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Nathaniel Warner

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

231E Sackett Building

nrw6@psu.edu

814-865-9423

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Environmental Engineering

Interest Areas:

Water quality, hydraulic fracturing, salinization, and isotope geochemistry

 
 

 

Education

  • BA, Geology, Hamilton College, 2000
  • MS, Geology, Miami University, 2002
  • Ph D, Duke University, 2013

Publications

Books

  • Nathaniel R. Warner, 2000, Grain Size Analysis in the Palmer Deep, Antarctica: High Resolution Paleoclimatic Record of the Holocene, SE Pacific, Bellingshausen Sea

Book, Chapters

  • TT Agma, L Bouchaou, N Ettayfi, Z Lgourna, S Boutaleb, Nathaniel R. Warner and A Vengosh, 2013, Radionuclides, Heavy Metals and Fluoride Contamination in Al Bahira Aquifer, Youssoufia Area, Morocco

Journal Articles

  • Katherine Van Sice, Charles A. Cravotta, Bonnie McDevitt, Travis L. Tasker, Joshua D. Landis, Johnna Puhr and Nathaniel R. Warner, 2018, "Radium attenuation and mobilization in stream sediments following oil and gas wastewater disposal in western Pennsylvania", Applied Geochemistry, 98, pp. 393-403
  • Thomas J. Geeza, David P. Gillikin, Bonnie McDevitt, Katherine Van Sice and Nathaniel R. Warner, 2018, "Accumulation of Marcellus Formation Oil and Gas Wastewater Metals in Freshwater Mussel Shells", Environmental Science & Technology, 52, (18), pp. 10883-10892
  • Nancy E. Lauer, Nathaniel R. Warner and Avner Vengosh, 2018, "Sources of Radium Accumulation in Stream Sediments near Disposal Sites in Pennsylvania: Implications for Disposal of Conventional Oil and Gas Wastewater", Environmental Science & Technology, 52, (3), pp. 955-962
  • Thomas J. Geeza, David P. Gillikin, David H. Goodwin, Scott D. Evans, Thomas Watters and Nathaniel R. Warner, 2018, "Controls on magnesium, manganese, strontium, and barium concentrations recorded in freshwater mussel shells from Ohio", Chemical Geology
  • Jennifer S. Harkness, Thomas H. Darrah, Nathaniel R. Warner, Colin J. Whyte, Myles T. Moore, Romain Millot, Wolfram Kloppmann, Robert B. Jackson and Avner Vengosh, 2017, "The geochemistry of naturally occurring methane and saline groundwater in an area of unconventional shale gas development", Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 208, pp. 302-334
  • Adrian Down, Kathrin Schreglmann, Desiree L. Plata, Martin Elsner, Nathaniel R. Warner, Avner Vengosh, Katie Moore, Drew Coleman and Robert B. Jackson, 2015, "Pre-drilling background groundwater quality in the Deep River Triassic Basin of central North Carolina, USA", Applied Geochemistry, 60, pp. 3-13
  • Adrian Down, Kathrin Schreglmann, Desiree L Plata, Martin Elsner, Nathaniel R. Warner, Avner Vengosh, Katie Moore, Drew Coleman and Robert B Jackson, 2015, "Pre-drilling background groundwater quality in the Deep River Triassic Basin of central North Carolina, USA", Applied Geochemistry
  • Jennifer S Harkness, Gary S Dwyer, Nathaniel R. Warner, Kimberly M Parker, William A Mitch and Avner Vengosh, 2015, "Iodide, bromide, and ammonium in hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas wastewaters: Environmental implications", Environmental science & technology, 49, (3), pp. 1955–1963
  • Brian D Drollette, Kathrin Hoelzer, Nathaniel R. Warner, Thomas H Darrah, Osman Karatum, Megan P O’Connor, Robert K Nelson, Loretta A Fernandez, Christopher M Reddy, Avner Vengosh and others, 2015, "Elevated levels of diesel range organic compounds in groundwater near Marcellus gas operations are derived from surface activities", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, (43), pp. 13184–13189
  • Zineb Lgourna, Nathaniel R. Warner, Lhoussaine Bouchaou, Said Boutaleb, Mohammed Hssaisoune, Tarik Tagma, Najat Ettayfi and Avner Vengosh, 2015, "Elucidating the sources and mechanisms of groundwater salinization in the Ziz Basin of southeastern Morocco", Environmental Earth Sciences, 73, (1), pp. 77–93
  • Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, Andrew Kondash, Jennifer S Harkness, Nancy Lauer, Romain Millot, Wolfram Kloppman and Thomas H Darrah, 2015, "Isotopic Fingerprints for Delineating the Environmental Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids", Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 13, pp. 244–247
  • Thomas H Darrah, Robert B Jackson, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, Colin J Whyte, Talor B Walsh, Andrew J Kondash and Robert J Poreda, 2015, "The evolution of Devonian hydrocarbon gases in shallow aquifers of the northern Appalachian Basin: Insights from integrating noble gas and hydrocarbon geochemistry", Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 170, pp. 321–355
  • Thomas H Darrah, Robert B Jackson, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner and Robert J Poreda, 2014, "Noble gases: a new technique for fugitive gas investigation in groundwater.", Ground water, 53, (1), pp. 23–28
  • Avner Vengosh, Robert B Jackson, Nathaniel R. Warner, Thomas H Darrah and Andrew Kondash, 2014, "A critical review of the risks to water resources from unconventional shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing in the United States", Environmental science & technology, 48, (15), pp. 8334–8348
  • NR Warner, TH Darrah, RB Jackson, R Millot, W Kloppmann and A Vengosh, 2014, "New tracers identify hydraulic fracturing fluids and accidental releases from oil and gas operations", Environmental science & technology, 48, (21), pp. 12552–12560
  • Thomas H Darrah, Avner Vengosh, Robert B Jackson, Nathaniel R. Warner and Robert J Poreda, 2014, "Noble gases identify the mechanisms of fugitive gas contamination in drinking-water wells overlying the Marcellus and Barnett Shales", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, (39), pp. 14076–14081
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, EC Menio, JD Landis, A Vengosh, N Lauer, J Harkness and A Kondash, 2014, "Accumulation of radium in sediments from continued disposal of produced water and hydraulic fracturing flowback water", AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, 1, pp. 0892
  • Deborah Leslie, W Berry Lyons, Nathaniel R. Warner, Avner Vengosh, John Olesik, Kathleen Welch and Kelly Deuerling, 2014, "Boron isotopic geochemistry of the McMurdo Dry Valley lakes, Antarctica", Chemical Geology, 386, pp. 152–164
  • J Harkness, Nathaniel R. Warner, GS Dwyer, W Mitch and A Vengosh, 2014, "Halogens in oil and gas production-associated wastewater.", AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, 1, pp. 0891
  • Z Lgourna, Nathaniel R. Warner, L Bouchaou, S Boutaleb, T Tagma, M Hssaisoune, N Ettayfi and A Vengosh, 2014, "Nitrate contamination of alluvial groundwater in the Ziz basin, southeastern Morocco", Moroccan Journal of Chemistry, 2, (5), pp. Mor–J
  • B Drollette, K Shregglman, E D’Ambro, M Elsner, Nathaniel R. Warner, M O’Connor, O Karatum, A Vengosh, RB Jackson, T Darrah and others, 2014, "Trace Hydrophobic Organic Chemicals Present in Pennsylvania Groundwater are Correlated with Geogenic Brines rather than Hydraulic Fracturing Active Zones", AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, 1, pp. 07
  • David S VINSON, Jennifer C MCINTOSH, Gary S DWYER, Nathaniel R. Warner and Avner VENGOSH, 2013, "Boron desorption and boron isotopes in sodium bicarbonate coalbed methane waters", 2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver
  • Robert B Jackson, Avner Vengosh, Thomas H Darrah, Nathaniel R. Warner, Adrian Down, Robert J Poreda, Stephen G Osborn, Kaiguang Zhao and Jonathan D Karr, 2013, "Increased stray gas abundance in a subset of drinking water wells near Marcellus shale gas extraction", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, (28), pp. 11250–11255
