Areas of Expertise
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Florida, 2005
M.A., Civil Engineering, Villanova University, 1997
B.S., Civil Engineering, Temple University, 1991
Dr. Brown has been in civil engineering practice since 1988 and has worked on a wide variety of projects including water resources, hazardous waste remediation, wetland restoration, geotechnical engineering, and groundwater supply. Dr. Brown has worked in both the private sector and the public sector and teaches full-time for the University of North Florida. Currently, Dr. Brown provides teaching to undergraduate and graduate students as well as provides consulting services through the university. Dr. Brown is an expert on aquifer, storage, and recovery (ASR), numerical modeling for hydrology and groundwater as well as the sequestration of carbon dioxide underground. He is a professional engineer in Pennsylvania and Florida.
Dr. Brown has won numerous awards throughout his engineering career including:
1. Undergraduate engineering award - Temple University 1991
2. Senior civil engineering project award - Temple University 1991
3. Engineer of the Year - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District 1998
4. Engineer of the Year - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District 2003
5. Bliss Medal for Society of American Military Engineers 2011
6. Undergraduate Teaching Award UNF - 2012
Member of the American Water Resources Association
Member of the Society of American Military Engineers
Grants and Contracts Awarded
1. Hydrologic Assessment of Flooding Issues in Jacksonville Sub-division, Index # 230232, $2,500
2. JAXZOO Water Conservation Study, Index # 230240, $4,500
3. JEA Rainfall Data Comparison Project, Index # 230238, $9,876
4. BCR Environmental Composting Project, Index # 230242, $2,500
5. UNF Foundation Board Grant, $12,200
6. Southern Company - Florida Wide CCS Transportation Plan, Index # 230262, $15,000
7. Cedar River Water Quality Study, CDM, Index # 230272, $18,972
8. FMC Chemicals/Clay County Utility Authority, Index # 230278, $11,509
9. 10 separate independent peer review projects (confidential).
10. Independent Evalution of a Water Farm in Martin County, FL USA, $37,000
11. Feasibilty Study of Nutrient Removal Projects in Fisheating Creek basin, $38,000
12. FDOT project comparing procurement methods, $8,100 out of $80,000.
Publications & Presentations
Brown C.J. & Hansen-Brown, L., (2010). Building a virtual learning community to engage online students; a model for instructors: Report of phase I of an ongoing study. Journal of Information Systems Technology and Planning, 3(4), 1-8.
Brown, C.J. & Harris, A., (2010). The Proposed University of North Florida Environmental Hydrology Living Laboratory – An Ideal Framework for Active Learning, Review of Higher Education and Self-Learning, 3(5), 85-99.
Poiencot, B. & Brown, C.J., (2011). An Optimal Centralized Carbon Dioxide Repository for Florida, USA, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8(4): 955-975, doi:10.3390/ijerph8040955. J. Impact Factor = 1.39
Harris A., Brown C., Watkins A., & Komma J., (2011). Exposing High School Teachers to Wireless Sensor Network Research in the University of North Florida Environmental Hydrology Living Laboratory: A Study in Active Learning. Review of Higher Education and Self-Learning, 4(8), 70-79.
Brown, C.J., (2011). Graphical Planning Envelopes for Estimating the Surface Footprint of CO2 Plumes during CO2 Injection into Saline Aquifers, Natural Resources Research, 20(4), 263-277, doi: 10.1007/s11053-011-9155z. J. Impact Factor = 1.09
Brown, C., Hansen-Brown, L., & Conte, R., (2011). Engaging Millennial College-Age Science and Engineering Students Through Experiential Learning Communities, Journal of Applied Global Research, 4(10), 41-58.
Brown, C., Poiencot, B., Sornberger, C., (2011). Planning, Designing, Operating and Regulating a Geologic Sequestration Repository as an Underground Landfill - A Review, Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 61(12), 1306-1318. doi: 10.1080/10473289.2011.626888. J. Impact Factor = 1.81
Poiencot, B. & Brown, C., (2012). Evaluation of Carbon Dioxide Transportation Deployment Alternatives for Florida, USA, Florida Scientist, 75(2), 73-86, in press.
Geibel N. & Brown, C.J., (2012). Hydraulic Fracturing of the Floridan Aquifer from Aquifer Storage and Recovery Operation, Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, 18(2), 175-189. doi:10.2113/gseegeosci.18.2.175.
