Dr. Steve A. Mizell

Associate Research Professor Hydrology
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hydrogeology, groundwater, hydrogeology, hydrology, recharge, regional groundwater flow

Professional Interests

Estimation of recharge to regional aquifer systems, delineation and interactions of groundwater flow systems; stream-aquifer interaction in semi-arid environments; contaminant transport through the subsurface under saturated and partially saturated conditions; spatial and temporal variations in groundwater quality and chemistry. Current research includes hydrogeology and hydrogeochemisty of regional groundwater flow systems and their interaction; infiltration of ephemeral stream flows; application of chloride mass balance to estimation of ground water recharge in arid environments.

Research Areas

  • Hydrology of the Unsaturated Zone
  • Hydrogeological Controls on Availability and Quality of Ground Water
  • Global Environmental Hydrology
  • Integrated Watershed System

Education

DegreeInstitutionArea
Ph.D. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro Geoscience-Hydrology
M.S. University of Nevada, Reno Hydrogeology-Hyrology
B.S. Baylor University Geology

Academic Affiliations

Publications & Presentations

2016

Cablk, M. E., Miller, J. J., Mizell, S. A. (2016). Comparing Playa Inundation Estimates from Landsat and LiDAR Data to a Doppler Radar-based Hydrologic Model, In Military Geosciences and Desert Warfare: Past Lessons and Modern Challenges, Springer: New York
Miller, J. J., Mizell, S. A., Nikolich, G., McCurdy, G. D., Campbell, S. A. (2016). Monitoring Potential Transport of Radioacitve Contaminants in Shallow Ephemeral Channels at the Smoky Site: Multiple Year Report
Miller, J. J., Mizell, S. A., Nikolich, G., McCurdy, G. D., Campbell, S. A. (2016). NNSS Soils Monitoring: Plutonium Valley: Multiple Year Report
Mizell, S. A., Nikolich, G., McCurdy, G. D., Shadel, C. A., Miller, J. J. (2016). Project 57 Air Monitoring Report: October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2014, DRI, DRI Report 45264; DOE 000939-27
Mizell, S. A., Shadel, C. A. (2016). Radiological results for samples collected on paired glass- and cellulose-fiber filters at the Sandia complex, Tonopah Test Range, DRI, DRI 45265; DOE/NV/0000939-29

2015

Miller, J. J., Mizell, S. A., McCurdy, G. D., Nikolich, G., Etyemezian, V. R., Chapman, J. B. (2015). Fate and Transport of Contaminants at Soils Sites - 15512, Waste Management '15: Phoenix, AZ, March 15, 2015
Nikolich, G., Shadel, C. A., Chapman, J. B., Mizell, S. A., McCurdy, G. D., Etyemezian, V. R., Miller, J. J. (2015). Tonopah Test Range Air Monitoring: CY2014 Meteorological, Radiological, and Airborne Particulate Observations, DOE/NV/0000939-26, DRI 45263

2014

Miller, J. J., Mizell, S. A., McCurdy, G. D. (2014). Project 57 Air Monitoring Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013), 45256
Mizell, S. A., Etyemezian, V. R., McCurdy, G. D., Nikolich, G., Shadel, C. A., Miller, J. J. (2014). Radiological and Environmental Monitoring at the Clean Slates I and III Sites, Tonopah Test Range, Nevada, with Emphasis on the Implications for Off-site Transport, 45257
Mizell, S. A., Nikolich, G., Shadel, C. A., McCurdy, G. D., Etyemezian, V. R., Miller, J. J. (2014). Tonopah Test Range Air Monitoring : CY2013 Meteorological, Radiological, and Airborne Particulate Observations, 45258

2013

Etyemezian, V. R., Shillito, R., Miller, J. J., Shafer, D. S., Cablk, M. E., Campbell, S. A., Chief, K., Fenstermaker, L. F., Forsee, W. J., Meyer, W. J., Mizell, S. A., Nikolich, G. (2013). Post-fire erosion at a Pinyon-Juniper and a Blackbrush Community: 3+ Years of Data, Great Basin consortium 2nd Annual Conference January 14-16, 2013: Boise, Idaho
Miller, J. J., Mizell, S. A., McCurdy, G. D. (2013). Project 57 Air Monitoring
Miller, J. J., Mizell, S. A., McCurdy, G. D., Campbell, S. A. (2013). Monitoring Potential Transport of Radioactive Contaminants in Shallow Ephemeral Channels: FY2012
Miller, J. J., Mizell, S. A., Nikolich, G., McCurdy, G. D., Campbell, S. A. (2013). NNSS soils monitoring: Plutonium Valley (CAU 366) FY2012
Miller, J. J., Nikolich, G., Mizell, S. A., McCurdy, G. D., Shadel, C. A. (2013). Tonopah Test Range Air Monitoring: CY2012 Meteorological, Radiological, and Airborne Particulate Observations

