Kenneth Carroll

Kenneth C. Carroll


Ph.D., University of Arizona

  • Major: Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Minor: Soil, Water, and Environmental Science

M.S., Ohio University

  • Major: Aqueous/Environmental Geochemistry

B.S., Ohio University

  • Major: Geological Sciences

Professional Appointments:

2022 - Present Professor: Plant & Environmental Sciences Department NMSU.

2017 - 2022 Associate Professor: Plant & Environmental Sciences Department NMSU.

2013 - 2017 Assistant Professor: Plant & Environmental Sciences Department NMSU.

2010 - 2013 Research Scientist: Environmental Systems Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2007 - 2010 Postdoctoral Researcher/Laboratory Manager: University of Arizona Soil, Water, & Environmental Sciences Department

2003 - 2007 Hydrogeologist and Geochemist: Water Management Consultants and Hydro Geo Chem, Inc.

1999 - 2003 Research Assistant: Soil, Water, and Environmental Science Department at University of Arizona

1997 - 1999 Teaching Assistant: Geological Sciences Department at Ohio University

Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Water Science & Management:

I also support the WSM graduate program, which aims to provide graduate education for addressing state, national, and international water issues, and to train the next generation of water professionals needed to meet several water resources challenges including the supply, development, quality, management, and administration of water resources. A major need exists to train the next generation of water resource researchers, educators, and managers to address these challenges, both inside and outside New Mexico. More information may be found at

Research Interests:

  • Advancing our understanding of water supply and water quality in arid regions
  • Development of innovative water resources, environmental-remediation, carbon-capture, and energy-production alternatives
  • Experimental and numerical evaluation of coupled multiphase-fluid flow, biogeochemical, and mass-transfer processes
  • Characterization of subsurface physical and chemical heterogeneity and the associated impacts on fluid flow, transport, and fate of chemicals within various geologic systems
  • Development of novel approaches for characterization of contamination natural attenuation and active-remediation enhancement

Research and Teaching Philosophy:

Dr. Carroll's Lab Webpage

* Refer to webpage for graduate student availabilities.

My research interests include evaluating the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological processes that impact the transport and fate of chemicals in environmental systems. I use a multidisciplinary approach to research by integrating aspects from several scientific fields to investigate processes at a multitude of scales from the molecular scale to the basin scale. I believe a multidisciplinary approach is required for the evaluation of coupled processes that influence hydrobiogeochemical cycles. I also extend this multidisciplinary approach to my teaching.