Dr. Reichard teaching responsibilities include environmental geology and two upper division courses in hydrogeology. His basic teaching philosophy is centered on the belief that most people are inherently interested in the natural world, but this interest can be greatly diminished when taking a science class. Dr. Reichard’s approach is to emphasize that science is not just a bunch a facts, but rather a way of learning about the fascinating world that surrounds us. He uses a Socratic lecture style that promotes active learning so that students understand concepts and processes as opposed to memorizing trivia and jargon. Another key element of Dr. Reichard’s approach is to show students how the course material is relevant to their own lives. For this he uses everyday examples to demonstrate that we, as individuals and as a society, are intimately linked to the geologic environment.
In terms of scholarship, Dr. Reichard interests lie in both hydrology and pedagogy. In hydrology, his early research involved modeling the effects of pore pressure changes on groundwater flow systems and on developing computing applications for aquifer tests. Since coming to Georgia Southern, his attention has shifted towards applied hydrologic research on the coastal plain of Georgia. One area of focus has been on the relationship between groundwater discharge and the chemistry of surface waters. Dr. Reichard is also using geochemistry to locate vertical pathways for the movement of groundwater between aquifer systems. These pathways are believed to be related to the recurrent movement of deep basement structures, which then propagate upwards through the post-Cretaceous sedimentary sequence.
With respect to pedagogy, Dr. Reichard’s interest has been in developing effective techniques for teaching geologic concepts and processes. This has resulted in various publications and presentations at professional meetings. Ultimately, this work led to the development of a new environmental geology textbook, which was first published by McGraw Hill in 2010, followed by a second edition in 2013.
Reichard, J.S, 2013, Environmental Geology, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill Publishers, 551p.
Reichard, J.S, 2010, Environmental Geology, McGraw Hill Publishers, 544p.
Reichard, J.S. and Brown, C.M., 2009, Detecting Groundwater Contamination of a River Using Baseflow Sampling, Hydrogeology Journal, v. 17, n. 3, p. 735-747:
Reichard, J.S., 2006, Quantifying Groundwater Baseflow and Improving Math Skills through a Stream-Discharge Exercise, Teaching Hydrogeology in the 21st Century, National Association of Geoscience Teachers,
Reichard, J.S., 2002, A Computer Program for use with Pace and Compass Exercises: Journal of Geoscience Education,v. 50, n. 5, p. 544-548.
Reichard, J.S, 1999, Switching from a Traditional to a Computer-Based Format for Introductory Geoscience Lectures: Journal of Geoscience Education,v. 47, n. 4, p. 325-330.
Reichard, J.S. and Leap, D.I., 1998, The Effects of Pore Pressure on the Conductivity of Fractured Aquifers: Ground Water, v. 36, n. 3, p. 450-456.
Pittenger, R. and Reichard, J.S., 1997, Computer Determination of Aquifer Parameters using Slope-Matching: Ground Water, v. 35, n. 3, p. 546-550.
Reichard, J.S., 1996, Teaching Stereo Viewing in the Classroom: Journal of Geoscience Education,v. 44, n. 2, p. 129-133.
Recent Conference Presentations
Reichard, J.S., Nelson, B.R., Meyer, B.K., Vance, R.K., and Van Stan, J., 2012, Saltwater Intrusion in the Upper Floridan Aquifer on St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, National Meeting, v. 44, n. 7, p. 616.
Reichard, J.S., Nelson, B.R., Meyer, B.K., Vance, R.K., and Bishop, G.A., 2012, Water Chemistry of the Upper Floridan Aquifer Along a Groundwater Flowpath on St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 44, n. 4, p. 60.
Reichard, J.S., and Fitzner, A., 2008, Investigating the Origin and Possible Structural Control of Artesian Springs in the Southeastern Coastal Plain of Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, National Meeting, v. 40, n. 6, p. 87.
Reichard, J.S., 2007, Chemical Mixing Pattern in Scour Pools on the Coastal Plain in Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Southeastern Section Meeting, v. 39, n. 2, p. 32.
Reichard, J.S., 2005, Mapping Groundwater Springs within Scour Pools in Coastal Rivers in Georgia. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, National Meeting, v. 37, n. 7, p. 140.