Daniel Alessi

Associate Professor & Encana Chair, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin

Contact

Associate Professor & Encana Chair, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Email
alessi@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-8019
Address
3-021 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

My research group studies the surface chemistry of materials, the biogeochemistry of metals cycling in water, soils and sediments, and the water cycle in unconventional energy recovery. With collaborators on campus and internationally, we are currently focused on: (1) the chemical behavior of pyrolytic carbon (biochar) in the environment and its for soil and water treatment applications, (2) evaluating the chemistry of hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced waters, links to toxicity, and impacts to soil and water microbiology following spills, (3) the extraction of lithium from oilfield brines, and (4) modelling the transport and fate of fracturing chemicals in geologic media.

Education

Ph.D., Geochemistry, University of Notre Dame, 2009

M.Sc., Hydrogeology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006

B.Sc., Geology, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2000


Research

Current research areas include:

- Low-temperature geochemistry

- Water resources

- Environmental geomicrobiology

Courses

EAS 100 - Planet Earth

Introduction to the origin and evolution of the Earth and the solar system. Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Simple energy balances and interactions between radiation and the atmosphere, land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle. Evolution of life, biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon cycle. Human interaction with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. Not available to students with credit in EAS 101, 102 or 201 or SCI 100 (Note: Students with credit in EAS 201 may take EAS 200.). [Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2020
EAS 201 - Earth Science I

A non-laboratory introduction to the origin and evolution of the Earth and the solar system. Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Simple energy balances and interactions between radiation and the atmosphere, land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle. Evolution of life, biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon cycle. Human interactions with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. Not available to students with credit in EAS 100, 101, 102, 210 or SCI 100. (Note: EAS 201 and EAS 200 are considered to be equivalent to EAS 100 for prerequisite purposes). [Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2020
EAS 425 - Contaminant Hydrogeology

An introduction to the principles of groundwater chemistry, the chemical evolution of natural groundwater flow systems, sources of contamination, and mass transport processes. Hydrogeologic aspects of waste disposal and groundwater remediation. Prerequisite: EAS 323. [Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2020
EAS 468 - Geochemical Processes

Application of geochemistry to Earth materials and geological settings. Topics vary: see www.eas.ualberta.ca/eas468 for details. May be taken more than once for credit provided no topic is repeated. Topics include: (1) Geochemistry of Ore Deposits; (2) Environmental Geochemistry (Not available to students with credit in EAS 420). Prerequisite: EAS 320 or consent of instructor. [Faculty of Science]

Winter Term 2021
EAS 568 - Advanced Geochemical Processes

Application of geochemistry to Earth materials and geological settings. Topics vary: see www.eas.ualberta.ca/eas568 for details. May be taken more than once for credit provided no topic in EAS 468 or 568 is repeated. Topics include: (1) Geochemistry of Ore Deposits (Not available to students with credit in EAS 434); (2) Environmental Geochemistry. Classes concurrent with EAS 468. [Faculty of Science]

Winter Term 2021
EAS 583 - Advanced Contaminant Hydrogeology

An introduction to principles of groundwater chemistry, the chemical evolution of natural groundwater flow systems, sources of contamination, and mass transport processes. Hydrogeologic aspects of waste disposal and groundwater remediation. Research project. Classes concurrent with EAS 425. Not available to students with credit in EAS 425. [Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2020

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