Roger Beckie


EOS-South 261
(604) 822-6462
  • The physical, geochemical and biological processes and conditions in the hyporheic zone of the lower Fraser River, Vancouver.
  • Arsenic in the Bengal Basin.
  • Neutral - pH drainage from mine waste rock at the Antamina Mine in Peru.
  • Scale up for models of reactive transport in porous media.
  • Characterization strategies in integrated surface-water groundwater systems.

Research Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellow Hydrogeology Group / Energy and Environment Research Initiative

The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Post-doctoral Fellow in the field of contaminant hydrogeology or geochemistry to join our Energy and Environment Research initiative (  The principal tasks are to support research into the environmental effects of shale-gas development in British Columbia; with particular focus on fugitive natural gas including migration processes. The successful candidate will be expected to prepare and publish peer-reviewed papers and reports for funders, pursue research in the lab and field, help support graduate students, organize field work, and liaise with local community groups, First Nations, industry and provincial agencies. There is an opportunity to contribute to other projects in the UBC hydrogeology group.

Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. in the field of contaminant hydrogeology, geochemistry, or related, and a record of research competence demonstrated by sustained publication in the peer-reviewed international scientific literature is required. Additionally, we seek a candidate with significant experience conducting hydrogeologic field investigations (including drilling supervision, monitoring well installation and hydraulic testing/sampling) as well as experience characterizing and interpreting dissolved gases in groundwater. Some knowledge of and experience in reactive-transport modeling and/or multiphase flow would also be considered an asset. The ideal candidate will be independent, self-motivated, have excellent oral and written communication skills, be well organized and be a team player. A one-year appointment will begin as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified; the appointment can be extended for one or more years. Salary is dependent upon educational level and experience; the starting salary is $60,000.00 CAD per annum + benefits.

Applications, including a 1 page cover letter, CV, copies of two relevant publications, and the names, e-mails, and phone numbers of three referees should be sent to Dana Caudle, Head's Coordinator, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of British Columbia, 2207 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4 e-mail: . The application deadline is March 31, 2019 but it will be extended if a suitable candidate has not been found. 

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes expressions of interest from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. However, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.  

Roger Beckie
February 19, 2019
March 31, 2019

EOSC 210 (fall 2018)

EOSC 213 (spring 2019)

B.A.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Princeton)., P.Eng.

Research Staff

Research Scientist

Graduate Students

PhD Geological Sciences
PhD Geological Sciences
PhD Geological Engineering
PhD Geological Sciences
PhD Geological Sciences
MSc Geological Sciences

Vriens, B,  L Smith, KU Mayer, RD Beckie,  Poregas distributions in waste-rock piles affected by climate seasonality and physicochemical heterogeneity,  Applied Geochemistry, 100, pp 305-315, 2019

Vriens, B, H Peterson, L Laurenzi, L Smith, C Aranda, KU Mayer, RD Beckie, Long-term monitoring of waste-rock weathering at the Antamina mine, Peru,  Chemosphere, 215 pp 858 - 869, 2019

Skierszkan, EK,  KU Mayer, D Weis, J Roberston, RD Beckie, Molybdenum stable isotope fractionation during the precipitation of powellite (CaMoO4) and wulfenite (PbMoO4),  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 244, pp 383-402, 2019

Vriens, B, MS Arnault, L Laurenzi, L Smith, KU Mayer, RD Beckie Localized Sulfide Oxidation Limited by Oxygen Supply in a Full-Scale Waste-Rock Pile Vadose Zone Journal, 17 (1) 2018

Blackmore, S, B Vriens, M Sorensen, IM Power, L Smith, SJ Hallam, KU Mayer, RD Beckie, Microbial and geochemical controls on waste rock weathering and drainage quality Science of the Total Environment, 640 pp 1004-1014, 2018

Beckie, RD, “Fundamental Hydrologic Equations”,  Encyclopedia of Hydrologic Sciences, Malcolm Anderson Ed., Wiley, Bristol, UK,. 20 pages,  2018

Blackmore, S, D Pedretti, KU Mayer, L Smith, RD Beckie  Evaluation of single-and dual-porosity models for reproducing the release of external and internal tracers from heterogeneous waste-rock piles   Journal of contaminant hydrology  214 pp 65-74, July 2018.

