University of Texas at Austin

The Water-Energy Nexus: Researchers

Dr. Jean-Philippe Nicot
Senior Research Scientist
Telephone: 512-471-6246
  • Numerical modeling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones
  • Geochemical modeling and reactive transport
  • Water resources management
  • Risk assessment and risk analysis
Dr. Bridget R. Scanlon
Senior Research Scientist
Telephone: 512-471-8241
  • Evaluation of the impact of climate variability and land use change on groundwater resources
  • Application of numerical models for simulating variably saturated flow and transport
  • Assessment of natural and anthropogenic contamination of aquifers, including arsenic and nitrate
Dr. Ian Duncan
Program Director
Telephone: 512-471-5117
  • Environmental geology
  • Remote sensing (geologic applications of multispectral, radar, and lidar data sets)
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Geoinformatics
Dr. Michael H. Young
Associate Director - Environmental Systems
Telephone: 512-475-8830
  • Water/energy nexus
  • Soil/water/plant interactions and solute transport in arid vadose zones
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Connections between water resources, landscape development, and human interactions
Robert C. Reedy
Hydrogeologist
Telephone: 512-471-7244
  • Hydrologic data analysis, field instrumentation systems design, and installation
  • Computer applications and programming-databases, CAD, GIS, Fortran, Visual Basic, data-acquisition systems.
Dr. Jeffrey G. Paine
Senior Research Scientist
Telephone: 512-471-1260
  • Near-surface geophysics 
  • Quaternary geology and geomorphology 
  • Coastal geology 
  • Computer applications in the geological sciences
Dr. Brad D. Wolaver
Research Associate
Telephone: 512-471-1368
  • Water, Energy, and Minerals: Effective groundwater management for energy and mining
  • Sustainable Aquifer Management: Groundwater flow, transport, and recharge processes
  • Ecohydrology: Springs, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, and surface-groundwater interactions.
Dr. Alexander Sun
Research Scientist
Telephone: 512-475-6190
  • Sustainable water resources management and decision support systems
  • Multiphase flow and multicomponent transport in porous media
  • Contaminant source identification
  • Modeling and management of karst aquifer systems
  • Performance assessment for geologic CO2 storage
Dr. Gürcan Gülen
Research Scientist
Telephone: 713-654-5404
  • Economics of oil & gas value chains
  • Electricity sector restructuring
  • Energy policy & regulation
Dr. Xianli Xu
Postdoctoral Fellow
Telephone: 512-232-7125
  • Climate Change and Biogeochemical Cycle
  • Vadose Zone Hydrology and Ecohydrology
  • Ecosystems Function and Service (Restoration & Assessment)
  • Soil Threats Assessment (Sealing, Compaction, Erosion & Carbon Loss)