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Forensic Geochemical and Geophysical Statistical Data Visualization

Course Code: EL0405CA20

Environmental Forensics Course

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CANCELED October 29, 2019
8:30am - 4:30pm (Check in time: 8:00am)

Next offering TBD.


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Data analysis and visualization are becoming an increasingly important part of forensic geochemical and geophysical legal proceedings. Gain a thorough understanding of how to use these techniques to explain complex environmental data in an easily understandable manner by attending this training session.

Study Design and Conceptual Site Models

The course will begin with an overview of the importance of reliable study designs that follow established scientific principles. EPA documents, hydrological investigations, target hydrocarbons, and petroleum biomarkers will all be discussed. The process for establishing comprehensive conceptual site models to present investigation results in a clear and understandable manner will also be covered.

Visualization Techniques for Gasoline Range Data and Distillate Range Data

The course instructors will then lead discussions on gasoline range (GR) data and distillate range (DR) data, providing in-depth instruction on the following topics:

  • Various statistical visualization techniques
  • For GR data: regression analyses, ternary analyses, and approaches for dealing with large datasets for paraffin, isoparaffin, aromatic, naphthenic, and olefin (PIANO)
  • For DR data: approaches for normal alkanes, isoparaffins, simple aromatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and biomarkers
  • Modeling of discharges: the approaches and basic physical parameters
  • Three-dimensional computer modeling of discharges
  • Real world example results of courtroom discussions of plume transports

Dealing with Complex Datasets

For the largest and most complex datasets (including PAH, PCB, and PCDD/F), approaches for distributional analysis used for source assessment and pattern recognition will be discussed. Students will gain an understanding of the strengths and limitations of different approaches, and they will leave the course with the knowledge to formulate a comprehensive conceptual site model for courtroom settings.


Dr. Michael J. Wade is Principal Scientist of Wade Research, Inc.TM, a small business that provides geochemical forensic services to a variety of government agencies, industrial clients, and law firms. Dr. Wade is an internationally recognized organic geochemist with 40 years of post-doctoral experience and over 49 post-baccalaureate years of strong technical and project management experience in a variety of research programs with special emphasis on study of petroleum pollution in the environment. He regularly provides expert forensic services both through the deposition process as well as court testimony in the areas of environmental contamination, including assessment of sources of contamination, identification of petroleum product types, and age-dating of petroleum product releases.

Jeffrey A. Johnson, Ph.D., P.G. is a recognized expert in groundwater flow and contaminant transport and fate. He has over 30 years of professional experience in natural resource assessment, site characterization, remedial operations, and technical analyses. He has extensive technical skills in groundwater flow, contaminant transport, and fate of both dissolved and free-phase plumes. For the past 10 years, he has worked extensively in the characterization and remediation of light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) and dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) sites. Dr. Johnson is experienced in developing characterization programs to delineate natural hydrocarbon sources, such as coal bed methane and oil seeps from anthropogenic releases. He is experienced in computer applications including analytical and numerical models, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and 3D visual imagery. He has supported numerous technical organizations, committees, and groups including American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and Remediation Technologies Development Forum (RTDF).

Continuing Education Credits

The October 29, 2019 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 0.65 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental forensics training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 6.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 6 Technical CECs (Course No. 2018-042)

NJ Professional Engineers: 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators: 6 TCHs (Approval #01-041802-30)

NJ Continuing Legal Education: 7.2 CLEs

CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): 6.0 CECs (Course No. CTLEP-466)

MA Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals: 6 Technical (non-DEP) Credits – Course No. 1637

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Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


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Rutgers Continuing Education at The Atrium
Suite 101, Room 118 Mulberry
300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

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