Elizabeth Knapp 
Associate Professor
Department of Geology 
Washington and Lee Univ. 
Lexington, VA 24450 
p 540 458-8867 
f 540 458-8142 

Geology 100 (Introductory Geology with Field Emphasis)
Geology 211 (Earth Materials I:  Rocks and Minerals)
Geology 311 (Earth Materials II: Geochemistry)
Geology 185 (Computer Applications)
Also:  Geology 160 (Field Methods), Geology of Hawaii (Spring 2006), Geology of the Pyrenees, Coastal Geology, Hydrology, and Biogeochemistry


Low-temperature aqueous geochemistry, geochemical evolution and paleoclimate, aquifer redox chemistry, and iron geochemistry.


Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA., 1997 (Department of Environmental Sciences; Specialization: Geochemistry; Dissertation: "The Influence of Redox Conditions on Sorption to Aquifer Sediments: Implication for Transport of Reactive Solutes").

B.S., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, 1990 (Honors in Geology; Honors Thesis: "Fracture and Structural Analysis of Archean Rocks: Northern Extrusion of the Burntside Lake Fault Zone , The Quetico Provincial Park, Canada")


Washinton and Lee University, Department of Geology (2003-present):  Associate Professor.

Washinton and Lee University, Department of Geology (1997-2003):  Assistant Professor.

University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences (1992-1996): Teaching and Research Assistant.

ENVIRON Corporation, Arlington, VA (1990-1992): Associate Geologist.

U. S. Geological Survey Atlantic Branch of Marine Geology, Woods Hole, MA (1990): Geologist (Marine Geophysics).


Knapp, E.P., J.S. Herman, G.M. Hornberger, and A.L. Mills, 1998. The effect of distribution of
iron-oxyhydroxide grain coatings on the transport of bacterial cells in porous media.
Environmental Geology, 33(4)243-249.

Knapp, E.P., J.S. Herman, A.L. Mills, and G.M. Hornberger. 2002. Alteration of reactive mineral
surfaces in anaerobic groundwater systems. Applied Geochemistry 17(4) 387-398.

Knapp, E.P., D.J. Harbor, and Z.F. Ginwalla. 2003. Testing the waters: Can you involve community
action in your college curriculum?  Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 51, n.3, May 2003, p. 294-298.

Knapp, E.P., S.G. Dejardins, and M.A. Pleva. 2003. An interdisciplinary approach to teaching
chemistry to geology students.  Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 51, n. 5 , November, 2003, p. 481-483.

Knapp, E.P. D.O. Terry, and D.J. Harbor.  2004. Reading Virginia's paleoclimate from the
geochemistry and sedimentology of clastic cave sediments.  In Sasowsky, I.D. and J. Mylroie
eds., Studies of Cave Sediments:  Physical and Chemical Records of Paleoclimate.  Klewer Academic /
Plenum Publishing, p. 95-106.

Knapp, E.P., D.J. Harbor, and Z.F. Ginwalla. Defining basin water quality:  Land use,
tributary input, and downstream dynamics, submitted to Journal of Environmental Quality (in revision for publication).

Knapp, Elizabeth P. , M. Lisa Greer, Christopher D. Connors, and David Harbor, 2005. Field-Based Instruction As Part Of A Balanced Geoscience Curriculum At Washington And Lee University, Journal of Geoscience Education (accepted)