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Brad D. Wolaver
Brad D. Wolaver Research Associate Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
E-mail: Telephone: 512-471-1368 Fax: 512-471-0140
Professional Summary
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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 managing 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.
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. I have recently done regional-scale landscape and wetland assessments for species awaiting ESA listing determination by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. I study innovative water supply strategies, such as aquifer storage and recovery, brackish groundwater, conjunctive management of groundwater and surface water, and water markets. 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
Professional History

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
Selected Publications
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,

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,

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.

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] [PDF]

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
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