Dr. Melida Gutierrez


Geography Geology and Planning

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Geography Geology and Planning
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Geohydrology, 1992, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Postgraduate Studies, Environmental Science, 1984-1985, The Netherlands 
  • MSc, Biological Wastewater Treatment, 1977-1979, University of Karlsruhe, Germany


  • GLG 110 Principles of Geology
  • GLG 171 Environmental Geology
  • GLG 580/680 Principles of Geochemistry
  • GLG 597 Graduate Research in Geology
  • GLG 701 Geology for Secondary Teachers I
  • GLG 798 Research in Geological Sciences
  • GRY 240 Earth Science for Teachers

Professional experience

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Gutiérrez, M., Wu, S., Rodriguez, J., Jones, A.D., Lockwood, B., Assessing the State of Contamination for a Historic Mining Town Using Sediment Chemistry. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, published online 2016
  • Johnson, A., Gutiérrez, M., Gouzie, D., McAlily, R., 2016. State of Remediation and Metal Toxicity in the Tri-State Mining District, USA. Chemosphere 144:1132-1141

Other notable publications

  • Gutiérrez, M., Contenido de metales en sedimentos: una herramienta para evaluar pasivos ambientales mineros. Tecnociencia Chihuahua, submitted
  • Gutiérrez, M., El temible Arsénico. Revista Pacana Mar 2016, 2(1) 2pp.
  • Gutiérrez, M., El agua como recurso natural, In Agua Asolada, 2016 Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua, ISBN 978-607-8404-06-3.
  • Gutiérrez, M., Cuencas Cerradas del Norte. Revista Pacana Nov. 2015, 1(2) 3pp.
  • Gutiérrez, M., NO al abatimiento de mantos freáticos. Revista Pacana, Sept 2015, 1(1) 3pp.

Research and professional interests

  • Soil and water contamination
  • Stream water quality
  • Geochemistry of natural waters
  • Geochemical modeling of carbon sequestration
  • Earth science education

Awards and honors

  • Invited keynote speaker for 50th Anniversary of the Farmers’ Union Union de Credito de Delicias A.C. Delicias, Mexico, 2015
  • Invited keynote speaker for Dia del Nogalero Conference of the National Pecan Growers Association, Mexico, 2014
  • CNAS (College of Natural and Applied Science) Research Award, 2013


  • Reviewer for research papers to international journals, about 8 reviews per year: Exploration Geochemistry, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, and Geological Society of America Special Papers.
  • Reviewer for research papers to several Mexican journals, e.g. Tecnociencia, Universidad y Ciencia, about 2 reviews per year.
  • University Committees: Member of Multicultural Leadership Scholarship, Masters of Science Education, Professional Education Committee.
  • College Committees: Undergraduate Research Day, Science Education
  • Department Committees: Search committee for geology faculty hires, Geology curriculum, Faculty performance evaluation committee
  • Facilitator of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), about 1 workshop per year

Professional affiliations

  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers
  • International Geochemical Association
  • American Geophysical Union

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