Brad Wolaver's research focuses on sustainable groundwater management for people and the environment, particularly in semiarid and arid regions, and is grouped into three research themes:

1. Water, Energy, and Minerals: Effective groundwater management for energy and mining, with focuses on groundwater monitoring for CO2 geologic sequestration and groundwater evaluation for unconventional energy projects;
2. Sustainable Aquifer Management: Groundwater flow, transport, and recharge processes; and
3. Ecohydrology: Springs, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, instream flows, 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.

Brad Wolaver is a Research Associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, at The University of Texas at Austin. He has a BS and PhD from The University of Texas at Austin and a MS from the University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Water Resources. He was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Earth Sciences Department of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He also worked as a consulting hydrogeologist for several years on groundwater projects in Southern California and Texas prior to his PhD.

Research Locations



Fulbright Scholar in Environmental Sciences - Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile (1996 - 1997)

Referee, Hydrogeology Journal, (2007 - 2011)

Referee, Ground Water, (2007 - 2011)

Referee, Environmental Earth Sciences, (2007 - 2011)

Sustainable groundwater management that balances needs of agriculture and groundwater-dependent ecosystems in Northeast Mexico (in Spanish), Congreso de Investigadores de Cuatrocienegas, Cuatrocienegas, Mexico (2007)