Jesse Korus

Jesse Korus

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Title Groundwater Hydrologist
Address 619 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0995
Phone 402-472-7561
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail jkorus3@unl.edu
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Office Hours

M - F 8 am to 5 pm

I am a hybrid hydrogeologist/sedimentologist: I conduct interdisciplinary research in the emerging field of aquifer sedimentology. My aim is to understand the influence of subsurface heterogeneity on hydrologic system function and water resource sustainability. Heterogeneity plays a critical role in determining patterns of stream-aquifer interaction, contaminant transport, and groundwater response to land use changes, climate changes, and pumping. I use geophysical tools, field methods, and computer models to produce 3-D renderings of aquifer systems. 3-D models provide insight to the interconnections between the land surface and the subsurface. My current focus is on characterizing the High Plains/Ogallala aquifer system in areas of intensive water use and semi-arid climate, with the goal of improving the physical representation of aquifer heterogeneity in coupled groundwater/surface-water models.

Selected Publications

Korus, J. T., Joeckel, R. M., Divine, D. P., Abraham, J. D. 2016. Three-dimensional architecture and hydrostratigraphy of cross-cutting buried valleys using airborne electromagnetics, glaciated Central Lowlands, Nebraska, USA. Sedimentology. 64:553-581. Online
Burberry, C. M., Korus, J. T., Joeckel, R. M. 2015. Post-Mississippian tectonics of the Nemaha Tectonic Zone and Mid-Continent Rift System, SE Nebraska and N Kansas. The Mountain Geologist. 52: 47-73. Online
Divine, Dana P., Joeckel, R.M., Korus, Jesse T. 2015. Basic Guide for Description of Cuttings from Boreholes in Nebraska. Lincoln, NE: Conservation and Survey Division, UNL. pp. 36.
Korus, J.T., Fielding, C.R., 2015, Asymmetry in Holocene river deltas: patterns, controls, and stratigraphic effects. Earth Science Reviews. V. 150, p. 219-242. Online
Korus, J.T., Fielding, C.R., 2015, Enhanced bioturbation on the down-drift flank of a Turonian asymmetric delta: Implications for seaway circulation, river nutrients, and facies models. Sedimentology. 62: 1899-1922. Online
Korus, J.T., Joeckel, R.M., Hanson, P.R., Goeke, J.W., Lackey, S.O., and Burbach, M.B. 2011. Reference List For Describing Cuttings And Cores Of Sediments And Sedimentary Rocks In Nebraska. Lincoln, NE: Conservation and Survey Division, UNL. pp. 7.
Joeckel, R.M., Wooden, S.R., Jr., Korus, J.T., and Garbisch, J.O., 2014. Architecture, heterogeneity, and origin of late Miocene fluvial deposits hosting the most important aquifer in the Great Plains, USA. Sedimentary Geology, v. 311, p. 75-95. Online
Divine, D. P. and J. T. Korus (2013). Three-dimensional hydrostratigrapy of the Swedeburg, Nebraska area: Results from helicopter electromagnetic (HEM) mapping for the Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA), Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska, Bulletin 5 (New Series), 31 p. Online
Jesse T. Korus, Leslie M. Howard, Aaron R. Young, Dana P. Divine, Mark E. Burbach, J. Michael Jess, and Douglas R. Hallum. (2013). The Groundwater Atlas of Nebraska, Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska, Resource Atlas 4b.
Korus, J. T., D. P. Divine, P. R. Hanson and J. S. Dillon (2013). Three geologic cross sections across portions of eastern Nebraska showing Quaternary lithologic units and stratigraphy of uppermost bedrock. Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska, CCS-18, 16 p. Online
Korus, J.T., Joeckel, R.M., and Divine, D.P., 2013, Three-dimensional hydrostratigraphy of the Firth, Nebraska area: Results from Helicopter Electromagnetic (HEM) mapping in the Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA). Geological Survey Bulletin 3 (new series), Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Online
Divine, D. P. and J. T. Korus (2012). Three-dimensional hydrostratigraphy of the Sprague, Nebraska area: results from helicopter electromagnetic (HEM) mapping for the Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA), Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska, Bulletin 4 (New Series), 32 p. Online
