Jean E Moran

Associate Professor

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

E-mail:
jean.moran@csueastbay.edu
Phone:
(510) 885-2491
Office:
NSc 216
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I joined the faculty in Earth and Environmental Science at CSU East Bay in September, 2008 after eleven years as a research scienctist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

I am actively engaged in research in isotope hydrology and contaminant hydrogeology, and maintain a strong connection with the research group in Isotopic Tracers and Transport at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  

My teaching philosophy centers around experiential learning and providing students with a classroom atmosphere in which they feel free to explore the subject matter in a way that builds on their own life experience. 

Professional Focus

Research Interests:   groundwater dating and groundwater contamination vulnerability, analytical methods for environmental geochemistry, chemical evolution of fluids in the earth's crust, isotopic tracers in hydrogeology and environmental geology, artificial recharge, public health and drinking water quality, sources and transport of iodine and 129Iodine in the environment, sources and transport of nitrate in groundwater

Education

  • PhD University of Rochester (Geochemistry)
  • M.S. University of Washington (Geophysics)
  • B.S. University of Rochester (Geology)
  • B.A. University of Rochester (Physics)

Courses

Fall Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
GEOL 120102Introduction to OceanographyMW12:00PM1:50PMSC-N215Hayward Campus View Books
GEOL 230001Natural DisastersMW8:40AM10:30AMSC-S213Hayward Campus View Books

Publications

Recent Publications:

Visser A., Singleton M., Hillegonds D., Velsko C., Moran J. E., and Esser B. K. (2013) A membrane inlet mass spectrometry system for noble gases at natural abundances in gas and water samples, pp. 40. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, Volume 27, Issue 21, 2472–2482 doi: 10.1002/rcm.6704

Hu, Q., Moran, J.E., Gan, J. (2012) Sorption, Degradation, and Transport of Methyl Iodide and Other Iodine Species in Geological Media. Applied Geochemistry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.12.022

Moran, J.E., Esser, B.K., Hillegonds, D. ±Holtz, M., Roberts, S.K., Singleton, M.J., ±Visser, A. (2011) Nitrate fate and transport in the Salinas Valley. LLNL-TR-484186, 38pp.

O’Leary, D.R., Izbicki, J.A., Moran, J.E., Meeth, T., Nakagawa, B., Metzger, L.,Bonds, C., Singleton, M.J. (2011) Movement of Water Infiltrated from a RechargeBasin to Wells. Ground Water  doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00838.x.

Singleton, M.J. and Moran, J.E. (2010) Dissolved noble gas and isotopic tracers reveal vulnerability of groundwater in a small, high elevation catchment to predicted climate changes. Water Resources Research doi: 10.1029/2009WR008718.

Hu, Q., Moran, J.E., Gan, J. (in press) Sorption, Degradation, and Transport of Methyl Iodide and Other Iodine Species in Geological Media. Applied Geochemistry.

Cey, B., Hudson, G.B., Moran, J.E., and Scanlon, B.R. (2009) Critical Evaluation of Noble Gas Recharge Temperatures in a Shallow Unconfined Aquifer.  Ground Water 47, 646-659.

O’Leary, D.R., Izbicki, J.A., Moran, J.E., Meeth, T., Nakagawa, B., Metzger, L.,Bonds, C., Singleton, M.J. (2011) Movement of Water Infiltrated from a Recharge Basin to Wells. Ground Water  doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00838.x.

Iodine: Radionuclides, by Hu, Q.H., and J.E. Moran. in: Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. Edited by R.H. Crabtree, 165-178. John Wiley: Chichester, 2010.

McNab, W.W., Singleton, M.J., Moran, J.E., Esser, B.K. (2009) Ion exchange and trace element surface complexation reactions associated with applied recharge of low-TDS water in the San Joaquin Valley, California.  Applied Geochemistry, 24, 129-137.

Geochemical Cycling of Iodine Species in Soils, by Hu, Q., Moran, J.E., and Blackwood, V. in: Comprehensive Handbook of Iodine. Edited by Preedy, V., Burrow, G.,and Watson, R. Academic Press 2009, 1328 pp.

