Hydrogeology Research

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University has a long and prestigious history of hydrogeology research. Our faculty concentrate their research on various fields within hydrogeology, working with master's and doctoral students. The Hydrogeology Field Course builds a basic understanding about this subject.

Students in hydrogeology field visit


Geosciences faculty specialize in different aspects of hydrogeology with focus on the following research:

  • Application of geophysical and electrical methods to solve hydrogeological problems
  • Applied hydrogeology, Hydrogeologic Atlas of Michigan
  • Biogeochemistry of wetlands and effects of biota on pore-water chemistry
  • Bioremediation of soils contaminated with organic chemicals
  • Groundwater supply and contamination problems in Egypt
  • Mapping glacial sediments that form the surficial aquifers in southwest Michigan
  • Microbial interaction with uranium to deal with uranium-contaminated groundwater
  • Monitoring groundwater and studying Saginaw Formation, which serves as the major bedrock aquifer in Michigan
  • Permeable reactive barriers on in-situ treatment of contaminated groundwater
  • Reducing failure of the bluff along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan
  • Remote sensing for groundwater studies
  • River and lake sediments contaminated with Polychlorinated Biphenyl
  • Slug tests and methods of building wells to monitor and recover spilled fuels and solvents
  • Stable isotopes of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen

Associated faculty