Randall J Hunt, Ph.D.

Biography

EXPERIENCE

  • 2015 to present - Associate Director of Science, US Geological Survey, Wisconsin Water Science Center.
  • 1996 to present - Research Hydrologist, US Geological Survey, Wisconsin Water Science Center.
  • 2003 to present - Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geoscience.
  • 2000 to 2003 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geoscience.
  • 1990 to 1996 - Hydrologist, US Geological Survey, Wisconsin District.
  • 1991 to 1993 - Research Fellow, US DOE, Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Program.
  • 1988 to 1990 - Hydrogeologist/Project Manager, Barr Engineering Company, Minneapolis, MN.
  • 1986 to 1987 - Leopold Research Fellow, Leopold Memorial Reserve, Baraboo, WI.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

My work focuses on groundwater flow, and its effect on natural systems. This research uses a variety of approaches such as numerical modeling, ion and isotope chemistry, tracers, parameter estimation, and stochastic methods. It emphasizes a range of groundwater – surface water systems including wetland, stream, and lake interactions. More recently this work has been extended to research investigating ecohydrology of aquatic systems, effects of climate and landuse drivers, and source and transport of enteric viruses to drinking water wells and through watersheds.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Trout Lake WEBB project
  • Groundwater Recharge project
  • Great Lakes Water Availability Pilot
  • Black Earth Creek ground-water/surface-water modeling
  • Other project and science support, teaching, and outreach as requested

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D in Hydrogeology (major) and Wetland Sciences (minor) - University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
  • M.S. in Hydrogeology - University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
  • B.A. in Geology (major) and Business (major) - Gustavus Adolphus College, 1985

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Professional Hydrologist #60-111, State of Wisconsin
  • Geological Society of America
  • American Water Resources Association Wisconsin Section
  • Society of Wetland Scientists
  • American Geophysical Union
  • National Groundwater Association 

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • 2014 to present - Advisor to the Editor-In-Chief for the journal Groundwater
  • 2009 to 2013 - Associate Editor for Hydrogeology Journal
  • 2008 to 2009 - Guest Editor for "Hydrogeoecology and Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems" theme issue of Hydrogeology Journal
  • 2005 to present - Appointed by Governor to the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing Geology, Hydrology, Soil Science Joint Board (Chair 2008 - 2014)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Guest Editor for "Analytic Element Modeling" special issue of the journal Ground Water
  • 2002 to 2004 - Associate Editor for the journal Wetlands
  • 1998 to 2010 - Member, University of Wisconsin System Groundwater Research Advisory Council (Chair 2003-2010)
  • 1995 to present - Member, State of Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council Research Subcommittee
  • 1997 to present - Associate Editor for the journal Groundwater

HONORS, AWARDS, RECOGNITION, ELECTED MEMBERSHIPS

3/13 – Awarded Distinguished Service Award, Wisconsin Section-AWRA
9/12 – Awarded US Department of the Interior Superior Service Award
9/10 – USGS Unit Award for Excellence of Service – Great Lakes Basin Pilot Team
4/07 - Elected Fellow for the Geological Society of America
2/00 - US Geological Survey Special Act Award for Outstanding Service to District
6/92 - US Geological Survey Special Act Award for Service to Organization
4/94 - Elected into Sigma Xi
9/91 - Department of Energy Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Fellowship
9/90 - Wisconsin Department of Transportation Research Assistantship
9/86 - University of Wisconsin-Madison Dextor Fellowship
5/86 - Leopold Fellowship, Leopold Memorial Reserve
9/85 - University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistantship
6/85 - National Association of Geology Teachers Scholarship
5/85 - Magna Cum Laude, Gustavus Adolphus College
5/85 - Elected into Phi Beta Kappa

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geoscience (Oct. 2000 - Oct. 2003)
  • Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin District, Madison WI (April 1990 - Aug. 1996)
  • Research Fellow, US DOE, Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Program (Aug. 1991 - Dec. 1993)  I worked in Wisconsin and at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.  I initiated and conducted a study to apply stable isotope techniques to investigate the hydrology of the Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho.
  • Project Manager / Hydrogeologist, Barr Engineering Company, Minneapolis, MN (May 1998 - May 1990)  I served as a project manager for and was involved in remedial investigation/feasibility studies, water supply wells installation, large-scale hydrologic characterization of potential landfill sites, and groundwater flow modeling.
  • Leopold Research Fellow, Leopold Memorial Reserve, Baraboo, WI (July 1986 - Aug. 1987)  I proposed, developed, and conducted a study to characterize the groundwaters and surface waters of the upland and wetland areas of the Leopold Memorial Reserve.