Brown, C., Poiencot, B., Hudyma, N., Albright, B., Esposito, R., (2014). An Assessment of Geologic Sequestration Potential in the Panhandle of Florida USA, Environmental Earth Sciences, 71(2):793-806, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-013-2481-1, J. Impact Factor = 1.77.
Brown, C., Vearil, J., Linton, P., Hendren, T., Whittle, G., (2014). A multi-criteria assessment of the C-111 hydrologic restoration project – A case study, Water Resources Management, 28(9):2453-2469. DOI: 10.1007/s11269-014-0614-2, J. Impact Factor = 2.44.
Brown, C., (2015). An assessment of seepage into the L-31N Canal along Northeast Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, Environmental Earth Sciences, 73:5747-5759. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-014-3828-y, J. Impact Factor = 1.77.
Brown, C., Ward, J., Mirecki, J., (2016). A Revised Brackish Water Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Site Selection Index for Water Resources Management, Water Resources Management, 30(7):2465-2481, DOI: 10.1007/s11269-016-1297-7, J. Impact Factor = 2.44.
Field, G., Tavrisov, G., Brown, C., Kreidl, P., Harris, A., (2016). Particle Filters to Estimate Properties of Confined Aquifers, Water Resources Management, 30(9), DOI: 10.1007/s11269-016-1339-1, J. Impact Factor = 2.44
Older publications prior to UNF teaching position:
Brown, C., E. Brown, and S. Sutterfield, (2005). Considerations for the CERP ASR Contingency Plan, Florida Water Resources Journal, February 2005:32-33.
Brown, C., Weiss, R., Verrastro, R., and Schubert, S., (2005). Development of an Aquifer, Storage and Recovery (ASR) Site Selection Suitability Index in Support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project, Journal of Environmental Hydrology, 13(20):1-13. J. Impact Factor = 0.19
Brown, Christopher J., (2006). Operational Considerations and Recommendations for the Everglades Restoration ASR Scheme. Journal of Environmental Hydrology, 14(17):1-13. J. Impact Factor = 0.19
Sedighi, A., H. Klammler, C. Brown, and K. Hatfield, (2006). A Semi-analytical Model for Predicting Water Quality from an Aquifer Storage and Recovery System. Journal of Hydrology, 329(3-4):403-412. J. Impact Factor = 2.95
Brown, C., G. Powell, & M. Hait, (2007). Global Climate Change Plus Regulatory Change Equals Technological Change. Florida Bar Association Quarterly Journal, 2 p.
Brown C. & Harris A. (2009). “The Proposed University of North Florida Environmental Hydrology Living Laboratory - An Ideal Framework for Active Learning”. Conference Proceedings for Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Winter 2009 Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, King D. & Dyer K. (Eds.), December 2009, pp. 253-262.
Brown C. & Hansen-Brown L. (2009). “Building a Virtual Learning Community to Engage Online Students; a Model for Instructors: Report of Phase I of an Ongoing Study”. Conference Proceedings for Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Winter 2009 Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, King D. & Dyer K. (Eds.), December 2009, pp. 226-233.
Brown, C.J., Welsh, P. & Fagan, M., (2010). “Using Nexrad precipitation data in groundwater models: An evaluation of contouring algorithm error”. Annual Florida Academy of Sciences conference, extended abstract and presentation, Fort Pierce, Florida. Also in Florida Scientist 1(1), 64-65.
Brown, C.J., Brunson, J. & Mussari, F., (2010). “Composting Secondary Municipal Biosolids using Chlorine Dioxide for Disinfection and Seeding for Competitive Exclusion of Pathogen Regrowth”. Annual Florida Academy of Sciences conference, extended abstract and presentation, Fort Pierce, Florida. Also in Florida Scientist, 1(1), p. 47.
Brown, C.J. & Harris, A., (2010). “Providing a Dependable Peak Supply and Green Energy for Small Water Systems Using Aquifer, Storage and Recovery (ASR) Wells”. Proceedings from the Annual Conference, AWWA, Chicago, IL May 22-25, 12 p.
Poiencot B. & Brown, C.J., (2011). “Development of a Preliminary Pipeline Transportation Network for Carbon Sequestration Sites in Florida”, Florida Scientist 74 (supplement 1), 83.
Gandee, M. & Brown, C.J., (2011). “A Study of Paleogroundwater Levels within the Floridan Aquifer System in Florida, USA”, Florida Scientist 74 (supplement 1), 83.