Cey, B., Hudson, G.B., Moran, J.E., and Scanlon, B.R. (2008) Impact of Artificial Recharge on Dissolved Noble Gases in Groundwater in California, USA. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42, 1017-1023.

Singleton M. J., Esser B. K., Moran J. E., Hudson G. B., McNab W. W., and Harter T. (2007) Saturated Zone Denitrification: Potential for Natural Attenuation of Nitrate Contamination in Shallow Groundwater Under Dairy Operations. Environ. Sci. Technol. 41(3), 759-765.

Applied Geochemistry, Volume 22, Issue 3,  Pages 491-714 (2007)  Halogens and Their Isotopes in Marine and Terrestrial Systems  Edited by J.E. Moran and G.T. Snyder

Winner of the Hitcheon Award for the most significant Applied Geochemistry publication of 2006 Moore K., Ekwurzel B. E., Esser B. K., Hudson G. B., and Moran J. E. (2006) Sources of groundwater nitrate revealed using residence time and isotope methods. Applied Geochemistry 21(6), 1016-1029.

Presentations

Moran, J.E., Singleton, M.J., ±Shaw, G., Conklin, M. (2010), A Comparison of the Vulnerability of Groundwater to Climate Change in Two High Elevation Catchments of the Sierra Nevada.  Abstract H21B-1046 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec

±Lucas,R., Conklin, M.H., Tyler, S., Suarez, F.I., Esser, B.K., Moran, J.E. (2010), Polymictic pool behavior in Sierra Nevada Streams.  Abstract H21B-1046 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec

Van der Hoven, S.J., Moran, J.E. (2010) Observations of Apparent Crustal 3He/4He Ratios in Shallow Aquifers from Around the World. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, Oct 31-Nov 3.

Carle, S.F., Esser, B.K., Moran, J.E. Modeling Gas-Liquid Phase 3H-3He Transport for Interpretation of Groundwater Age.  Eos, Vol. 90, Number 52, 29 December 2009, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H23A-0920

Esser B. K.; M. J. Singleton; J. E. Moran; S. K. Roberts; ±C. G. Barton; N. Watanabe; T. Harter  Nitrate distribution and isotopic composition in vadose-zone sediments underlying large dairy operations.  Eos, Vol. 90, Number 52, 29 December 2009, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H34C-05

Singleton M. J.; J. E. Moran; B. Esser; C. E. Hatch; S. W. Tyler; ±C. Cox. Mixed Groundwater Ages in a Small Alpine Catchment.  Eos, Vol. 90, Number 52, 29 December 2009, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H21G-08

Moran J. E.; B. Esser; M. J. Singleton; D. J. Hillegonds The Use of Environmental Isotopes to Examine Human-induced Changes in the Hydrologic Record in California.  Eos, Vol. 90, Number 52, 29 December 2009, Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H52A-03

Carle, S.F., Esser, B.K., Moran, J.E. Improved Interpretation of H3-He3 Groundwater Age Data

Through Modeling of Gas-Liquid Phase Flow and Transport Processes. Groundwater Resources Association of California, Groundwater Monitoring Conference, February 25-26, 2009, Orange, CA

Van der Hoven, S.J., Moran, J. E., Sheldon, A,L. Field and Laboratory Investigations of Rapid Accumulation of 4He in Groundwater: Applications for Dating Young Groundwater. 2008 Fall Meeting for American Geophysical Union, December 15-19, 2008, San Francisco, CA. AGU Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H V53B-2160.

Singleton, M.J., Moran, J.E., Esser, B.K. Isotopic Constraints on Recharge, Residence Time, and Susceptibility to Climate Change of Groundwater in a Small Alpine Watershed.  2008 Fall Meeting for American Geophysical Union, December 15-19, 2008, San Francisco, CA. AGU Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract GC43C-0753.

