Lyndsay B Ball

My research explores hydrogeologic systems and subsurface processes using integrated hydrological and geophysical approaches, with a focus on electrical and airborne geophysical methods 

Biography

Education:

2012 - Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

2003 - B.S. in Environmental Soil Science (minors: Geology, Chemistry), Virginia Tech

 

Current Projects:

Characterizing saline groundwater resources:

California, Oil, Gas, and Groundwater Project, San Joaquin Valley, CA

East Poplar Oil Field project, northeastern MT

USGS Produced Waters project, Williston Basin

 

Hydrogeologic controls in mountain and intermountain basins:

Ft. Irwin National Training Center, northern Mojave Desert, CA

Groundwater metal transport in mineralized mountain watersheds, Elk Mountains, CO

USGS Geothermal project, Seward Penninsula, AK

 

Publications:

Gulbrandsen, M.L., Ball, L.B., Minsley, B.J., and Hansen, T.M. (2017). Automatic mapping of the base of aquifer — A case study from Morrill, Nebraska. Interpretation 5(2), T231-T241. https://doi.org/10.1190/INT-2016-0195.1

Ball, L. B., Smith, B.D., and Thamke, J.N. (2016) Airborne Electromagnetic and Magnetic Survey Data, East Poplar Oil Field and Surrounding Area, October 2014, Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana. U.S. Geological Survey Data Release. https://doi.org/10.5066/F7QC01MD.

Gulbrandsen, M. L.,  Minsley, B.J., Ball, L.B., and Hansen, T.M. (2016) Semiautomatic Mapping of Permafrost in the Yukon Flats, Alaska. Geophysical Research Letters 43, no. 23, 2016GL071334. doi:10.1002/2016GL071334.

Manning, A. H., Mills, C. T., Morrison, J. M., & Ball, L. B. (2015). Insights into controls on hexavalent chromium in groundwater provided by environmental tracers, Sacramento Valley, California, USA. Applied Geochemistry, 62, 186–199. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.05.010

Ball, L. B., Bloss, B. R., Bedrosian, P. A., Grauch, V. J. S., & Smith, B. D. (2015). Airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey data of the Paradox and San Luis Valleys, Colorado. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1024, 19 p.

Smith, B. D., Minsley, B. J., Bedrosian, P. A., Deszcz-Pan, M., Kass, M. A., & Ball, L. B. (2014). Airborne electromagnetic surveys for U.S. Geological Survey programs. Fast Times, 19(1), 11.

Bedrosian, P. A., Ball, L. B., & Bloss, B. R. (2014). Airborne electromagnetic data and processing within Leach Lake Basin-Fort Irwin, California. In D.C. Buesch (ed.) Geology and geophysics applied to groundwater hydrology at Fort Irwin, California. U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2013-1024, 20 p.

Burton, B. L., Powers, M. H., & Ball, L. B. (2014). Characterization of subsurface stratigraphy along the lower American River floodplain using electrical resistivity and electromagnetics, Sacramento, California, 2011. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1242.

Ball, L. B., Caine, J. S., & Ge, S. (2014). Controls on groundwater flow in a semi-arid folded and faulted intermountain basin. Water Resources Research, 50(8), 6788–6809. http://doi.org/10.1002/2013WR014451

Ball, L. B., Burton, B. L., Powers, M. H., & Asch, T. H. (2014). Digital geospatial presentation of geoelectrical and geotechnical data for the Lower American River and surrounding floodplain, east Sacramento, California. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 902, 12 p.

Ball, L. B., & Teeple, A. P. (2013). Characterization of major lithologic units underlying the lower American River using water-borne continuous resistivity profiling, Sacramento, CA, June 2008. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1050.

Ball, L. B., Caine, J. S., Grauch, V. J. S., & Ruleman, C. A. (2013). Evolution of fault zone geology in an active continental rift: Scientific drilling opportunities along the Sangre de Cristo fault system, northern Rio Grande Rift, Colorado. In J. W. Shervais, J. P. Evans, A. Clarke, J. C. Eichelberger, J. Kirkpatrick, & V. Toy (Eds.) Drilling active tectonics and magmatism: Volcanics, Geoprisms, and fault zones post-SAFOD. Utah State University Geology Faculty Publications

Minsley, B. J., Abraham, J. D., Smith, B. D., Cannia, J. C., Voss, C. I., Jorgenson, M. T., Walvoord, M.A., Wiley, B.K., Anderson, L., Ball, L.B., Deszcz-Pan, M., & Ager, T. A. (2012). Airborne electromagnetic imaging of discontinuous permafrost. Geophysical Research Letters, 39. http://doi.org/10.1029/2011gl050079

Ball, L. B. (2012). Groundwater flow in an intermountain basin: hydrological, geophysical, and geological exploration of South Park, Colorado (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 270 p.