Hanson, P. R., J. T. Korus and D. P. Divine (2012). Three-dimensional hydrostratigraphy of the Platte River valley near Ashland, Nebraska: Results from helicopter electromagnetic (HEM) mapping in the Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA), Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska, Bulletin 2 (New Series), 51 p. Online
Joeckel, R.M., and Korus, J.T., 2012, Bayhead delta interpretation of an Upper Pennsylvanian sheetlike sandbody and the broader understanding of transgressive deposits in cyclothems. Sedimentary Geology, 275-276, 22-37. Online
Korus, J.T., Burbach, M.E., and Howard, L.M. 2011. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2011. Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp. 23.
Young, A.R., Burbach, M.E., Korus, J.T., Howard, L.M. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2012. Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp. 23.
Korus, J.T., and Joeckel, R.M., 2011, Generalized geologic and hydrostratigraphic framework of Nebraska 2011, ver. 2. Geologic Maps and Charts 38, Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Print.
Wooden, S.R., Joeckel, R.M., Korus, J.T.,and Diffendal, R.F., Jr.; 2011. Lithofacies and Stratigraphic Architecture of the Ash Hollow Formation, Ogallala Group in the General Type Area: Geological Society of America Abstracts With Programs, v. 43 (5), p. 601.
Divine, D., Ross, S., Korus, J. 2010. Compilation of Geologic Cross Sections of Eastern Nebraska. Lower Platte South Natural Resources Distict; Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Korus, J.T., Burbach, M.E., Howard, L.M., and Joeckel, R.M., 2010, Nebraska statewide groundwater-level monitoring report: Nebraska Water Survey Paper Number 77, Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 19 p. Online
Korus, J.T., Burbach, M.E., Howard, L.M., Joeckel, R.M. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2010. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. pp. 21. Online
Divine, D. P., R. M. Joeckel, J. T. Korus, P. R. Hanson and S. Lackey (2009). Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA): Introduction to a hydrogeological study, Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska, Bulletin 1 (New Series), 31 p. Online
Divine, D.P., Joeckel, R.M., Korus, J.T., Hanson, P.R., Olafsen Lackey, S., 2009, Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA): Introduction to a Hydrogeologic Study, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Conservation and Survey Division Bulletin 1 (New Series), 32 p. Online
Korus, J.T., & Burbach, M.E. (2009). Analysis of aquifer depletion criteria with implications for groundwater management in Nebraska. Great Plains Research, 19, 187-200. Online
Korus, J.T., and Burbach, M.E., 2009, Analysis of aquifer depletion criteria with implications for groundwater management: Great Plains Research, v. 19, p. 187-200. Online
Korus, J.T., Kvale, E.P., Eriksson, K.A., and Joeckel, R.M., 2008, Compound paleovalley fills in the Lower Pennsylvanian New River Formation, West Virginia, USA: Sedimentary Geology, v. 208, p. 15-26. Online
Korus, Jesse Thomas and Divine, Dana, 2007, The Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 525.
korus, Jesse T., Burbach, Mark E. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2009. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. pp. 38.

Awards

  • 2015 – Myerly-Martin Award for Outstanding Work in Sedimentology and Paleontology awarded by Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, UNL 
  • 2014 – John C. Frye Memorial Award awarded by Association of American State Geologists 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Environmental Science

Affiliations (index)

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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  • Geological Society of America
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  • International Association of Sedimentologists
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Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Groundwater
  • Aquifer characterization
  • Stratigraphy and sedimentology
  • Regional geology and hydrogeology
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Sand
  • Wells
  • Paleoenvironments
  • Petroleum Resources
  • Palesols
  • Rivers
  • Rocks and Stones
  • Tectonics
  • Water quality
  • Groundwater Modeling

