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Michael N Fienen

Mike Fienen is a Research Hydrologist with the Upper Midwest Water Science Center.

He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a member of the PhD Advisor Committee in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Parma, Italy (DICATeA – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, dell’Ambiente e Territorio e Architettura – Università degli Studi di Parma).



My research mission is to provide decision-making support for environmental managers that considers uncertainty in all aspects of decisions and strives to extract the most information from the data.  This mission is expressed through the main research threads of model calibration and inference of environmental systems.  Specific applications include groundwater quantity and quality; statistical inference and prediction of recreational water quality on beaches; mercury in water and fish; and the groundwater and habitat impacts of sea-level rise.  In support of these threads, aspects of computational efficiency, statistical analysis, and data management also play important roles.



Associate Editor, Groundwater



  • Water Resources Research
  • Groundwater
  • Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
  • Advances in Water Resources
  • Hydrogeology Journal
  • Hydrological Sciences
  • Entropy
  • Hydrology and Earth Systems Science Discussions
  • Journal of Climatology
  • Computers and Geosciences
  • Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment
  • Journal of Environmental Informatics
  • American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph Series
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—Groundwater Coordinating Council Joint Solicitation (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • United States Geological Survey/National Institutes for Water Resources Competitive Grants Program Panel (2010)
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Earth Sciences (EAR) – Hydrologic Sciences
  • ARISTEIA – National Council for Research and Technology of Greece