Group Members

This page lists the Faculty, Staff, Graduate students, and Undergraduate students who are part of our research group, and those that have been instrumental in shaping the course of our research in the past.

Faculty and Staff

Name Title Research Interest
David Hyndman Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science Dr. Hyndman’s research interests include developing novel methods to characterize the aquifers that store and transmit water supplies critical to human and ecological health, helping develop methods to clean contaminated aquifers using emerging technologies such as bioremediation, and quantifying the human impacts on changes in climate and land use on the water cycle. His research involves coupling novel models with high resolution field data to explore the physical, chemical, and ecological processes in natural and anthropogenically altered systems.
Anthony Kendall Research Associate Relationship between vegetation/biogeochemical cycles and the terrestrial hydrologic cycle
Sherry Martin Research Associate Investigate ecosystem services in a changing landscape through landscape ecology, biogeochemistry and systems modeling
headshot_crop Tianfang Xu Research Associate Numerical simulation and uncertainty quantification of groundwater flow and solute transport, Water resources sustainability, Coupled climate, hydrologic and social-economic systems, Model-data fusion, and Machine learning
Blaze Budd Research Technician

Affiliated Faculty

We work very closely with other faculty in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, including:

Photo Name Title (Lab)
Research Interests
Dr. Bruno Basso Associate Professor Crop modeling, crop water use, carbon and nutrient cycling in agronomic systems
 p_wood Dr. Warren Wood Visiting Professor Hydrology of arid areas, groundwater recharge, sabkha hydrogeology
JPZ_portrait_small Dr. Jay Zarnetske Assistant Professor,
(Hydroecology and Watershed Science)
 Environmental hydrologist exploring the hydrogeomorphic template of catchment ecosystems and groundwater – surface water exchange environments

Graduate Students

These are the graduate students that we work with every day.

Name Degree Advisor (Lab)
Research Interest
Lon Cooper PhD Hyndman Interactions between groundwater and surface water
Kayla Cotterman MS Hyndman Studying the High Plains Aquifer, including the effects of climate change on water and economic resources.
Travis Dahl PhD Hyndman Impacts of global change on hydrology and sediment
Jill Deines PhD Hyndman Interactive effects of human land use, climate, and socioeconomic drivers on regional hydrology and water sustainability
Chanse Ford PhD Hyndman
Erin Haacker PhD Hyndman Interdisciplinary work on water and climate change
Alex Kuhl PhD Hyndman Using geophysics to study plant-water interactions.
Xiao Liu MS Hyndman I am interested in exploring groundwater and how to use groundwater best for human. I’m currently focused on coupling human and natural systems and improve water resources sustainability in metropolitan regions.
Autumn Parish MS Hyndman The possible impacts of land use change and climate change on water quality and quantity in the Great Lakes region and how the production of biofuel crops will effect surface and groundwater nutrients and groundwater recharge
Labmemberpicture Sam Smidt PhD Hyndman Environmental sensing of surface and near-surface transport

Undergraduate Students

Our Undergraduates are a core part of the team, and contribute to every part of the research process.

Name Degree Program
Sabrina Curtis Professorial Placement Student
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Geographic Information Science

Jake Roush Environmental Geoscience

Former Postdoctoral Researchers and Visiting Professors

These former postdoctoral researchers and visiting professors have been central to our research over the years.

Name Current Affiliation
Dr. Agustin Brena Institute of Engineering, UNAM, Mexico City
Dr. Phanikumar Mantha MSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Former Graduate Students and Affiliated Graduate Students

This list includes Graduate students who got their degrees from the Hydrogeology Lab, and those that while getting degrees elsewhere at MSU found themselves closely affiliated with our research–and us with theirs.

