Paul Hsieh

• Fluid Flow and Solute Transport in Fractured Rocks

• Computer Simulation

• Poroelasticity and Subsurface Fluids

 

Biography

Education

Ph.D., 1983, University of Arizona, Hydrology and Water Resources
M.S., 1979, University of Arizona, Hydrology and Water Resources
B.S.E., 1977, Princeton University, Civil Engineering

Previous Professional Experience

U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, 1983 to 2018. Research Hydrologist. Conduct research on fluid flow and solute transport in fractured rocks, hydraulic and tracer testing, computer simulation and visualization, groundwater resources in bedrock terrain, poroelasticity analysis of fluid-stress interaction and subsurface deformation, induced seismicity from fluid injection. Special assignments. 2010: Served on the Government science team for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. 2005 to 2007: Served as lead scientist to develop the groundwater model of the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer in Washington and Idaho.

U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ, 1978 to 1983. Worked part time as hydrologist while attending graduate school at University of Arizona. Conducted research on hydraulic testing in fractured rocks.

U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, 1977 to 1978. Hydrologist. Conducted research on earthquakes triggered by increase of fluid pressure.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, 1989 to 2004. Taught graduate-level courses "Role of Fluid in Geologic Processes" and "Hydraulic and Tracer Tests for Ground-Water Resource Evaluation."

Awards and Honors

American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award, 2014
Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2014
National Ground Water Association John Hem Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering, 2012
Service to America Medal - 2011 Federal Employee of the Year
U.S. Geological Survey - Director's Award, For Exemplary Service to the Nation, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response
Department of the Interior - Distinguish Service Award, 2008
Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America, 2005
Department of the Interior - Meritorious Service Award, 2000
Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer, 1995
 

Outside Publications

McNutt, M, R. Camilli, G. Guthrie, P. Hsieh, V. Labson, B. Lehr, D. Maclay, A. Ratzel, and M. Sogge. 2011. Assessment of Flow Rate Estimates for the Deepwater Horizon / Macondo Well Oil Spill. Flow Rate Technical Group report to the National Incident Command, Interagency Solutions Group, March 10, 2011.

Shapiro, A.M., Hsieh, P.A., Burton, W.C., and Walsh, G.J., 2007, Integrated multi-scale characterization of ground-water flow and chemical transport in fractured crystalline rock at the Mirror Lake Site, New Hampshire, in Hyndman, D.W., Day-Lewis, F.D., and Singha, K., eds., Subsurface Hydrology: Data Integration for Properties and Processes: American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph Series, v. 171, p. 201–225.

Kipp, K.L., Hsieh, P.A., Hayba, D.O., and Ingebritsen, S.E., 2005, HYDROTHERM: A simulator of two-phase ground-water flow and heat transport: International Ground Water Modeling Center Newsletter, v. 23, no. 3, p. 3.

Tiedeman, C.R., and Hsieh, P.A., 2003, Evaluation of simulated forced-gradient tracer test in heterogeneous aquifers - Different test types yield different longitudinal dispersivity estimates, in Poeter, E.P, Zheng, C., Hill, M.C. and Doherty, J., eds. MODFLOW and more 2003, Understanding through Modeling [Proceedings]: Golden, CO, Colorado School of Mines, September 16-19, 2003, p. 264-268.

Hsieh, P.A., 2002, Some thoughts on modeling flow in fractured rocks: International Groundwater Modeling Center Newsletter, v. XX, Spring 2002, p. 2.

Tiedeman, C.R., and Hsieh, P.A., 2002, Evaluation of longitudinal dispersivity estimates from forced-gradient tracer tests in heterogeneous aquifers, in Korvar, K. and Hrkal, Z., eds. ModelCARE 2002, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modeling, Prague, Czech Republic, 17-20 June 2002: Acta Universitatis Carolinae - Geologica 2002, v. 46., p. 131-134.

Hsieh, P.A., and Tiedeman C.R., 2001, Evaluation of forced-gradient tracer tests in fractured rock aquifers: Fractured Rock 2001 Conference Proceedings, March 26-28, 2001, Toronto Canada

Day-Lewis, F.D., Lane, J.W., Jr., Hsieh, P.A., and Gorelick, S.M., 2001, Characterizing Fractured rock aquifers using radar, tracer and hydraulic data: Fractured Rock 2001 Conference Proceedings, March 26-28, 2001, Toronto, Canada.

Hsieh, P.A., 2000, A brief survey of hydraulic tests in fractured rocks in Faybishenko, B., Witherspoon, P.A., and Benson, S.M., eds., Dynamics of fluids in fractured rocks: American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph 122, p. 59-66.

Tiedeman, C.R., and Hsieh, P.A., 1999, Analysis of an open-hole aquifer test in fractured crystalline rock, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Buxton, H.T., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, March 8-12, 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4018C, p. 783-793.

