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Richard Wanty

Richard Wanty is a Scientist Emeritus with the Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center.

Research interests center around environmental geochemistry, and coupling of geologic, hydrologic, and geochemical processes. Current research topics include: landscape geochemistry and the relation between soil and ground-water geochemistry; geochemistry of mined or unmined mineral deposits and natural background geochemistry; geochemistry of non-traditional stable isotopes, especially those of iron, copper, and zinc. Past projects have examined the usefulness of data mined from large online databases to evaluating regional geochemical baselines; brines produced with hydrocarbon resources; geochemistry of natural radionuclides in ground-water supplies; ground-water geochemistry in agricultural areas; and geochemistry of sandstone-hosted vanadium-uranium deposits.

 

Professional Experience

  • 1981 to 2021 - Research Chemist, U.S. Geological Survey

  • 6/80 to 10/81 Assistant Geochemist, Gulf Research and Development Company

  • 6/79 to 6/81 Research Assistant, Colorado School of Mines (Master's Thesis Research)

  • 6/77 to 6/79 Laboratory Assistant, SUNY at Binghamton

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Geochemistry, 1986, Colorado School of Mines. Thesis topic: Field, experimental, and numerical modeling studies of the genesis of vanadium-uranium deposits in Utah, USA

  • M.S., Geochemistry, 1981, Colorado School of Mines. Thesis topic: Trace- and radioelement geochemistry in sandstone aquifers hosting uranium deposits

  • B.A., Geochemistry, 1979, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. Degree awarded with Distinguished Independent Work in the Geological Sciences

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • International Association of Geochemistry - Member and Associate Editor of Applied Geochemistry
    Vice President 2010-2012
    President 2012-2014
    Past-President 2014-2016
    Council Member 2016-2019

  • The Geochemical Society - Lifetime member

  • Editorial Board of Chemical Geology - 2014-present

Abstracts and Presentations

  • Wanty, R.B., Verplanck, P.L., Fey, D.L., Church, S.E., San Juan, C.A., and Swigert, V.A., 2007. Geochemistry of surface water in alpine catchments in central Colorado, USA: An example of sampling scale versus detail.  In, Bullen, T.D., and Wang, Y. (eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 453-456.

  • Wang, B., Gough, L., Wanty, R.B., Crock, J., Day, W., and Vohden, J., 2007. Landscape geochemistry near mineralized areas of eastern Alaska with a focus on As and Sb. In, Bullen, T.D., and Wang, Y. (eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 1513-1516.

  • Wanty, R.B., Verplanck, P.L., Kimball, B.A., Tuttle, M.L., Runkel, R.L., and Berger, B.R., 2004, Resolving natural and anthropogenic sources of solutes to a watershed from historic mining, in, Wanty, R.B., and Seal, R.R. II, eds., Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction: Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 1659-1663.

  • Verplanck, P.L., Wanty, R.B., Berger, B.R., Tuttle, M.L., Kimball, B.A., and Farmer, G.L., 2004, Hydrogeochemistry of an acidic, alpine watershed, Redwell basin, Colorado, in, Wanty, R.B., and Seal, R.R. II, eds., Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction: Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 1649-1653.

  • Lorrai, M., Fanfani, L., Lattanzi, P., and Wanty, R.B., 2004, Processes controlling groundwater chemistry of a coastal area in SE Sardinia (Italy), in, Wanty, R.B., and Seal, R.R. II, eds., Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction: Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 439-442.

  • Chapin, T., and Wanty, R.B., 2004, Diel cycling of Zn, Mn, and Cu in a stream impacted by acid rock drainage, in, Wanty, R.B., and Seal, R.R. II, eds., Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction: Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 1463-1467.

  • Wanty, R.B., Berger, B.R., Kimball, B.A., Verplanck, P.L., and Tuttle, M.L., 2003, Delineation of environmental tracts in mineralized areas using geologic criteria: Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Regional Geoscientific Cartography, Bologna, Italy.

  • Wanty, R.B., Tuttle, M.L., Berger, B.R., Bove, D., and Eppinger, R.G., 2003, Environmental behavior of several porphyry molybdenum and copper deposits in the western US: Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Regional Geoscientific Cartography.

  • Chapin, T., Wanty, R.B., 2003, Development of a real-time in situ zinc analyzer and water sampler—Results from high resolution monitoring of a stream impacted by acid rock drainage. Sixth International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage, July 2003, Cairns, Australia, conference proceedings, pp 987-999.