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Z Lgourna, L Bouchaou, S Boutaleb, T Tagma, M Hsaissoune and A Vengosh, 2013, "Integration of geochemical and isotopic tracers for elucidating water sources and salinization of shallow aquifers in the sub-Saharan Draa Basin, Morocco", Applied Geochemistry, 34, pp. 140–151
  • Avner VENGOSH, Nathaniel R. Warner, Robert B JACKSON and Thomas H DARRAH, 2013, "MAJOR RISKS FOR WATER CONTAMINATION ASSOCIATED WITH SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING", 2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver
  • Andrew J Kondash, Nathaniel R. Warner, Ori Lahav and Avner Vengosh, 2013, "Radium and barium removal through blending hydraulic fracturing fluids with acid mine drainage", Environmental science & technology, 48, (2), pp. 1334–1342
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, RB Jackson and A Vengosh, 2013, "Tracing the Legacy of Accidental Spills and Releases of Marcellus Wastewater in Pennsylvania", 2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Timothy M Kresse, Phillip D Hays, Adrian Down, Jonathan D Karr, Robert B Jackson and Avner Vengosh, 2013, "Geochemical and isotopic variations in shallow groundwater in areas of the Fayetteville Shale development, north-central Arkansas", Applied Geochemistry, 35, pp. 207–220
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Cidney A Christie, Robert B Jackson and Avner Vengosh, 2013, "Impacts of shale gas wastewater disposal on water quality in western Pennsylvania", Environmental science & technology, 47, (20), pp. 11849–11857
  • Avner Vengosh, T Ty Lindberg, Brittany R Merola, Laura Ruhl, Nathaniel R. Warner, Alissa White, Gary S Dwyer and Richard T Di Giulio, 2013, "Isotopic imprints of mountaintop mining contaminants", Environmental science & technology, 47, (17), pp. 10041–10048
  • Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, Rob Jackson and Tom Darrah, 2013, "The effects of shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing on the quality of water resources in the United States", Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7, pp. 863–866
  • David S Vinson, Tarik Tagma, Lhoussaine Bouchaou, Gary S Dwyer, Nathaniel R. Warner and Avner Vengosh, 2013, "Occurrence and mobilization of radium in fresh to saline coastal groundwater inferred from geochemical and isotopic tracers (Sr, S, O, H, Ra, Rn)", Applied Geochemistry, 38, pp. 161–175
  • N Ettayfi, L Bouchaou, JL Michelot, T Tagma, Nathaniel R. Warner, S Boutaleb, M Massault, Z Lgourna and A Vengosh, 2012, "Geochemical and isotopic (oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, strontium) constraints for the origin, salinity, and residence time of groundwater from a carbonate aquifer in the Western Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco", Journal of Hydrology, 438, pp. 97–111
  • TH Darrah, Avner Vengosh, RB Jackson, NR Warner and Robert Poreda, 2012, "Constraining the source and migration of natural gas in shallow aquifers within active shale gas production zone: insights from integrating noble gas and hydrocarbon isotope geochemistry", Geological Society America Annual Meeting: Charlotte, NC, 6
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Robert B Jackson, Thomas H Darrah, Stephen G Osborn, Adrian Down, Kaiguang Zhao, Alissa White and Avner Vengosh, 2012, "Geochemical evidence for possible natural migration of Marcellus Formation brine to shallow aquifers in Pennsylvania", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, (30), pp. 11961–11966
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Robert B Jackson, Thomas H Darrah, Stephen G Osborn, Adrian Down, Kaiguang Zhao, Alissa White and Avner Vengosh, 2012, "Reply to Engelder: Potential for fluid migration from the Marcellus Formation remains possible", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 109, (52), pp. E3626
  • Adrian DOWN, Robert JACKSON, Avner VENGOSH, Nathaniel R. Warner, Desiree PLATA, Martin ELSNER, Kathrin SCHREGLMANN and Jonathan KARR, 2012, "CHARACTERIZING GROUND WATER IN THE METHANE-BEARING DEEP RIVER TRIASSIC BASIN IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA", Geological Society of America annual meeting
  • Timothy M Kresse, Nathaniel R. Warner, Phillip D Hays, Adrian Down, Avner Vengosh and Robert B Jackson, 2012, "Shallow groundwater quality and geochemistry in the Fayetteville Shale gas-production area, north-central Arkansas, 2011", US Geol. Surv. Scient. Invest. Rep, 5273
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, 2011, "Boron and strontium isotopes as sensitive tracers for indicating potential shallow groundwater contamination from Marcellus Formation brines", 2011 GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis
  • Stephen OSBORN, 2011, "DISSOLVED GAS GEOCHEMISTRY OF SHALLOW GROUNDWATER SYSTEMS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW YORK, ASSOCIATED WITH NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION", 2011 GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis
  • Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, Stephen Osborn and Rob Jackson, 2011, "Elucidating water contamination by fracturing fluids and formation waters from gas wells: fluids and formation waters from gas wells: integrating isotopic and geochemical tracers"
  • Stephen G Osborn, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner and Robert B Jackson, 2011, "Reply to Saba and Orzechowski and Schon: Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, (37), pp. E665–E666
  • Avner VENGOSH, Brittany R MEROLA, Laura RUHL, Nathaniel R. Warner, Ty LINDBERG and Richard T DI GIULIO, 2011, "STRONTIUM ISOTOPE VARIATIONS AS A PROXY FOR SELENIUM CONTAMINATION FROM MOUNTAINTOP MINING", 2011 GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis
  • AT Slade, Nathaniel R. Warner, A Vengosh and B Whitehead, 2011, "Testing a Geochemical Tracer Tool in New Zealand Water", Goldschmidt
  • Stephen G Osborn, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner and Robert B Jackson, 2011, "Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing", proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, (20), pp. 8172–8176
  • Robert B Jackson, Stephen G Osborn, Avner Vengosh and Nathaniel R. Warner, 2011, "Reply to Davies: Hydraulic fracturing remains a possible mechanism for observed methane contamination of drinking water", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, (43), pp. E872–E872
  • Robert B Jackson, Brooks Rainey Pearson, Stephen G Osborn, Nathaniel R. Warner and Avner Vengosh, 2011, "Research and policy recommendations for hydraulic fracturing and shale-gas extraction", Center on Global Change, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Z Lgourna, S Boutaleb, T Tagma, DS Vinson, N Ettayfi, L Bouchaou and A Vengosh, 2010, "A geochemical approach for the evaluation of water availability and salinity in closed basins: the Draa Basin, Morocco", AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, 1, pp. 1103
  • W Berry LYONS, Nathaniel R. Warner, Deborah LESLIE, Kathleen A WELCH, Thomas D BULLEN and Avner VENGOSH, 2010, "THE USE OF MULTIPLE STABLE ISOTOPES TO DISCERN SOLUTE SOURCES AND GEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES IN ANTARCTIC LAKES", 2010 GSA Denver Annual Meeting
  • Andrew NUNNERY, Nathaniel R. Warner, Paul A BAKER, Gary DWYER, Avner VENGOSH, Sherilyn C FRITZ, Tim K LOWENSTEIN, Linda GODFREY and Catherine A RIGSBY, 2009, "CLIMATIC SIGNIFICANCE OF LARGE LAKES ON THE BOLIVIAN ALTIPLANO OF SOUTH AMERICA", 2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Tarik TAGMA, Lhoussaine BOUCHAOU, Said BOUTALEB, Zineb LGOURNA, Irena PANKRATOV, Najat ETTAYFI, Youssef HSISSOU, Said BELKACIM and Avner VENGOSH, 2009, "INVESTIGATION OF THE GROUNDWATER GEOCHEMISTRY OF THE WESTERN ATLAS AND ANTI-ATLAS MOUNTAINS IN MOROCCO USING BORON, STRONTIUM, AND RADIUM ISOTOPES", 2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Jonathan Levy, Karen Harpp and Frank Farruggia, 2008, "Drinking water quality in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley: a survey and assessment of selected controlling site characteristics", Hydrogeology Journal, 16, (2), pp. 321–334
