Adam Schmidt Headed To Graduate School

Adam Schmidt was the first hire in the Paradis Lab and made huge progress on the Milwaukee Column during his time as an undergraduate researcher.  Adam graduated in the fall of 2020 with a B.S. in Geology and is now a master student and research assistant in the Wang Lab at UW-Milwaukee.  Adam’s positive attitude, mechanical skills, and abilities to problem solve will be surely missed but almost certainly appreciated and useful during his graduate research.      

Students Begin Internships With National Lab and Early-Stage Business

Cullen Meurer (graduate) and Adam Schmidt (undergraduate) were awarded internships with Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) in New Mexico and True Elements, Inc. in Florida, respectively.  Mr. Meurer will be working with Dr. Katherine Telfeyan and others on the Radionuclide Geochemistry Team at LANL to study the mobility of uranium in contaminated aquifers.  Mr. Schmidt will be working on building cutting edge water forecasting tools to improve water quality across the United States.  Both internships are paid and remote.  Learn more about LANL at  Learn more about True Elements at

Research Article Accepted for Publication in Chemosphere

Correlation between uranium and the relative content of clay minerals among mineral constituents, total aluminum content, and cell counts

A research article entitled, “Characterization of subsurface media from locations up- and down-gradient of a uranium-contaminated aquifer” was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Chemosphere.  Dr. Paradis is a co-author of the article and the corresponding author is Dr. Terry Hazen ( from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

GWMR Top Downloaded Research Article

Hypothesized distributions of dissolved sulfate 3 years after emplacement of PFBs and HPIs, assuming no consumption of sulfate in the aquifer.

A research article co-authored by Dr. Paradis entitled, “Enhancing Microbial Sulfate Reduction of Hydrocarbons in Groundwater Using Permeable Filled Borings“, is among the top 10% most downloaded papers in Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation (GWMR).  Special thanks to Tim Buscheck (, Chevron Fellow and Senior Consulting Hydrogeologist, for serving as lead and corresponding author on this cutting‐edge technical paper.

Adam Schmidt Awarded GSA Research Grant

Adam Schmidt was awarded the GSA North-Central Section undergraduate research grant for his proposal entitled, “The Milwaukee Column: A simple, affordable, and effective apparatus for teaching and research of one-dimensional flow and transport in porous media”. The award is worth $500.  Adam’s research on the Milwaukee Column will also be presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the GSA North-Central Section Meeting. Click here to view the abstract.