My research focuses on sustainable groundwater and surface water management for people and the environment, particularly in semiarid and arid regions, and is grouped in three themes:
1. Ecohydrology: Groundwater-surface water interactions, springs, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, environmental flows, and management of water resources to maintain aquatic habitats.
2. Sustainable Aquifer Management: Groundwater recharge, transport, and discharge processes.
3. Endangered Species Act: Understanding and optimizing the management of water, energy, and land resources with aquatic and terrestrial habitat conservation.
I lead the Water, Landscape, and Species Studies research program. We study how aquatic and terrestrial habitats, some of which may be protected by State and/or Federal programs, intersect with economically important water, energy, and land resources. We provide stakeholders with unbiased, scientifically rigorous research solutions to facilitate species conservation, balance continued economic growth, and assist in developing strategies to prepare for a possible listing. Some of our recent studies include regional-scale landscape and wetland assessments for species awaiting ESA listing determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
My expertise includes both surface hydrology and groundwater flow, and integrates field studies with desktop syntheses of structural, stratigraphic, hydrochemical, environmental tracer, hydrogeophysical, and potentiometric data to understand groundwater-surface water interactions, streamflow regime, springs, and groundwater-dependent ecosystems—often within a geographic information systems framework. My interests include innovative water supply strategies, such as aquifer storage and recovery, brackish groundwater, and conjunctive management of groundwater and surface water. I have also worked on Latin American geology and water resource projects in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.
Ph.D. Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2008
M.S. Hydrology, The University of Arizona, 1999
B.S. with Honors Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1995
Research Associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (August 2011 - Present)
Consulting Research Hydrogeologist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (2011 - 2011)
Research Fellow, Earth Sciences Department, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia (2008 - 2010)
Geohydrologist, Geoscience Support Services, Inc., Claremont, California (2002 - 2004)
Hydrogeologist, Montgomery Watson Harza, Inc., Pasadena, California (1999 - 2002)
Publication and Citation Metrics
Abolt, C., Caldwell, T., Wolaver, B., and Pai, H., 2018, Unmanned aerial vehicle-based monitoring of groundwater inputs to surface waters using an economical thermal infrared camera: Optical Engineering, v.57, no.5, p.053113-1-053113-9
Pierre, J.P.,Wolaver, B. D., Labay, B. J., LaDuc, T. J., Duran, C. M., Ryberg, W. A., Hibbitts, T. J. and Andrews, J. R. (2018) Comparison of recent oil and gas, wind energy, and other anthropogenic landscape alteration factors in Texas through 2014. Environmental Management, V.61, I.5, 805–818
Wolaver, B.D., Pierre, J.P., Labay, B.J., LaDuc, T.J., Duran, C.M., Ryberg, W.A., Hibbitts, T.J., 2018, An approach for evaluating changes in land-use from energy sprawl and other anthropogenic activities with implications for biotic resource management: Environmental Earth Sciences, 14 p., DOI 10.1007/s12665-018-7323-8.
Pierre, J.P., Young, M.H., Wolaver, B.D., Andrews, J.R., Breton, C.L., 2017, Time Series Analysis of Energy Production and associated landscape fragmentation in the Eagle Ford Shale Play: Environmental Management, 15 p., DOI 10.1007/s00267-017-0925-1.
Ryberg, W. A., Wolaver, B. D., Prestridge, H. L., Labay, B. J., Pierre, J. P., Costley, R. A., Adams, C. S., Bowers, B. C., and Hibbitts, T. J., 2017, Habitat modeling and conservation of the Western Chicken Turtle (Deirochelys reticularia miaria): Herpetological Conservation and Biology, v. 12, no. 2, p. 307-320.
Wolaver, B. D., Coogan, J. C., Horton, B. K., Bermudez, L. S., Sun, A. Y., Wawrzyniec, T. F., Zhang, T., Shanahan, T. M., Dunlap, D. B., Costley, R., and de la Rocha, L., 2015, Structural and hydrogeologic evolution of the Putumayo basin and adjacent fold-thrust belt, Colombia: AAPG Bulletin, v. 99, no. 10, p. 1893-1927, http://doi.org/10.1306/05121514186.
Romanak, K. D., Wolaver, B. D., Yang, C., Sherk, G. W., Dale, J., Dobeck, L. M., and Spangler, L. H., 2014, Process-based soil gas leakage assessment at the Kerr Farm: comparison of results to leakage proxies at ZERT and Mt. Etna: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 30, p.42-57, http://doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.08.008.
Wolaver, B. D., Cook, C. E., Sunding, D. L., Hamilton, S. F., Scanlon, B. R., Young, M. H., Xu, X., Reedy, R. C., 2013, Potential Economic Impacts of Environmental Flows Following a Possible Listing of Endangered Texas Freshwater Mussels: Journal of the American Water Resources Association, v. 50, no. 5, p. 1081–1101.
Wolaver, B. D., Hovorka, S. D., and Smyth, R. C., 2013, Greensites and brownsites: Implications for CO2 sequestration characterization, risk assessment, and monitoring: International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, v. 19, p. 49–62.
Nicot, J. -P., Huang, Y., Wolaver, B. D., and Costley, R., 2013, Flow and salinity patterns in the low-transmissivity upper Paleozoic Aquifers of North-Central Texas, GCAGS Journal, v. 2, p.53-67.
Wolaver, B. D., M. N. Keppel, and A. J. Love, 2013, Chapter 6: Hydrogeology of Dalhousie Springs, in Allocating Water and Maintaining Springs in the Great Artesian Basin, Volume III: Groundwater Discharge of the Western Great Artesian Basin, edited by A. J. Love, P. Shand, L. J. Crossey, G. A. Harrington, and P. Rousseau-Gueutin, pp. 81–99, Nat’l. Water Comm., Canberra, Australia. [Link]
Wolaver, B.D., Crossey, L.J., Karlstrom, K.E., Banner, J.L., Cardenas, M.B., Ojeda, C.G., and Sharp, J.M., 2013, Identifying origins of and pathways for spring waters in a semiarid basin using He, Sr, and C isotopes: Cuatrociénegas Basin, Mexico: Geosphere, v. 9, p. 113-125. doi:10.1130/GES00849.1
Wolaver, B. D., and Diehl, T. M., 2011, Control of regional structural styles and faulting on Northeast Mexico spring distribution: Environmental Earth Sciences, v. 62, no. 7, p. 1535–1549. doi 10.1007/s12665-010-0639-7
Wolaver, B. D., Sharp, J. M., Jr., Rodriguez, J. M, and Ibarra, J. C., 2008, Delineation of regional arid karstic aquifers: an integrative data approach: Ground Water, v. 46, no. 3, p. 396–413. Doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2007.00405.x
Wolaver, B. D., and Sharp, J. M., Jr., 2007, Thermochron iButton: important limitations of an inexpensive, small-diameter temperature logger: Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, v. 27, no. 3, p. 127–128. doi 10.1111/j.1745-6592.2007.00158.x