Abraham, J. D., Bedrosian, P. A., Asch, T. H., Ball, L. B., Cannia, J. C., Phillips, J. D., & Lackey, S. (2012). Evaluation of geophysical techniques for the detection of paleochannels in the Oakland area of eastern Nebraska as part of the Eastern Nebraska Water Resource Assessment. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5228. 40 p.

Abraham, J. D., Cannia, J. C., Bedrosian, P. A., Johnson, M. R., Ball, L. B., & Sibray, S. S. (2012). Airborne electromagnetic mapping of the base of aquifer in areas of western Nebraska. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5219. 38 p.

Smith, B. D., Abraham, J. D., Cannia, J. C., Minsley, B. J., Ball, L. B., Steele, G. V., & Deszcz-Pan, M. (2011). Helicopter electromagnetic and magnetic geophysical survey data, Swedeburg and Sprague study areas, eastern Nebraska, May 2009. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1288. 37 p.

Burton, B. L., & Ball, L. B. (2011). Geophysical investigation of Red Devil Mine using direct-current resistivity and electromagnetic induction, Red Devil, Alaska, August 2010, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1035. 63 p.

Ball, L. B., Smith, B. D., Minsley, B. J., Abraham, J. D., Voss, C. I., Astley, B. N., … Cannia, J. C. (2011). Airborne electromagnetic and magnetic geophysical survey data of the Yukon Flats and Fort Wainwright areas, central Alaska, June 2010. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1304. 28 p.

Smith, B. D., Abraham, J. D., Cannia, J. C., Minsley, B. J., Deszcz-Pan, M., & Ball, L. B. (2010). Helicopter electromagnetic and magnetic geophysical survey data, portions of the North Platte and South Platte Natural Resources Districts, western Nebraska, May 2009. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1259. 33 p.

Ball, L. B., Ge, S., Caine, J. S., Revil, A., & Jardani, A. (2010). Constraining fault-zone hydrogeology through integrated hydrological and geoelectrical analysis. Hydrogeology Journal, 18(5), 1057–1067. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-010-0587-z

Teeple, A. P., Kress, W. H., Cannia, J. C., & Ball, L. B. (2009). Geophysical characterization of the Quaternary-Cretaceous contact using surface resistivity methods in Franklin and Webster counties, south-central Nebraska. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5092. 35 p.

Minsley, B. J., Ball, L. B., Burton, B. L., Caine, J. S., Curry-Elrod, E., & Manning, A. H. (2009). Geophysical characterization of subsurface properties relevant to the hydrology of the Standard Mine in Elk Creek Basin, Colorado. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1284. 46 p.

Burton, B. L., Ball, L. B., Stanton, G. P., & Hobza, C. M. (2009). Integrated geophysical investigation of preferential flow paths at the former Tyson Valley Powder Farm near Eureka, Missouri, May 2006. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5212. 44 p.

Ge, S., Wu, Q. B., Lu, N., Jiang, G. L., & Ball, L. B. (2008). Groundwater in the Tibet Plateau, western China. Geophysical Research Letters, 35(18). http://doi.org/10.1029/2008GL034809.

Asch, T. H., Deszcz-Pan, M., Burton, B. L., & Ball, L. B. (2008). Geophysical characterization of the American River levees, Sacramento, California, using electromagnetic, capacitively coupled, and direct-current resistivity. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1109, 23 p, 3 appendices, 11 plates.

Kress, W. H., Ball, L. B., Teeple, A. P., & Turco, M. J. (2006). Two-dimensional direct-current resistivity survey to supplement borehole data in ground-water models of the former Blaine Naval Ammunition Depot, Hastings, Nebraska, September 2003. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 172.  37 p.

Ball, L. B., Lucius, J. L., Land, L. A., & Teeple, A. P. (2006). Characterization of near-surface geology and possible voids using resistivity and electromagnetic methods at the Gran Quivira Unit of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Central New Mexico, June 2005. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5176. 101 p.

Ball, L. B., Kress, W. H., Steele, G. V., Cannia, J. C., & Andersen, M. J. (2006). Determination of Canal Leakage Potential Using Continuous Resistivity Profiling Techniques, Interstate and Tri-State Canals, Western Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming, 2004. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5032. 53 p.

Ball, L. B., Kress, W. H., Anderson, E. D., Teeple, A. P., Ferguson, J. W., & Colbert, C. R. (2004). Surface geophysical investigation of the areal and vertical extent of metallic waste at the former Tyson Valley Powder Farm near Eureka, Missouri, Spring 2004. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5208. 66 p.