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 streamflow down a dry riverbed.  

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.  The use of multiple tracers to understand groundwater recharge patterns in streambeds and understanding the dynamics of intermittent and ephemeral streamflow are my main passions. From 2015-2019, I was an ARC DECRA fellow, measuring and modelling what hydrologic factors 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://10play.com.au/scope/episodes/season-4/episode-71/tpv190902jcung (at 10'45")









Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the dynamic processes of the hydrologic cycle, especially in arid regions.  This has included evapotranspiration, streambed discharge and recharge, 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


  • Q Science (General)
  • arid zone hydrology
  • streambed dynamics
  • groundwater recharge
  • streamflow generation
  • environmental tracers


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