@ Virginia Tech

The Hydrogeosciences Group in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech conducts integrative, cross-disciplinary research on Earth’s water. We use field, computational and laboratory techniques to examine and quantify the flow of groundwater, aquifer mechanics, and the transport of chemicals, heat, and gas in the subsurface. Our goals are to advance understanding of the complex processes that influence water and to provide innovative solutions for enhancing the quantity and quality of Earth’s water and energy resources.


  • Dr. Isabelle Cozzarelli gave our department seminar on Friday, Februrary 19 on "Geochemical and geophysical tools can trace potential oil and gas wastewater exposure pathways"

  • Stay tuned for more events!

recent news


  • Congratulations to Katie Krueger for her new position as a Physical Scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency in Colorado!


  • See recent news story on injection-inducted earthquakes featuring Ryan Pollyea's group!

  • Congratulations to Wu Hao for her successful PhD defense on July 20!

  • Congratulations to Grady Konzen for his successful MS defense on May 14! Grady is a hydrogeologist in the Modeling & Simulation Group at Golder, Inc. in Seattle, WA

  • Congratulations to Josh Benton for his successful MS defense on May 12. Josh is a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Savannah, GA.


  • Congratulations to Rick Jayne for his successful PhD defense! Rick is now a Research Hydrogeologist in the Applied Systems & Research Department at Sandia National Laboratory.

  • Welcome to new graduate students Nigel Groce-Wright, Nick Hammond and Cat Humm!

  • July 2019: VT Hydrogeosciences research is featured in National Geographic!

  • June 2019: Congratulations to Stacey Law for successful defense of her MS! Stacey is now a Staff Geologist at ERM in Philadelphia.

  • May 2019: Congratulations to Katie Krueger for successful defense of her MS! Katie is now a Water Resources Specialist at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

  • April 2019: Congratulations to Graydon Konzen and Wu Hao for willing Student Research Grants from the Geological Society of America!

  • March 2019: Congratulations to Rick Jayne for winning the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for the VT College of Science!

  • February 2019: Congratulations to Wu Hao for winning the Applied Machine Learning Summer Research Fellowship from Los Alamos National Lab!!!

  • February 2019: Rick Jayne has paper accepted for publication with International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

  • February 2019: Congratulations to former M.S. student Sheyla Palomino Ore (currently at Amphos) on acceptance of her paper to Applied Geochemistry!

  • February 2019: Congratulations to former student Zack Munger (currently at Geosyntec) on publication of his paper on the effect of reservoir oxygenation on metals cycling in Lake and Reservoir Management!

  • January 2019: Congratulations to Rick Jayne, who received an AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award for his contribution to the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

  • January 2019: The Computational Geofluids Lab welcomes Cameron Chambers, who will be an undergraduate research assistant for the Spring 2019 semester.


  • December 2018: Congratulations to Katie Krueger for passing the first exam of the Professional Geologist certification. Katie is now a Geologist-in-Training!

  • December 2018: Assistant Professor, Ryan Pollyea receives a 1-year grant from the United States Geological Survey to study injection-induced earthquakes.

  • December 2018: Check out the AGU poster presentations by Josh Benton and Katie Krueger!

  • November 2018: Former student Brady Ziegler gave an invited talk on his arsenic modeling project at GSA in Indianapolis.

  • September 2018: Congratulations to Wu Hao for publishing her first peer-reviewed journal article in Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology.

  • August 2018: Welcome to new hydro grad students: Josh Benton, Grady Konzen, and Nathan Roethlisberger!

  • August 2018: Brady Ziegler started as an Assistant Professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

  • July 2018: Sheyla Palomino Ore, recent MS graduate, accepted a position with Amphos 21 in Lima, Peru.

  • July 2018: Alec Gierzynski, recent MS graduate, accepted a geologist position with Fehr Graham in the Chicagoland area.

  • July 2018: Rick Jayne is a winner of TOUGH Symposium Student Paper Award.

  • May 2018: Congratulations to Sheyla Palomino Ore (MS) and Brady Ziegler (PhD) on their graduation from VT!

  • May 2018: Katie Krueger receives research grants from the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, the CUAHSI IDTG, and the Geological Society of America. Congrats, Katie!