Dr. Melida Gutierrez


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



  • PhD, Geohydrology, 1992, University of Texas in El Paso
  • Postgraduate Studies, Environmental Science, 1984-1985, The Netherlands 
  • MSc, Biological Wastewater Treatment, 1977-1979, University of Karlsruhe, Germany


  • GLG 580/680 Geochemistry
  • GLG 110 Principles of Geology
  • GLG 782 Contaminant Hydrology

Professional experience

  • Reviewer for international journals, including Expl Geochem, Environ Monit Assess, Geol Soc Am Special Papers.
  • College Committees: General Education rep. for GLG 110 Principles of Geology
  • Department Committees: Geology curriculum, Faculty evaluation committee

Graduate Student Thesis Mentoring (last 2 years) 

  • 2022 – MNAS, B. Oehring. Air, soil and water sampling internships (2) 
  • 2020 – M.S. Geospatial Sci., R. Armstrong. Soils contaminated with smelter fallout in SE Missouri  
  • 2020 – M.S. Geospatial Sci., M.A. McClanahan. History and legacy of the Tri-State Mining District

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Gomez, R., Gutiérrez M., 2022. Water quality monitoring of five karst springs within a pastureland in southwest Polk 2 County, Missouri. Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, 28(3), 1-10. 

  • Alarcón-Herrera MT, Gutiérrez M. 2022. Geogenic arsenic: Challenges, gaps, and future directions. Current Opinion on Environmental Science and Health, 27, 10.1016/j.coesh.2022.100349
  • Gutiérrez, M., Qiu, X., Collette, Z. J., Lurvey, Z. T. (2020). Metal Content of Stream Sediments as a Tool to Assess Remediation in an Area Recovering from Historic Mining Contamination. Minerals, 10(247), 12.
  • Alarcón-Herrera, M. T., Martin-Alarcón, D., Gutiérrez, M., Olmos, D. (2020). Co-occurrence, possible origin, and health-risk assessment of arsenic and fluoride in drinking water sources in Mexico: Geographical data visualization. Science of the Total Environment/Elsevier, 698(134168), 15. www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenv
  • Pearson, M.A., Biagioni, R. N., Gutiérrez, M. (2019). Geochemical fractionation of stream sediments impacted by Pb-Zn mining wastes: Missouri, USA. Mine Water and the Environment, 38(June), 378–384. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10230-018-0568-3
  • Ibarra Jaime P., Rivas-Lucero B.A., Zuñiga G., Gutiérrez M. (2019). Preliminary list of flora established in the Río San Pedro - Meoqui wetland after seven years of its Ramsar designation. Tecnociencia Chihuahua, XIII(2), 5, Mexico.
  • Gutiérrez M., Collette Z., McClanahan A.M., Mickus K. (2019). Mobility of Metals in Sediments Contaminated with Historical Mining Wastes: Example from the Tri-State Mining District, US
  • Rivas-Lucero B.A., Gutiérrez M., Magaña E., Márquez F., Márquez W. (2018). Salt content of dairy farm effluents as an indicator of salinization risk to soils. Soil Systems, 2(4), 10. www.mdpi.com/2571-8789/2/4
  • Gutiérrez M., Biagioni R. N., Alarcon-Herrera M. T., Rivas-Lucero B. A. (2018). an overview of Nitrate sources and operating processes in arid and semi-arid aquifer systems. Science of the Total Environment - Elsevier, 624(2018), 1513-1522. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.252

Research and professional interests

  • Geochemistry of sediments contaminated with mining wastes
  • Groundwater quality
  • Water-rock interactions
  • Sustainability of groundwater resources
  • Environmental education

Awards and honors

  • Invited keynote speaker for 50th Anniversary of the Farmers’ Union Union de Credito de Delicias A.C. Delicias, Mexico, 2015
  • Invited keynote speaker for Dia del Nogalero Conference of the National Pecan Growers Association, Mexico, 2014
  • CNAS (College of Natural and Applied Science) Research Award, 2013

Professional organizations

  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers
  • International Geochemical Association
  • American Geophysical Union

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