Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Faculty and Instructors

Madeline E. Schreiber
Associate Professor of Hydrogeosciences

5048 Derring Hall
+1.540.231.3377 (Phone)
+1.540.231.3386 (FAX)

Mailing Address:
4044 Derring Hall (0420)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Ph. D., 1999, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., 1995, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., 1991, Yale University


Professional Experience

2005 - present: Associate Professor of Hydrogeosciences, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech

1999 - 2005: Assistant Professor of Hydrogeosciences, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech

1991 - 1993: Environmental Consultant, Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA


Journal Articles (* graduate student, ** undergraduate student)

 Levitan DM* Schreiber ME, Seal RR, Zipper C, Donavan P, Bodnar RJ, Aylor J.  2014. Environmental baseline characterization of an undeveloped ore deposit: An example from the Coles Hill uranium deposit, Virginia, USA.  Applied Geochemistry. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.02.007

Chermak J and ME Schreiber. 2014. Mineralogy and Trace Element Geochemistry of Gas Shales in the United States: Environmental Implications. International Journal of Coal Geology. DOI: 10.1016/j.coal.2013.12.005

Oyewumi O*, Ciparis S* and ME Schreiber. 2013. The impact of poultry litter application on sediment chemistry of the Broadkill River estuary system, Delaware.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-013-3359-0

Basu A* and ME Schreiber. 2013.  Arsenic release from arsenopyrite weathering: Insights from sequential extraction and microscopic studies.Journal of Hazardous Materials 262: 896-904.

Schreiber ME and JD Rimstidt.  2013. Trace element source terms for mineral dissolution. Applied Geochemistry 37: 94-101.

Oyewumi O* and ME Schreiber.  2012. Release of trace elements from poultry litter: Insights from a field experiment on the Delmarva Peninsula, Delaware. Applied Geochemistry 27: 1979-1990.

West NR*, Schreiber ME, Gotkowitz M.  2012. Experimental studies of arsenic release from chlorine-promoted oxidation of pyrite.  Applied Geochemistry. 27: 2215-2224.

Ciparis S*, Schreiber M, Voshell, R. 2011. Using watershed characteristics, sediment, and tissue of resident mollusks to identify potential sources of trace elements to streams in a complex agricultural landscape. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 184:3109–3126

Diesel E*, Schreiber M, Van der Meer JR.  2009.  Development of arsenic sensors for natural waters.  Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 394 (3):  687-693.

Schwartz BF* and ME Schreiber.  2009.  Quantifying recharge in mantled sinkholes using ERT.  Ground Water 47(3): 370-381

Schwartz BF*, Schreiber ME, Yan T*.  2008. Field-scale soil moisture quantification using electrical resistivity tomography.  Journal of Hydrology 362(3-4): 234-246.

Schwartz BF*, Schreiber ME, Pooler P*, Rimstidt JD. 2008. New methods for obtaining accurate access-tube TDR moisture values: a tool for understanding vadose hydrology in deep and heterogeneous soil profiles. Soil Science Society of America Journal  72(4): 917-930

Brown BV*, Valett HM and ME Schreiber.  2007. Arsenic transport in groundwater, surface water, and the hyporheic zone of a mine-influenced stream-aquifer system. Water Resources Research 43, Paper W11404.

Madden A*, Kneefel A*, Glasson G, Hochella M, Erikkson S, Bank T*, Cecil K, Grady J, Green A, Hurst D, Norris M, Schreiber M.  2007. Nano2Earth: Incorporating cutting-edge research into secondary education through scientist-educator partnerships. Journal of Geoscience Education 55(5): 402-412

Lottig NR*, Valett HM, Webster JR, Schreiber ME.  2007. Chronic arsenic pollution and flooding interact to influence ecosystem structure and function in a headwater stream. Limnology and Oceanography 52(5): 1991-2001.

Alley M, Schreiber M, Diesel E*, Ramsdell K**, Borrego M.  2007.  Increased student learning and attendance in resources geology through the combination of sentence-headline slides and active learning measures.  Journal of Geoscience Education 55 (1): 83-89.

Harvey M**, Schreiber M, Rimstidt JD, Griffith M**.  2006.  Scorodite dissolution kinetics: Implications for arsenic release.  Environmental Science and Technology 40: 6709-6714.

Alley M, Schreiber M, Ramsdell K**, Muffo J. 2006.  Case for sentence headlines in presentation slides: Testing of headline designs on audience retention.  Technical Communication 53: 225-234

Walker FP*, Schreiber ME, Rimstidt JD.  2006. Kinetics of arsenopyrite oxidative dissolution by oxygen.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta  70: 1668-1676.

Starry, O*, Valett, M, Schreiber ME. 2005. Nitrification rates in a headwater stream: influences of seasonal variation in C and N supply. S NitrifNiNJournal of the National Benthological Society 24(4): 753-768.

Chaffin JL*, Valett HM, Webster J, Schreiber ME.  2005. The influence of elevated arsenic on leaf breakdown in an Appalachian headwater stream. Journal of the National Benthological Society 24 (3): 553-568.

Valenti, TW*, Chaffin, JL*, Cherry DS, Schreiber ME, Valett HM, Charles M**.   2005. Bioassessment of an Appalachian headwater stream influenced by an abandoned arsenic mine.  Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 49(4): 488-496.

Tadanier CJ, Schreiber ME, Roller JW*.   2005.  Arsenic mobilization through microbially-mediated reduction of iron-(hydr)oxide nanoparticles. Environmental Science and Technology 39(9): 3061-3068.

