Judson W Harvey


Dr. Jud Harvey investigates hydrologic transport at the interface between groundwater and surface water and effects on contaminants and aquatic ecosystems from the mountains to the sea. Jud has served on editorial boards for Water Resources Research and Wetlands, and on committees of the National Research Council, EPA’s Science Advisory Board, the National Science Foundation, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, the state of California’s EPA, the Canadian Government’s Science Review Board, and standing committees of the American Geophysical Union and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. Jud has lectured widely, and delivered plenary talks at meetings such as the IAH in Lisbon, the Sustainable Watersheds meeting in Beijing, and the Gordon Research Conference on Catchment Science in Plymouth, has taught “Groundwater-Surface Water Relationships” for twenty-five years, and has supervised numerous graduate theses and postdoctoral fellows. He recently led a major synthesis on “River Corridor Functions at a Continental Scale” at the John Wesley Powell Center in Fort Collins. Jud is author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles, including a paper reprinted in “Benchmark Papers in Hydrology: Groundwater”, the first chapter of the widely used textbook Streams and Ground Waters and its recent revision Streams in a Changing Environment, a National Academies book entitled Riparian Areas, and a popular USGS circular “Groundwater and Surface Water: A Single Resource” with 44,000 copies in print. For ground-breaking research Jud was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (2010) and the American Geophysical Union (2016).


  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA                        Hydrology, Ph.D. 1990

  University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA                        Hydrology, M.S.  1986

  New College, Sarasota, FL                                            Environmental Sciences, B.A. 1979


  2017 - present.   Senior Hydrology Team Leader, Earth Surface Processes Division, USGS, Reston

  2009 – 2017        Research Hydrology Team Leader, National Research Program, USGS, Reston

  2003 – 2009.       Research Hydrologist and Advisor to Research Chief, USGS, Reston

  1998 – 2009.       Research Hydrologist and Project Chief, USGS, Reston

  1995 – 1998.       Research Hydrologist, USGS National Research Program, Reston

  1992 – 1995.       Hydrologist.  USGS Arizona Water Science Center, Tucson

  1990 – 1992.       National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, USGS, Menlo Park  


2012 – present.  Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

2011                   Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

2009 – 2013.      New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM   

2005 – 2008.      University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

2004 – 2014.      Northwestern University, Evanston, IL     

1997 – 1999.      Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, VA

1995 summer     Parker Lecturer at Universities and Government Centers throughout Japan,

                            sponsored by Hokkaido River Disaster Prevention Center, Sapporo, Japan  

1994 – 2003.      University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


2017 Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award, Washington D.C.

2016 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

2010 Fellow of the Geological Society of America

2002 Superior Service Award, U.S. Geological Survey

1995, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014 STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Award, U.S. Geological Survey

1989 Maury Research Award, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

1987 Governor’s Fellowship, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


“Outdoor Laboratory – Restoring the River of Grass”, Discover Magazine, page 43 in April 2016 issue, “Harvey and colleagues are studying the impact of restored flow…where the levee has been breached”. “We can’t restore … to pre-Columbian times, but we’ll be able to make some decisions about how much flow we need for a big increase in benefits”.

“Groundwater focus”, Nature Geoscience,. “Simulations of the Mississippi River network suggest that denitrification due to flow through small-scale river bedforms exceeds that along channel banks.” http://www.nature.com/ngeo/focus/groundwater, and “Uncovering Mississippi’s Natural Potential for Denitrification”, [link to press release about Nature Geoscience paper]

 “Everglades Flowing Again – Experimentally”, USGS Top Story, November 4, 2014 http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/everglades-river-of-grass-to-flow-again-experimentally/ and AP press release published by San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, CBS-Miami, Tampa Tribune, Gainesville Sun, and others, November 4, 2014 http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/11/04/green-dye-released-in-everglades-water/ and “This Week at Interior”, YouTube channel, November 7, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRad99RvuN0

