Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Michael T O'connor

Michael T O'connor
M.S., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014
B.A., Geology, Music, Amherst College, 2012
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2018


Office: EPS 3.124
Mailcode: C9000
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


I am most interested in the hydrologic and biogeochemical processes occurring at and near the surface of the Earth. I use field and laboratory techniques as well as numerical modeling to understand and represent these complex systems. My current research focuses on the variably saturated flow and nutrient transport dynamics of Arctic permafrost systems. I hope to use this work to help describe the mechanisms for terrestrial Arctic carbon export. I am also very interested in the intersection between water science and policy, especially in Texas, and am a co-author for the blog "Texas Water Policy" (here). In my spare time, you could find me swimming, climbing, or playing keyboard.

Current Research Projects

Water and nutrient dynamics within a newly formed deltaic splay

Physical characterization and numerical modeling of Arctic permafrost, Toolik, Alaska

Past Research Projects

Aquifer responses to Hurricane Sandy within the Upper Glacial Aquifer on Long Island, New York

GSA Graduate Student Award - Geological Society of America (2015)

Controls on groundwater dynamics and root zone aeration of a coastal fluvial delta island, Wax Lake, Louisiana, AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA (2013)