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:
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
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)
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 for Central Texas Freshwater Mussels: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, final report prepared for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Report [PDF] Supporting Information [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 [link]
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 [link]
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 [link]
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 [link]