Dr. Douglas R. Gouzie


Schl of Earth Enviro and Sustain
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Schl of Earth Enviro and Sustain
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


A registered professional geologist, Dr. Doug Gouzie is professor of geology and director of graduate studies in the department of geography, geology and planning.

He teaches geology and environmental courses, and his research interests include: carbon sequestration, environmental geochemistry of karst, environmental science, quantitative dye tracing of karst and sinkhole development and prediction. Gouzie serves as a statewide resource expert for sinkhole issues.



  • PhD, Geology, 1986, University of Kentucky
  • BS, Geology and Geophysics, 1981, University of Kentucky


  • GLG 110 Principles of Geology
  • GLG 350 Speleology
  • GLG 358 Reporting Geological Information
  • GLG 360 Directed Field Trips
  • GLG 573/673 Engineering Geology
  • GEO 705 Geography, Geology, and Planning Seminar

Research and professional interests

  • Geology and public health
  • Environmental geochemistry of karst
  • Environmental science
  • Quantitative dye tracing of karst
  • Sinkhole development and prediction

Selected peer-reviewed publications

Johnson, Aaron W., Gutierrez, Melida, Gouzie, Douglas, and McAliley, L. Rex, 2016. State of remediation and metal toxicity in the Tri-State Mining District, USA. Chemosphere, v144, p1132- 1141, Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.09.080.

Gouzie, Douglas, Berglund, James, and Mickus, Kevin, 2015. The Application of Quantitative Fluorescent Dye Tracing to Evaluate Karst Hydrogeologic Response to Varying Recharge Conditions in an Urban Area. Environmental Earth Sciences, v.74, p 3099-3111, Springer. DOI :10.1007/s12665-015-4348-0.

Berglund, James, Mickus, Kevin, and Gouzie, Douglas, 2014. Determining the Relationship Between A Newly Forming Sinkhole and a Former Dry Stream using Electrical Resistivity Tomography and VLF-EM in an Urban Karst Setting. Interpretation (Soc of Exploration Geophysicists & AAPG). V2, n3, p1-11, August 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/INT-2013-0064.

Gouzie, Douglas, Mickus, Kevin, and Mayle, Micah, 2014. Challenges to a Karst Dye-Tracing Investigation in an Urban Brownfields Area, Springfield, Missouri. In: Kuniansky, E.L., and Spangler, L.E., 2014, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings, Carlsbad, New Mexico, April 29 – May 2, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014- 5035, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145035. p 44 – 53.

Other interests

  • Registered Professional Geologist
  • Geological Society of America
  • National Speleological Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Awards and honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Missouri State University, 2016/2017
  • Graduate College Fellow for Graduate Student Success, 2017/2018
  • President, Missouri Section of American Institute of Professional Geologists, 2017
  • Foundation Award for Service, Missouri State University, 2013
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Executive Budget Committee, Missouri State University, 2010-2015
  • Great Idea Award, California Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, 2003
  • Outstanding Environmental Scientist of the Year, CDC/ATSDR, 1995

Additional resources

Areas of Expertise

Science Student affairs

Media Appearances

What should you do if your house is on a sinkhole?

Geologist Dr. Doug Gouzie weighs in.

MSU researcher probing link between big trees, sinkholes
Springfield News-Leader

Geologist Dr. Doug Gouzie explains about the link.

Getting Accepted to Graduate School with a Low GPA
Accredited Schools Online

Graduate Studies Departmental Director Dr. Doug Gouzie offers tips and advice for graduate school applicants with a low GPA.

The Great Central U.S. Shake Out Earthquake Drill scheduled for Thursday

Geologist Dr. Doug Gouzie advises how to prepare for an earthquake.

What's Causing These booms? City of Springfield Wants to Know
Springfield News-Leader

Geologist Dr. Doug Gouzie explains probable causes for loud booms.

Missouri Sinkhole Spurs Search Underground
The Detroit News

Geologist Dr. Doug Gouzie explains why sinkholes form.

Geologists Talk Earthquakes in Missouri
KSMU Radio

Geologist Dr. Doug Gouzie discuss both past activity and implications for the future.

Secrets of the Earth, Episode 204: Sinkholes
The Weather Channel

Geologist Dr. Doug Gouzie discusses sinkholes.

Part 3: Your Sinkhole Questions Answered
KBIA Radio

Geologist Dr. Doug Gouzie answers questions about sinkholes.


Secrets of the Earth: Sinkholes                                                                     What lies beneath?