Alexis Navarre-Sitchler

Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Associate Director, Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering Program

Colorado School of Mines

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Professional Preparation

Mesa State College, Geology B.S. 2000

Colorado School of Mines, Geochemistry M.S. 2003

The Pennsylvania State University, Geosciences Ph.D. 2008


Postdoctoral Researcher - University of Wyoming, Sept. 08 – Oct. 09

Postdoctoral Researcher  - Colorado School of Mines, Nov. 09 – Aug. 12

Assistant Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering  - Colorado School of Mines, 2012-2018

Associate Director, Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program  - Colorado School of Mines, 2018 – present

Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering  - Colorado School of Mines,  2018 – present

Professional Experience 


Daub and Associates, Inc. Grand Junction, CO (December 2000 – August 2002)

Colorado State Geological Survey (May 2000-August 2000)

Geological Intern

Walter S. Fees, Jr. & Son Oil & Gas Grand Junction, CO (December 1998 – June 2000)


NSF CAREER award - 2016

Colorado School of Mines Excellent in Research award - 2018

Current Students

Kara Marsac - PhD Environmental Biogeochemistry 

Elanor Heil - PhD Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Rania Eldem -  PhD Geology

Bonnie Sams - MS Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

James McGuinness - MS Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Margariete Malenda - MS Geochemistry

Former Students


Assaf Wunsch - Ph.D. 2012 (co-advise with J. McCray) Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Adam Atchley - Ph.D. 2013 (co-advise with R. Maxwell) Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering, currently at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Hee-Won Jung - Ph.D. 2017 Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering, current at University of Georgia

Joe Beisman - Ph.D. 2018 Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering (co-advise with R. Maxwell)


Hannah Podzorski - M.S. 2018 Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Amelia Hayes - M.S. 2017 Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Rania Eldam - M.S. 2016 Geology

Amy Kenwell - M.S. 2015 Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Colgan Smith - M.S. 2015 Geology

Rodrigo Prugue - M.S. 2014 Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Moira Pryhoda - M.S. 2014 Geochemistry

Katherine Kirsch - M.S. 2012 Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Hannah Menke - M.S. 2012 Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lindsay Bearup – M.S. 2011 Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering

Katherine Mouzakis – M.S. 2011 Environmental Science and Engineering

Lauren Werckenthein - M.S. 2011 Hydrologic Science and Engineering (non-thesis)

Current Research Projects

•2018-2021 Pore architecture controls on mineral reactivity (PI), Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences

•2016-2021 CAREER: Combining laboratory experiments, field data, and reactive transport modeling to quantify influence of fluid transpor ton mineral dissoution rates across scale (PI), National Science Foundation

2016 - ongoing Contact metamorphism of the Mancos Shale: Impacts on East River morphology, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and NIST Center for Neutron Research

2012-2018 Water quality and supply impacts from climate-induced insect tree mortality and resource management in the Rocky Mountain West (co-PI), NSF

2012 - 2019 Coupled reactive transport and flooplain modeling of nutrient transport (co-PI), DOE-LBL

Previous Research Grants

2014-2016 Chemical weathering and trace metal mobility in the Grand Canyon Ecosystem (PI), USGS

2014-2016 Fracture diagenesis and porosity (PI), ExxonMobil

2014-2016 Sequestration of acid-generating mill concentrates: Cripple Creek (co-PI), Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company  

2009-2013 Risk-based decision making for assessing potential impacts of geologic CO2 sequestration on drinking-water sources, (co-PI), US EPA Star 

2009-2013 Training graduate and undergraduate student in simulation and risk assessment for carbon sequestration (co-PI), US DOE NETL 

2009-2011 Pore-scale processes influencing storage and injectivity for CO2 sequestration, US DOE Fossil Energy 

Research Interests and Specialties 

Interaction between fluid transport and mineral dissolution kinetics including the use of reactive transport modeling in energy related natural systems and Earth surface processes.  Characterization of chemical properties of rocks using multiple techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, various synchrotron techniques and electron microprobe analyses.  Quantification of porosity using micro-computed tomography and small/ultra small-angle neutron scattering techniques.  Extrapolating laboratory data to field systems.