Brown M*, Kowalewski M, Neves R, Cherry D., Schreiber ME.  2005. Freshwater mussel shells as environmental chronicles: geochemical and taphonomic signatures of mercury-related extirpations in the North Fork Holston River, Virginia.  Environmental Science and Technology 39(6): 1455 - 1462.

Brown BL*, Slaughter AD*, Schreiber ME.  2005.  Controls on arsenic transport within agricultural watersheds. Applied Geochemistry 20 (1): 123-133. 

Schreiber ME, Carey GC, Feinstein DT, Bahr JM.  2004. Mechanisms of electron acceptor utilization: Implications for simulating anaerobic biodegradation.  Journal Contaminant Hydrology 73: 99-127.

Gotkowitz MB, Schreiber ME, Simo JA.  2004. Effects of water use on arsenic release to well water in a confined aquifer.  Ground Water 42 (4): 568-576

Johnson J, Schreiber ME.  2004. Arsenic: Perspectives on a New Environmental Concern. The Professional Geologist, 41(3): 41-44.

Schreiber ME, Bahr JM.  2002.  Nitrate-enhanced bioremediation of BTEX-contaminated groundwater: Parameter estimation from natural-gradient tracer experiments. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 55: 29-56.

Lyons TW, Luepke JL, Schreiber ME, Zieg GA.  2000. A geochemical model for Mesoproterozoic marine deposition: Lower Belt Supergroup, Northwestern U.S. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 64: 427-437.

Schreiber ME, Simo JA, Freiberg PG.  2000.  Stratigraphic and geochemical controls on naturally-occurring arsenic in groundwater, Eastern Wisconsin, USA.  Hydrogeology Journal 8: 161-176.

Schreiber ME, Bahr JM.  1999. Spatial electron acceptor variability: Implications for assessing bioremediation potential.  Bioremediation Journal 3(4): 363-378.

Shi Y, Zwolinski MD, Schreiber ME, Bahr JM, Sewell GW, Hickey WJ.  1999. Molecular analysis of microbial community structure in pristine and contaminated aquifers: Field and laboratory microcosm studies.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 65: 2143-2150.

Schreiber ME, Moline GR, Bahr JM.  1999.  Hydrochemical facies analysis to delineate groundwater flowpaths in fractured media.  Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation 19(1): 95-109.

Moline GR, Schreiber ME, Bahr JM.  1998.  Representative groundwater monitoring in fractured porous systems.  Journal of Environmental Engineering 124(6): 530-538.

Book Chapters and Edited Volumes

Schreiber ME, Gotkowitz MB, Simo JA, Freiberg PG. 2003.  Mechanisms of arsenic release to groundwater from naturally occurring sources, Eastern Wisconsin.  Welch A and Stollenwerk K (eds.) Arsenic in Groundwater, Kluwer Publishers: 259-280.

Lyons TW, Frank TD, Schreiber ME, Winston D, Lohmann KC.  1997.  Geochemical constraints on paleoenvironments within the Belt Supergroup (Middle Proterozoic), Montana: in Berg, RB (ed.) Belt Symposium III: Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Special Publication 112, Butte MT: 190-201.

Conference Proceedings

Diesel E*, Alley, M, Schreiber M, Borrego, M.  2006.  Improving Student Learning in Large Classes by Incorporating Active Learning with a New Design of Teaching Slides.  Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, October 28-31, San Diego CA.

Ramsdell K**, Schreiber M, Borrego, M., Alley M. 2006. Integrating a new design of teaching slides with active-learning measures in a large class. American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Paper # 1329, 13 pp.

Alley M, Schreiber M, Ramsdell K**, Muffo J.  2006. Testing the effect of sentence headlines in teaching slides. American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, Chicago, IL.

Schwartz BF*, Schreiber ME.  2005.  New applications of differential Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Time Domain Reflectometry to modeling infiltration and soil moisture in agricultural sinkholes. Proceedings of the 1 Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Austin TX.

Schreiber ME, Yi JS*, Herman, JS. 2004. Persistence and migration of manure-derived solutes in soil water underlying an agricultural watershed: Arsenic, 17b-estradiol, and nutrients: in Wanty RB and Seal RR (eds) Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction: 1633-1635.

Johnson JA, Schreiber ME. 2003. Characterizing the Transport of Dissolved Arsenic Associated with Petroleum-Impacted Aquifers.  Proceedings of the 2003 American Petroleum Institute/National Ground Water Association Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Groundwater: Prevention, Detection, and Remediation Conference, Costa Mesa, California.  August 19-22, 2003.

Cooney MC, Widdowson MA, and ME Schreiber. 2003.  Effects of a solubility-enhancing agent on reductive dechlorination, in V.S. Magar and M.E. Kelley (eds)  Proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Symposium on In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation, Orlando, FL: June 2003.  Battelle Press, Columbus OH, Paper A-11.

Schreiber ME, Bahr JM, Shi Y, Zwolinski M, Hickey WJ, and KA Brownell.  1997.  Field and laboratory studies of BTEX bioremediation under denitrifying conditions.  Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation 5: 13-18.

Technical Reports

Moline GR and ME Schreiber.  1995.  Summary of FY94 Site Characterization and Installation of Multilevel Wells at a West Bear Creek Valley Research Site on the Oak Ridge Reservation, ORNL/TM-13029, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge TN, 90 p.

Book Reviews

Schreiber, ME.  2010. Book Review: Arsenic contamination of groundwater: Mechanism, analysis, and remediation. Ground Water 48(3): 338.


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