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..
  • Neutral - pH drainage from mine waste rock at the Antamina Mine in Peru.
  • Scale up for models of reactive transport in porous media.
  • Fugitive gas effects on groundwater in northeast British Columbia.
  • Characterization strategies in integrated surface-water groundwater systems.


Term 1

EOSC 533 Advanced Groundwater Hydrology, Online with synchronous session W 8 - 9 am

Term 2

EOSC 429 Groundwater contamination MW 9 - 10 am, F 8 - 10 am.

EOSC 428 / 532 Groundwater field school - runs first two weeks in May, 2024

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

Research Staff

  • Research Scientist: Hydrogeology Group

PDFs and RAs

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Geological Sciences

Graduate Students

  • PhD Geological Sciences
  • PhD Geological Sciences
  • MSc Geological Sciences
  • PhD
  • PhD
  • PhD
  • MASc

Gonzalez Samano, P. S., Beckie, R. D., Busch, A., & Cahill, A. G. (2023). Evaluating propensity for fugitive gas migration from integrity compromised oil and gas wells in the Peace Region, British Columbia, Canada, with a petrophysical approach. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 153, 106260.

Forde, Olenka, Aaron G. Cahill, Bernhard Mayer, R. D. Beckie, and K Ulrich Mayer. “Fugitive Gas Migration in the Vadose Zone at an Experimental Field Site in the Montney Shale Gas Region” Geophysical Research Letters 49, no. 15 (2022): e2022GL098762. .

O’Neill, S., E. Eberhardt, R. Beckie, R. Macciotta, K. Woo, A. Creighton, “Role of Transient Pore Pressures and Effective Stresses in Progressive Slope Failure” Slope stability 2022 Symposium, Tucson, Arizona, October, 2022.

Skierszkan, E. K., Dockrey, J. W., Helsen, J., Findlater, L.-L., Bataille, C. P., de Laplante, G., McBeth, J.M., Mayer, K.U., & Beckie, R.D., (2021). Persistence of Uranium in Old and Cold Subpermafrost Groundwater Indicated by Linking 234U-235U-238U, Groundwater Ages, and Hydrogeochemistry. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry.

Pedretti, D., Vriens, B., Skierszkan, E. K., Baják, P., Mayer, K. U., & Beckie, R. D. (2022). Evaluating dual-domain models for upscaling multicomponent reactive transport in mine waste rock. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 244, 103931.

Chao, Jessie Tse-Hua, Aaron G. Cahill, Cole J. C. Van De Ven, and Roger D. Beckie. “Fate of Fugitive Natural Gas in Heterogeneous Near-Surface Sediments in a Region of Extensive Petroleum Resource Development.” Geophysical Research Letters 48, no. 18 (2021): e2021GL095200.

Jia, Kun, Cara C. M. Manning, Ashlee Jollymore, and Roger D. Beckie. “Technical Note: Effects of Iron(II) on Fluorescence Properties of Dissolved Organic Matter at Circumneutral PH.” Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 25, no. 9 (September 15, 2021): 4983–93.

Goetz, A. Maximilian, Roger D. Beckie, and Aaron G. Cahill. “Groundwater Recharge in a Confined Paleovalley Setting, Northeast British Columbia, Canada.” Hydrogeology Journal 29, no. 5 (August 1, 2021): 1797–1812.

Sandl, E., A. G. Cahill, L. Welch, and R. Beckie. “Characterizing Oil and Gas Wells with Fugitive Gas Migration through Bayesian Multilevel Logistic Regression.” Science of The Total Environment 769 (May 15, 2021): 144678.

Vriens, Bas, Nicolas Seigneur, K. Ulrich Mayer, and Roger D. Beckie. “Scale Dependence of Effective Geochemical Rates in Weathering Mine Waste Rock.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 234 (October 1, 2020): 103699.

Chao, Jessie Tse-Hua, Aaron G. Cahill, Rachel M. Lauer, Cole J. C. Van De Ven, and Roger D. Beckie. “Propensity for Fugitive Gas Migration in Glaciofluvial Deposits: An Assessment of near-Surface Hydrofacies in the Peace Region, Northeastern British Columbia.” Science of The Total Environment 749 (December 20, 2020): 141459.

