The Groundwater Project

Volunteer Spotlight – Warren Wood

This week’s highlight is on Dr. Warren Wood, a hydrogeologist professor and researcher who has been in the professional field for over 40 years.


Dr. Wood works closely with the Groundwater Project as a dedicated contributor, with many publications under his name. For instance his co-authored book Groundwater in Our Water Cycle, which explores how groundwater reservoirs regulate Earth’s fresh water hydrologic cycles.


He’s also written the book titled: Conceptual Overview of Surface and NearSurface Brines and Evaporite Minerals for the Groundwater Project. This book discusses shallow brine formation in arid and semi-arid environments and their unique geochemistry. 


A Bit of Background

Dr. Wood is a hydrogeologist and professor who began his 40-year career with the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS) in 1962. For 6 years he was the Christensen Fellow at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, Univ. and is currently a visiting professor at Michigan State University. Throughout his USGS career, Dr. Wood has taken up many different positions including Project Chief for hydrodynamic dispersion, Assistant Chief for radioactive waste, Geochemist for the High Plains artificial recharge project, and a Hydrogeologist for the Michigan District.


During his career, Dr. Wood has authored and published over 120 research articles and lectured at over 100 universities in North America, China, Botswana, Japan, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordon, Qatar, U.K. Germany, France, and Mexico. He has written many articles about geochemical processes in arid or semi-arid areas, with a particular interest in their application in sabkhas and saline-lake systems.


Further Work


The Groundwater Project would like to highlight some of his recent publication with John Cherry on Geospatial Machine Learning in groundwater:


We look forward to publishing a new book by Dr. Wood in 2024 titled:

  • Hydrogeochemistry the Origin and Evolution of Geogenic Groundwater Solutes, a Journey of Discovery


We appreciate Dr. Wood’s help and contributions to the GWP and the entire hydrogeology community. Follow us on our social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram – for all the latest news in our efforts to create groundwater learning for everyone everywhere.