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Richard Bendula

College of Arts and Sciences: Geology and Environmental Geosciences


Email: Richard Bendula
Phone: 937-229-2261


  • B.A., Geology, Miami (Ohio) University
  • M.S., Engineering Geology, Kent State University


Rich Bendula retired from the Ohio EPA after 25 years as a hydrogeologist and manager of the Ground Water Program in the Southwest District Office. Rich graduated from Miami University in 1982 with a BA degree in Geology and from Kent State University with a MS in Engineering Geology. His areas of special interest include arsenic in ground water, water resources, design of public water supplies, karst hydrology, and conducting water quality studies. He has been teaching part time at UD since 2007 and has taught courses in Engineering Geology, Hydrogeology, Geotechnical Engineering and Earth Science. In addition he has worked as an advisor on student research projects relating to hydrogeology and water quality studies and will present the results of a Hydrogeologic Investigation of the Silver Lake Wetland at the GSA conference in Dayton.

Faculty Perspective

"I became a geologist because I have always been interested in our environment and natural sciences.  Once I took a few coursed in Geology I realized that obtaining a degree in Geology would give me the background to apply my knowledge to solving real world problems."

Selected Publications

Bendula Rich and Moore Robert, 1999,  "Surface Water Impacts on Ground Water Quality in a Shallow Limestone and Dolomite Bedrock Aquifer, Clark County, Ohio."  The Professional Geologist , March 1999, Volume 36 #3.