“EPA Science Report Signals Start of Wetlands Battle”, Science– News and Analysis Section, January 3, 2014 http://news.sciencemag.org/node/111346

“ Shallow Streambed Chemistry Filters Nitrate from Water”, Environmental Monitor, December 30, 2013 http://www.fondriest.com/news/usgs-hyporheic-flow-filters-stream-nitrates.htm, and “Thin Ecological Skin beneath Streams Can Power Large Improvements in Water Quality”, USGS Press Release, December 11, 2013 http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3748#.VMJD0CvF9PM


National Academies, reported on high-flow experimentation in Everglades to NRC-WSTB Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, February 22, 2016.

Co-leader of multi-agency team (SFWMD, USGS, Florida International U., U. Hawaii, U.C.-Berkeley) conducting large-scale experimental flow releases in Everglades to assess effectiveness of ten billion dollar congressionally authorized restoration, November 2013 – present.

Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board appointee with charge to clarify science supporting new regulatory authority (Clean Water Rule), September 2013 – August 2014.

Land-Ocean Connectivity Conference - Europole Mer (European Institute for Marine Science) discussion leader on hydrological and ecological interactions at the land-sea interface affecting coastal water quality, Bretagne, France, September 2012.

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) keynote speaker and instructor for “Field Techniques in Groundwater-surface water interactions and shallow groundwater flow”, a course for junior faculty and advanced Ph.D. students. Penn. State University, College Park, May – June, 2012.  

National Park Service appointee to “Synthesis of Everglades Restoration and Ecosystem Services” (SERES) panel with charge to model long-term hydrologic and ecological outcomes of alternative restoration scenarios, 2010 – present.

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) discussion leader for “Ecologically relevant measures of interactions between groundwater and surface water”.  Biennial Science Meeting with a theme on “Water Across Interfaces”, Boulder, CO, July, 2010. 

Canadian Science Advisory Board appointee to review accomplishments of the Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick, St. John, October 2008 – February 2009. 

American Association of State Wetland Managers, State/Tribal/Federal Coordination Workshop on the Clean Water Act, discussion leader for “Concepts and data relevant to establishing the scientific significance of headwater and wetland connections to navigable waters”.  March 2007, Shepherdstown, WV.

Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee discussion leader on “Stream Restoration Best Management Practices Workshop: Quantifying the Role of Stream Restoration in Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Pollutant Reductions”, November, 2006, Baltimore, MD

US Senate, Briefing to Congressional Staffers of Senators Carper and Voinovich about floodplain management following Hurricane Katrina, Hart Senate Office Building, December 5, 2005.

Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), Associate Editor, Wetlands, 2005– 2008

National Science Foundation, invited reviewer of National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics, one of NSFs substantial investments in Science and Technology Centers, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, June 2004

Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) discussion leader for “Emerging Research Questions for Limnology” committee reporting to NSF Geosciences Directorate, December 2002; also program planning committee member for ASLO 2005 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, May – September 2004

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) hydrology leader for “Merging Aquatic and Terrestrial Perspectives of Biogeochemistry” scientific working group that produced, among others, the “Hot Spots and Hot Moments” paper published in Ecosystems that has collected 722 citations, 1999 – 2003

National Research Council (NRC) appointed hydrologist to committee producing the book Riparian Areas: Functions and Strategies for Management published by the National Academies press, 1999 – 2002; also a presenter to NRC committee ‘Towards Integrating Hydrological and Ecological Sciences’, February 2000

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited discussion leader at EPA Technical Forums on Groundwater- Surface Water Relationships, Denver, CO, November 1999, and Ada, OK, February 1991

American Geophysical Union (AGU), Associate Editor, Water Resources Research, 2001 – 2003; AGU Water Quality Committee, 1998 -2002; Chair–AGU Horton Student Research Award Committee, 2009 – 2011


