Profile: Zoltan Szabo

Research Hydrologist

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Research Interests:

Geochemistry of radionuclides and trace elements and their fate and transport in natural waters. Other research activities/interests include: design of sampling activities/programs, mercury distribution in the environment; characterizing organic wastewater compound occurrence and fate; and short-lived radioisotope monitoring and use as tracers.

  • Associated Programs

    Useful USGS info regarding geochemistry in NJ:

    New Jersey Water Science Center

    TCE in Fractured Rock

    Map of ground-water quality sites, NJ

    USGS(NAWQA) Trace Elements National Synthesis

    USGS Drinking water

    USGS Hydrogeochemical and Microbiological Investigations of Radionuclides, Nutrients, and Environmental Contaminants

  • Education

    1984 – MSc., Ohio State University (Geochemistry)

    1981 – BSc., Ohio State University (Geology)

  • Publications

    Gilchrist, Sivajini, Gates, A.E., Szabo, Zoltan, and Lamothe, P.J., 2009, Impact of AMD on water quality in critical watershed in the Hudson River drainage basin: Phillips Mine, Hudson Highlands, New York: Environmental Geology, v. 57, p 397-409. . [DOI 10.1007/s00254-008-1310-4.]

    Barringer, J.L., Bonin, J.L., Reilly, P.A., Szabo, Zoltan, and McGee, C.K., 2009, Sources of Arsenic to streams of the inner Coastal Plain of New Jersey, USA: Geological Society of America Abstracts, v. 41, no. 3, p. 92.

    Szabo, Zoltan, Jacobsen, Eric, Kraemer, T.F., and Parsa, Bahman, 2008, Concentrations and environmental fate of Ra in cation-exchange regeneration brine waste disposed to septic tanks and accumulation in sludge, New Jersey Coastal Plain, U.S.A.: Journal Environmental Radioactivity, v. 99, no. 6, p. 947-964.

    Barringer, J.L., Wilson, T.P., Szabo, Zoltan, Bonin, J.L., Fischer, J.M., and Smith, N.P., 2008, Diurnal variations in, and influences on, concentrations of particulate and dissolved arsenic and metals in the mildly alkaline Wallkill River, New Jersey, USA: Environmental Geology, v. 53, p. 1183-1199. [DOI 10.1007/s00254-007-0708-8.]

    Burnett, W.C., Dulaiova, Henrietta, Dimova, Natasha, Parsa, Bahman, and Szabo, Zoltan, 2007, Measuring thoron (220Rn) in natural waters : in Warwick, Peter, ed., Environmental Radiochemical Analysis, Volume III., Transactions of the Royal Chemical Society, RSC Publishing, Cambridge, England, p. 24-37.

    dePaul, V.T., and Szabo, Zoltan, 2007, Occurrence of radium-224, radium-226, and radium-228 in water from the Vincentown and Wenonah-Mount Laurel aquifers, the Englishtown aquifer system, and the Hornerstown and Red Bank sands, southwestern and south-central New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5064, 62 p. []

    Szabo, Zoltan, Keller, E.A., and Defawe, R.M., 2006, Pore-Water quality in the clay-silt confining units of the lower Miocene Kirkwood Formation and hypothetical effects on water quality of the Atlantic City 800-Foot Sand, northeastern Cape May County, New Jersey, 2001: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5134, 37 p. []

    Szabo, Zoltan, dePaul, V.T., Gardner, P.L., Kopera, A.J., and Goodman, Jenny, 2006, Radon-222 occurrence in ground water in New Jersey, with emphasis on the Highlands Province: in Gates, A.E., ed., Environmental geology of the Highlands, 23rd Annual Meeting of the Geological Association of New Jersey, Ramapo, N.J., Oct. 2006.

    Barringer, J.L., Szabo, Zoltan, Wilson, T.P., Bonin, J.L., Kratzer, Todd, Cenno, Kimberly, Romagna, Terri, Alebus, Marzooq, and Hirst, Barbara, 2006, Sources and mobility of arsenic and metals in water and sediments of a shallow aerated and alum-dosed lake, northwestern New Jersey, USA: Geological Society of America Abstracts, v. 38, no. 7, p. 151.

    Barringer, J.L., Szabo, Zoltan, Schneider, Donald, Atkinson, W.D., and Gallagher, R.A., 2006, Mercury concentrations in ground water, septage, leach-field effluent, and soils in residential areas, New Jersey Coastal Plain: Science Total Environment, v. 361, p. 144-162.

    Barringer, J.L., and Szabo, Zoltan, 2006, Overview of studies of mercury concentrations in water from the New Jersey Coastal Plain: Water Soil Air Pollution, v. 175, p. 193-221.

    Koterba, M.T., Andres, A.S., Vrabel, J.P., Crilley, D.M., Szabo, Zoltan, DeWild, J.F., Aiken, G.R., and Reyes-Padro, Betzaida, 2006, Occurrence and distribution of mercury in the surficial aquifer, Long Neck Peninsula, Sussex County, Delaware, 2003-04: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5011, 159 p. [] or [].

    Barringer, J.L., Szabo, Zoltan, Kauffman, L.J., Barringer, T.H., Stackelberg, P.E., Ivahnenko, Tamara, Rajagopalan, Shilpa, and Krabbenhoft, D.P., 2005, Mercury concentrations in water from an unconfined aquifer system, New Jersey Coastal Plain: Science Total Environment, v. 346, p. 169-183.

    Szabo, Zoltan, dePaul, V.T., Kraemer, T.F., Parsa, Bahman, 2005, Occurrence of radium-224 and comparison to that of radium-226 and radium-228 in water from the unconfined Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer System, Southern New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5224, 92 p. []]

    Szabo, Zoltan, Zapecza, O.S., Oden, J.H., and Rice, D.E., 2005, Radiochemical sampling and analysis of shallow ground water and sediment at the BOMARC Missile Facility, east-central New Jersey, 1999-2000: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5062, 87 p. []

    Szabo, Zoltan, Oden, J.H., Gibs, Jacob, Rice, D.E. and Ding, Yuan, 2002, Variation in aluminum, iron, and particle concentrations in oxic ground-water samples collected by use of tangential-flow filtration with low-flow sampling:Proceedings of International Society for Optical Engineering, v. 4575, Chemical and biological early warning monitoring for water, food, and ground, p. 42-61.

    Focazio, M.J., Szabo, Zoltan, Kraemer, T.F., Mullin, A.H., Barringer, T.H. and dePaul, V.T., 2001, Occurrence of selected radionuclides in ground water used for drinking water in the United States: A reconnaissance Survey, 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 00-4273, 35 p. []

    Ivahnenko, Tamara, Szabo, Zoltan and Gibs, Jacob, 2001, Changes in sample collection and analytical techniques and effects on retrospective comparability of low-level concentrations of trace elements in ground-water: Water Research, v. 35, no. 15, p. 3517-3531.

    Gibs, Jacob, Szabo, Zoltan, Ivahnenko, Tamara and Wilde, F. D., 2000, Change in field turbidity and trace-element concentrations during well purging: Ground Water, v. 38, no. 4, p. 577-588.
    Szabo, Zoltan and dePaul, V.T., 1998, Radium-226 and Radium-228 in shallow ground water, southern New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-062-98, 6 p. []

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