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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Alicia Wilson

Title: Professor
Associate Director, SEOE
Department: Earth Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-1240
Office: EWS, Room 302
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


  • A.B. 1991, Dartmouth College
  • M.S. 1993, Stanford University
  • Ph.D. 1999, Johns Hopkins University


  • Coastal Processes
  • Earth Systems
  • Water Resources & Hydrology


My research is in the field of hydrogeology, from the role of groundwater in coastal ecohydrology to the origin and evolution of porewaters in large sedimentary basins. A particular focus right now is submarine groundwater discharge (SGD), which discharges nutrients and other solutes to coastal systems ranging from tidal creeks to the continental shelf.


Schutte, C.A., A.M. Wilson, T.B. Evans, W.S. Moore, S.B. Joye (submitted) Deep oxygen penetration drives nitrification in intertidal beach sands. Submitted to L&O 6/7/2016.

Savidge, W.B., A.M. Wilson, and G. Woodward (in press) Using a thermal proxy to examine sediment-water exchange in mid-continental shelf sandy sediment. Aquatic Geochemistry (special issue, accepted May 2016).

Alicia M. Wilson, W.B. Savidge, and G. Woodward (2016) Using heat as a tracer to estimate the depth of rapid porewater advection below the sediment-water interface. Journal of Hydrology 538; 743-753.

*Evans, Tyler and Alicia M. Wilson (2016) Groundwater transport and the freshwater-saltwater interface below beaches. Journal of Hydrology538: 563-573.

Schutte, C.A., S.M. Joye, A.M. Wilson, W.S. Moore, and T.B. Evans* (2016) Methanotrophy controls groundwater methane export from a barrier island. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 17:242-256.

Schutte, Charles A., S.B. Joye, A.M. Wilson, T.B. Evans, W.S. Moore and K. Casciotti (2015). Intense nitrogen cycling in permeable intertidal sediment revealed by a nitrous oxide hotspot. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, doi:10.1002/2014GB005052.

*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 15, 608–620. 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.