Elsevier · Anderson, Woessner, Hunt: Applied Groundwater Modeling: Simulation of Flow and Advective Transport, 2nd Edition · About the Authors

About the Authors

Randall Hunt

Research Hydrologist
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Dr. Randall Hunt is a Research Hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey’s Wisconsin Water Science Center. Before coming to the Survey he worked in the private sector as a consultant. He completed a BA in Business and Geology at Gustavus Adolphus College, and an MSc and PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he currently holds a position of Adjunct Professor within the Department of Geoscience. His areas of expertise focus on applied research investigating groundwater flow and how it affects natural systems. This research program uses a variety of approaches such as numerical modeling, ion and isotope chemistry, parameter estimation, and stochastic methods. It has emphasized a range of groundwater-surface water settings including wetland, stream, and lake interactions. His work also includes investigation of ecohydrology, including the effects of groundwater on the biotic/ecologic community in aquatic systems.  He has over 140 publications, and has received the US Department of Interior Superior Service Award and a Distinguished Service Award from American Water Resources Association-Wisconsin Section.  He has served as an International Scholar for the Australian National Groundwater Centre for Research and Training, consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency, expert witness for the US Department of Justice, and as panel member for a number of US Department of Interior technical panels.  He was appointed by the Governor and currently is one of three members on the State of Wisconsin Professional Hydrologist Board, and serves as an Advisor to the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Groundwater.
Short Biography

  • 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.

William W. Woessner
Emeritus Regents’ Professor William W. Woessner taught classes in applied hydrogeology at the University of Montana for 33 ½ years, beginning in1981. These included hydrogeology, advanced hydrogeology, groundwater modeling, applied groundwater modeling, surface water-groundwater interaction, and groundwater remediation. He received his B.A. in Geology from the College of Wooster, an M.S. in Geology from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Water Resources Management, and a Ph.D. in Geology (Hydrogeology with a minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1978 to 1981 he served as an Assistant Research Professor at the Water Center of the Desert Research Institute, part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Dr. Woessner has published over 75 professional papers and presented over 230 professional lectures and posters. He has served as the chair for over 70 graduate students. With Professor Mary P. Anderson the 1st edition of Applied Groundwater Modeling was published  in  1992. The text has been translated into both Japanese and Chinese, and is recognized worldwide as a foundational text. In 2004, Professor Woessner was awarded the title of Regents’ Professor in recognition of his outstanding commitment to teaching, research and service. He was awarded the 2005 Birdsall Dreiss Lectureship of the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America and in 2008 was presented the John Hem Excellence in Science and Engineering Award for his contributions to groundwater science by the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers of the National Groundwater Association. Dr. Woessner was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2011 teaching and conducting research at two Universities in Graz, Austria. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and the National Centre of Groundwater Research and Training at Flinders University in Australia. Professor Woessner has served as the Associate Director of the Montana Water Center, Acting Director of the Center for Riverine Science and Stream Re-naturalization, department chair, on numerous university committees including the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, and three National Research Council committees. He remains active providing comprehensive independent project review, expertise in surface water- groundwater interactions, groundwater contamination resolution, and tailored workshops and seminars through Woessner Hydrologic, LLC. With his colleagues he continues university research in hydrogeology and high school science (STEM) education.

Mary Anderson

Mary P. Anderson is the C.S. Slichter Professor Emerita in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught courses in hydrogeology including groundwater modeling for 34 years and served as the major advisor to 52 graduate students until her retirement in 2009.  She also served as chair of her department and chair of the Academic Programs of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Sciences.  She received the PhD in Hydrology and MS in Geology from Stanford University and the BA in Geology from the University at Buffalo.  Before joining the faculty at the UW-Madison, she taught at Southampton College of Long Island University, New York.  In addition to the 1st and 2nd editions of Applied Groundwater Modeling, she co-authored Introduction to Groundwater Modeling (with H.F. Wang) and served as editor for a book on Benchmark Papers in Groundwater Hydrology.  She has published over 150 professional papers, reports and articles. She has been a consultant on a variety of modeling projects, served on numerous national and international committees, and for nine years was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Groundwater. She has received numerous awards including the O.E. Meinzer Award from the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America, the M.K. Hubbert Award from the National Groundwater Association, and the C.V. Theis Award from the American Institute of Hydrology.  She was elected to fellowship in the Geological Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, life membership in the National Groundwater Association, and to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.