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Jared Trost

Jared Trost is a hydrologist with the Upper Midwest Water Science Center using field studies, innovative sampling equipment, statistics, and modeling to understand (1) the influences of land cover, contaminants, and unsaturated zone properties on the quality and quantity of water reaching unconfined aquifers and (2) surface-water/groundwater interactions.

Jared Trost is a hydrologist and has led several investigations on the influences of land cover, contaminants, and unsaturated zone properties on the quality and quantity of water reaching unconfined aquifers and the interactions of these groundwater systems with surface-water. He is presently the site coordinator for the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program's Bemidji crude oil spill site and the chair of the Unsaturated Zone Interest Group (UZIG).  In his capacities as the Bemidji crude oil spill site coordinator and chair of the Unsaturated Zone Interest Group (UZIG), he facilitates collaborative research and communication among scientists.  Ongoing projects include:

  • investigating the seasonal variability in crude oil degradation rates at a subsurface crude oil spill
  • designing innovative field tools for sample collection and monitoring in soil and shallow groundwater
  • investigating the effects of climate, groundwater withdrawals, and landscape properties on the stability of lake levels in glacial terrain
  • estimating recharge to surficial glacial aquifers in the U.S. with the soil water balance (SWB) model

Professional Experience

  • Project manager at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel, Minnesota from 2001 through 2008. 

Education and Certifications

  • M.S., Water Resource Science with emphasis on soil hydrology, University of Minnesota, 2010

  • B.A., Biology and Chemistry, Augsburg College, 2000

Affiliations and Memberships

  • 2014-present  American Geophysical Union

  • 2008-present  Minnesota Groundwater Association

  • 2007-present  Unsaturated Zone Interest Group (UZIG); elected chair of steering committee in December 2014

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Trost, J., B. Bekins, T. Christy, and B. Mason, A Direct-Push Sample-Freezing Drive Shoe for Collecting Sediment Cores with Intact Pore Fluid, Microbial, and Sediment Distributions poster presented at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, October 18-19, 2016. 

  • Trost, J., J. Roth, S. Westenbroek, H. Reeves, Simulation of Potential Groundwater Recharge for the Glacial Aquifer System East of the Rocky Mountains, 1980-2011, using the Soil-Water-Baland Model presented at the USGS National Groundwater Conference in Reno, Nevada, August 29-September 2, 2016.

  • Trost, J., N. Sihota, U. Mayer, G. Delin, E. Warren, B. Bekins, A. Berg, B. Mason, Seasonal Variability in Vadose Zone Biodegradation at a Crude Oil Pipeline Rupture Site presented at the USGS National Groundwater Conference in Reno, Nevada, August 29-September 2, 2016.

  • Trost, J., B. Bekins, I. Cozzarelli, and M. Erickson, Novel Methods for Sampling and Monitoring at Contaminated Sites: An Overview of Recent Developments at the National Crude Oil Spill and Natural Attenuation Research Site near Bemidji, Minnesota presented at the National Monitoring Conference in Tampa, Florida, May 2-6, 2016

  • Trost, J., B. Bekins, T. Christy, and B. Mason, A Direct-Push Sample-Freezing Drive Shoe for Collecting Sediment Cores with Intact Pore Fluid, Microbial, and Sediment Distributions poster presented at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California, December 14-18, 2015

  • Trost, J., N. Sihota, G. Delin, and E. Warren, Seasonal Variations in CO2 Efflux, Vadose Zone Gas Concentrations, and Natural Attenuation Rates at a Crude Oil Spill Site presented at the American Geophysical Union Meeting in San Francisco, California, December 15-19, 2014.

  • Mason, B., Trost, J., Groundwater/Surface-water interactions downgradient from a decades old crude oil spill presented at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 14-15, 2014.

  • Trost, J., N. Sihota, K.U. Mayer, A. Berg, B. Mason, Understanding the Seasonal Variability in Unsaturated Zone Gas Composition and Fluxes above a Subsurface Crude Oil Spill presented at the Geological Society of America Meeting in Denver, Colorado October 27-30, 2013.

  • Trost, J., N. Sihota, K.U. Mayer, A. Berg, B. Mason, Understanding the Seasonal Variability in Unsaturated Zone Gas Composition and Fluxes above a Subsurface Crude Oil Spill, presented at the Midwest Groundwater Conference, September 23-25, 2013, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

  • Trost, J., Boland, K,. Bekins, B., Cozzarelli, I., Baedecker, MJ., Eganhouse, R., Jaeschke, J., and Erickson, M.  2012. Understanding Long-Term Natural Attenuation of Crude Oil in the Subsurface.  Poster presentation at the Midwest Groundwater Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 1-2, 2012.

  • Trost, J., 2012. Energy and Water Quality Benefits of Managing Marginally Productive Land for Prairie Biomass Production. Abstract and presentation at the USGS National Groundwater Conference, August 6-10, 2012, Golden, CO.

  • Trost, J., Energy and water quality benefits of managing marginally productive land for prairie biomass production.  Abstract and presentation at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference, October 18–19, 2011, St. Paul, MN

  • Trost, J., Boland, K., Bekins, B., Cozzarelli, I., Baedecker, M.J., Eganhouse, R, Understanding the long-term dynamics of natural attenuation of crude oil in the subsurface.  Abstract and poster presentation at the Geological Society of America conference, October 9–12, 2011, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Trost J., Comparison of the soil-water balance and groundwater recharge among annually-harvested perennial and annual biofuel crops, poster presentation at the Minnesota Groundwater Association Conference, November 9, 2010.

  • Trost J., Can perennial biofuel crops be used to remove pharmaceuticals (and nutrients) from the environment? Abstract and presentation at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference, October 26-27, 2009.

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