Lisa Shevenell
Lisa Shevenell

Research Hydrogeologist
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

Business telephone: (775) 784-6691
FAX: (775) 784-1709



B.S. Geology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology,
Socorro, New Mexico, 1984
Ph.D. Hydrogeology, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, 1990


Areas of Expertise

Isotope hydrology
Geothermal systems
Karst hydrology
Aqueous geochemistry


Professional Work Experience

Hydrogeologist, Associate Research Scientist, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (October, 1993 - present)

Research Associate, Environmental Sciences Division Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee on subcontract through the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee (1990-1993)

Research Assistant, Water Resources Center, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada (1987-1990)

Graduate Research Assistant, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico (1984-1987)


Selected Publications


Skalbeck, J.D., Shevenell, L., and Widmer, M., 2002, Mixing of thermal and non-thermal waters in the Steamboat Hills area, Nevada: Geothermics, v. 31, no. 1, p. 69-90. Available on Internet

Long, J.C.S., and Shevenell, L., 2001, The Potential of geothermal energy: Testimony prepared for the Secretaries of the Department of Interior and Department of Energy, presented November 29, 2001, 6 p. Available on Internet

Shevenell, L., Garside, L., and Hess, R., 2000, Nevada Geothermal Resources, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 126.

Shevenell, L., and Goff, F., 2000, Temporal geochemical variations in volatile emissions from Mount St. Helens, 1980-1994, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 99, no. 1-4, p. 123-138.

Shevenell, L., and Goff, F., 1995, Evolution of geothermal waters at Mount St. Helens, Washington, U.S.A.: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 69(1/2): 73-93.

Shevenell, L., and Goff, F., 1993, Condensation of Magmatic Volatiles into the Hot Spring Waters of Loowit Canyon, Mount St. Helens, Washington, U.S.A.: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 55, no. 7, p. 489-503.

Goff, F., Goff, S.J., Kelkar, S., Shevenell, L., Truesdell, A., Musgrave, J., Rufenacht, H., and Flores, W., 1991, Exploration drilling and reservoir model of the Platanares geothermal system, Honduras, Central America: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 45, p. 101-123.

Janik, C., Truesdell, A., Goff, F., Shevenell, L., Stallard, M., Trujillo, P., and Counce, D., 1991, A geochemical model of the Platanares geothermal system Honduras: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 45, p. 125-146.

Goff, F., Shevenell, L., Gardner, J.N., Vuataz, F.D., and Grigsby, C.O., 1988, The hydrothermal outflow plume of Valles Caldera, New Mexico and a comparison with other outflow plumes: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 93, no. B6, p. 6041-6058.

Karst Hydrology

Shevenell, L., and McCarthy, J.F., 2002, Effects of precipitation events on colloids in a karst aquifer: Journal of Hydrology, v. 255, no. 1/4, p. 50-68. Available on Internet

Powers, J.G., and Shevenell, L., 2000, Evaluating transmissivity estimates from well hydrographs in karst aquifers, Ground Water, v. 38, no. 3, p. 361-369.

McCarthy, J.F., and Shevenell, L., 1998, Processes controlling colloid composition in a fractured and karstic aquifer in eastern Tennessee, USA, J. Hyd. 206(3/4) p. 191-218.

McCarthy, J.F., and L. Shevenell, 1998. Obtaining representative groundwater samples in a fractured and karst aquifer, Ground Water 36(2): 251-260.

Goldstrand, P.M., and L.A. Shevenell, 1997. Geologic controls on porosity development in the Maynardville Limestone, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Environmental Geology v. 31, no. 3/4, p. 259-269.

Shevenell, L., and P.M. Goldstrand. 1997. Geochemical and depth controls on microporosity and cavity development in the Maynardville Limestone: Implications for groundwater flow in a karst aquifer. Cave and Karst Science 24(3): 127-136.

Shevenell, L., 1996, Analysis of well hydrographs in a karst aquifer: Estimates of specific yields and continuum transmissivities: Journal of Hydrology, 174(3/4): 331-356.


Shevenell, L., 2000, Water quality in pit lakes in disseminated gold deposits compared to two natural, terminal lakes in Nevada, Environmental Geology, v. 39, no. 7, p. 807-815.

Shevenell, L., Connors, K.A., and Henry, C.D., 1999, Controls on Pit Lake Water Quality at Sixteen Open-Pit Mines in Nevada, Applied Geochemistry 14(5): 669-687.

Shevenell, L., 1999, Regional potential evapotranspiration in arid climates based on temperature, topography and calculated solar radiation, Hydrological Processes 13(4): 577-596.

Shevenell, L.A., C.D. Henry, and L. Christensen, 1997. A ranking scheme developed to assess the relative potential of abandoned mine sites in Nevada to result surface water and groundwater degradation. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Open-File Report 97-3, 49 p.

Price, J. G., Shevenell, L., Henry, C. D., Rigby, J. G., Christensen, L., Lechler, P. J., Desilets, M., Fields, R., Driesner, D., Durbin, B., and Lombardo, W., 1995, Water Quality at Inactive and Abandoned Mines in Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Open-File Report 95-4, 72 p.

Shevenell, L., Moore, G.K., and Dreier, R.B., 1994, Contaminant spread and flushing in fractured rocks at the S-3 Ponds site, Oak Ridge, TN, Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, XIV(2), 120-129.

Shevenell, L., and Hoffman, F.O., 1993, Necessity of uncertainty analysis in risk assessment: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 35(3), 369-385.


Shevenell, L., and F. Goff, 1996. In-situ tritium production and fluid mean residence times in the two subsystems of the Valles caldera Hydrothermal System, New Mexico. New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 47th Field Conference, Jemez Mountains Region, p. 455-461

Shevenell, L., and Goff, F., 1995, The use of tritium in groundwaters to determine fluid mean residence times of Valles Caldera hydrothermal fluids, New Mexico, U.S.A.: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 67(1-3): p. 187-205.

Shevenell, L., 1991, Tritium in the thermal waters discharging in Loowit Canyon, Mount St. Helens, Washington, U.S.A.: Chemical Geology (Isotope Geoscience Section), v. 94, p. 123-135.

Goff, F., and Shevenell, L., 1987, Travertine deposits at Soda Dam, New Mexico and their implications for the age and evolution of the Valles Caldera hydrothermal system: Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, v. 99, p. 292-302.

Shevenell, L., Goff, F., Grigsby, C.O., Janik, C.J., Trujillo, P.E., Jr., and Counce, D., 1987, Chemical and isotopic characteristics of thermal fluids in the Long Valley Caldera Lateral Flow System, California: Transactions of the Geothermal Research Council, v. 11, p. 195-202.


Other Professional Activities

Member, Nevada Water Resources Association
Member, Geological Society of America
Member, National Ground Water Association
Member, American Geophysical Union