Skierszkan, E. K., J. S. Stockwell, J. W. Dockrey, D. Weis, R. D. Beckie, and K. U. Mayer. “Molybdenum (Mo) Stable Isotopic Variations as Indicators of Mo Attenuation in Mine Waste-Rock Drainage.” Applied Geochemistry 87, no. Supplement C (December 1, 2017): 71–83.

Desbarats, A. J., T. Pal, P. K. Mukherjee, and R. D. Beckie. “Geochemical Evolution of Groundwater Flowing Through Arsenic Source Sediments in an Aquifer System of West Bengal, India.” Water Resources Research 53, no. 11 (November 1, 2017): 8715–35.

Pedretti, Daniele, K. Ulrich Mayer, and Roger D. Beckie. “Stochastic Multicomponent Reactive Transport Analysis of Low Quality Drainage Release from Waste Rock Piles: Controls of the Spatial Distribution of Acid Generating and Neutralizing Minerals.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 201 (June 2017): 30–38.

Pedretti, Daniele, and Roger D. Beckie. “Stochastic Evaluation of Simple Pairing Approaches to Reconstruct Incomplete Rainfall Time Series.” Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 30, no. 7 (October 7, 2016): 1933–46.

Skierszkan, E. K., K. U. Mayer, D. Weis, and R. D. Beckie. “Molybdenum and Zinc Stable Isotope Variation in Mining Waste Rock Drainage and Waste Rock at the Antamina Mine, Peru.” Science of The Total Environment 550 (April 15, 2016): 103–13.

Lorca, Maria E., K. Ulrich Mayer, Daniele Pedretti, Leslie Smith, and Roger D. Beckie. “Spatial and Temporal Fluctuations of Pore-Gas Composition in Sulfidic Mine Waste Rock.” Vadose Zone Journal 15, no. 10 (October 1, 2016).

Pedretti, Daniele, Arnault Lassin, and Roger D. Beckie. “Analysis of the Potential Impact of Capillarity on Long-Term Geochemical Processes in Sulphidic Waste-Rock Dumps.” Applied Geochemistry, A Special Issue to Honor the Geochemical Contributions of D. Kirk Nordstrom, 62 (November 2015): 75–83.

Hassan, Marwan A., Daniele Tonina, Roger D. Beckie, and Matthew Kinnear. “The Effects of Discharge and Slope on Hyporheic Flow in Step-Pool Morphologies.” Hydrological Processes 29, no. 3 (January 30, 2015): 419–33.

Bianchin, M., L. Smith, and R. Beckie. “Freeze Shoe Sampler for the Collection of Hyporheic Zone Sediments and Porewater.” Groundwater 53, no. 2 (March 1, 2015): 328–34.

Dockrey, John W., Matthew B. J. Lindsay, K. Ulrich Mayer, Roger D. Beckie, Kelsey L. I. Norlund, Lesley A. Warren, and Gordon Southam. “Acidic Microenvironments in Waste Rock Characterized by Neutral Drainage: Bacteria–Mineral Interactions at Sulfide Surfaces.” Minerals 4, no. 1 (March 21, 2014): 170–90.

Desbarats, A. J., C. E. M. Koenig, T. Pal, P. K. Mukherjee, and R. D. Beckie. “Groundwater Flow Dynamics and Arsenic Source Characterization in an Aquifer System of West Bengal, India.” Water Resources Research 50, no. 6 (June 1, 2014): 4974–5002.

Blackmore, Sharon, Leslie Smith, K. Ulrich Mayer, and Roger D. Beckie. “Comparison of Unsaturated Flow and Solute Transport through Waste Rock at Two Experimental Scales Using Temporal Moments and Numerical Modeling.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 171 (December 15, 2014): 49–65.

Herrera, Paulo A., and Roger D. Beckie. “An Assessment of Particle Methods for Approximating Anisotropic Dispersion.” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 71, no. 5 (2013): 634–651.

Conlan, Michael J. W., K. Ulrich Mayer, Randy Blaskovich, and Roger D. Beckie. “Solubility Controls for Molybdenum in Neutral Rock Drainage.” Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis 12, no. 1 (February 1, 2012): 21–32.

Chen, Yaming, Leslie Smith, and Roger Beckie. “Modeling of Strategies for Performance Monitoring of Groundwater Contamination at Sites Underlain by Fractured Bedrock.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 134–135 (June 2012): 37–53.

Beckie, R. D. “Groundwater.” In Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier, 2013.