Dr Margaret Shanafield

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Research Biography

My research is at the nexus between hydrology and hydrogeology.  I began in hydrology by studying water clarity in Lake Tahoe, a deep mountain lake, then shifted my research to surface water-groundwater interactions, where focus was on developing the use of heat as a tracer of streambed water flux and advancing an integrated model capable of simulating spatial and temporal changes in streamflow along a river channel.  This tool has been used to understand the fate of environmental flows at the outlet of the mighty Colorado River, USA/Mexico. 

Current research interests still focus on surface water-groundwater actions, although I work on a diverse set of projects from international development projects to ecohydrology.  I use multiple tracers and soil properties to understand streamflow generation and groundwater recharge patterns. I am particularly interested in multi-disciplinary studies merging our understanding of stream hydrology and water quality with stream ecology. From 2015-2019, I was an ARC DECRA fellow, measuring and modelling how soil properties and hydrology lead to streamflow and groundwater recharge in semi-arid regions, using Pedler Creek in the important wine region McLaren Vale as an example.

Read about some of my projects here:

https://eos.org/opinions/science-gets-up-to-speed-on-dry-rivers 

https://www.advancedsciencenews.com/is-the-river-really-dry-scientific-interpretations-of-zero-flow-readings/

https://10play.com.au/scope/episodes/season-4/episode-71/tpv190902jcung (at 10'45")

https://www.stockjournal.com.au/story/6885380/farmers-help-grow-water-plan/

https://research.flinders.edu.au/rp/Blog/3394/research-engagement-and-impact-ecr-spotlight-margaret-shanafield

http://www.australasianscience.com.au/article/issue-marchapril-2019/immediate-risks-gas-production-water-resources.html#:~:text=This%20is%20due%20to%20several,compiling%20and%20making%20sense%20of

https://blogs.agu.org/waterunderground/2017/07/24/humanitarian-groundwater-projects-notes-motivations-academic-world/

http://stories.scienceinpublic.com.au/2015/turning-groundwater-into-wine/

http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2017/07/17/urban-heat-islands/

http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2015/11/23/urban-aquifer-project-links-to-germany/

http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2014/03/31/measuring-water-flow-in-the-endangered-coorong/

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the dynamic processes of the hydrologic cycle, especially in arid regions.  This has included soil characterisation, evapotranspiration, streambed discharge and recharge, and river and groundwater flow.  I have worked on a diverse range of national and international water development projects to better understand and manage freshwater resources around the world.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Nevada, Reno

15 Jan 200716 Dec 2010

Award Date: 16 Dec 2010

Master of Science, University of Nevada, Reno

1 Jul 200216 Aug 2004

Award Date: 16 Aug 2004

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Northwestern University

16 Aug 19963 Jun 2000

Award Date: 3 Jun 2000

Keywords

  • Q Science (General)
  • hydrology
  • hydrogeology
  • soil science
  • ecohydrology
  • catchment science

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