David Vinson

• Assistant Professor
McEniry 208
Hydrogeochemistry, Groundwater Hydrology, Isotope Geochemistry

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Hydrogeology
  • Aqueous geochemistry
  • Environmental isotopes
  • Biogenic and unconventional gas
  • Sustainability of water resources

Recent Publications


McIntosh, J.C., Schaumberg, C., Perdrial, J., Harpold, A., Vázquez-Ortega, A., Rasmussen, C., Vinson, D., Zapata-Rios, X., Brooks, P.D., Meixner, T., Pelletier, J., Derry, L., and Chorover, J. (2017). Geochemical evolution of the Critical Zone across variable time scales informs concentration-discharge relationships: Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory. Water Resources Research, v. 53, p. 4169-4196, doi: 10.1002/2016WR019712.


Moore, M.T., Vinson, D.S., Whyte, C.J., Eymold, W.K., Walsh, T.B., and Darrah, T.H. (In press). Differentiating between biogenic and thermogenic sources of natural gas in coalbed methane reservoirs from the Illinois Basin using noble gas and hydrocarbon geochemistry. In: Lawson, M., Formolo, M. J. & Eiler, J. M. (eds) From Source to Seep: Geochemical Applications in Hydrocarbon Systems. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 468.

Vinson, D.S., Blair, N.E., Martini, A.M., Larter, S., Orem, W.H., and McIntosh, J.C., 2017, Microbial methane from in situ biodegradation of coal and shale: A review and reevaluation of hydrogen and carbon isotope signatures: Chemical Geology, v. 453, p. 128–145, doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.01.027.

Barnhart, E.P., Weeks, E.P., Jones, E.J.P., Ritter, D.J., McIntosh, J.C., Clark, A.C., Ruppert, L.F., Cunningham, A.B., Vinson, D.S., Orem, W., Fields, M.W., 2016. Hydrogeochemistry and coal-associated bacterial populations from a methanogenic coal bed. International Journal of Coal Geology 162, 14–26. doi:10.1016/j.coal.2016.05.001

Ritter, D., Vinson, D., Barnhart, E., Akob, D.M., Fields, M.W., Cunningham, A.B., Orem, W., McIntosh, J.C., 2015. Enhanced microbial coalbed methane generation: A review of research, commercial activity, and remaining challenges. International Journal of Coal Geology v. 46, p. 28-41. doi:10.1016/j.coal.2015.04.013.

Kirk, M.F., Wilson, B.H., Marquart, K.A., Zeglin, L.H., Vinson, D.S., and Flynn, T.M., 2015. Solute concentrations influence microbial methanogenesis in coal-bearing strata of the Cherokee basin, USA. Frontiers in Microbiology v. 6, article 1287. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.01287.

Vengosh, A., Hirschfeld, D., Vinson, D., Dwyer, G., Raanan, H., Marie, A., Zaarur, S., and Ganor, J., 2014: Response to comment on “High naturally occurring radioactivity in fossil groundwater from the Middle East.” Environmental Science & Technology 48, 9946–9947, doi:10.1021/es501140b.