Esser, B.K., Singleton, M.J., Leif, R., Hillegonds, D., Moran, J.E.  Use of tritium-helium groundwater age and anthropogenic VOCs to assess deep groundwater susceptibility in California urban and agricultural basins 2008 Fall Meeting for American Geophysical Union, December 15-19, 2008, San Francisco, CA. AGU Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H51H-0979 INVITED

Moran, J.E., Tompson, A.F., Demir, Z.  An Isotopic Investigation of Groundwater Recharge in the East Mesa Area of the Salton Sea Basin. 2008 Fall Meeting for American Geophysical Union, December 15-19, 2008, San Francisco, CA. AGU Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract  H13G-1012

Hillegonds, D. Parker, D., Singleton, M.J., Esser, B.K., Moran, J.E., Buchholz, B., ±Rood, D., Finkel, R. Perchlorate isotope forensics with naturally produced 36Cl. 2008 Fall Meeting for American Geophysical Union, December 15-19, 2008, San Francisco, CA. AGU Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H53F-01

Carle, S.F., Moran, J.E., Esser, B.K. Deep groundwater signatures in a shallow aquifer system, Sonoma Valley, California.  2008 Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 5 – 9, 2008, Houston, TX.

Hu. Q., and Moran, J.E. Distribution and transport of iodine species in the environment. 2008 Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 5 – 9, 2008, Houston, TX.

Singleton, M.J., Moran, J.E., Esser, B.K., Williams, D. Groundwater residence time in an alpine basin likely to be impacted by climate change.  Groundwater Resources Association of California Symposium on Groundwater and Climate Change, August 13, 2008, Sacramento, CA.

±M.J. Singleton, J.E. Moran, B.K. Esser, R.N. Leif, W.W. McNab Isotopic tracers of human wastewater in groundwater systems, Applications of Isotope Tools to Groundwater Studies Symposium, Groundwater Resources Association of California, March 29, 2007, Concord, CA.

Moran, J.E. Michael J. Singleton, Steven F. Carle, and Bradley K. Esser  Intrinsic and Extrinsic Chemical and Isotopic Tracers for Characterization of Groundwater Systems. Three-Dimensional Geologic Mapping for Groundwater Applications, GSA Workshop, October 27, 2007, Denver, CO.

Moran, Jean, Mcnab, Walt W., Singleton, Michael J., Leif, Roald , and Esser, Bradley, Tracing Transport and Water Quality Changes at a Groundwater Banking Facility in California's Central Valley  GSA Denver Annual Meeting 28–31 October 2007 Paper No. 42-2

Carle, S.F., Moran, J.E., Esser, B.K. 2007. A New Modeling Framework for Simulation of Apparent 3H-3He Groundwater Age and Mixing. Applications of Isotope Tools to Groundwater Studies Symposium, Groundwater Resources Association of California, March 29, 2007, Concord, CA.

±Shaw, Glenn, Conklin, Martha Nimz, Greg and Moran, Jean  Using 36Cl/Cl, 222Rn, and 3He/4He to identify activation of older groundwater to the Merced River during snowmelt, Yosemite National Park. Applications of Isotope Tools to Groundwater Studies Symposium, Groundwater Resources Association of California, March 29, 2007, Concord, CA.

Moran, J.E., G. Bryant Hudson, ±Bradley D. Cey, and ±Michael J. Singleton Lessons Learned from Two Thousand Tritium-Helium Ground-water Ages in California, USA. 4th Mini Conference on Noble Gases in the Hydrosphere and Natural Gas Reservoirs February, 28th to March 2nd, 2007, Potsdam, Germany.

Moran, J.E., Qinhong Hu, Pihong Zhao, and ±Erik Nelson, Predicting the Fate and Transport of 129Iodine in the Environment Through Studies of Stable Iodine.  9th International Conference of the Japanese AMS Society, October 18-21 2006, Tokyo, Japan.

Bradley K. Esser, Jean E. Moran, Roald N. Leif, ±Michael J. Singleton, Steve Carle, Walt W. McNab, Harry R. Beller, Roberto Ruiz, Matthew F. Verce, Timothy D. Ford, Nan Liu, Harold W. Culham, and Michael A. Sharp, GAMA Special Studies: The impact of septic effluent and groundwater banking on California groundwater quality. Groundwater Resources Association of California Annual Meeting, September 19- 20, 2006, San Diego, CA.

