Dr. Jim Connors
Assistant Professor of Geology
Education: B.S. and Ph.D., University of South Alabama; M.S., University of Alabama
Classes Taught: GY 111, GY 112, GY 305*, GY 425, GY 426, GY 492, GY 494 (*team taught)
Interests: Most of my professional work has involved hydrogeology, particularly groundwater contamination and water supply issues. Over the past 23 years I’ve studied impacted groundwater in a wide variety of environmental settings. I’ve also enjoyed developing groundwater resources for municipalities and private concerns, and serving as an expert witness in litigation involving a number of environmental issues. My doctorate is in Marine Sciences and my B.S. and M.S. degrees are in Geology, which makes me very interested in the groundwater resources of our changing coastal environments. My current interests span a range of surficial-coastal aquifer interactions, such as contaminant transport via submarine groundwater discharge, and groundwater quality degradation due to sea-level rise, saltwater intrusion, tropical cyclone storm surges, tsunamis, and coastal erosion. I’m also concerned with aquifer sustainability in the face of increased coastal development.