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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences

Alicia Wilson

Associate Professor
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: 803 777-1240
Office: EWS 302
Research Areas: Environmental Geosciences
Curriculum vitae: Download PDF
Alicia Wilson

Additional Appointments

Senior Associate Faculty, Environment & Sustainability Program

Adjunct Associate Professor, Marine Science Program


A.B. 1991, Dartmouth College

M.S. 1993, Stanford University

Ph.D. 1999, Johns Hopkins University;

Research Interests

Hydrogeology, especially coastal hydrogeology; wetland ecohydrology (salt marshes); groundwater-surface water interactions (a.k.a. submarine groundwater discharge, when marine); numerical modeling; variable-density groundwater flow and transport; paleohydrogeology of large sedimentary basins.

Publications (*indicates Wilson student)                                                          

Schutte, Charles A., S.B. Joye, A.M. Wilson, *T.B. Evans, W.S. Moore and K. Casciotti (in press). Intense nitrogen cycling in permeable intertidal sediment revealed by a nitrous oxide hotspot. Submitted to Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Accepted Sept 1, 2015.

*Hughes, Wilson, and Moore (2015) Groundwater transport and radium variability in coastal porewaters. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 164, p 94‐104.

Wilson, Alicia M., *Tyler Evans, Willard Moore, Charles Schutte, and Samanatha Joye (2015) What time scales are important for monitoring tidally‐influenced submarine groundwater discharge? Insights from a salt marsh. Water Resources Research 51, 4198‐4207, doi:10.1002/2014WR015984.

*Gupta, Ipsita, Alicia M. Wilson, and Benjamin J. Rostron (2015) Groundwater age, brine migration, and large-scale solute transport in the Alberta Basin, Canada. Geofluids. 1-13. doi: 10.1111/gfl.12131.

Wilson, Alicia M., T.B. Evans*, A.H. Hughes*, W.S. Moore, C.A. Schutte, S.B. Joye (2015) Groundwater controls ecological zonation of macrophytes in salt marshes. Ecology 96, 840-849.

Das, Reshmi, Michael Bizimis, and Alicia M. Wilson (2013) Tracing mercury seawater vs. atmospheric inputs in a pristine SE USA salt marsh system: Mercury isotope evidence. Chemical Geology 336, p. 50-61.

*Hughes, Andrea L.H., Alicia M. Wilson, and James T. Morris (2012) Hydrologic variability in a salt marsh: Assessing the links between drought and acute marsh dieback. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 111(95-106).

Wilson, Alicia M. and James T. Morris (2012) The influence of tidal forcing on groundwater flow and nutrient exchange in a salt marsh-dominated estuary. Biogeochemistry v. 108, no. 1, p. 27-38.

*Gupta, Ipsita, Alicia M. Wilson, and Benjamin J. Rostron (2012) Cl/Br ratios as indicators of the origin of brines: Hydrogeologic simulations of the Alberta Basin, Canada. GSA Bulletin, v. 124 no. 1-2, p. 200-212.

Wilson, Alicia M., Willard, S. Moore, Samantha B. Joye, Joseph L. Anderson, and Charles A. Schutte (2011) Storm-driven groundwater flow in a salt marsh. Water Resources Research, v. 47, W02535, doi:10.1029/2010WR009496, 11 pp.

Wilson, Alicia M., Marcus Huettel, and Steven Klein (2008) Grain size and depositional environment as predictors of permeability in coastal marine sands, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sediments 80(1) 193-199.

Carter, E.S., S.M. White, and A.M. Wilson (2008) Variation in groundwater salinity in a tidal salt marsh basin, North Inlet Estuary, South Carolina. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 76, 543-552.

Wilson, Alicia M., and Carolyn Ruppel (2007) Salt tectonics and shallow subseafloor fluid convection: models of coupled fluid-heat-salt transport. Geofluids 7 (4), 377-386.

*Thornton, M. M. and Alicia M. Wilson (2007) Topography-driven flow versus buoyancy-driven flow in the U.S. mid-continent: implications for the residence time of brines, Geofluids, 7, 69-78.

Gardner, Leonard R., and Alicia M Wilson (2006) Comparison of four numerical models for simulating seepage from salt marsh sediments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 69, 427-437.

Wilson, A. M., and L. R. Gardner (2006), Tidally driven groundwater flow and solute exchange in a marsh: Numerical simulations, Water Resour. Res., 42, W01405, doi:10.1029/2005WR004302

Wilson A. M., and L. R. Gardner (2005), Comment on “Subsurface flow and vegetation patterns in tidal environments” by Nadia Ursino, Sonia Silvestri, and Marco Marani, Water Resour. Res., 41, W07021, doi:10.1029/2004WR003554.

Moore, Willard S., and Alicia M. Wilson (2005) Advective flow through the upper continental shelf driven by storms, buoyancy, and submarine groundwater discharge. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 235, Issues 3-4, 15 July 2005, Pages 564-576.

Wilson, Alicia M. (2005), Fresh and saline groundwater discharge to the ocean: A regional perspective. Water Resources Research, v. 41, W02016, doi:10.1029/2004WR003399.

Hoffman, J, S.A. Leake, D.L. Galloway, and A.M. Wilson (2003) MODFLOW-2000 ground-water model – User guide to the Subsidence and Aquifer-System Compaction (SUB) Package. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 03-233, 44 p.

Wilson, Alicia M. (2003), The occurrence and chemical implications of geothermal convection in continental shelves: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 30, no. 21, 2127, doi:10.1029/2003GL018499

Wilson, Alicia M., Thomas Fenstemaker, and John M. Sharp, Jr. (2003) Abnormally-pressured beds as barriers to diffusive mass transport in sedimentary basins. Geofluids 3(3), p. 203-212.

Whitaker, Fiona F., Gareth Jones, Ward Sanford, Peter Smart, and Alicia M. Wilson (2002), Hydrology, geochemistry and diagenetic potential of saline groundwater: field results from the Bahamas and model studies: Special Publication of the Karst Waters Institute no. 7, p. 124-128.

Keller, Arturo A., Patricia Holden, and Alicia M. Wilson (2002) Modelling the seasonal variation in bioavailability of residual NAPL in the vadose zone, in Groundwater quality; natural and enhanced restoration of groundwater. S. F. Thornton and S. E. Oswald, eds., IAHS-AISH Publication vol. 275, p. 133-139.

Wilson, Alicia M., Ward Sanford, Fiona Whitaker, and Peter Smart (2001), Spatial patterns of diagenesis during geothermal convection in carbonate platforms: American Journal of Science, v. 301, p. 727-752.

Wilson, Alicia M., James R. Boles, and Grant Garven (2000), Calcium mass transport and diagenesis during compaction-driven flow in the San Joaquin Basin, California: GSA Bulletin, v. 112, no. 6, p. 845-856.

Wilson, Alicia M., Ward Sanford, Fiona Whitaker, and Peter Smart (2000), Geothermal convection: a mechanism for dolomitization at Enewetak Atoll?: Journal of Geochemical Exploration, v. 69-70, no. 1-3, p. 41-45.

Wilson, Alicia M., Grant Garven, and James R. Boles (1999), Paleohydrogeology of the San Joaquin Basin, California: GSA Bulletin, v. 111, No. 3, pp. 432-449.

Wilson, Alicia M., and Steven Gorelick (1996), The effects of pulsed pumping on land subsidence in the Santa Clara Valley, California: Journal of Hydrology, Vol. 184, No. 3-4, p. 375-396.