Adel E Haj, Jr., Ph.D.


Adel has been with the U.S. Geological Survey since 2011 and holds B.A.s in Geology and Anthropology from Cleveland State University; a M.S. in Geology from Kent State University, specializing in Hydrogeology, Geoarchaeology, and Invertebrate Paleontology; a Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Iowa, specializing in alluvial geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, isotope geochemistry, and climate change records. Adel has also completed a Post-Doctoral position with the Kansas Geological Survey and The University of Kansas where he gained additional skills using stable isotopes and geophysical methods to discern stratigraphic units in aquifers and surficial sediments. Prior to joining the USGS, Adel taught classes in Glacial and Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology, Engineering Geolology, Hydrogeology at the University of Central Missouri. Adel started his USGS career in Rapid City, SD, where he completed projects in surface water modeling, sediment studies, and Tribal Consultation related to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Since his move to Iowa City in 2014, Adel has transitioned to groundwater modeling, aquifer characterization studies related to the Glacial Aquifer Study (NAWQA), and airborne electromagnetic survey applications to aquifer characterization and groundwater modeling, but still maintains his roots in surface water modeling.