Alexis Navarre-Sitchler

Professor and Ben Fryrear Endowed Chair for Innovation and Excellence, Geology and Geological Engineering

Alexis Navarre-Sitchler



  • Ph.D., 2008, Geochemistry, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., 2006, Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines
  • B.S., 2000, Geology, Mesa State College

Research and Professional Experience

  • 2012 – present     Assistant Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2009 – 2012     Postdoctoral Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2008 – 2009     Postdoctoral Researcher, Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming
  • 2000 – 2002     Geologist, Daub & Associates, Grand Junction CO
  • 2000     Field Geologist, Colorado State Geological Survey    >
  • 1998 – 2000     Geological Intern, Walter S. Fees, Jr. & Son Oil & Gas, Grand Junction CO

Research Interests and Specialties

  • Aqueous geochemistry including water-rock interactions.
  • Interaction between fluid transport and mineral dissolution kinetics including the use of reactive transport modeling.
  • Characterization of natural materials using multiple techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, various synchrotron techniques and electron microprobe analyses.
  • Quantification of porosity using micro-computed tomography and small/ultra small-angle neutron scattering techniques.
  • Extrapolating laboratory data to field systems.


  • Wunsch*, A., Navarre-Sitchler, A.K., McCray, J.E. (in press) Geochemical implications of brine leakage into shallow aquifers, Ground Water.
  • Navarre-Sitchler, A.K., Maxwell, R.M., Siirila, E.R. Hammond, G.E., Lichtner, P.C. (in press) Elucidating geochemical response of shallow heterogeneous aquifers to CO2 leakage using high-performance computing: implications for monitoring of CO2 sequestration, Advances in Water resources
  • Atchely*, A., Maxwell, R.M.,  Navarre-Sitchler, A.K., (in press) Using Streamlines to simulate stochastic reactive transport in heterogeneous aquifers: Kinetic metal release and transport in CO2 impacted drinking water aquifers, Advances in Water resources
  • *Bearup, L., Navarre-Sitchler, A., Maxwell, R., McCray, J. (2012) Kinetic metal release from competing processes in aquifers, Environmental Science and Technology, v. 46, n. 12, p. 6539-6547doi: 10.1021/es203586y
  • Navarre-Sitchler, A., *Mouzakis, K., Rother, G., Dewers, T.A., Heath, J., McCray, J.E., (in press). Nano- to micro-meter scale characterization of pore networks in fine-grained rocks using electron microscopy and small angle neutron scattering. Microscopy and Microanalysis.
  • *Siirila, E., Navarre-Sitchler, A., Maxwell, R., and McCray, J.M. (2012) A quantative methodology to assess the risks to human health from CO2 leakage into groundwater, Advances in Water Resources,
  • Navarre-Sitchler, A., Steefel, C.I., Sak, P.B. and Brantley, S.L. (2011) A predictive model for weathering rind formation on basalt, Geochimica et Cosmochimia Acta, v. 75, 7644-7667.
  • Kaszuba, J., Navarre-Sitchler, A., Thyne, G., Chopping, C., Mouzalaar, T. (2011) Supercritical carbon dioxide and sulfur in the Madison Limestone: A natural analogue in southwest Wyoming for geologic carbon-sulfur co-sequestration.  Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 309, 131-140.
  • Navarre-Sitchler, A., Steefel, C., Yang, L. and Brantley, S. (2009) Evolution of porosity diffusivity during chemical weathering of a basalt clast, Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, v. 114, F02016.
  • Navarre-Sitchler, A. and Brantley, S. (2007) Basalt Weathering Across Scales, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 261, n. 1-2, p. 321-334.
  • Navarre-Sitchler, A. and Thyne, G. (2007) Effects of Carbon Dioxide on Mineral Weathering Rates at Earth Surface Conditions, Chemical Geology, v. 243, n. 1-2, p. 53-63.
  • * Student author or co-author


Synergistic Activities

  • 2013 V.M. Goldschmidt Conference Geochemistry of Energy theme committee
  • Co-convener of multiple special topics sessions at American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America National Meetings
  • Active member of American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, Geochemical Society, Mineralogical Society of America
  • Peer reviewer for: G-cubed, Applied Geochemistry, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Chemical Geology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Aquatic Geochemistry, IODP 301 Expedition Proceedings, NSF Career and Post-doctoral Grant Programs, American Mineralogist


  • GEGN212 – Petrology for Geological Engineers
  • GEGN598 – Chemical Modeling of Aqueous Systems

Personal website
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