Shapiro, A.M., Hsieh, P.A., and Haeni, F.P., Integrating multidisciplinary investigations in the characterization of fractured rocks, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Buxton, H.T., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, March 8-12, 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4018C, p. 669-680.

Hsieh, P.A., Shapiro, A.M., and Tiedeman, C.R., 1999, Computer simulation of fluid flow in fractured rocks at the Mirror Lake FSE well field, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Buxton, H.T., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, March 8-12, 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4018C, p. 777-781.

Elllefsen, K.J., Hsieh, P.A., and Shapiro, A.M., 1999, Relation between seismic velocity and hydraulic conductivity at the USGS Fractured Rock Research Site, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Buxton, H.T., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, March 8-12, 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4018C, p. 735-745.

Day-Lewis, F.D., Hsieh, P.A., Shapiro, A.M., and Gorelick, S.M., 1999, Geostatistical simulation of high-transmissivity zones at the Mirror Lake Site: Conditioning to hydraulic information, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Buxton, H.T., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, March 8-12, 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4018C, p. 685-693.

Wright, D.L., Olhoeft, G.R., Hsieh, P.A., Majer, E.L., Paillet, F.L., and Lane, J.W., Jr., 1996, Electromagnetic and Seismic Tomography Compared to Borehole Acoustic Televiewer and Flowmeter Logs for Subsurface Fracture Mapping at the Mirror Lake Site, New Hampshire in Morganwalp, D.W., and Aronson, D.A., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 20-24, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4015, p. 119-126.

Wood, W.,W., Shapiro, A.M., and Hsieh, P.A., 1996, Observational, experimental and inferred evidence for solute diffusion in fractured granite aquifers: Examples from the Mirror Lake watershed, Grafton County, New Hampshire, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Aronson, D.A., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 20-24, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4015, p. 167-170.

Shapiro, A.M., and Hsieh, P.A., 1996, A new method of performing controlled injection of traced fluid in fractured crystalline rock, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Aronson, D.A., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 20-24, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4015, p. 131-136.

Shapiro, A.M. and Hsieh, P.A., 1996, Overview of research on use of hydrologic, geophysical and geochemical methods to characterize flow and chemical transport in fractured rock at the Mirror Lake site, New Hampshire, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Aronson, D.A., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 20-24, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4015.

Hsieh, P.A., and Shapiro, A.M, 1996, Hydraulic characteristics of fractured bedrock underlying the FSE well field at the Mirror Lake site, Grafton County, New Hampshire, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Aronson, D.A., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 20-24, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4015, p. 127-130.

Hsieh, P.A., Perkins, R.L., and Rosenberry, D.O., 1996, Field instrumentation for multilevel monitoring of hydraulic head in fractured bedrock at the Mirror Lake site, Grafton County, New Hampshire, in Morganwalp, D.W., and Aronson, D.A., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program—Proceedings of the Technical Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 20-24, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4015, p. 137-140.

Shapiro, A.M. and Hsieh, P.A., 1991, Research in fractured-rock hydrogeology: Characterizing fluid movement and chemical transport in fractured rock at the Mirror Lake drainage basin, New Hampshire, in Mallard, G.E., and Aronson, D.A., eds., U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program--Proceedings of the technical meeting, Monterey, California, March 11-15, 1991: U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations Report 91-4034, p. 155-161.

Paillet, F.P., Cheng, C.H., and Hsieh, P.A., 1987, Experimental verification of acoustic waveform and vertical seismic profile measurements of fracture permeability: Society of Professional Well Log Analysts Annual Logging Symposium, 28th, London, 1987, Proceedings, p. PP1-21.

Hsieh, P.A., 1987, Characterizing the hydraulic properties of fractured rock masses: Methodology and case studies, in Farmer, I. W., and others, eds., Rock Mechanics: Proceedings of the 28th U. S. Symposium: A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, p. 465-472.

Neuman, S.P., Simpson, E.S., Hsieh, P.A., Jones, J.W., and Winter, C.L., 1985, Statistical analysis of hydraulic test data from fractured crystalline rock near Oracle, Arizona, in Memoires Volume XVII, Part 1 Proceedings Hydrogeology of Rocks of Low Permeability: International Association of Hydrogeologists, Tucson, Arizona, p. 289-300.

Moench, A.F., and Hsieh, P.A., 1985, Analysis of slug test data in a well with finite thickness skin, in Memoires Volume XVII, Part 1 Proceedings Hydrogeology of Rocks of Low Permeability: International Association of Hydrogeologists, Tucson, Arizona, p. 17-29.

Moench, A.F., and Hsieh, P.A., 1985, Slug testing in wells with finite-thickness skin, in Ramey, J. H., Jr., and others, eds., Proceedings Tenth Workshop Geothermal Reservoir Engineering: Stanford Geothermal Program, p. 169-175.