Jeff Westrop

Jeff Westrop

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  • My Story
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  • Background
  • Interests
  • Grants

Contact Information

TitleAssistant Geoscientist
Faculty RankAssistant Geoscientist
Address612 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
  • office: 402-472-9422
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My Story

My research involves investigating how interactions between sediments, water, and microorganisms can influence water quality. I spent 5 years studying the occurrence and mobility of uranium in the High Plains Aquifer as part of my PhD. Soon after graduating, I accepted a position as an Assistant Geoscientist at the Nebraska Conservation and Survey Division. I plan on continuing my work on uranium mobility in the High Plains while applying my expertise in geochemistry to new problems including soil health and how groundwater chemistry can impact the lifespan of agricultural equipment.

Selected Publications

Report 2022 (WSP-91). University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Conservation and Survey Division, Nebraska Water Survey Paper 91, 18 pp.Online
Cherry, M. L., Gilmore, T., Messer, T., Li, Y., Westrop, J. (2022). A Pivotal New Approach to Groundwater Quality Assessment. ACS ES\&T Water.Online
Westrop, J. P., Tomlinson, Z. D., Maples, B. M., Dee, K. T., Swindle, A. L., Hu, Q., Elwood-Madden, M. E., Elwood-Madden, A. S. (2022). Dissolution of Mn-bearing dolomite drives elevated Cr (vi) occurrence in a Permian redbed aquifer. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 24(12), 2419-2436.
Westrop, J., Snow, D., Weber, K. A. (2022). Mobilization of Naturally Occurring Uranium in Groundwater Under Intensely Managed Farmland. Food, Energy, and Water Nexus: A Consideration for the 21st Century (pp. 215--231). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
Malakar, A., Singh, R., Westrop, J., Weber, K. A., Elofson, C. N., Kumar, M., Snow, D. (2021). Occurrence of arsenite in surface and groundwater associated with a perennial stream located in Western Nebraska, USA. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, 416.Online



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyEarth and Atmospheric ScienceUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln2021
Master of ScienceGeologyUniversity of Oklahoma2015
Bachelor of ScienceGeologyUniversity of Oklahoma2013




SNR Program Areas

  • Environmental Science

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Aqueous Geochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Sedimentology
  • Water Quality


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 TitleMetal oxide precipitates on irrigation center pivots as a new and rapid screening tool for groundwater chemistry
Starting Date01/01/2023


Ending Date12/31/2023
Funding Level$7,400.00
Funding AgencyResearch Council