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Middle Republican Hydrogeologic Framework and Groundwater Observation Network (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 6/19/2017
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Co-PIs
Troy Gilmore
Doug Hallum
Ending Date 5/31/2020
Funding Level $70,500.00
Funding Source Middle Republican NRD

 
Grant Title Application of isotopic tracers to determine water residence times in multi-scale water management
Starting Date 8/1/2017
Principal Investigators
Troy Gilmore
Co-PIs
Jesse Korus
Ending Date 7/31/2019
Funding Level $19,983.00
Funding Source 2017 IANR SPRINT

 
Grant Title Nebraska GeoCloud
Starting Date 3/3/2017
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Co-PIs
Kathleen (Katie) Cameron
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Ending Date 6/30/2021
Funding Level $264,014.00
Funding Source Lower Platte South Natural Resource District

 
Grant Title Nebraska Basin CarbonSAFE
Starting Date 3/9/2017
Principal Investigators
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Co-PIs
Dana Divine
Jesse Korus
Ending Date 6/1/2018
Funding Level $116,237.00
Funding Source Battelle Memorial Institute

 
Grant Title Middle Republican Hydrogeologic Framework and Groundwater Observation Network (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 5/24/2016
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Ending Date 5/23/2017
Funding Level $16,133.00
Funding Source Middle Republican NRD

 
Grant Title Middle Republican Hydrogeologic Framework and Groundwater Observation Network
Starting Date 5/24/2016
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Co-PIs
Doug Hallum
Ending Date 5/23/2017
Funding Level $17,397.00
Funding Source Middle Republican NRD

 
Grant Title Nebraska Statemap FY 2015
Starting Date 9/15/2015
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Aaron Young
Ending Date 9/14/2016
Funding Level $86,366.00
Funding Source U. S. Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Nebraska FY2014 Statemap Project
Starting Date 9/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Mark Kuzila
Aaron Young
Ending Date 9/14/2015
Funding Level $65,623.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Nebraska State Map 2014-2015 (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 9/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Mark Kuzila
Aaron Young
Ending Date 9/14/2015
Funding Level $65,623.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Preservation of Rock Cores
Starting Date 9/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Ending Date 9/14/2015
Funding Level $20,018.00
Funding Source US Department of Interior - Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Water Leaders Academy (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Co-PIs
Lorrie Benson
Bruce Dvorak
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Connie Reimers-Hild
Phyllis Schoenholz
Ending Date 3/31/2015
Funding Level $21,302.00
Funding Source Nebraska State Irrigation Association

 
Grant Title Nebraska State Map 2013-2014 (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 9/15/2013
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Mark Kuzila
Aaron Young
Ending Date 9/14/2014
Funding Level $72,636.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior

 
Grant Title Shallow Groundwater Nitrate Verification Study
Starting Date 4/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Co-PIs
Mark Burbach
Ending Date 12/31/2012
Funding Level $14,705.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Nebraska Water Resource 104B 2011
Starting Date 3/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Ending Date 2/28/2015
Funding Level $19,000.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Lower Platte North NRD Observation Well Program
Starting Date 8/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Co-PIs
Matthew Marxsen
Ending Date 1/11/2011
Funding Level $9,000.00
Funding Source Lower Platte North NRD

 
Grant Title Eastern Nebraska HEM Aquifier Mapping
Starting Date 7/15/2009
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Ending Date 7/1/2010
Funding Level $60,000.00
Funding Source Lower Platte South NRD

 
Grant Title Lower Salt Creek Ground Water Reservoir Modeling Project
Starting Date 4/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Ending Date 5/31/2010
Funding Level $14,971.00
Funding Source Lower Platte South NRD

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

SNR Speakers Bureau

What I can speak about:

rocks and minerals; geologic history of Nebraska; groundwater resources of Nebraska

When I am most available to speak:

Anytime

What target audiences I am most comfortable speaking to:

  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older)
  • General Public
  • Technical