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B. Talon Newton

Talon

Talon hanging out in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.

Hydrogeologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801
(575) 835-6668

I am a hydrogeologist with the Aquifer Mapping Program, and I conduct hydrogeologic research that is relevant to New Mexico's water supply and future water management. Over the last 9 years, my projects have ranged from basin-scale hydrogeologic characterization to watershed scale ecohydrology. My approach is multidisciplinary where I use a variety of hydrogeologic, geophysical, and geochemical techniques to evaluate various hydrologic processes. I have significant experience in the use of aqueous geochemistry and environmental tracers to examine soil water dynamics, recharge processes, and groundwater/surface water interactions. More recently, I have been helping in the development of a soil water balance model to estimate groundwater recharge for the entire state of New Mexico. I am an adjunct faculty member of the NM Tech Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept. and have advised several graduate students on their thesis research. I also provide presentations on numerous projects as public outreach to help the general public understand important water issues in New Mexico.

Education

  • B.S., Geology, NM Tech, 2001
  • M.S., Hydrology, NM Tech, 2004
    Thesis title: "Geological controls on shallow groundwater quality in the Socorro Basin, New Mexico"
  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Queen’s Universitty Belfast, 2013
    Dissertation title: "Noble gases as applied tracers for investigating hydrologic and chemical processes in permeable reactive barriers"

Specialties and Interests

  • Watershed and groundwater recharge modeling
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Applied and environmental tracer methodologies in hydrology
  • Contaminant transport

Current Projects

Publications

(see full CV )

Papers

  1. Gierke, C., Newton, B.T., and Phillips, F.M., 2016, Soil-water dynamics and tree water uptake in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico (USA): a stable isotope study: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 24, no. 4, p. 805-818, doi:10.1007/s10040-016-1403-1.
  2. Rawling, G.C., and Newton, B.T., 2016, Quantity and location of groundwater recharge in the Sacramento Mountains, south-central New Mexico (USA), and their relation to the adjacent Roswell Artesian Basin: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 24, no. 4, p. 757-786,  doi:10.1007/s10040-016-1399-6.
  3. Szynkiewicz, A., Newton, B.T., Timmons, S., and Borrok, D.M., 2012, The sources and budget for sulfate in a fractured carbonate aquifer, southern Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico, USA: Applied Geochemistry, v. 27, no. 8, p. 1451-1462.
  4. Land, L., and Newton, B.T., 2008, Seasonal and long-term variations in hydraulic head in a karstic aquifer: Roswell Artesian Basin, New Mexico: Journal of the American Water Resources Association. v. 44.  No. 1, p. 175-191.
  5. Newton, B.T., Kuhn, S., Johnson, P., and Hathaway, D.L., 2002, Investigation of Flow and Seepage Conditions on a Critical Reach of the Rio Grande, New Mexico.  AWRA Proceedings for Groundwater/Surface water Interactions Conference, p. 581-586.

Reports

  1. Newton, B.T., and Land, L., 2015, Brackish Water Assessment in the Eastern Tularosa Basin, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology, Open-file Report 576, 25 p.
  2. Ketchum, D., Newton, B.T., and Phillips, F.P., 2016, High-Resolution Estimation of Groundwater Recharge for the Entire State of New Mexico Using a Soil-Water-Balance Model: NM Water Resources Research Institute, Technical Progress Report Subaward Q 1686 and Subaward Q 01788, 108 p.
  3. Newton, B.T., Mamer,  E., ReVelle, P., and Garduno, H., 2015, Sacramento Watershed Study – The Effects of Tree Thinning on the Local Hydrologic System: New Mexico Bureau of Geology, Open-file Report 582, 25 p.
  4. Kludt,T., Love, D., Allen, B., and Newton, T., 2015, Landforms of the central Jornada del Muerto: Influencing the Path of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, New Mexico Bureau of Geology, Open-file Report 575, 23 p.
  5. Kludt, T., Love, D., Newton, T., and Mamer, E., 2015, Crossing the Jornada del Muerto: Hydrological and Geomorphological Controls on Traveling El Camino Real Historic Trail: New Mexico Bureau of Geology, Open-file Report 574.
  6. Newton, B.T., Kludt, T., Love, D., and Mamer, E., 2015, Hydrogeology of central Jornada del Muerto: Implications for travel along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Sierra and Dona Ana Counties, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology, Open-file Report 573, 55 p.
  7. Ketchum, D., Newton, B.T., and Phillips, F.P., 2015, Statewide Water Assessment: Recharge Data Compilation and Recharge Area Identification for the State of New Mexico: NM Water Resources Research Institute,  Technical Progress Report Sub award Q 1686.
  8. Newton, B.T., and Allen, B., 2014, Hydrologic Investigation at White Sands National Monument: NM Bureau of Geology, Open-file Report 559.
  9. Mamer, E.A., Newton, B.T., Koning, D.J., Timmons, S.S., Kelley, S.A., 2014, Northeastern Tularosa Basin Regional hydrogeology Study, New Mexico: NM Bureau of Geology. Open-file Report 562.
  10. Land, L., Felix, B., and Newton, B.T., 2014, Regional water table map of the northeastern Tularosa Basin region, Otero and Lincoln counties, New Mexico: NM Bureau of Geology, Open-file Report 561.
  11. Newton, B.T., Rawling, G.C., Timmons, S.S., Land, L.L., Johnson, P.S., Kludt, T.J., and Timmons, J.M., 2012, Sacramento Mountains Hydrogeology Study: Final Technical Report: NM Bureau of Geology Open-file Report 543.
  12. Newton, B.T., Gierke, C., Garduno, H., Canaris, N, and Kludt, T., 2012, Sacramento Mountains Watershed Study: Can we increase our water resources by thinning trees in the mountains?, Preliminary Report: NM Bureau of Geology, http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/resources/water/projects/brochures/2012_Watershed_Brochure.pdf
  13. Newton, B.T., Timmons, S., Rawling, G., Partey, F., Kludt, T., Land, L., Timmons, M., and Walsh, P., 2009. Sacramento Mountain hydrogeology study. NM Bureau of Geology, Open-file Report 518.                                       