Moran, J.E., Beller, H. R., Leif, R., ±Singleton, M.J. A Multi-tracer Approach to Determining the Fate of Wastewater Indicator Compounds in Groundwater. 2006 Fall Meeting for American Geophysical Union, December 11-15, 2006, San Francisco, CA. AGU Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H12C-04.

±M.J. Singleton, J.E. Moran, B.K. Esser, R.N. Leif, Beller, H.R., An Isotopic, Dissolved Gas, and Trace Organic Investigation of Nitrate Sources in Urbanized Groundwater Basins, 2006 Fall Meeting for American Geophysical Union, December 11-15, 2006, San Francisco, CA. AGU Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H12C-08

Moran, J.E., ±Singleton, M.J., Esser, B.K., Hudson, G.B. Use of Tritium-Helium Groundwater Age in Nitrate Fate and Transport Studies, 2006 Annual Meeting for the Geological Society of America, October 22-25, 2006, Philadelphia, PA.

Carle, S.F., Moran, J.E., Esser, B.K. Simulation of Apparent Groundwater Age and Mixing in a Heterogeneous Shallow Aquifer Undergoing Agricultural Pumping and Recharge. 2006 Annual Meeting for the Geological Society of America, October 22-25, 2006, Philadelphia, PA.

Moran, J.E., Leif, R., Esser, B.K., ±Singleton, M.J. (2005)  Evidence for Groundwater Contamination Vulnerability in California’s Central Valley  American Society of Agronomy, Plant and Soil Conference, Feb. 7,8  2005, Visalia, CA.

Moran J.E., Hudson, G.B., Esser, B., ±Singleton, M., Carle, S., McNab, W. The Effects Of Agricultural Nitrate Sources On Groundwater Supplies In California GSA Abstracts with Programs 2005

Moran J.E., ±Moore, K., Hudson, G.B., Esser, B., Ekwurzel, B.  Sources And Transport Of Nitrate In The Livermore Valley Groundwater Basin GSA Abstracts with Programs 2005

±Cey, B., Moran J.E., Hudson, G.B. Dissolved Gases as Indicators of Geochemical and Hydrogeologic Processes GSA Abstracts with Programs 2004

Moran J.E., Hudson, G.B., and Leif, R. California Groundwater Quality Monitoring: Use Of Age-Dating And Low-Level Vocs To Assess Aquifer Vulnerability GSA Abstracts with Programs 2004

Moran J.E., Hudson, G.B. Comprehensive Monitoring Approaches at Regional and Statewide Levels—Advantages and Limitations GSA Abstracts with Programs 2004

±Shaw, G D, Hudson, G B, Moran, J, Conklin, M  Identifying Groundwater Discharge in the Merced River Basin, California Using Radon-222  (2004), Eos Trans. AGU, 85(47)

Grant Awards

Identification of Paleowater in CA drinking water wells

3/30/2012-3/30/2014

State Water Resouces Control Board

The effects of a warmer climate on recharge in an alpine groundwater basin

12/30/2011-6/30/2013

State Water Resources Control Board via LLNL

Water quality in tritium-dead groundwater

9/29/2010 – 4/30/2012

State Water Resources Control Board via LLNL

Breakdown and transport of methyl iodide in groundwater

3/30/2011-3/30/2013

CA Department of Pesticide Resources

Service

Program Coordinator Environmental Science, CSU East Bay

Board of Directors, Groundwater Resources Association of California, 2006-2012

Committee on Honarary Degrees, CSU East Bay

Other Accomplishments

Recent M.S. student theses:

Segal, Daniel:  "Dissolved Gases and Isotopes as Tools for Aquifer Characterization in Martis Valley" (2013)

Beitz, Pamela: "A Multi-tiered Catchment Analysis of Upper Redwood Creek, an Urban, Trout Bearing Stream in Oakland, California" (2013)

DeRubeis, Elizabeth: "Radon as a Tracer of Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction in Martis Valley" (2013)

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