Black, R*. S. Clinton, D. Vinson, and S. McMillan. (2017). The impact of environmental parameters on macroinvertebrates in an urban forested watershed. Annual Meeting of the Society of Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. Borrok, D.M., Lenz, R.M., Jennings, J.E., Gentry, M.L., and Vinson, D.S. (2017). Possible links among iron reduction, silicate weathering, and arsenic mobility in the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer in Louisiana. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 11-15, 2017, abstract H13J-1529, abstract: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm17/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/216179 . Clinton, S.M., S.K. McMillan, and D. Vinson. (2017). Opportunities to examine drivers of recovery following stream restoration: The Reedy Creek Restoration Study, Charlotte, NC. SUSE4: Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology, Haw River State Park, NC. Contributed Oral Presentation. *Haydin, D.R., Clinton, S., McMillan, S.K., and Vinson, D.S. (2017). Vertical hydraulic gradients and hyporheic exchange in a pre-restoration urban forest stream, Reedy Creek, Charlotte, NC. Geological Society of America Southeastern Section Meeting, Richmond, VA, March 30-31, 2017. GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 49, no. 3. Abstract: http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/abs/2017SE-291396 *Haydin, D.R., Richardson, N.D., Clinton, S.M., McMillan, S.K., and Vinson, D.S., (2017), Vertical hydraulic gradients and groundwater-surface water interaction under a pre-restoration Piedmont urban stream, Charlotte, NC. Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium, Clemson, SC, April 6. Lenz, R., Vinson, D., Jennings, J., Means, J.L., Gentry, M.L., and Borrok, D.M., (2017), The geochemistry of the groundwater in the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer: Eleventh Annual Louisiana Groundwater, Surface Water & Water Resources Symposium, Baton Rouge, LA, April 11-12. Moore, M., Vinson, D., Whyte, C., and Darrah, T. (2017). Integrating hydrocarbon and noble gas geochemistry to determine source and timing of natural gas formation in coalbed methane reservoirs. Goldschmidt Conference, Paris, France, August 13-18, 2017. Abstract: https://goldschmidt.info/2017/abstracts/abstractView?id=2017005802  *Stone, A. J., Diemer, J. A., Vinson, D. S., and Reynolds, V. S. (2017). Water-rock interaction in the Deep River Basin, NC: A candidate basin for shale gas development,   GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 49, no. 3, Richmond, VA. Vinson, D.S., Allison, N., *Kiker, T., *Haydin, D., Starnes, C., Wickliff, E., McMillan, S., and Clinton, S.M. (2017). Stream chemistry and groundwater-surface water interactions in Piedmont headwater streams (Charlotte, NC) prior to whole-watershed restoration. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 11-15, abstract H23D-1719, abstract: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm17/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/278884. Vinson, D.S., Dwyer, G.S., and Vengosh, A. (2017). Boron in groundwater of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, USA: A mechanism for elevated B and 11B enrichment. Goldschmidt Conference, Paris, France, August 13-18, 2017. Abstract: https://goldschmidt.info/2017/abstracts/abstractView?id=2017004594 Quan, T.M., Vinson, D.S., Prock, A., Darrah, T., McIntyre-Redden, M.R., Pashin, J.C., 2016. Evaluation of biogeochemical processes and rock-water interactions in the Blck Warrior Basin coalbed methane reservoir (Alabama, USA) via isotopic characterization of formation water samples. Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, abstract H13F-1466. https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm16/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/165401 Vinson, D.S., Dwyer, G.S., Vengosh, A., 2016. Sources and controls on naturally-occurring boron in North Carolina Coastal Plain groundwater: Evidence from boron isotopes. Geological Society of America Southeastern Section Meeting, March 31-April 1, 2016. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs v. 48, no. 3. doi:10.1130/abs/2016SE-273948https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016SE/webprogram/Paper273948.html Vinson, D.S., McIntosh, J.C., Martini, A.M., Darrah, T.H., Kirk, M.F., Akob, D.M., Blair, N.E., 2016. Acetate biogeochemistry of methanogenic coal beds and shales. Presented at the Goldschmidt Conference, Yokohama, Japan. authorhttps://goldschmidt.info/2016/abstracts/abstractView?abstractId=4908 Vinson, D.S., Martini, A.M., Blair, N.E., 2016. Acetate as a possible methanogenic substrate in the Antrim Shale? -Relationship to salinity and the microbial community. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs v. 48, no. 7. My role: presenting authordoi:10.1130/abs/2016AM-287735. