., Benson, S., Murdoch, L., 2014. Hysteretic trapping and relative permeability of CO2 in sandstone at reservoir conditions. Int. J. Greenh. Gas Control 27, 15–27. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.05.003

Xie, P., Murdoch, L.C., Ladner, D.A., 2014. Hydrodynamics of sinusoidal spacers for improved reverse osmosis performance. J. Memb. Sci. 453, 92–99. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2013.10.068

Liu, X., Murdoch, L.C., Falta, R.W., Tan, T., 2014. Experimental characterization of CVOC removal from fractured clay during boiling. Int. J. Heat Mass Transf. 70, 764–778. doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.10.052

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