2011

Miller, J. J., French, R., Mizell, S. A., Cablk, M. E., Kratt, C. (2011). Using Doppler radar precipitation measurments to enhance estimates of playa inundation, Environmental and Water Resources Institute, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Palm springs, CA, US

2010

Hershey, R. L., Mizell, S. A., Earman, S. B. (2010). Chemical and physical characteristics of springs discharging from reigonal flow systems of the carbonate-rock province of the Great Basin, western United States, Hydrogeology Journal, 18, 1007-1026, doi: 10.1007/s10040-009-0571-7
Miller, J. J., Forsee, W., Shafer, D. S., Jenkins, S., Mizell, S. A., Chief, K. (2010). Potential surface water transport of radionuclide-contaminated soils in Plutonium Valley on the Nevada National Security Site

2008

Mizell, S. A., Mihevc, T. M., Hershey, R. L. (2008). Field Reconnaissance and Chemistry Data for Selected Water Sources on the Nevada Test and Training Range

2007

Miller, J. J., French, R. H., Mizell, S. A., Meadows, D. G., Young, M. H. (2007). Results of channel transmission loss studies during ephemeral flow events
Minor, T. B., Russell, C. E., Mizell, S. A. (2007). Development of a GIS-based model for extrapolating mesoscale groundwater recharge estimates using integrated geospatial data sets, Hydrogeology Journal
Mizell, S. A., Russell, C. E., Kluesner, T. L. (2007). Estimation of groundwater recharge to selected hydrographic basins of eastern Nevada and western Utah using the chloride mass-balance method
Russell, C. E., Mizell, S. A., Minor, T. B. (2007). Estimation of groundwater rechrage in Steptoe Valley, Nevada, by the elevation-dependent chloride mass-balance approach

2005

Mizell, S. A., Miller, J. J., French, R. H. (2005). Effect of Soil Condition on Channel Transmission Loss During Ephemeral Flow Events
Young, M. H., Adams, K. D., Mizell, S. A., Chen, L., Bullard, T. F., Grant, S. (2005). Technical Report: Assessment and Improvement of Hydraulic Characterization of Alluvial Fans to Support Estimates of Recharge and Initial Abstraction, DRI Report No. 41218

2003

Miller, J. J., French, R. H., Young, M. H., Mizell, S. A. (2003). Effect of soil condition on channel transmission loss during ephemeral flow events

1995

French, R. H., Mizell, S. A. (1995). Resource Potential of Dry Weather Flow in the Las Vegas Valley, DRI Report No. 41149
Hershey, R. L., Mizell, S. A. (1995). Water Chemistry of Spring Discharge from the Carbonate-Rock Province of Nevada, and Death Valley, California. Project Report to the Las Vegas Valley Water District, 45, DRI Report No. 41140

1991

H.S. Wild, J., Mizell, S. A., Brothers, K. (1991). Reconnaissance Investigation of the Hydrogeology and Hydrogeochemistry of the Shallow Alluvial Aquifer Zone, Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, 87, DRI Report No. 41132

1990

Mizell, S. A., Ingraham, N., Nicholson, R. A. (1990). Hydraulic and Stable Isotopic Study of Stream/Aquifer Interaction Along Bishop Creek, California, 83, DRI Report No. 41124

Bashor, A., Mizell, S. A.Selenium, Nitrate, Coliform Bacteria, and Volatile Organic Compounds in the Shallow Aquifer Zone, Las Vegas, Nevada. Project Report for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, 51, DRI Report No. 41142
Mizell, S. A., McArthur, R., Pohlmann, K. F., Hess, J. W., Urzendowski, L.Temporal Variability of Major Ion and Volatile Organic Compound Concentration in Arid Region Wells, DRI Report No. 41143

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