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper287735.html* Allan, C.J., Farley, B., Vinson, D.S., Trettin, C., Najaf, P., 2016. Seasonal soil respiration and methane emissions in a SE freshwater tidal riparian system. Presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, abstract B11C-0473. https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm16/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/182960 Blair, N.E., Kirton, E., Williams, J., Zeng, Y., Vinson, D., Keefer, L., Schnoebelen, D., Leithold, E., 2016. Methane generation in Lake Decatur, IL, a midwestern U.S. impoundment. Presented at the Goldschmidt conference, Yokohama, Japan. https://goldschmidt.info/2016/abstracts/abstractView?abstractId=2570 Gilkerson, T., Pashin, J.C., Quan, T.M., Darrah, T.H., Vinson, D.S., 2016. Relationship between formation water salinity and biogenic coalbed methane: Black Warrior Basin, Alabama (USA). Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs v. 48, no. 7.Myrole: senior author doi:10.1130/abs/2016AM-286731https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper286731.html. Moore, M.T., Vinson, D.S., Darrah, T.H., 2016. Noble gas, hydrocarbon, and nitrogen isotopic compositions of coalbed methane reservoirs from the Illinois Basin. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. v.48, no. 7. doi:10.1130/abs/2016AM-287715https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper287715.html Vinson, D.S., Quan, T.M., McIntyre-Redden, M.R., Darrah, T.H., Blair, N.E., and Pashin, J.C., 2015. Connection of dissolved inorganic carbon to biogenic coalbed methane: Isotope evidence from Black Warrior Basin, Alabama (USA). Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Oct. 2015. Paper 271-10. My role: presenting author. Abstract at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015AM/webprogram/Paper266474.html  Moore, M.T., Vinson, D.S., Whyte, C., and Darrah, T.H., 2015. Noble gas and hydrocarbon geochemistry of coal bed methane fields from the Illinois Basin. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Oct. 2015. Paper 271-9. My role: contributor. Abstract at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015AM/webprogram/Paper263880.html  Marquart, K.A., Wilson, B., Zeglin, L.H., Vinson, D.S., Flynn, T.M., and Kirk, M.F., 2015. Pathway of microbial methanogenesis varies with formation water salinity in a coalbed methane reservoir. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Oct. 2015. Paper 271-12. My role: contributor. Abstract at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2015AM/webprogram/Paper267830.html  Earll, M., Barnhart, E., Ritter, D., Vinson, D., Orem, W., Vengosh, A., McIntosh, J., 2015. Source and cycling of trace metals and nutrients in a microbial coalbed methane system. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Dec. 2015. Paper # GC51F-1149. My role: contributor. Abstract at https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/67657  Vinson D.S., Dwyer, G.S., Vengosh, A., 2015. Naturally-occurring boron in NC Coastal Plain groundwater: Contrast in sources or mobilization between confined Cretaceous and Pliocene aquifers. Oral presentation at North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute Annual Conference, Raleigh, March 2015.  Ritter, D., Barnhart, E. Schweitzer, H., Vinson, D., McIntosh, J.C., Fields, M., 2015. Relationship between coal biodegradation, microbial methane generation, and redox conditions in coalbeds indicated by coupled water, gas, and microbial analyses. American Chemical Society National Meeting, Denver, CO  Blair, N.E., Kirton, E.M., Vinson, D., Goshev, M., Moravek, J., Dutta, K., Keefer, L., 2015. Carbon Burial and Methane Generation in the Lake Decatur Reservoir: Closing the C-cycle in the Upper Sangamon River Basin. Critical Zone Observatory all hands workshop at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, May 2015. Ritter D.J., McIntosh J.C., and Vinson D.S., 2014, Relationship between recharge, redox conditions and microbial methane generation in coalbeds. Poster presentation at Goldschmidt conference, Sacramento, CA, June 8 13, 2014. Vinson D.S., Blair N.E., and McIntosh J.C., 2014, δ13C of acetate in Powder River Basin coal bed waters: New application to methanogenic pathways in biogenic gas systems. Goldschmidt conference, Sacramento, CA, June 8-13, 2014. Vinson, D.S., Lundy, J.R., Alvarez, T., Vengosh, A., 2014, Radium isotope response during aquifer storage and recovery: Alpha recoil and element interactions. Oral presentation at GSA annual meeting, Vancouver, October 19-22, 2014. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs v. 46, no. 6, p. 397. Abstract available at https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2014AM/webprogram/Paper247846.html.