Dr. Kyle Murray

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Variable & Marginal Quality Water Supplies
Hydrogeologist, Geologist IV
Oklahoma Geological Survey
University of Oklahoma
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B.A. | Geography/Environmental Studies| Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA | 1995
M.S. | Hydrogeology | Wright State University, Dayton, OH | 1997
Ph.D. | Geological Engineering | Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO | 2003
Research Interests: 
Dr. Kyle E. Murray is a Hydrogeologist for the Oklahoma Geological Survey and Cooperating Researcher with the School of Geosciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the OK NSF EPSCoR Track-1 RII Award titled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. The $20 million research project is a social science-led, multi-disciplinary collaboration among social, physical, biological, engineering, and computational scientists. More than thirty researchers from across the state are working together on the project, which began July 1, 2020. 
As the OGS Hydrogeologist, Dr. Murray investigates the physical and chemical properties of geologic materials that store and produce fluids and conducts regional-scale studies of water, earth, and environmental resources. Dr. Murray's research aims to contribute to best management practices in the energy industry, and water reuse in municipal water supply systems. In the water-energy realm, he studies water use in exploration and production, co-production of petroleum and water, saltwater management, disposal, recycle, and reuse. Dr. Murray studies occurrence and fate of contaminants of emerging concern and potable reuse strategies in municipal water supply and augmentation.
Dr. Murray's research supports the OK NSF EPSCoR project's Focus Area 3: Variable and Marginal Quality Water Supplies (V-MQW). The V-MQW Supplies focus area addresses issues surrounding Oklahoma’s water demands, which are projected to increase 600,000 acre-feet per year between 2007-2060. Reliable water supplies are needed to provide for these demands while meeting the state’s goal of capping freshwater use to 2010 levels. However, freshwater supplies are declining due to reservoir sedimentation and groundwater overdraft and are increasingly vulnerable to S2S variability. Concurrently, volumes of oil and gas ‘produced water,’ municipal wastewater, and stormwater are increasing with continued oil and gas development and urbanization. Disposal of produced waters has been correlated with seismicity, potentially impacting infrastructure and resulting in energy production curtailment in some regions. The challenge is finding a mix of solutions that allow Oklahoma’s diverse array of MQW to be economically treated for beneficial use to address water scarcity related to changing seasonal to sub-seasonal weather patterns, waste disposal, and infrastructure risk while supporting continued energy production and economic growth. 
Image (above/right): Dr. Kyle Murray water sampling in the Caney River (Bartlesville, OK).
Key Publications: 
  • Scanlon, B.R., Weingarten, M.B., Murray, K.E., and Reedy, R.C. 2019. Managing Basin-Scale Fluid Budgets to Reduce Injection-Induced Seismicity from the Recent U.S. Shale Oil Revolution. Seismological Research Letters. 90(1):171-182. http://dx.doi.org/10.1785/0220180223. 
  • Haffener, J., Chen, X., and Murray, K. 2018. Multiscale Analysis of Spatiotemporal Relationship Between Injection and Seismicity in Oklahoma. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 123 (10):8711-8731. http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2018JB015512. 
  • Murray, K. E. 2017. Final Report of: Lake Thunderbird CEC Study. Prepared for Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District (COMCD), Prepared by Oklahoma Geological Survey, University of Oklahoma. Norman, OK. pp. 21. 
  • Goebel, T.H.W., Walter, J.I., Murray, K., and Brodsky, E.E. 2017. Comment on “How Will Induced Seismicity in Oklahoma Respond to Decreased Saltwater Injection Rates?” by C. Langenbruch and M. D. Zoback. Science Advances. 3(8). http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1700441. 
  • Kroll, K. A., Cochran, E. S., and Murray, K. E. 2017. Poroelastic Properties of the Arbuckle Group in Oklahoma Derived from Well Fluid Level Response to the 3 September 2016 Mw5.8 Pawnee and 7 November 2016 Mw5.0 Cushing Earthquakes. Seismological Research Letters. 88(4):963-970. http://dx.doi.org/10.1785/0220160228. 
  • Murray, K.E., Manitou-Alvarez, E.I., Inniss, E.C., Healy, F.G., and Bodour, A.A. 2015. Assessment of Oxidative and UV-C Treatments for Inactivating Bacterial Biofilms from Groundwater Wells: Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering. 1(1): 39-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11783-014-0699-0. 
  • Murray, K.E. 2013. State-scale Perspective on Water Use and Production Associated with Oil and Gas Operations, Oklahoma, U.S. Environmental Science & Technology. 47(9): 4918-4925. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es4000593. 
  • Murray, K.E., Shields, J.A., Garcia, N.D., and Healy, F.G. 2012. Productivity, Carbon Utilization, and Energy Content of Mass in Scalable Microalgae Systems. Bioresource Technology. 114:499-506. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2012.03.012
  • Murray, K. E., Thomas, S. M., and Bodour, A. A. 2010. Prioritizing Research for Trace Pollutants and Emerging Contaminants in the Freshwater Environment. Environmental Pollution. 158:3462-3471. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2010.08.009. 
  • Thomas, S.M., Bodour, A.A., Murray, K.E., and Inniss, E.C. 2009. Sorption Behavior of a Synthetic Antioxidant, Polycyclic Musk, and an Organophosphate Insecticide in Wastewater Sludge: Water Science & Technology. 60(1):145-154. http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.284.
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