Name Year
Degree Advisor (Lab)
Thesis Current Affiliation
Kaya Diker 2015 MS Candidate Van Dam (Applied Geophysics) and
Monitoring spatial and temporal soil moisture variability under natural and managed vegetative ecosystems
Mine Dogan 2013 PhD Van Dam and Hyndman High resolution characterization of aquifers to improve flow and transport models of highly heterogeneous media Research Assistant Professor at Clemson University
Emily Luscz 2013 MS Hyndman Modeling Nutrient Loading to Watersheds in the Great Lakes Basin: A Detailed Source Model at the Regional Scale Global Resource Engineering LTD
Brian Eustice 2011 MS Van Dam (Applied Geophysics) Exploring the Nature of Free Convection in a Sabkha with Electrical Imaging and Hydrological Modeling Hydrogeologist with Golder and Associates
Dr. Sherry Martin 2010 PhD D. Hayes (Fisheries and Wildlife) Land-Use Legacy Effect: Combining Spatial and Temporal Drivers in Statistical and Mechanistic Models of Lake Water Chemistry Research Associate at the MSU Hydrogeology Lab
Dr. Anthony Kendall 2009 PhD Hyndman Predicting the Impacts of Land Use and Climate on Regional-Scale Hydrologic Fluxes Research Associate at the MSU Hydrogeology Lab
Chris May 2009 MS Hyndman Evaluating the Influence of Historical Land Cover on Sediment and Nutrient Transport Hydrogeophysicist with Golder and Associates
Abby Norton Krane 2008 PhD Candidate Van Dam (Applied Geophysics) Adjunct Earth Science Professor, Cuyahoga Community College
Dr. Dushmantha Jayawickreme 2008 PhD Hyndman Exploring the Influence of Land Use and Climate on Regional Hydrology and Groundwater Recharge Postodoctoral Researcher at Duke University
Nick Welty 2005 MS Hyndman Exploring Relationship between Land Use and Ecohydrology Using Multivariate Statistics and Process-Based Model Hydrogeologist with Arcadis U.S.
Matt Spansky 2005 MS Candidate Hyndman Hydrogeologist with URS
Peter Lepczyk 2005 MS Hyndman Laboratory and Numerical Simulations of Three-Dimensional Microbial Transport and Biodegradation Senior Geologist with Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Mike Brennan 2004  MS Hyndman Effect of Small-Scale Heterogeneities on Tracer Transport Geologist with Arcadis U.S.
John Moss 2004  MS Hyndman Quantifying the Specific Conductivity of Contaminated Groundwater Using Ground Penetrating Radar at the Former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Oscoda, Michigan Consultant at Complex Claims Group
Chris Hoard 2002 MS Hyndman The Influence of Detailed Aquifer Characterization on Groundwater Flow and Transport Models at Schoolcraft, Michigan Hydrologist, USGS, Michigan Water Science Center
Dr. Brian Lipinski 2002 MS Hyndman Estimating Natural Attenuation Rates for a Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Plume in a Glacio-Fluvial Aquifer, Schoolcraft, Michigan Senior Geophysical Interpreter, Chevron
Dr. David Boutt 1999 MS Hyndman Interpreting the Impacts of Land Use on Water Quality Using Groundwater Flow and Transport Simulations in the Grand TraverseBay Watershed Associate Professor of Hydrogeology at UMass Amherst
Ken Ewers 1997 MS Hyndman Three-Dimensional Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport in Medium Scale Highly Heterogeneous Environments Environmental Geologist
GREDELL Engineering Resources, Inc.
Sandra Treccani 1997 MS Hyndman Scientist, Washington State Department of Ecology
Yu-Teng Ma 2014 MS Van Dam (Applied Geophysics) Using combined geophysical methods to better understand spatial and temporal soil moisture variability in a deciduous forest

Former Undergraduate Students

Name Year Degree Current Affiliation
Henry Whitenack 2014 BS Environmental Geoscience El VerdeField Station,
Puerto Rico
Pete Miller 2015 BS Environmental Geoscience Axalta Coating Systems
Jacob Whitbeck 2015 BS Environmental Geoscience
Jordan Merreot 2015 BS Environmental Geoscience
David Greening 2014 BS Geological Sciences
Michelle Bagnasco BS Environmental Geoscience
Lia Sharon BS Environmental Geoscience and James Madison College
Nick Martin 2014 BS Geological Sciences and GIS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Haley Celovsky 2014 BS Environmental Engineering
Laura Bailey 2014 BS Environmental Engineering
Charlotte Lee 2014 BS Enviornmental Geoscience and Geological Sciences (Lyman Briggs) Purdue
Jordan Hein 2013 BS Geological Sciences Michigan Tech Research Institute
Tom Becker 2014 BS Computer Science MSU
Kevin Ruhland 2012 BA Chemistry
Ryan Nagelkirk 2012 BS Environmental Geoscience PhD student at MSU
Briana Jasinski 2012 BS Environmental Geoscience Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc.
Brad Garrod 2013 BS Computer Science MSU
Bobby Chrisman 2011 BS Geological Sciences BP
Jeff Eggleston 2010 BS Environmental Microbiology Pfizer
Jason Bernstein 2008 BS Geological Sciences
Cheryl Kendall 2006 BS Environmental Engineering and Primary Education Montessori Children’s House of Lansing
Kent Dankenbring 2005 BS Geological Geosciences USDA-NRCS