Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Kabala's principal research interests cover stochastic and deterministic theory of fluid flow and contaminant transport in saturated and unsaturated heterogeneous porous media, theory of related measurements, field and laboratory studies in subsurface hydrology, stochastic fields and processes, numerical and analytical methods and sensitivity analysis. His current research focuses on developing new measurement techniques for characterization of porous media, recovering contaminant release histories from current plume observations, and stochastic modeling of water and solute transport in saturated and unsaturated heterogeneous formations.
Dr. Kabala has served as a faculty in residence (FIR) in Southgate Dorm on the East Campus for a number of years. He enjoys his interactions with students outside of class. He follows politics with great passion and occasionally writes about it on Mic. Dr. Kabala is an avid member of Toastmasters International, where he hones his public speaking skills. In his free time, he enjoys racquet and water sports, hiking, reading, and listening to jazz.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Office Location: CIEMAS 2467, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5479
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- M.S. Poznan Polytechnic (Poland), 1980
- M.S. Princeton University, 1982
- Ph.D. Princeton University, 1988
Stochastic and deterministic theory of fluid flow and contaminant transport in saturated and unsaturated heterogeneous porous media, theory of related measurements, field and laboratory studies in subsurface hydrogeology, stochastic fields and processes, numerical and analytical methods and sensitivity analysis
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Earl I. Brown II Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 2005
- Top 8 Most Downloaded Article. Advances in Water Resources. 2001
- CEE 301L: Fluid Mechanics
- CEE 494: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 683: Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport
- CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- EGR 206: Engineering Communication
- Kabala, Z. J. “Comment on “Tu et al., An Analytical Solution of Groundwater Flow in a Confined Aquifer With a Single Well Circulation System, Water Resources Research, First Published: 12 June 2020.”.” Water Resources Research 57, no. 4 (April 1, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020WR029021.
- Kahler, D. M., and Z. J. Kabala. “Erratum: Acceleration of groundwater remediation by rapidly pulsed pumping: Laboratory column tests (Journal of Environmental Engineering (United States) DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001479).” Journal of Environmental Engineering (United States) 145, no. 3 (March 1, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001540.
- Kahler, D. M., and Z. J. Kabala. “Acceleration of groundwater remediation by deep sweeps and vortex ejections induced by rapidly pulsed pumping.” Water Resources Research 52, no. 5 (May 1, 2016): 3930–40. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015WR017157.
- Krug, C. T., and Z. Kabala. “Vadose zone transport of nitrate in the sierra pelona groundwater basin, Agua Dulce, California.” Proceedings of World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009: Great Rivers 342 (October 26, 2009): 1814–23. https://doi.org/10.1061/41036(342)181.
- Raanan, H., A. Vengosh, A. Paytan, A. Nishri, and Z. Kabala. “Quantifying saline groundwater flow into a freshwater lake using the Ra isotope quartet: A case study from the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret), Israel.” Limnology and Oceanography 54, no. 1 (January 1, 2009): 119–31. https://doi.org/10.4319/lo.2009.54.1.0119.