Thomas Harter

Thomas Harter

Executive Director

GRA Directors

Phone: 530-752-1130


Thomas Harter 's Biography

(term expires 12/16)


Thomas Harter, Ph.D.Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy. Hydrology Program - Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources; University of California, Davis; Research Interests: Flow and transport processes in ground water and in the vadose zone; stochastic analysis of such processes in heterogeneous porous systems; numerical modeling; sustainable groundwater management; assessment and remediation of ground water contamination; nonpoint source pollution of groundwater; geostatistics. (see UCCE research). For a list of publications, check out Thomas' resume.

Short Bio: Thomas Harter has a B.S. in hydrology from the University of Freiburg, Germany and a M.S. in hydrology from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in hydrology (with emphasis on subsurface hydrology) at the University of Arizona. In 1995, he joined the faculty at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. His research focuses on nonpoint-source pollution of groundwater, sustainable groundwater management, groundwater modeling, groundwater resources evaluation under uncertainty, groundwater-surface water interaction, and on contaminant transport. Dr. Harter's research group has done extensive modeling, laboratory, and field work to evaluate the impacts of agriculture and human activity on groundwater flow and contaminant transport in complex aquifer and soil systems. In 2007, Dr. Harter was appointed Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy. Also in 2008, Dr. Harter's research and extension program received the Kevin J. Neese Award in recognition of its efforts to engage scientists, regulators, farm advisors, dairy industry representatives, and dairy farmers to better understand the effects of dairy operations on water quality.



Dept. of Land, Air, and Water Resources
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Fax: 530-752-5262