Brown, C., (2011). “Operation of a Geologic Sequestration Site as an Underground Landfill – What is a Reasonable Tipping Fee?”, Proceedings from the 10th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration, May 2-5, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Poiencot, B., Brown, C., & Esposito, R., (2012). “The Feasibility of Transportation and Geologic Sequestration of Carbon in the Florida Panhandle”, Proceedings from the International Carbon Technology Conference, Orlando, Florida 2012 – Accepted for Publication.
Brown, Christopher J., (1998). Hydrogeologic Conceptual Model of Lipari Landfill Superfund Site in Conference Proceedings for Annual Corps of Engineers Groundwater Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS.
Brown, Christopher J., and Anderson, Grant, (1999). Groundwater Model of Courthouse Point Confined Disposal Area in Conference Proceedings for Annual Corps of Engineers Groundwater Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS.
Brown, Christopher J. and Stevens, Glendon, (1999). "Mind over Mine" in Proceedings of Annual Meeting of the Northeast Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA). King of Prussia, PA.
Ulrich, Cheryl P., Brown, Christopher J., & Gonzalez, Martin, (2001). Solving the 8.5 Square Mile Area – Lynchpin of Everglades Restoration in Conference Proceedings for Decision Support Systems for Water Resources Management, Snowbird, Utah. American Water Resources Association, page 185.
Brown, C. and R. Nevulis, (2005). A Model Study of the Proposed Everglades Hillsboro ASR Pilot Project. International Symposium on Artificial Recharge 5, American Society of Civil Engineers and the United Nations (Editors), accepted August 2005, 7 p.
Brown, C. and L. Motz, (2005). A Comparison of the Operational Performance at Ten ASR Sites located within the United States, Australia, and England. International Symposium on Artificial Recharge 5, American Society of Civil Engineers and the United Nations (Editors), accepted August 2005, 6 p.
Brown, C., M. Neuman, and K. Hatfield, (2006). Lessons Learned from a Review of 50 ASR Projects from the United States, England, Australia, India, and Africa. In Increasing Freshwater Supplies, Proceedings for the annual UCOWR conference, published online in July 2006, 11 p. http://www.ucowr.siu.edu/proceedings/2006%20Proceedings/2006%20Conference%20Proceedings/Tuesday%20Sessions%2011-14/Session%20(12)/12.4.%20Brown.pdf
Brown, C. and G. Powell, (2007). Technical Challenges to Developing New Energy Sources – Carbon Control. Annual Florida Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Seminar, Amelia Island, Fl, 4 p.
Brown, Christopher J., (2007). A Stochastic Evaluation of the Subsidence Potential of the Hawthorn Group in south Florida as a Result of the CERP ASR System. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Managed Artificial Recharge of Groundwater, ISMAR6, Phoenix, Arizona October 28 – November 2, 2007: Peter Fox (Editor), Acacia Publishing Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, 11 p.
Verrastro, R.T. and Brown, C., (2007). Aquifer Storage and Recovery at the South Florida Water Management District – CERP and Beyond. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Managed Artificial Recharge of Groundwater, ISMAR6, Phoenix, Arizona October 28 – November 2, 2007: Peter Fox (Editor), Acacia Publishing Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, 11 p.
Motz, L.H. and Brown, C.J., (2007). Analysis of Canal Pumping Test Adjacent to Everglades National Park Using a One-Dimensional Flow Model Considering Storage and Skin Effect in a Finite-Width Sink. Proceedings of the 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress; Tampa, FL; USA; 15-19 May 2007, ASCE, 2007.
Brown, Christopher J., (2009). Opportunities for ASR in Georgia in General and Southeast Georgia in Particular, Engineer's Week Annual Seminar sponsored by ASCE and GA Tech University, Savannah, GA 12 p.
Fagan, M., Brown, C. & Chabot, B., (2011). “Sustainable Water Management - A Case Study at the Jacksonville Zoo”, In: S.E. Jorgenson,C.A. Brebbia, & V. Popov, Water and Society - Wit Transactions in Ecology and The Environment, 153, pp. 151-157, Witpress, United Kingdom. doi: 10.2495/WS110141.
Brown C. and J. Renner, (2009). Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR): An Innovative Water Management Alternative. Georgia Engineer, Volume 16, Issue 4, September/August 2009, p. 7-8.