IAH2012 presenter biographies

Emmanuel K. Appiah-Adjei is a Lecturer at the Geological Engineering Department in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and, presently, on leave at Hohai University (China) for Doctoral studies in Hydrology and Water Resources. His main research interests are in modelling groundwater recharge and climate change impact on rural water supply.

Ross Brodie is a principal hydrogeologist in the Groundwater Group in Geoscience Australia, the national geological survey. He has worked across a number of groundwater-related issues, including dryland and irrigation salinity, stream-aquifer interaction, coastal aquifers, sedimentary basin studies, groundwater dependent ecosystems and managed aquifer recharge.

Dioni Cendon is a Senior Research Scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in Sydney (Australia) and co-leader of the IGCP project Groundwater at Global Palaeoclimatic Signals (IGCP-618). His main research interests are (1) the development, improvement and application of isotopic techniques to hydrogeochemical and palaeoclimatic studies; (2) shallow groundwater hydrochemistry in dry-land areas; and (3) the hydrochemistry of evaporites.

Jianyao Chen is a Professor at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou (China) and has PhDs in hydrology and Hydrogeology. He has a strong background in physical, chemical and microbiological aspects of hydrological processes as well as the study of groundwater and surface interactions using geochemical and model approaches.

Burcu Unsal Erdemli is a Ph.D. candidate at the Geological Engineering Department at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Her research interests include sustainable groundwater management and mine dewatering.

Grant Ferguson is an Associate Professor in Geological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and president of the IAH Canadian National Chapter.  His research examines impacts of climate change on hydrogeology and the relationship between groundwater and energy resources.

Tom Gleeson is an Assistant Professor at McGill University in Montreal, interested in groundwater sustainability, mega-scale groundwater systems, groundwater recharge and discharge and fluid flow around geologic structures. His goal is fundamental and applied research to enable sustainable groundwater use.

Tim Green is a Research Hydrologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), faculty affiliate at Colorado State University, and a charter member of the UNESCO project team called GRAPHIC. His research interests include: (1) understanding, quantifying and scaling process interactions over space and time in watersheds and variable terrain; and (2) assessing potential impacts of climate change on water resources and agricultural production.

Jason Gurdak is an Assistant Professor of Geology at San Francisco State University where he leads the Hydrogeology and Water Resources research group, and is actively involved in the UNESCO groundwater and climate change project. His research interests include hydroclimatology, climate variability and change effects on water resources, vadose-zone processes, and nonpoint-source contamination.

Gavin Kennedy is a Senior Hydrogeologist with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.  Gavin’s role with the department is to conduct scientific assessment and mapping of the province’s groundwater resources and to communicate project results to water managers, municipal planners, researchers, water professionals, and the public.

Barret Kurylyk is a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick. He is currently investigating the impact of future climate change on the temperature and magnitude of groundwater discharge to rivers.

Samrit Luoma is a geologist at the Land Use and Environmental Department, Geological Survey of Finland and also a post-graduate student at the Helsinki University. Her research interests include the impact of climate change on the sustainable groundwater resources management, and land use planning.

Alan MacDonald is a principal hydrogeologist at the British Geological Survey, visiting professor at the University of Dundee, and chair of the IAH Burdon Network.  His main research interests are (1) African hydrogeology; and (2) developing and managing groundwater for poverty reduction and food security in the context of environmental change.

Scott MacRitchie is a Senior Hydrogeologist and Climate Change Vulnerability Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. His relevant work includes developing guidance on water resources and climate change adaptation and developing integrated water monitoring sites in Ontario that monitor groundwater – surface water interactions, water quality, soil moisture and climate.

Don McFarlane is a Hydrogeologist with the Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation or ‘CSIRO’. He led the South West Sustainable Yields project, some of the results of which are presented in this paper.

Christian Möck is a PhD Student at the Centre of hydrogeology and geothermics at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. In his PhD, he is tackling the following research questions: (1) How does climate change affect different groundwater resources; and (2) what are the consequences of model simplification for predictive uncertainty of groundwater recharge rates.

Jose-Luis Molina is an Assistant Professor in Hydraulics at Salamanca University (Spain). His research interests primarily fall into two areas: (1) integrated water management with a particular focus on stochastic modelling tools for groundwater systems management; and (2) building of Decision Support Systems for managing water resources systems attending to the whole hydrological cycle.

Joana Oliveira is a young researcher in Hydrogeology at CVRM-Geossystems Centre (Lisbon Technical University) since 2010. BSc in Geology and recently MSc in Mining and Geological Engineering, her research interests is mainly water-rock interactions on karst systems (water solubility) and impacts of climate changes on groundwater quality.

Marie-Audray Ouellet is a research associate at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at UQAM. As part of Dr. Marie Larocque’s hydrogeology team, she studies the impacts of climate change on groundwater dependent ecosystems at a local scale.

Bridget Scanlon is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin and co-Chair of the IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change. Her research focuses on use of satellites and ground-based monitoring to quantify groundwater resources and impacts of climate and land use change on groundwater recharge.

Tibor Stigter is a geographical hydrologist in the field of groundwater at the Geo-Systems Centre of the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, working on topics related to groundwater sustainability in semi-arid regions, both in terms of quantity and quality. He is also vice-president of the Portuguese Chapter of IAH.

Balbir Sukhija is an Emeritus Scientist at National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India and member of UNESCO- IHP working group on GWES (Ground Water for Emergency Situations). He co-edited a book on Climate Change and Groundwater with Walter Dragoni published by Geological Society, London.

Makoto Taniguchi is co-leader of UNESCO-IHP-GRAPHIC, and a Vice-President of the International Committee of Groundwater of IAHS/IUGG. He has edited a number of books including Subsurface Hydrological Responses to Land Cover and Land Use Changes, Land and Marine Hydrogeology, From Headwaters to the Ocean, The Dilemma of Boundaries, and Groundwater and Subsurface Environments.

Richard Taylor is a Reader in Hydrogeology at University College London and co-Chair of the IAH Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change. His research interests primarily fall into two areas: (1) the impact of climate change and rapid development on freshwater resources with a particular focus on basin stores of freshwater; and (2) the role of groundwater in improving food security and access to safe water.

Rene Therrien is Professor of hydrogeology in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Université Laval. His research interests are in quantitative hydrogeology and hydrology, with a strong focus on the development and application of numerical models for a large variety of hydrogeological contexts.

Rein Vaikmäe is a Professor of Earth Sciences in the Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) and a member of the INQUA Working Group on Palaeogroundwater. His research interests fall primarily into isotope-palaeoclimatology and isotope-hydrology where his research focuses on Arctic and Antarctic ice cores and palaeogroundwater.

Rens van Beek is is Assistant Professor in Large-Scale Hydrology and Earth Surface Processes at the Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University, and the developer of the large-scale hydrological model PCR-GLOBWB. His research interests focus on water scarcity as a result of changes in hydro-climatic and socio-economic conditions worldwide.

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