Daniel Alessi

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

Contact

Professor & Encana Chair in Water Resources, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
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

Associate Chair, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Email
alessi@ualberta.ca

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 use in soil and water treatment, (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 contaminants in geologic media.

Education

  • Postdoc, Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • 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 and aqueous geochemistry
  • Water resources
  • Environmental geomicrobiology

Courses

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]


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]


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]


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]


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