Paul Hsieh

• Fluid Flow and Solute Transport in Fractured Rocks

• Computer Simulation

• Poroelasticity and Subsurface Fluids




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