The Bureau of Economic Geology The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences
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 management for people and the environment, particularly in semiarid and arid regions, and is grouped into three unified research themes:
  1. Water, Energy, and Minerals: Effective groundwater management for energy and mining;
  2. Sustainable Aquifer Management: Groundwater flow, transport, and recharge processes; and
  3. Ecohydrology: Springs, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, and surface-groundwater interactions.
The hydrogeologic techniques I employ integrate and synthesize structural, stratigraphic, hydrochemical, hydrogeophysical, potentiometric, and environmental tracer data to create conceptual models that facilitate the understanding of groundwater and surface water processes.
Areas of Expertise

A. Applied research in sustainable groundwater management for people and the environment: Groundwater flow, transport, and recharge processes.
B. Carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration: Characterization, risk assessment, and monitoring of storage in mature reservoirs for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and in saline formations for sequestration.
C. Water, energy, and minerals: Effective groundwater management for energy and mining.
D. Ecohydrology: Surface-groundwater interactions, springs, and groundwater-dependent ecosystems.ecosystems, and surface-groundwater interactions.

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).

UTemps 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)
Selected Publications
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, Early View. [PDF]. Supporting Information [PDF].

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., 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. [Link] [PDF]

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. [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 [PDF]

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 [PDF]

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 [PDF]

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 [PDF]
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