Christopher J. Russoniello


College of the Environment and Life Sciences

I am an assistant professor  in the Department of Geosciences at The University of Rhode Island. I was previously an assistant professor in the West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography from July 2019 to August 2022.

Deon and Amelia in the Mackenzie Delta

I'm looking for graduate students to start Fall 2024!

Reach out if you have interest:

URI Grad Program (Graduate Program Webpage, Application FAQs)

Applications for Fall Semester 2024 accepted until december 15

Potential projects:

Who are we?

Our research group is interested in understanding how physical hydrologic processes influence water movement, availability, and quality across the globe -- especially how surface water and groundwater interact along coastlines, in mountain streams, and in the Arctic.

We work on interdisciplinary research projects to couple field and laboratory experiments with innovative numerical computer models and lean on collaborators to understand how movement of water is linked to the chemistry and ecology of systems.

Research Interests Include:

Coastal Hydrogeology • Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Aquifers • Climate Impact on Water Resources

Heat Tracing in Hydrology • Cold Region (Ant/Arctic) Hydrology • Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) • Computer Modeling

My Training:


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Associate

Advisor: Dr. Laura K. Lautz


University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Ph.D. Geology

Advisor: Dr. Holly A. Michael


University of Delaware, Newark, DE

M.S. Geology

Advisor: Dr. Holly A. Michael


Colby College, Waterville, ME

B.A. Geology

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer D. Shosa