For release: August 29, 2011
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The University of Memphis Ground Water Institute (GWI) has new leadership. Dr. Brian
Waldron recently was named interim director and Dr. Dan Larsen became interim associate
Waldron is an associate professor of civil engineering in the Herff College as well
as director of the Center for Partnerships in GIS. He was associate director of the
GWI from 2007 to early 2011 and has been a faculty member at the U of M since 1999.
As interim director, Waldron will oversee the Institute’s operations, expand the its
research program, work with the its funding sponsors, supporters and advisory board
to advance the Institute’s mission, and raise an endowment over the next three years
to hire a permanent director.
Dr. Brian Waldron
Waldron’s research focuses primarily on ground water migration and contaminant transport
by means of field investigations and numerical modeling. His research is multi-disciplinary,
crossing many departments and academic institutions. The numerous students who are
involved in Waldron’s research have an opportunity to use in an applied field environment
the concepts they have learned in the classroom.
Waldron holds three degrees in civil engineering – a B.S. and M.S. from the U of M
and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University.
Larsen is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences (DES), where he has been
a faculty member since 1995. He has been working with GWI on research projects since
1999. As interim associate director, Larsen will help oversee GWI operations, seek
external funding to support GWI’s mission, assist in developing the annual focus and
research agenda, and direct graduate student recruitment.
Larsen’s research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of low-temperature
geochemistry, hydrology, and stratigraphy, with emphasis on field-based study. His
research in the Memphis geographic area has focused on increasing the body of knowledge
about the physical, chemical, and hydraulic properties of regional aquifers, as well
as the recharge processes associated with the Memphis aquifer. He has more than 50
peer-reviewed publications in the areas of hydrology, geochemistry, and sedimentary
Dr. Dan Larsen
Larsen has served DES, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the University in many
capacities, especially in matters related to graduate programs He currently serves
also as a councilor for the Geological Society of America.
Larsen holds three degrees in geology – a B.S. from Arizona State University, an M.S.
from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.
The Ground Water Institute was established in 1991 with a mission to understand, improve,
and protect current and future ground water quantity and quality through research,
education, and application. It is housed in the Herff College of Engineering.