Our group researches physical hydrologic processes on the surface and in the subsurface of the earth. We integrate geophysical techniques, hydrologic measurements, and mathematical simulation to explore a wide range of processes including groundwater flow in porous media and fractured rock, contaminant transport, and groundwater-surface water exchange, as well as many interdisciplinary projects.

I admit students most years into the Hydrologic Science & Engineering Program. You can find more information on the program and admissions process here. Application materials are due December 15 to be considered for funding; I will note that funding is preferentially given to Ph.D. students such that not all MS students can be funded. If I have funding available, an opportunity will be posted below. Students graduating from the Mines hydrology program have gotten great jobs all over the country.

Below, I outline current and past multi-year projects of significant size; numerous other smaller projects are not listed here for brevity.

Currently Funded Projects

Collaborative Research: Network Cluster: Quantifying controls and feedbacks of dynamic storage on critical zone processes in western montane watersheds

Laboratory Technician Support: Expanding Capabilities for Experimental Hydrogeophysics Research and Outreach

  • Sponsor: NSF Instrumentation and Facilities
  • Project Duration: 2018-2023
  • PI: Kamini Singha
  • Technician Supported: Jackie Randell (2018-2020), Luke Jacobsen (2020-present)

Emergent hydrological properties associated with multiple channel-spanning logjams

Previously Funded Research

Unraveling Controls of Anomalous Transport Through the Integration of Isotopic Tracers, Geophysical Data, and Numerical Modeling

Coupled reactive transport and floodplain modeling of nutrient cycling

From Roots to Rock—Linking Evapotranspiration and Groundwater Fluxes in the Critical Zone

  • Sponsor: NSF Hydrologic Sciences
  • Project Duration: 2015-2018
  • PIs: Holly Barnard (CU-Boulder)Kamini Singha
  • Students Supported: Rachel Feist Mares (M.S., 2015), Ryan Harmon (Ph.D. student, 2015-present)
  • See a video about the Critical Zone Observatories here: 

Geoelectrical Measurement of Multiscale Mass Transfer Parameters

What are the seasonal controls on stream-riparian groundwater exchange during baseflow recession in headwater catchments?

CAREER: Mass Transport in Groundwater: an Integration of Research and Experiential Education

  • Sponsor: NSF Hydrologic Sciences
  • Project Duration: 2008-2014
  • PI: Kamini Singha
  • Students Supported: Daniel Wheaton (PSU M.S., 2009), Rachel Urban (PSU M.S., 2013), James Bethune (CSM M.S., 2014), Ryan Swanson (CSM Ph.D., 2014), Sydney Wilson (CSM M.S., 2015)
  • Field Camp Participants 2009: Nathan Barber, Maurice Dukes, Erica Folio, Mitchell Johnson, Valentina Prado, Tamika Shannon, Ahmed Izzuddin Yusof, Nate Wysocki
  • Field Camp Participants 2010: Tramond Baisden, Cody Bomberger, Adella Dexter, Derrell Mathis, Britton Mosley, Danielle Norcini, Claudia Shuman, Stephanie Troutman, Adam Wlostowski
  • Field Camp Participants 2011: Stone Abdullah, Lindsey Anderson, Travis Darney, Fatimata Diop, Irena Gorski, Austin Green, Lindsay Kromel, Lizzie Starks, Thornton Wilson
  • Field Camp Participants 2012: Cameron Boggan, Molly Cain, Brandon Clark, Ryan Creitz, Mercedes Gainor, Ammanuiel Kebede, Raleigh Koeberle, Bryan Tan

Toward quantifying kinetics of biotic and abiotic metal reduction with electrical geophysical methods

Regolith and the Critical Zone of the Susquehanna River Basin: The Shale Experiment

Development of Field-Scale Petrophysical Relations for Understanding Flow and Transport Studies in Fractured Media with Electrical Resistivity Tomography

  • Sponsor: American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
  • Project Duration: 2006-2008
  • PI: Kamini Singha
  • Student Supported: Daniel Wheaton (PSU M.S., 2009)