Bureau of Economic Geology

Brian Hunt

Brian Hunt
Research Scientist Associate IV
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924

Brian’s interests include field geology and hydrogeology in Central and West Texas. His work involves making geologic maps for the Bureau and he has 20 years of experience working on groundwater availability, sustainability, and aquifer management issues in central Texas. Those issues require the integration of a variety of methods and data such as geologic/structure mapping, stratigraphy, geochemistry, water levels, dye tracing, geophysics, flow measurements, aquifer testing, and analytical/numerical modeling.

Brian is passionate about geology and hydrogeology and enjoys teaching students, leading field trips, and is a past president and active member of the Austin Geological Society. He has over 100 published articles, reports, and abstracts.

Research Interests

Geologic and structure mapping

Aquifer characterization, groundwater availability, and sustainability


M.Sc. Geological Sciences (May 2000), The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

B.S. Geological Sciences (1996). Special Departmental Honors, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Professional History

Hydrogeologist, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (2001-2020)

Geology Instructor (July 2003): State University of New York at Purchase, Summer Study Abroad Program, Burgos, Spain; (Spring 2008) Austin Community College Environmental Geology

Geologist/Environmental Specialist (September 1999 to November 2000), Horizon Environmental Services, Austin, Texas

Petroleum Geologist Intern (Summer 1998), Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Houston, Texas

Geologist (GS-5) (Summer 1997), United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California

Selected Publications

Broun A.S., B.B. Hunt, J.A. Watson, and D.A. Wierman, 2020, A Reevaluation of the Lithostratigraphy and Facies of the Lower Cretaceous Hensel Sand—Lower Glen Rose Transition, Comanchean Shelf, Blanco and Hays Counties, Central Texas. GCAGS Jounral, v.9 (2020), p. 76-92. https://www.gcags.org/Journal/2020.GCAGS.Journal/2020.GCAGS.Journal.v9.05.p76-92.Broun.et.al.pdf

Hunt, B.B., Cockrell, L.P., Gary, R.H., Vay, J.M., Kennedy, V., Smith, B.A., and Camp, J.P., 2020, Hydrogeologic Atlas of Southwest Travis County, Central Texas. BSEACD Report of Investigations 2020-0331 March 2020, 80 p. + digital datasets. https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/81562

Dickerson, P. W.; B. R. Hall, and B. B. Hunt (eds), 2019, Geology at the Crossroads--Big Bend Ranch State Park, Presidio and Brewster Counties, Texas. Austin Geological Society Guidebook 39, 122 p., map and 1 color page in back pocket, 2019.

Gary, M.O., Hunt, B.B., Smith, B.A., Watson, J.A., and Wierman, D.A., 2019, Evaluation for the Development of a Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone Hays County, Texas. Technical Report prepared for the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Hays County, Texas. Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University at San Marcos, TX. Report: 2019-05. July 2019. 58 p. https://gato-docs.its.txstate.edu/jcr:15e1d5ca-395e-4233-9ae7-c7769d20b407

Hunt, B.B., Smith, B.A., and Hauwert, N.M., 2019, Barton Springs segment of the Edwards (Balcones Fault Zone) Aquifer, central Texas, in Sharp, J.M., Jr., Green, R.T., and Schindel, G.M., eds., The Edwards Aquifer: The Past, Present, and Future of a Vital Water Resource: Geological Society of America Memoir 215, p. 75-100, https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/books/book/2156/The-Edwards-Aquifer-The-Past-Present-and-Future-of

Setlur, N., Sharp, J.M. and Hunt, B.B., 2019, Crystalline-rock aquifer system of the Llano Uplift, Central Texas, USA. Hydrogeol J. pp 1–16 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10040-019-02000-4

Smith, B.A., B.B. Hunt, D.A. Wierman, and M.O. Gary, 2018, Groundwater Flow Systems of Multiple Karst Aquifers of Central Texas. In I.D. Sasowsky, M.J. Byle, and L. Land (Eds). Proceedings of the 15th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst and the 3rd Appalachian Karst Symposium, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) Symposium 6, p 17-29. https://bseacd.org/uploads/Smith-et-al.-2018-GW-Flow-Systems-in-Multiple-Karst-Aquifers-Sinkhole-Conference.pdf

Hunt, B.B., B.A. Smith, A. Andrews, D.A. Wierman, A.S. Broun, and M.O. Gary, 2015, Relay ramp structures and their influence on groundwater flow in the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers, Hays and Travis Counties, Central Texas, 14thSinkhole Conference, October 5-10, 2015, Rochester, Minnesota. 189-200 p. https://digital.lib.usf.edu/SFS0053749/00001

Wong, Corinne I., Kromann, Jenna S., Hunt, Brian B., Smith, Brian A., and Banner, Jay L., 2014, Investigation of Flow Between Trinity and Edwards Aquifers (Central Texas) Using Physical and Geochemical Monitoring in Multiport Wells. Vol. 52, No. 4–Groundwater–July-August 2014 (pages 624–639).

Hunt, B.B., B.A. Smith, S.E. Hiers, 2013, Cover-Collapse Sinkhole Development in the Cretaceous Edwards Limestone, Central Texas, 13th Multidisciplinary Sinkhole Conference on Sinkholes and Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Carlsbad New Mexico, May 2013. https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1106&context=sinkhole_2013

Wierman, D.A., A.S. Broun, and B.B. Hunt (Eds), 2010, Hydrogeologic Atlas of the Hill Country Trinity Aquifer, Blanco, Hays, and Travis Counties, Central Texas: Prepared by the Hays-Trinity, Barton/Springs Edwards Aquifer, and Blanco Pedernales Groundwater Conservation Districts, July 2010, 17 plates+DVD. https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/8977


Best Published Paper, 2016 (3rd place) Grover E. Murray Award, GCAGS Transactions

Best Published Paper, 2012 (2nd place) Grover E. Murray Award, GCAGS Transactions