Dr. Tara Root   

Dr. Tara Root

Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences
E-mail: troot@fau.edu

Phone: 561-297-3253
Office: SE-454, Dw-329

Hydrogeology Lab website
Water Lab website


Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 2005
MS in Geology and Geophysics (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 2000  
BS in Geological Engineering (Colorado School of Mines) 1998 

Research Interests: 

Groundwater chemistry
Water-rock interaction
Groundwater sustainability


Water Resources (online version Quality Matters certified)
Methods in Hydrogeology
Engineering Geology
History of Hydrogeology
Environmental Issues in Atmospheric and Earth Sciences
Field Methods
Earth Science for Educators
Physical Geology/Evolution of the Earth
Surveying and Mapping
Geosciences Colloquium
Human Mission to Mars


Recipient of the FAU Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2013)


Recent Publication

Weisner, M., Root, T.L., Harris, M., Mitsova, D., and Liu, W., in press. Tap Water Perceptions and Socioeconomics: Assessing the Dissatisfaction of the Poor. Sustainable Production and Consumption.

Survis, F.D. and Root, T.L., 2017. The Rain-Watered Lawn: Informing Effective Lawn Watering Behavior. Journal of Environmental Management, 199:109-115

Survis, F.D., Root, T.L., and Pathak, C.S., 2017. Identifying Seasonal Opportunities to Save Water: Using Weekly Rainfall and Evapotranspiration Patterns to Evaluate Outdoor Water Restriction Policy in South Florida. Water Conservation Science and Engineering, 2(4):133-143.

Kuhn, T. and Root, T.L., 2012. Environmental Controls on the Distribution and Vigor of an Endangered Grass (Panicum abscissum Swallen). Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 35:403-411.

Survis, F.D. and Root, T.L., 2012. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Water Restrictions: A Case Study From Southeast Florida. Journal of Environmental Management, 112:377-383.

Root, T. and F. Survis, 2012. Human-Climate-Water Interactions in the Context of Managing Florida's Water Supplies. The Florida Geographer, 43:4-16. 

Berry, L., Bloetscher, F., Hernandez Hammer, N., Koch-Rose, M., Mitsova-Boneva, D., Restrepo, J., Root, T., Teegavarapu, R., 2011: Florida Water Management and Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change: A White Paper on Climate Change and Florida's Water Resources, Florida Climate Change Task Force.

Root, T., Gotkowitz, M., Bahr, J., and Attig, J., 2010. Arsenic Geochemistry and Hydrostratigraphy in Midwestern U.S. Glacial Deposits. Ground Water, 48:903-912.

Lakhan, S., Root, T. and Fadiman, M. 2009. Household Water in Northern Trinidad: Source, Collection, Storage, and Socioeconomics. Florida Geographer, 40:48-61.

Root. T.L., 2008. Arsenic Speciation and Form in a Glacial Aquifer in the Midwestern United States. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 31:25-33.

Root, T. and Carlson, E. 2007. Water Quality and Hydrology of an Environmental Preserve in Palm Beach County, Florida. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 30:457-465.

Root, T.L., Bahr, J.M., and Gotkowitz, M.B., 2005. Geochemical and Environmental Controls on Arsenic in Ground Water in Southeastern Wisconsin, in O’Day, P. et al., Advances in Arsenic Research, American Chemical Society Symposium Series, 915, pp. 161-173.





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