Abstracts

  1. Newton, B.T., and Rawlings, 2016, Hydrogeology of the Sacramento Mountains in Southeastern New Mexico: How Karst Creates and Oasis in the Desert: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, no. 7, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM-287355.
  2. Xu, E., and Newton, B.T., 2016, Modeling Focused Recharge through Ephemeral Streams in New Mexico: Presented at NM Water Resources Research Institute 61st New Mexico Water Conference, Silver City, New Mexico, 5-7 October.
  3. Ketchum, D.G.,  Newton, B.T., and Phillips, F., 2015, High-Resolution Statewide Modeling of Groundwater Recharge in New Mexico: Presented at 2015 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico, 24 April.
  4. ReVelle, P.M., Hendrickx, J.M.H., and Newton, B.T., 2015, Quantifying the Effects of Thinning Vegetation on Evapotranspiration in a Mountainous Watershed through Remote Sensing : Presented at 2015 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico, 24 April.
  5. Ketchum, D.G., Hendrickx, J., Newton, B.T.,  and Phillips, F.M., 2015, High Resolution Groundwater Recharge Modeling in New Mexico: NM Water Resources Research Institute 60th Annual New Mexico Water Conference, Taos, NM, 7-9 October.
  6. Bourret, S.M., Newton, B.T., and Person, M.A., 2014, Hydrologic Modeling of the White Sands Dune Field, New Mexico: Presented at 2014 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico, 11 April.
  7. Mamer, E.A., Newton, B.T.,Timmons, S.S., Koning, D.J., and Land, L.A., 2014, Recharging the Tularosa Basin. New Mexico: Presented at 2014 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico, 11 April.
  8. Newton, B.T., Kludt, R., Mamer, E., and  Love, D., 2014,. Hydrogeologic Controls on Early Travel through the Jornada del Muerto, New Mexico: Presented at 2014 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico, 11 April.
  9. Bourret, S.M., and Newton, B.T., 2014 Multi-scale Hydrologic Modeling of the White Sands Dune Field, New Mexico. Abstract H41H-01 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 December.
  10. Bourret, S.M., Newton, B.T., Person, M., 2013. Hydrologic modeling of the White Sands Dune Field, New Mexico. Abstract H11H-1233 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 9-13 December.
  11. Newton, B.T., 2012, Stable Isotopic Composition of Waters in the Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico: Implications for Groundwater Recharge Mechanisms: Paper No. 13-3, presented at 2012 GSA Rocky Mountain Section 64th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 9-11 May.
  12. Timmons, S.S., Johnson, P.S., Newton, B.T., Rawling, Geof, Land, L.A., Timmons, J.M., and Kludt, T., 2012. The Aquifer Mapping Program Approach in the Southern Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico: Paper No. 3-2, presented at 2012 GSA Rocky Mountain Section 64th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 9-11 May.
  13. Gierke, C., and Newton, B.T., 2012. Soil Water Dynamics in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico and Implications to Groundwater Recharge: Paper No. 13-1, presented at 2012 GSA Rocky Mountain Section 64th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 9-11 May.
  14. Szynkiewicz, A., Newton, B.T., Timmons, S.S., and Borrok, D.M.,2012. The Sources and Budget for Dissolved Sulfate in a Carbonate Aquifer in the Southern Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico: Paper No. 13-2, presented at 2012 GSA Rocky Mountain Section 64th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 9-11 May.
  15. Gierke, C., Newton, B.T., 2012.  How Trees Interact with their Hydrologic Environment: A Stable Isotope Study: Presented at the 2012 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM,12 april 2012.
  16. Gierke, C., and Newton, B.T., 2012. How Trees Interact with their Hydrologic Environment: A Stable Isotope Study: Poster No. H11D-1203, presented at 2012 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, 3-7 December.
  17. Newton, B.T., Allen, B.D., Land, L.A., Bustos, D., and Kludt, T., 2011, Hydrologic Investigation at White Sands National Monument: Presented at the 2011 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM,15 April.
  18. Canaris, N., Kludt, T., and Newton, B.T., 2011, Canopy Interception Loss for a Mixed Coniferous Forest in Southern New Mexico Prior to Tree Thinning Treatment: Presented at the 2011 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM,15 April.