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, 2007, "Drinking water quality in the Annapurna Conservation Area, western Himalayas, Nepal", 2007 GSA Denver Annual Meeting
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Joseph Giacinto, Leonard G Rafalko, Paul Petzrick, Gary Reeves and Rich Ellman, 2007, "Effects of acid mine drainage on CCP grout: a bench-scale weathering experiment", 3rd World of Coal Ash Conference, Covington, Kentucky
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Joseph Giacinto, Leonard G Rafalko, Paul Petzrick, Gary Reeves and Rich Ellman, 2007, "Effects of acid mine drainage on CCP grout: a bench-scale weathering experiment", 3rd World of Coal Ash Conference, Covington, Kentucky
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, Leonard Rafalko, Brent Williams, Paul Petzrick and R Hemmings, 2005, "The Kempton Man Shaft Project: Application of CCP Grout as a Seepage Barrier", World of Coal Ash Conference Proceedings, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Nathaniel R. Warner and Eugene W Domack, 2002, "Millennial-to decadal-scale paleoenvironmental change during the Holocene in the Palmer Deep, Antarctica, as recorded by particle size analysis", Paleoceanography, 17, (3), pp. PAL–5
  • Nathaniel R. Warner and Eugene W Domack, 2002, "Special Section: Palmer Deep-PAL 5-Millennial-to decadal-scale paleoenvironmental change during the Holocene in the Palmer Deep, Antarctica, as recorded by particle size analysis (DOI", Paleoceanography, 17, (3)
  • Nathaniel R. Warner, 2001, "Groundwater quality in Nepal’s Kathmandu valley: an assessment of controlling site characteristics", GSA Annual Meeting, November 5-8, 2001
  • Robert B Jackson, Avner Vengosh, Adrian Down, Nathaniel R. Warner, Stephen G Osborn, Kaiguang Zhao and Tom Darrah, , "Ecological and environmental dimensions of shale gas extraction"
  • Moses A. Ajemigbitse, Fred S Cannon, Mark S Klima, James C. Furness, Chris Wunz and Nathaniel R. Warner, , "Raw material recovery from hydraulic fracturing residual solid waste with implications for sustainability and radioactive waste disposal", Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts

Conference Proceedings

  • Avner Vengosh, Robert B Jackson, Nathaniel R. Warner, Thomas H Darrah and Andrew Kondash, 2014, "Risks to Water Resources from Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States", 16, pp. 6838
  • Megan P O’Connor, Desiree L Plata, Nathaniel R. Warner, Avner Vengosh, Marc A Deshusses, Kathrin Schreglmann and Martin Elsner, 2014, "Identifying needs for novel water treatment technologies for flowback water from natural gas extraction", 247
  • RB Jackson, A Vengosh, TH Darrah, Nathaniel R. Warner and A Down, 2013, "Shale Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Environmental Health: An Overview.", 54, pp. S13–S13
  • RB Jackson, A Vengosh, TH Darrah, Nathaniel R. Warner and A Down, 2013, "Shale Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Environmental Health: An Overview.", 54, pp. S13–S13
  • Deborah Leslie, Nathaniel R. Warner, Avner Vengosh, John Olesik, Kathleen Welch and W Berry Lyons, 2010, "Boron isotopic geochemistry of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica", 74, (12), pp. A582–A582

Other

  • Nathaniel R. Warner, 2002, "Water Quality in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley and Annapurna Conservation Area: An Assessment of Controlling Site Characteristics"

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