Kathy Bower has research interests in human interaction with the environment. This includes the availability and continuing use of water resources, the use of earthen materials for human structures, and the continued sustainable use of the environment. Kathy has developed numerical programs for geothermal energy extraction, grid generation, and solute transport. She has developed computer models of solute transport in groundwater for projects such as the permanent storage of radioactive waste in the U.S and potential release of radioactive contaminants into surface and groundwater from mines and disposal sites.
Currently, Dr. Bower is interested in the impact of human resource use on the continuation of human communities. She is developing methods to explore sustainable use of resources in human communities.
Links to useful K-12 and undergraduate Earth Science classroom demonstrations
Digital Reports of Interest:
K. Garner, 2003, The Kickapoo in Coles County and Illinois
K.M Bower, 2003, Geology and Human Settlement of Coles County, Illinois
K.M. Bower, 2005, Water Resources in Coles County, Illinois
Bower, K.M., A Numerical Model of Hydro-thermo-mechanical Coupling in a Fractured Rock Mass, Ph.D. Thesis, University of New Mexico, 1996
Bower, K.M., C.R. Richardson, and S.B.
Schreiber, Review of the
Hollis, D., E. Vold, R. Shuman, K. Birdsell, K. Bower, W. Hansen, D. Krier, P. Longmire, B. Newman, D. Rogers, and E. Springer, Performance Assessment and Composite Analysis for Los Alamos National Laboratory Material Disposal Area G, Los Alamos National Laboratory, LA-UR-97-85, Report-54G-013, R.1, 1997
Birdsell, K., W. Soll, K. Bower, A. Wolfsberg, T. Orr, T. Cherry, Simulations of Groundwater Flow and Radionuclide Transport in the Vadose and Saturated Zones Beneath Area G, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, LA-UR-97-157, 1997
Bower, K.M. and G. Zyvoloski, A Numerical Model of Hydro-thermo-mechanical Coupling in a Fractured Rock, Int. J. Rock Mech. Min. Sci. & Geomech. Abstr., V. 34, No. 8, pp. 1201-1211, 1997
Birdsell, K.H., A.V. Wolfsberg, D. Hollis, T.A. Cherry, and K.M. Bower, Groundwater Flow and Radionuclide Transport Calculations for a Performance Assessment of a Low-level Waste Site, J. Contaminant Hydrology, V. 46, pp. 99-129, 2000
Bower, K.E., S. Yousaf, S. Deus, A. Rutkiewic,
M. Sychov, G.R. Haugeto,
M. Kajor, K.M.
Bower, and C. Bower, Small Radioisotope
Bower, K.M., Developing a Geologic Outreach Program, Journal of Geoscience Education, V. 50, n. 3, pp. 296-302, May, 2002
Bower, K.M., C.W.
Gable, and G.A. Zyvoloski, Grid Resolution
Study of Saturated Flow and Transport,
Bower, K.M., Glaciers formed Coles landscape,
Charleston Times-Courier, pp. D2-D3,