  19. Gierke, C., and Newton, B.T., 2011. A new method of tree xylem water extraction for isotopic analysis: Abstract H33E-1365 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, California, 5-9 December.
  20. Gierke, C., and Newton, B.T., 2011, A new method of tree xylem water extraction for isotopic analysis for tracking tree water sources in the Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico: Abstract 187-16 presented at  2011 GSA Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 9-12 October.
  21. Newton, B.T., Rawling, G., Timmons, S., and Kludt, T., 2010, The stable isotopic compositions of natural waters in the southern Sacramento Mountains, NM: Implications for climatic and hydrologic controls on groundwater recharge: Presented at 2010 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting.  Socorro, NM, 16 April.
  22. Timmons, S.S., Newton, B.T., and Partey, F.K., 2010,  Water chemistry trends from wells and springs in the southern Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico:  Presented at 2010 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM, 16 April.
  23. Newton, B.T., Fernald, A., Garduno, H., and Kludt, T., 2010, The Sacramento Mountains watershed study: Pre-treatment analyses and considerations: Presented at 2010 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM, 16 April.
  24. Zeigler, K.E., Newton, B.T., and Timmons, S., 2010, Effects of lateral and vertical heterogeneity in the Yeso Formation on the regional hydrogeology in the Sacramento Mountains, NM: Presented at 2010 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM, 16 April.
  25. Land, L., Polyak, V., and Newton, B.T., 2010, The Snowy River Formation in Fort Stanton Cave, NM: New results from radiometric dating and hydrologic observations of the world’s longest speleothem. Presented at 2010 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM, 16 April.
  26. Garduno, H., Fernald, A., Shukla, M.,Newton, B.T., and Vanleeuwen, D., 2010, Plot-scale soil water flux and runoff in a mixed conifer forest in the Sacramento Mountains, NM: Presented at 2010 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM, 16 April.
  27. Newton, B.T., Elliot, T., and Kalin, R.,  2005, Bulk –Partitioning Tracer Tests to Assess the Effects of Hydrogen Evolution on Flow and Transport Characteristics in Zero-Valent Iron Columns: Presented at British Geophysical Association New Horizons Post-Graduate Research Conference,  Galway, Ireland.
  28. Land, L.A., and Newton, B.T.,  2004, Seasonal and Long-Term Variations in Hydraulic Head in a Regional Karst Aquifer:  Roswell Artesian Basin, New Mexico: Presented at 2004 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting,  Denver, Colorado.
  29. Newton, B.T., Bowman, R., Phillips, F., and Johnson, P., 2004, Investigation on the Presence and Origin of High Chloride Waters in the Shallow Hydrologic System in the Socorro Basin, New Mexico: Presented at 2004 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico.
  30. Newton, Brad T., Wilcox, Laura J., and Bowman, Robert S.  2003, Evaluation of Groundwater/Surface water Interactions along a Critical Reach of the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico: Presented at 2003 New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, New Mexico.      
  31. Newton, Brad T., Kuhn, S., Johnson, P., and Hathaway, D.L. 2002, Investigation of Flow and Seepage Conditions on a Critical Reach of the Rio Grande, New Mexico: Presented at American Water Resource Association Specialty Conference,  Keystone, Colorado.
  32.  Newton, T., Wilcox, L., and Bowman, R. 2002, Evaluation of Groundwater/Surface Water Interactions in the Middle Rio Grande (San Acacia - Elephant Butte Reservoir): Presented at SAHRA Conference. Tucson, Arizona.
  33. Phillips, F., Small, E., Kurc, S., Lechler, B., Newton, T., Rosenau, N., Thomas, T., and Walvoord, M.  2002,  Assessing the Spatial Variability of Soil-Water Parameters and Ecohydrological Relations :"The Great Vadose Zone Experiment":  Presented at SAHRA Conference.  Tucson, Arizona.
  34. Newton, B.T., Campbell, A., Turin, H.J., Phillips, F.M., and Plummer, M.  2001. A Stable Isotopic Investigation of Cave Pools in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico: Presented at Geological Society of America Southwest Regional Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico.