Vijay Vulava



Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
B.S. Civil Engineering

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Environmental Sciences

Research Interests

I specialize in studying environmental pollution in soil and water, focusing on trace metals, organic chemicals, and pathogenic bacteria. Our research combines fieldwork and geochemical analysis with the active participation of undergraduate and graduate students. Most students present their findings at research conferences, and some have co-authored research publications. Because environmental contamination has health implications, we collaborate with nonprofit and community groups. 

Courses Taught

GEOL 103 Environmental Geology
GEOL 250 Introduction to Geochemistry
GEOL 313 
Critical Zone Science
GEOL 291 Water Resources
GEOL 441/EVSS 541
 Pollution in the Environment
GEOL 362 Field Studies in Environmental Geosciences
EVSS 639 Wetlands and Watersheds
HONS 155 Honors Geology I


D.M. Amatya, T.J. Callahan, A. Walega, A. Morrison*, and V. Vulava. 2022. Storm event analysis of four forested catchments on the Atlantic coastal plain using a modified SCS-CN rainfall-runoff model. Journal of Hydrology: 608, 127772. 

A. Kirker* and V.M. Vulava. 2021. Identification of Stormwater Pollution Hotspots in Charleston Peninsula. Journal of South Carolina Water Resources. 8: 54-67.  

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.