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Doug Gouzie - Missouri State University. Springfield, MO, US

Doug Gouzie Doug Gouzie

Professor, Geography, Geology and Planning | Missouri State University

Springfield, MO, UNITED STATES

Dr. Gouzie's areas of expertise cover geology, environmental science, carbon sequestration and sinkholes.






Secrets of the Earth: Sinkholes




A registered professional geologist, Dr. Doug Gouzie is a Professor of Geology and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Missouri State University.

He teaches geology and environmental courses, and his research interests include: carbon sequestration, environmental geochemistry of karst, environmental science, quantitative dye tracing of karst and sinkhole development and prediction. Dr. Gouzie serves as a statewide resource expert for sinkhole issues.

Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning Environmental Services Research

Areas of Expertise (10)

Geology Science Environmental Management Carbon Sequestration Sinkholes Public Speaking Environmental Science Environmental Health Water Quality Student Development

Accomplishments (3)

Foundation Award for Service (professional)

Missouri State University

Provost's Committee to Review/Revise General Education Program (professional)

Missouri State University

Missouri State University – Ozarks Environment & Water Resources Institute - Advisory Board (professional)


Education (2)

University of Kentucky: PhD, Geology 1986

University of Kentucky: BS, Geology and Geophysics 1981

Affiliations (3)

  • Geological Society of America
  • National Speleological Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Media Appearances (2)

Secrets of the Earth, Episode 204: Sinkholes

The Weather Channel  tv


The surface of planet earth conceals a secret predator. It swallows cars, trees, houses and it even swallows people.

Part 3: Your sinkhole questions answered

KBIA  radio


Missouri State University Associate Professor of Geology and sinkhole expert Doug Gouzie ...

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Event Appearances (3)

Karst Geology

Missouri Master Naturalists Annual Conference  Springfield, MI


Living with our Landscape: Lessons from Sinkholes

Summer Science Series Lecture  Broward County, FL Public Libraries


Power to the People: Carbon Sequestration and Energy Options

Springfield Rotary Club  Springfield, MI


Research Grants (3)


Terracon, Inc w/City of Springfield (Brownfields Site, USEPA) 


For Geophysical Survey and Dye Tracing for the “New Diesel Spring” at the West Meadows Site

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Missouri Carbon Sequestration Project

Springfield (MO) City Utilities 


PI - contractor to CU on $2.2 million grant extension from U.S. DOE

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Monitoring and Numerical Modeling of Shallow CO2 Injection

US Dept of Energy 


Co-PI. Greene County, Missouri

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Articles (5)

State of remediation and metal toxicity in the Tri-State Mining District, USA Chemosphere


Mining operations in the Tri-State Mining District of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma (TSMD), once one of the major lead and zinc mining areas in the world, had completely ceased by 1970...

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The Application of Quantitative Fluorescent Dye Tracing to Evaluate Karst Hydrogeologic Response to Varying Recharge Conditions in an Urban Area Environmental Earth Sciences


Quantitative dye-tracing methods were utilized in a portion of the greater Springfield, Missouri metropolitan area. These methods were used to evaluate factors influencing groundwater movement through the shallow karst system in the area...

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Determining a relationship between a newly forming sinkhole and a former dry stream using electric resistivity tomography and very low-frequency electromagnetics in an urban karst setting Interpretation


Sinkhole formation is an ongoing hazard for urban karst settings, compromising construction foundations, and accelerating groundwater pollution. In Springfield, Missouri, the uppermost exposed unit is the Burlington limestone, a carbonate bedrock which is susceptible to karst formation, including caves and sinkholes...

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Developing Efficient Procedures for Automated Sinkhole Extraction from Lidar DEMs Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing


Sinkhole detection in karst areas is usually difficult through remote sensing image interpretation. We present an efficient approach to extract mature sinkholes from lidar DEM...

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Dye-tracing studies in southwestern Missouri, USA: indication of stratigraphic flow control in the Burlington Limestone Hydrogeology Journal


Dye-tracing methods are utilized in an area of southwestern Missouri, USA, in order to evaluate factors influencing groundwater flow in the karst lithology. Four new dye traces were conducted in the Burlington Limestone formation of the surficial Springfield Plateau aquifer...

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