Vijay Vulava

College of Charleston

Address: Dept. of Geology, SSMB 250, 202 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843.953.1922
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Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich Switzerland 
M.S., University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests

  • Fate and transport of contaminants in water and soil environments
  • Climate change and stormwater pollution
  • Environmental justice

Current and planned research projects

  • Stormwater runoff and pollution of coastal environments
  • Contamination in stormwater retention ponds
  • A systems approach to modeling of contaminant fate


  • B.A. Beckingham, T.J. Callahan, V.M. Vulava. 2019. Stormwater ponds in the Southeastern U.S.Coastal Plain: Hydrogeology, contaminant fate, and the need for a social-ecological framework. Frontiers in Environmental Science.
  • V.M. Vulava, B.A. Beckingham, and T.J. Callahan. 2018. Environmental Factors and Design Features that Control Stormwater Transport and Contaminant Fate in Ponds. Chapter 2 in Stormwater Ponds in Coastal South Carolina-2018 State of Knowledge Report. S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Charleston, S.C.
  • A.L. Wynne*, P.M. Nieves, V.M. Vulava, H.N. Qirko, T.J. Callahan. 2018. A community-based approach to solid waste management for riverine and coastal resource sustainability in the Philippines. Ocean and Coastal Management. 151: 36-44.
  • V.M. Vulava, D.S. Vaughn*, L.D. McKay, S.G. Driese, L.W. Cooper, F. Menn, N. Levine, and G.S. Sayler. 2017. Flood-induced transport of PAHs from streambed coal tar deposits. Science of the Total Environment. 575: 247-257.
  • V.M. Vulava, W.C. Cory, V. Murphey*, C. Ulmer*. 2016. Sorption, photodegradation, and chemical transformation of naproxen and ibuprofen in soils and water. Science of the Total Environment. 565: 1063-1070.
  • M.P. Griffin*, T.J. Callahan, V.M. Vulava, and T.M. Williams. 2014. Influence of soil type and antecedent soil moisture conditions on storm-event flow pathways in lower coastal plain watersheds of the southeastern United States. Water Resources Research 50: 8265-8280. 
  • V.M. Vulava, L.D. McKay, M.M. Broholm, J.F. McCarthy, S.G. Driese, G.S. Sayler. 2012. Influence of pore structure on dissolution and transport of coal tar compounds in highly fractured clay-rich residuum. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 203-204: 283-289.
  • T.J. Callahan, V.M. Vulava, M. Passarello*, C.G. Garrett*. 2011. Estimating groundwater recharge in lowland forested watersheds. Hydrological Processes.
  • C.G. Garrett*, V.M. Vulava, T.J. Callahan, and M.L. Jones. 2011. Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions in a Lowland Watershed: Source Contribution to Stream Flow. Hydrological Processes.
  • S. Driese, G. Ludvigson, J. Roberts, D. Fowle, L. Gonzalez, J. Smith, V. Vulava, L. McKay. 2010. Micromorphology and Stable-Isotope Geochemistry of Historical Pedogenic Siderite Formed in PAH Contaminated Alluvial Clay Soils, Tennessee, U.S.A. Journal of Sedimentary Research 80: 943-954.