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Holly Michael, ND ’98: WATER RESOURCES

AUTHOR: ND Staff

PUBLISHED: August 6, 2015

I developed an interest in water resources as an undergraduate at Notre Dame. After finishing my bachelor's in civil engineering, I pursued a doctorate in hydrology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I did research at the U.S. Geological Survey and Stanford before joining the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Delaware as an assistant professor in 2008.

As a hydrogeologist, I study groundwater flow and solute transport as they relate to water resources, coastal zone management, and human and ecosystem health. My students and I work to understand how physical processes link to biogeochemical, ecological, and human environments. Some of our recent projects have included investigating the potential effects of climate change on salinization of coastal groundwater resources, the sustainability of water supply in arsenic-contaminated regions of India and Bangladesh, and excess nutrient transport to estuarine ecosystems.