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Jean Bahr

notre_dame_13  Jean M. Bahr
Professor
Hydrogeology
(608) 262-5513
Email: jmbahr@geology.wisc.edu
Office: 411 Weeks Hall

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Research

The interactions between physical and chemical processes that control mass transport in groundwater are of particular interest to me. My students and I employ a combination of field studies through which we can observe the effects of solute transport and transformation processes in real time, core and outcrop studies that provide data on hydrologic and geochemical properties of aquifer materials, and numerical modeling with which we can test our hypotheses about how groundwater systems operate. We have applied these techniques to questions related to groundwater/surface water interactions, naturally occurring and anthropogenic contaminants in shallow and deeper aquifers, and groundwater as a resource for both humans and ecosystems.

Teaching

I teach a variety of courses including Hydrogeology, Contaminant Hydrogeology, Field Applications in Hydrogeology, and Environmental Geology. In the 2014-2015 academic year I am teaching Hydrogeology (Geosci 627) in the fall semester, and Contaminant Hydrogeology (Geosci 629) plus a special topics course (probably solute transport modeling) in the spring semester. Depending on student demand, I may teach Field Applications in Hydrogeology (Geosci 729) during the 3-week summer session in 2015.

Professional Service

I served a term as Department Chair from 2005-2008. I also participate in a number of University programs including the Geological Engineering Program and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, where I served as the chair of the Water Resources Management Program from 1995-1999. I served as faculty co-director of the undergraduate Women in Science and Engineering Residential Learning Community from 2003-2005. I am chairing the University's Physical Sciences Divisional Committee in 2015-15.

I also am involved in a variety of professional activities outside of the University. I am an editor for the AGU journal Water Resources Research. I am also currently a member of the federal Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, appointed by President Obama in Sept. 2012. I served as President of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in 2009-2010 and am currently the chair of the GSA NC Section, which will be holding its 2015 meeting in Madison in May 2015.

Recent Publications

Gellasch, C., H. Wang, K. Bradbury, J. Bahr and L. Lande 2014 Reverse water-level fluctuations associated with fracture connectivity, Groundwater 52(1):105-117

Gellasch, C. , K. Bradbury, D. Hart and J. Bahr, 2013  Characterization of fracture connectivity in a siliciclastic bedrock aquifer near a public supply well, Hydrogeology Journal 21(3): 383-399

Leaf, A.T., D.J. Hart and J.M. Bahr, 2012. Active thermal tracer tests for improved hydrostratigraphic characterization, Ground Water 50(5): 726-735

Craig, L., J. Bahr and E. Roden, 2010 Localized zones of denitrification in a floodplain aquifer in southern Wisconsin, Hydrogeology Journal, 18(8): 1867-1879

Root, T. L, M. B. Gotkowitz, J. M. Bahr, and J. W. Attig, 2010, Arsenic geochemistry and hydrostratigraphy in Midwestern U.S. glacial deposits, Ground Water 46(6): 903-912 doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2009.00637.x

Wilcox, J.D., M. B. Gotkowitz, K. R. Bradbury, and J. M. Bahr, 2010. Using groundwater models to evaluate strategies for drinking-water protection in rural subdivisions, J.  Am. Planning Assoc. 76: 3, 295-304.