Water Resources and Sustainability

Research focuses on measuring, understanding and predicting water stress and how water stress may change in the future with changes in climate and water demand. This work touches on hydrology, geology, remote sensing and water quality, as well as disciplines outside the department, such as biology, sociology and economics. Part of the focus of this research is to identify water management solutions and alternatives to build more sustainable systems.

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Interested in discussing the research we are working on or learning more? Please contact:

Dr. Baojun Bai

Lester R. Birbeck Endowed Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Water management, conformance control, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), CO2 EOR and Storage, fluid flow in porous media, and
unconventional oil and gas development.

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Dr. David Borrok

Gulf Oil Foundation Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Research Interests

Water resources, water quality, aqueous geochemistry, petroleum geochemistry, and geomicrobiology.

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Dr. Katherine Grote

Associate Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Groundwater and near surface geophysics, specifically in applying these techniques to promote sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.

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Dr. Ryan Smith

Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Groundwater resources, remote sensing, airborne and ground-based geophysics, physics-based modeling, and machine learning.

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Dr. Mingzhen Wei

Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Reservoir simulation, data mining, unconventional resources, and enhanced oil recovery.

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Dr. David Wronkiewicz

Associate Professor, Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

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