Army Corps of Engineers Cooperative Agreement, 2010 – 2015; National Park Service-USGS Cooperative Agreement 9LV, 2011-2013; NSF Award EAR 0810140, 2008-2011; National Park Service Interagency Agreement F5284080024, 2008 – 2011; NSF Award EAR 0814990, 2007 – 2010; NSF Award EAR 0733117, 2006 -2009; NSF Award EAR 0408744, 2004 – 2007; USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grant Award 2001-35102-09870, 2001 – 2004; NSF Award CHE 9905654, 1999 – 2002; South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Agreement C-10719, 1999 – 2002;  South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Agreement C-6661, 1996 – 1999; NSF Award EAR-9523881,1993 – 1996.


R. Alexander (USGS-Reston), A. Bhaskar (UMBC), J. K. Böhlke (USGS-Reston),  F. Boano (Politecnico di Torino), P. Bradley (USGS-Columbia), M. Briggs (USGS-Storrs), J. Brock (DRI-Reno), D. Burns (USGS-Troy), B. Cardenas (U. Texas), P. Cook (Flinders University), J. Choi (USGS-Reston), O. Cirpka (University of Tübingen), F. Day-Lewis (USGS, Storrs), M. Gooseff (Colorado State University), R. Gonzalez-Pinzón (University of New Mexico), R. Haggerty (Oregon State University), C. Hatch (U. Mass-Amherst), E. Henry (UNC-Wilmington), D. Ho (U. Hawaii), M. Hondzo (University of Minnesota),  D. Jerolmack (U. Penn.), J. Lane (USGS-Storrs), L. Larsen (U. Cal-Berkeley), A. Marion (University of Padua), L. Lautz (Syracuse U.), P. McCormick (J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center), S. Newman (SFWMD-West Palm Beach), B. O’Connor (University of Illinois-Chicago), A. Packman (Northwestern University), D. Scott (Va. Tech.), E. Stets (USGS-Boulder), R. Revelli (Politecnico di Torino), L. Ridolfi (Politecnico di Torino), A. Sawyer (Ohio State University), C. Saunders (SFWMD-West Palm Beach), G. Schwarz (USGS-Reston), K. Singha (Colorado School of Mines), K. Skalak (USGS), C. Tobias (U. Conn.), D. Tonina, U. Idaho), J. Trexler (FIU), A.Wörman (Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology), M. Voytek (NASA), J. Zarnetske (Mich. State U.), J. Zarnetske (Mich. State U.), V. Zlotnik (U.Nebraska)


Postdoctoral: N. Schmadel, 2017- present; J. Gomez-Velez, 2013–2015 (Vanderbilt University); K. Skalak, 2009 –  2011(USGS-Reston); B. O’Connor, 2006 – 2009 (U. Illinois-Chicago); D. Scott, 2003 – 2005 (VA Tech.); C. Tobias, 2002–2004 (U. Conn.); J. Krest, 2000 – 2003 (U. South Florida); J.Choi, 1998  - 2001 (USGS-Reston) 

PhD:  L. Larsen (U. Cal.-Berkeley);  S. Stonedahl (St. Ambrose University), C. Tobias (U. Conn.); G. Sinclair (U.S. EPA, Rosslyn); A. Bhaskar (Col. State Univ.), T. Jackson (USGS-Las Vegas), J. Drummond (Northwestern University), R. González-Pinzón (U. New Mexico), J. Choi (USGS-Reston)

M.S.:  J. Newlin (Bucknell U.), N. Moore (Mich. State U.); M. Maglio (USGS-Madison); Y. Qiu (Hyder Consulting); J. Detty (Normandeau Associates), S. Hulseapple (Alpha Geosciences), R. Koelsch (Exponent, Boulder, CO)

B.S.:  D. Nowacki (USGS-Woods Hole); J. Jackson (CDM Consulting, Fairfax, Virgina); C. Gefvert (South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach)