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René M. Price

Assistant Professor
(joint appointment between Dept. of Earth Sciences & Southeast Environmental Research Center)
Ph.D. University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, 2001
M.Sc, University of Virginia, 1988
B.Sc., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985

Office: PC 317
Phone: 305-348-3119

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Hydrogeology and carbonate geochemistry of karst aquifers. Seawater intrusion and groundwater-surface water interactions in wetlands and along coastlines.

Research Interest

Dr. Price's research interests include the general areas of hydrogeology and low-temperature aqueous geochemistry. More specifically, her research involves using chemical tracers, including the isotopes of oxygen, hydrogen, and helium, to identify groundwater flow paths, groundwater ages and groundwater-surface water interactions.

Research has also included investigating water-rock interactions associated with seawater intrusion into coastal carbonate aquifers in the Florida Everglades and in Mallorca, Spain.

Current research involves using chemical tracers to identify groundwater discharge along coastlines. Additional projects involves estimating evaporation rates from Florida and Biscayne Bays.

Laboratory facilities include Ion Chromatographs, TOC analyzer, and an automated titrator.


National Park Service (NPS)-Hydrologic Data Collection and Analysis in and near Everglades National Park, October 2007 - Sept. 2008, $219,492.00. (Price, sole PI)

South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) - Determining Nutrient Concentrations in Groundwater Along the Mangrove Ecotone Region of Shark River Slough-Aug. 2007-Dec. 2007. $17,219 (Price, sole PI).

SFWMD- Determining Nutrient Concentrations in Groundwater Beneath Florida Bay- June 2007 - Feb. 2008, $45,650 (Price, sole PI).

SFWMD - A physical investigation of groundwater-surface water interactions at Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment (LILA), Jul. 2007-Jul. 2009, $49,944 (Price, sole PI).

National Science Foundation (NSF)- Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) II- PIs, Childers, Price, Heithaus, Gaiser, Jaffee, Jan. 2007 - Nov. 2012, $4,920,000. My portion: $360,000.

Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) Foundation Grant - Phosphorus concentrations in Limestone from the Biscayne Aquifer. Dec. 2006 - Dec. 2007, $5,000. (Price, sole PI)

National Park Service (NPS)-Hydrologic Data Collection and Analysis in and near Everglades National Park, October 2006 - Sept. 2007, $209,500. (Price, sole PI)

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Authority-Geochemical Study of the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant, October 2005-December 2006, $16,855. (Price, sole PI)

NPS-Biscayne National Park-Investigation of groundwater flow into Biscayne National Park, subcontract to Univ. of Miami, October 2005-September 2006: $18,525. (Price, sole PI)

NPS-Phosphorus retention and sub-surface movement through the S-332 detention basins on the eastern boundary of Everglades National Park. PIs, Gaiser, Price, Scinto, and Trexler, August 2005-July 2008: $420,000. My Portion: $103,000.

SFWMD- Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape assessment (LILA_ tree island experiments and site management, PIs, Scinto, Price, and Ross, May 1, 2005 - Sept. 1, 2008: $460,000. My portion: $61,500.

NPS-Hydrologic Data Collection and Analysis in and near Everglades National Park, October 2005 - December. 2006, $193,000. (Price, sole PI)

NPS-Hydrologic Data Collection and Analysis in and near Everglades National Park, Sept 2004 - Sept. 2005, $40,000. (Price, sole PI)

Florida Seagrant-Using Natural Chemical Tracers to Evaluate Point-Source and Non-Point Sources of Freshwater Inputs to Biscayne Bay. Feb. 1, 2004- Jan. 31, 2006. PIs Price and Swart; $150,000. My portion: $90,000.

FIU Foundation, Inc. Measuring Nutrient Concentrations in Groundwater Discharge to the Southern Everglades, Summer 2003. $5,000. (Price, sole PI)

FIU College of Arts & Sciences, Summer Research Program. Measuring Nutrient Concentrations in Groundwater Discharge to the Southern Everglades, Summer 2003. $4,000. (Price, sole PI)

NOAA-South Florida Ecosystem Restoration, Prediction, and Modeling Program. SFERPM 2000 Estimating Evaporation Rates in Florida Bay. Continuation of NOAA grant below through a subcontract with UM, summer 2002. $18,000 (Price, sole PI).

Selected Publications

2007 Difrenna, V.J., R.M. Price*, and M.R. Savabi, Identification of a hydrodynamic threshold in karst rocks from the Biscayne Aquifer, South Florida, USA, Hydrogeology Journal. In press

2007 Price, R.M., Nuttle, W.K., B. J. Cosby, and P.K. Swart. Variation and Uncertainty in Evaporation from a Subtropical Estuary: Florida Bay, Estuaries and Coasts. 30(3):497-506.

2006 Price, R.M, and P.K. Swart, Geochemical indicators of groundwater recharge in the Surficial Aquifer System, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, in Harmon, R.S., and Wicks, C., eds., Perspectives on karst geomorphology, hydrology, and geochemistry-A tribute volume to Derek C. Ford and William B. White: Geological Society of America Special Paper 404:251-266. doi: 10.1130/2006.2404(21).

2006 Price, R.M., P.K. Swart, and J.W. Fourqurean, Coastal groundwater discharge-an additional source of phosphorus for the oligotrophic wetlands of the Everglades, Hydrobiologia, 569:23-36. doi:10.1007/s10750-006-0120-5.

2003 Price, R.M, J.D. Happell, Z. Top, and P. K. Swart. Use of tritium and helium to define groundwater flow conditions in Everglades National Park. Water Resources Research, 39(9), doi:10.1029/2002WR001929.

2003 Happell, J.D. R.M. Price, Z. Top, and P.K. Swart. Evidence for the removal of CFC-11, CFC-12, and CFC-113 at the ground water-surface water interface in the Everglades. Journal of Hydrology, 279:94-105.

2002 P.K. Swart and R.M. Price. Origin of Salinity Variations in Florida Bay. Limnology and Oceanography, 47(4):1234-1241.

2001 Swart, P.K., R.M. Price, and L.Greer. The relationship between stable isotopic variations (O, H, and C) and salinity in waters and corals from environments in South Florida: Implications for reading the paleoenvironmental record. Bulletins of American Paleontology, 361:17-29.

1991 Price, R.M. and J.S. Herman. Geochemical Investigation of Salt Water Intrusion into a Coastal Carbonate Aquifer: Mallorca, Spain. Geological Society of America Bulletin, Vol. 103: No. 10, pp. 1270-1279.

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