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Regina Capuano

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Regina Capuano

Associate Professor of Geology / Advisor Environmental Science / Hydrogeology, Geochemistry

PH.D.,1988, Geosciences/Hydrology, University of Arizona
M.S., Geosciences, University of Arizona
B.S., Geology/Mathematics, State University of New York

Office: 221 SR1
Office Hours: T/TH | 1:30p - 2:30p
Phone: (713) 743-2957
capuano@uh.edu

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Research Interests

  1. Using Carbon 13 and 14 systematics to date aquifer water, identify sources of oil field contamination, and understand fluid migration around salt domes.
  2. Hydrogen isotopes in clays (see Capuano, 1992; Hyeong and Capuano, 2000 and 2004)
  3. Calculation of water-rock reactions to determine constants for isotope fractionation and mineral fluid equilibria. (e.g. Capuano, 1992, Hyeong and Capuano, 2001, 2004)
  4. Fluid flow in fractured media (e.g. Capuano, 1993,1994; Capuano and Jan 1996)
  5. Fluid flow and water/rock reactions during diagenesis of deep basin sediments associated with petroleum resources. Of particular interest are the geopressured/non geopressured interface, and the use of stable isotopes as tracers of oil and water migration, biodegradation and mixing. (e.g. Capuano, R.M., 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994; Hyeong and Capuano, 2001, 2004; Banga, Capuano and van Nieuwenhuise, 2002)
  6. Hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, contaminant transport, and meteoric recharge in low permeability sediments both in the vadose zone and saturated sediments. (e.g. Capuano and Jan, 1996; Hinks and Capuano, 1995; Mills and Capuano, 1995)
  7. Soil/water/microbial reactions associated with the bioremediation of contamination in shallow aquifers and the vadose zone. We have a Hydrogeology Research Site at the University of Houston Coastal Center with two approved Class I injection wells and numerous other wells available for long term research projects. (e.g. Capuano, R.M., Siringan, M.A., Jan, R.Z., and Jurtshuk, P. Jr., 1996; Capuano, R.M., and Johnson, M., 1996 Capuano, R.M., and Kreitler, C.W., 1989)
  8. Geochemistry of geothermal systems (e.g. Capuano, R.M., and Cole, D. R., 1982, Capuano, R.M., 1981; Struhsacker, E.M., Smith, C., and Capuano, R.M., 1983)

