Michael J. Nicholl

Associate Professor of Geology

Vadose Zone Hydrology, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, and Geological Engineering

Office: LFG 227
Telephone: (702) 895-4616
Mailstop: 4010
E-mail: michael.nicholl@ccmail.nevada.edu


Ph.D. – University of Nevada Reno


Dr. Nicholl’s areas of expertise include vadose zone hydrology, environmental fluid mechanics, and geological engineering. His research currently focuses on the study of fluid flow in fractured rocks, with particular emphasis on two-phase flows (i.e., air/water, water/NAPL, and brine/petroleum). This is a highly active area of research, with important implications to a number of high-profile applied problems. Dr. Nicholl and his students are working to develop a fundamental understanding of two-phase flow in fractured rock through a combination of laboratory, field, and numerical experimentation.

Selected Research Publications:

Ji, S-H., M.J. Nicholl, R.J. Glass, and K-K. Lee, “Influence of a simple fracture intersection on density-driven immiscible flow: Wetting vs. nonwetting flows”, Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L14501, doi:10.1029/2004GL020045, 2004.

Glass, R.J., M.J. Nicholl, H. Rajaram, and B. Andre, “Development of Slender Transport Pathways in Unsaturated Fractured Rock: Simulation with Modified Invasion Percolation”, Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L06502, 2004.

Hubbell, J.M., M.J. Nicholl, J.B. Sisson, and D.L. McElroy, “Estimating flux in a deep vadose zone using the Darcian approach”, Vadose Zone Journal, 3, 560-569, 2004.

Hubbell, J.M., J.B. Sisson, M.J. Nicholl, and R.G. Taylor, “Well design to reduce barometric pressure effects on water level data in unconfined aquifers”, Vadose Zone Journal, 3, 183-189, 2004.

Courses taught:

GEY 101 – Introductory Geology: Exploring Planet Earth
GEY 474 – Hydrogeology

GEY 674 – Hydrogeology