Robert E. Criss
Campus Box 1169
1 Brookings Dr
Saint Louis MO 63130-4899
Professor Criss' research spans many disciplines and has appeared in more than 40 different scientific journals, several government series, and several books. He has conducted extensive field and geochemical work in many different geologic environments in North America, including Cordilleran batholiths, volcanic plateaus, metamorphic zones, gold-silver districts, karst and cave regions, alluvial aquifers, and rivers. In his long career as a professor he has taught several classes including Geochemistry, Hydrology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Chemical Thermodynamics, Geochronology, Speleology, Field Geology, and Environmental Potamology.
Criss’ research embodies the quantitative explanation of huge data sets on diverse natural systems, typically involving thorough literature review, acquisition and analysis of thousands of samples and/or massive data sets, followed by interpretation that includes the development of original mathematical formulae. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he published detailed maps of the world’s largest fossil hydrothermal systems, and developed theoretical equations for kinetic and equilibrium fractionation effects in isotopic systems. Another series of papers with M.L. Davisson used stable isotope and radiocarbon variations to document how intense pumping and fertigation practices have caused the progressive contamination of pristine ancient groundwater in the Central Valley of California by nitrate-fertilized irrigation water.
More recent papers describe his diffusive theory of flash floods, deconvolve the biological and physical effects of evapotranspiration, provide quantitative models of geochemical variations in deep formation waters and the Missouri River, and predict the levels of alluvial groundwaters from meteorological and river data. Other papers describe Earth’s heat flow, provide theoretical equations for the moments of inertia of polytropic stars, and provide new formulae for the statistical character of evolving populations with application to flood risk. Papers in review coauthored with Prof. Anne Hofmeister provide a new interpretation of the Virial theorem, calculate the attenuation of rotation in stars, and explain the rotational velocity of galaxies.
Criss frequently applies his knowledge of Missouri hydrogeology to local environmantal problems. He has testified at many public hearings on flooding, floodplain development, landfill problems, and groundwater contamination. His op-eds on these and other issues have appeared in several newspapers.
Davisson, M.L. and Criss, R.E., Observational Hydrology, in progress, online at: http://www.observationalhydrology.com/
Criss, R.E. and Kusky, T.M., editors (2009) Finding the Balance between Floods, Flood Protection, and River Navigation, published by Saint Louis University.
Criss, R.E. and Wilson, D.A., editors (2003) At the Confluence: Rivers, Floods, and Water Quality in the St. Louis Region, MBG Press, St. Louis, 278 p.
Criss R. E. (1999) Principles of Stable Isotope Distribution, Oxford University Press, New York, 264 p. [QD466.5C1C75] (Errata)
Winston, W.E. and Criss, R.E. (2015) Dependence of Mean and Peak Streamflow on Basin Area in the Conterminous United States. Journal of Earth Sciences (accepted)
Criss, R.E. (2015) Statistics of Flood Populations in a Changing World. Journal of Earth Sciences DOI:10.1007/s12583-015-0641-9. http://en.earth-science.net/WebPage/RecommendList.aspx?id=18
Tang, H., Zou, Z., Xiong, C., Wu, Y., Hu, X., Wang, L., Lu, S., Criss, R.E., Li, C. (2015) An evolution model of large consequent bedding rockslides, with particular reference to the Jiweishan rockslide in Southwest China. Engineering Geology, 186, 17-27.
Tang, H., Li, C., Hu, X., Su, A., Wang, L., Wu, Y., Criss, R.E., Xiong, C., Li, Y. (2015) Evolution characteristics of the Huangtupo landslide based on in situ tunneling and monitoring, Landslides, 12, 511-521.
Criss, R.E. and Hofmeister, A.M. (2015) Analytical representations for simple and composite polytropes and their moments of inertia. New Astronomy, 36, p. 26-31. Avail online: DOI: 10.1016/j.newast.2014.09.012
Criss, R.E. (2015) Use of Geochemical and Geophysical Techniques to Characterize and Prospect for Geothermal Resources and Hydrothermal Ore Deposits. Journal of Earth Sciences, 26#1, 73-77.
Hofmeister, A.M and Criss, R.E. (2015) Evaluation of the heat, entropy, and rotational changes produced by gravitational segregation during core formation. Journal of Earth Sciences 26#1, 124-133.
Hofmeister, A.M and Criss, R.E. (2013) How irreversible heat transport processes drive Earth's interdependent thermal, structural, and chemical evolution. Gondwana Research, Special Pub. on Secular Changes, 24 #2, p. 490-500.
Hasenmueller, E. A. and Criss, R. E. (2013) Multiple sources of boron in urban surface waters and groundwaters: Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN), 447, p. 235-247.
Hasenmueller, E. A. and Criss, R. E. (2013) Geochemical techniques to discover open cave passage in karst spring systems: Applied Geochemistry, 29, p. 126-134.
Hasenmueller, E. A. and Criss, R. E. (2013) Water balance estimates of evapotranspiration rates in areas with varying land use. in Evapotranspiration-An Overview, S.G. Alexandris, ed., ISBN 980-953-307-541-4, Ch. 1, p. 1-21. Avail. at: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/water-balance-estimates-of-evapotranspiration-rates-in-areas-with-varying-land-use.
Criss, R.E., and Criss, E.M. (2012) Prediction of well levels in the alluvial aquifer along the lower Missouri River. Ground Water 50#4, p. 571-577 .DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00877
Hofmeister, A.M and Criss, R.E. (2012) A thermodynamic and mechanical model for formation of the Solar System via 3-dimensional collapse of the dusty pre-solar nebula. Planetary and Space Science 62, p. 111-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2011.12.017
Criss, R.E. (2011) Same Approach, Worse Result. Emergency Management Magazine, July/August 2011, p. 10.
Criss, R.E. (2010) A Darcian model for the flow of Big Spring and the head in the Ozark aquifer, Missouri USA. Acta Carsologica, Special Issue on Karst Hydrology, v. 39/2, p. 379-387.
Lippmann, J.L., Criss, R.E. and Osburn, G.R. (2010), Reworked loess and red clays in Missouri caves: a comparative compositional study. Missouri Speleology, 50 #2-3, p. 10-20.
Criss, R.E., Osburn, G.R., and House, R. Scott (2009) The Ozark Plateaus: Missouri, in Caves and Karst of the USA, Palmer, A.N. and Palmer M.V., eds., National Speleological Society, Huntsville AL, p. 156-170.
Criss, R.E., (2009) Increased flooding of large and small watersheds of the central USA and the consequences for flood frequency predictions, in Criss RE and Kusky TM, eds, Finding the Balance between Floods, Flood Protection, and River Navigation, Saint Louis University, Center for Environmental Sciences, p. 16-21. URL: http://www.ces.slu.edu
Criss, R.E. and Winston, W.E. (2008) Discharge predictions of a rainfall-driven theoretical hydrograph compared to common models and observed data. Water Resources Research, 44, W10407, doi:10.1029/2007WR006415.
Criss, R.E., and Winston, W.E., (2008) Do Nash values have value? Discussion and alternate proposals. Hydrologic Processes, 22, p. 2723-2725, (doi:10.1002/hyp.7072).