  • Limpitlaw, D., and Wanty, R.B., 2002, Report of the working group on geoenvironmental models, in Fabbri, A., Gaal, G., and McCammon, R., eds., Proceedings of a NATO Workshop on Resource Exploitation and Environmental Security: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

  • Wanty, R.B., Berger, B.R., Plumlee, G.S., King, T.V.V., 2002, Geoenvironmental models: An Introduction, in Fabbri, A., Gaal, G., and McCammon, R., eds., Proceedings of a NATO Workshop on Resource Exploitation and Environmental Security: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands. pp. 3-42.

  • Wanty, R.B., Berger, B.R., and Tuttle M.L., 2001, Scale versus detail in water-rock investigations 1: A process-oriented framework for studies of natural systems, in Cidu, R., ed., Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, Swets and Zeitlinger (Balkema), Lisse, pp. 221-224.

  • Berger, B.R., Wanty, R.B., and Tuttle M.L., 2001, Scale versus detail in water-rock investigations 2: Field-scale models of fracture networks in mineral deposits, in Cidu, R., ed., Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, Swets and Zeitlinger (Balkema), Lisse, pp. 137-140.

  • Witte, K., Ridley, W.I., Wanty, R.B., and Harrison, W.R., 2000, Preliminary assessment of the use of Engelman Spruce (Picea Engelmanii) to monitor historical trends in trace metal movement in a mining-impacted alpine wetland, Waldorf, CO: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual National Association of Abandoned Mine Lands programs Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, September, 2000, 9 pp.

  • Malem, F., Wanty, R.B., Viellenave, J.H., and Fontana, J.V., 2000, Probe sampling and geophysics applied to ground water evaluation of mine dumps: Tailings and Mine Waste ’00, Balkema, Rotterdam, pp. 223-230.

  • Wanty, R.B., Miller, W.R., Zielinski, R.A., Plumlee, G.S., Bove, D.J., Lichte, F.E., Meier, A.L., Smith, K.S., 1998, Uranium mobility in surface waters draining mineralized areas in the western US, in Arehart, G.B. and Hulston, J.R., eds., Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction: Rotterdam, A.A. Balkema, pp. 1013-1016.

  • Frishman, D., Day, W.C., Folger, P.F., Wanty, R.B., Briggs, P.H., and Poeter, E., 1993, Bedrock geologic controls on radon abundance in domestic well water, Conifer, Colorado, in The 1993 International Radon Conference, Denver, Colorado, Proceedings: Denver, Colo., 1993, The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, pp. IV20-IV30.

  • Wanty, R.B., Folger, P.F., Frishman, D., Briggs, P.H., Day, W.C., and Poeter, E., 1992, Weathering of Pikes Peak Granite: Field, experimental, and modeling observations, in Kharaka, Y.K., and Maest, A.S., Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction:  A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, pp. 599-602.

  • Wanty, R.B., Folger, P.F., and Briggs, P.H., 1992, Ground-Water Chemistry of the Coal-Bearing Upper Cretaceous Mesaverde Formation, Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, in Keefer, W.R., Metzger, W.J., and Godwin, L.H., eds., Wyoming Geological Association Special Symposium on Oil and Gas Resources of the Wind River Basin, Wyoming: Casper, Wyoming, pp. 271-279.

  • Wanty, R.B., Rice, C.A., Langmuir, D., Briggs, P.H., and Lawrence, E.P., 1991, Prediction of uranium adsorption by crystalline rocks:  the key role of reactive surface area: Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings Series, v. 212, pp. 695-702.

  • Wanty, R.B., and Gundersen, L.C.S., 1988, Ground water geochemistry and radon 222 distribution in two sites on the Reading Prong, Eastern Pennsylvania, in Marikos, M.A., and Hansman, R.H., eds., Geological Causes of Natural Radionuclide Anomalies: Missouri Department of Natural Resources Special Publication No. 4, pp. 147-156.

  • Wanty, R.B., and Gundersen, L.C.S., 1987, Radionuclide concentrations in ground water from two areas in the Reading Prong, Eastern Pennsylvania, in GEORAD Conference on Geological Causes of Radionuclide Anomalies: Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  St. Louis, MO, April, 1987.

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