Goetz, A.M. and Beckie, R.D. (2021): Groundwater recharge in a confined paleovalley setting, northeastern British Columbia (part of NTS 093P); in Geoscience BC Summary of Activities 2020: Energy and Water, Geoscience BC, Report 2021-02, p. 149–162.

Seigneur, N., B. Vriens, R. D. Beckie, and K. U. Mayer. “Reactive Transport Modelling to Investigate Multi-Scale Waste Rock Weathering Processes.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 236 (January 1, 2021): 103752.

Skierszkan, Elliott K., John W. Dockrey, K. Ulrich Mayer, Viorica F. Bondici, Joyce M. McBeth, and Roger D. Beckie. “Geochemical Controls on Uranium Release from Neutral-PH Rock Drainage Produced by Weathering of Granite, Gneiss, and Schist.” Minerals 10, no. 12 (December 2020): 1104.

Skierszkan, Elliott K., John W. Dockrey, K. Ulrich Mayer, and Roger D. Beckie. “Release of Geogenic Uranium and Arsenic Results in Water-Quality Impacts in a Subarctic Permafrost Region of Granitic and Metamorphic Geology.” Journal of Geochemical Exploration 217 (October 1, 2020): 106607.

Wolkersdorfer, C., Nordstrom, D. K., Beckie, R. D., Cicerone, D. S., Elliot, T., Edraki, M., Valente, T., Franca, S.C.A, Kumar, P., Lucero, R.A., Soler I Gil, A., (2020). Guidance for the Integrated Use of Hydrological, Geochemical, and Isotopic Tools in Mining Operations. Mine Water and the Environment.

St-Arnault, M., Vriens, B., Blaskovich, R., Aranda, C., Klein, B., Ulrich Mayer, K., & Beckie, R. D. (2020). Geochemical and mineralogical assessment of reactivity in a full-scale heterogeneous waste-rock pile. Minerals Engineering, 145, 106089. 

Pedretti, D., Mayer, K. U., & Beckie, R. D. (2020). Controls of uncertainty in acid rock drainage predictions from waste rock piles examined through Monte-Carlo multicomponent reactive transport. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 34(1), 219–233.

Cahill, A. G., Beckie, R., Ladd, B., Sandl, E., Goetz, M., Chao, J., Soares, J., Manning, C., Chopra, C., Finke, N., Hawthorne, I., Black, A., Mayer, K.U., Crowe, S., Cary, T., Lauer, R., Mayer, B., Allen, A., Kirste, D., Welch, L., (2019). Advancing knowledge of gas migration and fugitive gas from energy wells in northeast British Columbia, Canada. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 9(2), 134–151.

Forde, ON., AG Cahill, RD Beckie,  KU Mayer,  Barometric-pumping controls fugitive gas emissions from a vadose zone natural gas release, Scientific Reports,9(1) pp 1-9, 2019

Skierszkan,EK, J Robertson, MBJ Lindsay, JS Stockwell, JW Dockrey, S Das, D Weis, RD Beckie, KU Mayer, Tracing molybdenum attenuation in mining environments using molybdenum stable isotopes, Environmental Science and Technology, 53, pp 5678-5686, 2019

St-Arnault, M, B Vriens, B Klein, KU Mayer, RD Beckie, Mineralogical controls on drainage quality during the weathering of waste rock, Applied Geochemistry 108, 104376, 2019

Cahill, AG,  RD Beckie, B Ladd, E Sandl, M Goetz, J Chao, J Soares, C Manning, C Chopra, N Finke, I Hawthorne, A Black, KU Mayer, S Crowe, T Cary, R Lauer, B Mayer, A Allen, D Kirste, L Welch, Advancing knowledge of gas migration and fugitive gas from energy wells in northeast British Columbia, Canada,Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 9(2) pp 134-151, 2019

Vriens, B,  EK Skierszkan, M St-Arnault, K Salzsauler, C Aranda, KU Mayer, RD Beckie, Mobilization of Metal (oid) Oxyanions through Circumneutral Mine Waste-Rock Drainage, ACS Omega,4(6) pp 10205-10215, 2019

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.