Publications

  • Hyeong, K., and Capuano, R.M., 2004, Hydrogen isotope fractionation factor for mixed layer illite/smectite 60o to 150oC, new data from the northeast Texas Gulf Coast. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, v68, p1529-1543. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2003.10.002
  • Capuano, R.M., and Lindsay, S.V., 2004, Chicot/Evangeline aquifer of the Texas Gulf Coast pdf, groundwater age and pathways for salt-water contamination, in Environmental Institute of Houston, 2004 Annual Report p 4-5
  • Capuano, R.M., and Lindsay, S.V., 2003, Chicot/Evangeline aquifer of the Texas Gulf Coast, groundwater age and pathways for salt-water contamination, in Environmental Institute of Houston, 2003 Annual Report p 22-24.
  • Banga, T., Capuano, R.M., van Nieuwenhuise, D.S., 2002, Fluid flow, stratigraphy and structure in the vicinity of the South Liberty Salt Dome, Texas, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Society Transactions, v52, p25-36.
  • Hyeong, K. and Capuano, R.M., 2001, Ca/Mg of brines in Miocene/Oligocene clastic sediments of the Texas Gulf Coast: Buffering by calcite/disordered dolomite equilibria: Geochim et Cosmochim Acta, v.65, 3065-3080. doi:10.1016/S0016-7037(01)00659-7
  • Hyeong, K. and Capuano, R.M., 2000, The effect of organic matter on the dD of clay minerals, Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, v. 64, p. 3829-3837. doi:10.1016/S0016-7037(00)00438-5
  • Capuano, R.M. and Jan, R.Z., 1997, In-situ hydraulic conductivity of clay and silty-clay fluvial deltaic sediments: discussion and reply, Ground Water, v35, no1, p2-3.
  • Capuano, R.M., and Jan, R.Z., 1996, In-situ hydraulic conductivity of clay and silty-clay fluvial-deltaic sediments: Ground Water, v34, no3, p545-551.
  • Capuano, R.M., Siringan, M.A., Jan, R.Z., and Jurtshuk, P. Jr., 1996, Enhanced activity of oligotrophic endogenous bacteria in clay-rich sediments by nutrient injection: Geomicrobiology Journal, v13, p165-179.
  • Capuano, R.M., and Johnson, M., 1996, Geochemical reactions during biodegradation/vapor-extraction remediation of petroleum contamination in the vadose zone: Ground Water, v34, p31-40.
  • Hinks, A.W., and Capuano, R.M., 1995, Spatial and temporal variations in the hydrogeologic properties of the Upper Beaumont Clay: In. R. Jensen ed., Proceedings of the 24th Water for Texas Conference: Texas Water Development Board, pg 147-156.
  • Mills, S.D., and Capuano, R.M., 1995, Infiltration of rain water through clay-rich soil of the Beaumont Formation, Galveston County, Texas: In. R. Jensen ed., Proceedings of the 24th Water for Texas Conference: Texas Water Development Board, pg 161-170.
  • Capuano, R.M., 1994, Evidence of fluid flow in microfractures in geopressured shales: Reply: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v78, 1641-1646.
  • Capuano, R.M., 1993, Evidence of fluid flow in microfractures in geopressured shales: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v77, p1303-1314.
  • Capuano, R.M., 1992, The temperature dependence of hydrogen isotope fractionation between clay minerals and water, evidence from a geopressured system: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v56, p2547-2554. doi:10.1016/0016-7037(92)90208-Z
  • Capuano, R.M., 1990, Hydrochemical constraints on fluid-mineral equilibria during compaction diagenesis of kerogen-rich geopressured sediments: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v54, p1283-1299. doi:10.1016/0016-7037(90)90153-C
  • Kreitler, C.W., Capuano, R.M., Akhter, M.S., Hamlin, H.S., Erwin, M.E., and Walter, T.G., 1990, Consolidation of Geologic Studies of Geopressured-Geothermal Resources in Texas: U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Technology Division, DOE-FC07-85NV10412, 185p.
  • Capuano, R.M., 1990, Subsurface degradation of wastes disposed. Bulletin Houston Geological Society v32, p 14-15.
  • Capuano, R.M., and Kreitler, C.W., 1989, Chemical controls on subsurface degradation of wastes disposed of by deep well injection: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Class I & II Injection Well Technology, May 8-11, 1989; Underground Injection Practices Council, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, p345-355.
  • Capuano, R.M., and Kreitler, C.W., 1989, Deep well injection: chemical wastes disposed and their subsurface reactions: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Drinking Water, CR-8144056-01-0, 169p.
  • Wright, P.M., Capuano, R.M., Adams, M., and Moore, J.N., 1984, Uses of geochemistry with injection backflow testing in geothermal reservoir studies: Geothermal Resources Council, Trans., v8, p349 354.
  • Sibbett, B.S., and Capuano, R.M., 1984, Potential for a low temperature geothermal resource near Mackay Idaho: U.S. Department of Energy, DOE ID 12079 120, UURI-ESL 137, 12p.
  • Capuano, R.M., Adams, M.C., and Wright, P.M., 1983, Tracer recovery and mixing from two geothermal injection backflow studies: Ninth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, p299-304.
  • Christensen, O.D., Capuano, R.A., and Moore, J.N., 1983, Trace element zoning in the Roosevelt Hot Springs Thermal Area, Utah: Journal Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v16, p99 129. doi:10.1016/0377-0273(83)90086-0
  • Struhsacker, E.M., Smith, C., and Capuano, R.M., 1983, An evaluation of exploration methods for low temperature geothermal systems in the Artesian City area, Twin Falls and Cassia Counties, Idaho: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v94, p58 79.
  • Thussu, J.L., Moore, J.N., and Capuano, R.M., 1983, Preliminary geothermal assessment of the Tattapani thermal area, Madhya Pradesh, India: Geothermal Resources Council, Trans., v7, 6p.
  • Apps, J.A, and Capuano, R.M., 1983, Solid liquid equilibria, in P.M. Wright, ed., In Situ Leaching and Solution Mining State of the Art and Recommended Research: University of Utah Research Institute, ESL 85031 TR.
  • Blackett, R.E., Capuano, R.M., Kolesar, P.T., Sill, W.R., Allman, D.W., Downs, W.F., Hull, L.C., Koslow, K.N., Large, R.M., McAtee, R.E., Miller, J.D., Russell, B.F., and Skiba, P.A., 1983, Hydrothermal Injection Research Program Annual Progress Report FY 1983: U.S. Department of Energy pdf, DOE ID 10117, Cat. UC 66a
  • Capuano, R.M., and Cole, D. R., 1982, Fluid mineral equilibria in a hydrothermal system, Roosevelt Hot Springs, Utah: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v46, p1353 1364. doi:10.1016/0016-7037(82)90271-X
  • Adams, M.C., and Capuano, R.M., 1982, Evaluation of the geothermal reservoir associated with Auburn and Johnson Hot Springs, Upper Star Valley, Wyoming: Geothermal Resources Council, Trans., v6, p73 76.
  • Downs, W.F, McAtee, R.E, Capuano, R.M., and Sill, W.R., 1982, Hydrothermal injection experiments at the Raft River KGRA, Idaho: Eight Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, 4p.
  • Capuano, R.M., 1981, Water chemistry as an aid in reconnaissance exploration for a low temperature geothermal system, Artesian City Area, Idaho: Geothermal Resources Council, Trans., v5, p59 62.
  • Buma, G., Johnson, P., Bienek, G., Watson, G., Noyes, H., and Capuano, R., 1981, Analysis of Ground Water Criteria and Recent Restoration Attempts after In Situ Uranium Leaching: U. S. Bureau of Mines, Open File Report 90 82.
  • Christensen, O.D., Moore, J.N., and Capuano, R.M., 1980, Trace element geochemical zoning in the Roosevelt Hot Springs thermal area, Utah: Geothermal Resources Council, Trans., v4, p149 152.
  • Christensen, O.D., Kroneman, R.L., and Capuano, R.M., 1980, Multielement analysis of Geologic Materials by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy: U.S. Department of Energy, DOE ID 12079 2, UURI ESL32, 33p.
  • Glenn, W.E., Chapman, D.S., Foley, D., Capuano, R.M., Sibbett, B.S., Cole, D., and Ward, S.H., 1980, Geothermal Exploration at Hill Air force Base, Ogden, Utah: U.S. Department of Energy, DOE ET-28392 42, UURI ESL34, 77p.
  • Bamford, R.W., Christensen, O.D., and Capuano, R.M., 1980, Multielement Geochemistry of Solid Materials in Geothermal Systems and Its Application, Part I: The Hot Water System at Roosevelt Hot Springs KGRA Utah: U.S. Department of Energy, DOE ET 27002 7, UURI ESL30, 168p.
  • Capuano, R.M., and Bamford, R. W., 1978, Initial Investigation of Soil Mercury Geochemistry as an Aid to Drill Site Selection in Geothermal Systems: U.S. Department of Energy, DOE-ET-28390220, IDO 78 1701.b.3.3, UURI ESL13, 32p.