Phillip Goodling

My research interests include assessing the quality and quantity of groundwater through sampling and computer modeling. I have a particular focus on using time series analysis and geophysical measurements to advance our understanding of physical hydrology.



  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    M.S. in Geology (December 2018).
    Thesis: Seismic Observations of Fluvial Energy Dissipation
  • The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
    B.S. in Geology (May 2014).
    Thesis: Tidal River-Aquifer Salinity Communication and its Implications for Drinking Water Quality in Jamestown, Virginia


Professional Experience

  • 2016- 2018: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 2014- 2016: Geologist, AECOM, Germantown, MD
  • 2015 (Jun-Aug): Geological Society of America GeoCorps America™ Intern, Willamette National Forest, OR. 


Fleming, B.J., Raffensperger, J.P., Goodling, P.J., and Masterson, J., 2021, Simulated effects of sea-level rise on the shallow, fresh groundwater system of Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5104, 62 p.,

Pajerowski, M., Goodling, P., and Metes, M., 2021, Assessment of contaminant trends in plumes and wells and monitoring network optimization at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Sauk County, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5106, 80 p.,

Kaushal, S.S., Wood, K.L., Galella, J.G., Gion, A.M., Haq, S., Goodling, P.J., Haviland, K.A., Reimer, J.E., Morel, C.J., Wessel, B., Nguyen, W., Hollingsworth, J.W., Mei, K., Leal, J., and others, 2020, Making ‘chemical cocktails’ – Evolution of urban geochemical processes across the periodic table of elements: Applied Geochemistry, v. 119, p. 104632. link:

Goodling, P.J., Lekic, V., and Prestegaard, K., 2018, Seismic signature of turbulence during the 2017 Oroville Dam spillway erosion crisis: Earth Surface Dynamics, v. 6, no. 2, p. 351–367. link:

Kaushal, S.S., Gold, A.J., Bernal, S., Johnson, T.A.N., Addy, K., Burgin, A., Burns, D.A., Coble, A.A., Hood, E., Lu, Y., Mayer, P., Minor, E.C., Schroth, A.W., Vidon, P., Wilson, H.F., Xenopolous, M.A., Doody, T., Galella, J. G., Goodling, P., Haviland, K., Haq, S., Wessel, B., Wood, K. L., Jaworski, N., and Belt, K. T., 2018, Watershed ‘chemical cocktails’: forming novel elemental combinations in Anthropocene fresh waters: Biogeochemistry, v. 141, no. 3, p. 281–305. link:

Kim, W., Gold, M., Ramsay, J., Meltzer, A., Wunsch, D., Baxter, S., Lekic, V., Goodling, P., Pearson, K., Wagner, L., Roman, D., and Pratt, T.L., 2018, The Mw 4.2 Delaware Earthquake of 30 November 2017: Seismological Research Letters, v. 89, no. 6, p. 2447–2460. link:


Goodling, P., Fleming, B. J., Raffensperger, J. P., 2019, "Simulated Effects of Sea-Level Rise on the Shallow, Fresh Groundwater System of Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia" (oral presentation). 28th Annual Maryland Groundwater Symposium. Baltimore, M.D.

Goodling, P., 2019, "Feel the River Rumble: An Introduction to Fluvial Seismology, with a case study from the 2017 Oroville Dam Crisis" (invited talk). Potomac Geophysical Society. McLean, V.A. Abstract Link

Goodling, P., Prestegaard., K., Lekic, V., 2018, “Characterizing Along-Stream Variability in Energy Dissipation Using Seismic Observations” (oral presentation).  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Washington, D.C.

Prestegaard, K., and Goodling, P., 2018, “Tributary Junction Dynamics in an Urban Watershed and Consequences for Bedload Transport” (poster).  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Washington, D.C.

Goodling, P., 2018, "Feel the river rumble: An introduction to fluvial seismology and its application to the 2017 Oroville Dam spillway erosion crisis" (Seminar). Maryland-Delaware-DC Water Science Center. Catonsville, Maryland.

Goodling, P., Lekic, V., and Prestegaard, K., 2017, “Seismic Analysis of the 2017 Oroville Dam Spillway Erosion Crisis” (poster).  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Goodling, P., Lekic, V., and Prestegaard, K., 2017, “Interpreting Microseismic Energy Produced by the 2017 Oroville Dam Crisis” (poster).  European Geoscience Union Galileo Conference “From Process to Signal- Advancing Environmental Seismology.” Ohlstadt, Germany.

Goodling, P., 2015, “Hydrology and Change in Gold Lake Bog, Willamette National Forest, Oregon” (poster). Geological Society of America 125th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Baltimore, MD.

Goodling, P. J., Barnett, E. L., Hancock, G. S., Whittenburg, J. P., Richter, J., and Kaste, J. M., 2013, “Full of Slime and Filth: Assessing Drinking Water Quality During the Early Jamestown Colony, Virginia” (poster): Geological Society of America 125th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, CO.


Goodling, P.J., Briggs, M., White, E., Johnson, Z., Haynes, A., Nelms, D., and Lane, J., 2020, Passive seismic data collected along headwater stream corridors in Shenandoah National Park in 2016 - 2020: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Goodling, P. J., 2019, Seismic Observations of Glacier Creek to Infer Timing and Magnitude of Bedload Transport. International Federation of Digital Seismograph Networks. Dataset/Seismic Network. 10.7914/SN/X6_2019