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Earth Sciences

Laura S. Ruhl

Laura S. Ruhl
Laura S. Ruhl

Professional Information

Title: Assistant Professor

Educational Background:

  • PhD, 2012, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
  • MS, 2008, Geological Sciences, University of Florida
  • BS, 2006, Geological Sciences, University of Florida

Contact Information

  • Office Location: FH 309
  • Office Phone: 501-683-4197
  • E-Mail:

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests include environmental geochemistry, isotopic geochemistry, medical geology (environment and health), and chemical mineralogy. My lab focuses on environmental geochemistry with special emphasis on water related issues. Some of the research projects include water chemistry associated with energy resources, development and application of environmental isotopic tracers, health issues related to water chemistry, and medical geology issues related to human stone growth. I currently have several undergraduates undertaking research projects, and I am currently seeking a master’s student for research and graduate work.

I teach a variety of classes in my research specialties. I teach hydrogeology, geochemistry, and environmental geology to undergraduate and graduate students. I would like to develop and teach courses in environmental aquatic chemistry, medical geology, and international water issues in the next few years. I enjoy incorporating field trips, field exercises, and hands-on activities in the courses I teach. A few of the field trips I’ve taken with my students include Hot Springs National Park (for hydrogeology), a hydraulic fracturing drilling site in AR (for environmental geology), and the TVA coal ash spill site in Kingston, TN (for the GSA 2012 course). I also incorporate a lot of local resources into my classes, like the water wells and Coleman Creek on the UALR campus.

Updated 9.19.2013