Hongbin Zhan

Hongbin Zhan


Dudley J. Hughes Chair in Geology and Geophysics

Groundwater hydrology, flow and transport in geological formations


  (979) 862-7961

  Halbouty 259


Areas of Interest and Summary of Major Research Goals

    Groundwater hydrology, flow and transport in geological formations. In particular:

  1. Flow and mass and heat transport in low-permeability porous media (shale and tight sandstone)
  2. Stream-aquifer water, mass, and heat exchanges with connected and disconnected rivers
  3. Coupled horizontal/slant/vertical wells-aquifer flow and transport processes and its applications in hydrosciences and environmental engineering
  4. Non-Darcian flow and its impact on non-Fickian dispersion of solute transport in porous and fractured media
  5. Coupled unsaturated-saturated flow processes and its applications in baseflow and hillslope hydrology
  6. Flow and transport in highly deformable low-permeability porous media with stress-strain constrains
  7. Coupled flow and mass and heat transport in aquitard-aquifer and fracture-matrix systems
  8. Push-and-Pull tests and radial dispersion
  9. Flow and transport in sloping aquifers

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications in recent 5 Years (2015-2019) (total of 104 in 5 years)

(* denotes a supervised graduate student,** denotes a supervised visiting scholar)

  1. 1. Lian, B. Q.*, Peng, J.B., Zhan, H.B., Huang, Q.B., Wang, X.G.**, and Hu, S., Formation mechanism analysis of irrigation-induced retrogressive loess landslides, Catena, in press, 2020.
  2. 2. Wang, Q. R., Gu, H.C., Zhan, H.B., Shi, W.G., and Zhou, R. J., Mixing effect on reactive transport in a column with scale dependent dispersion, Journal of Hydrology, in press, 124494, 2020.
  3. 3. Yao, W.M., Li, C.D., Zhan, H.B., Zhou, J.Q., Criss, R.E., Xiong, S., and Jiang, X.H., Multiscale study of physical and mechanical properties of sandstone in Three George Reservoir region subjected to cyclic wetting-drying of Yangtze River water, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, in press, 2020.
  4. 4. Wang, X.G.**, Wang, J.D., Zhan, H.B., Li, P., Qiu, H.J., and Hu, S., Moisture content effect on the creep behavior of loess for the catastrophic Baqiao landslide, Catena, in press, 104371, 2020.
  5. 5. Lian, B.Q.*, Peng, J.B., Zhan, H.B., and Cui, X.S., Effect of randomly distributed fibre on triaxial shear behavior of loess, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, in press, 2020.
  6. 6. Zhang, T., Liu, S.Y., Zhan, H.B., Ma, C., and Cai, G.J., Durability of silty soil stabilized with recycled lignin for sustainable engineering materials, Journal of Cleaner Production, in press, 119293, 2020.
  7. 7. Cheng, D.W.**, Wang, W.K., Zhan, H.B., Zhang, Z.R., and Chen, L., Quantification of transient specific yield considering unsaturated-saturated flow, Journal of Hydrology, 580, 124043, 2020.
  8. 8. Xia, Q., Kuang, X.X., Zhan, H.B., Xu, M., Wang, S.Y., and Fan, S., Analytical solution of capture time to a partially penetrating well in a semi-infinite aquifer, Journal of Hydrology, 580, 124233, 2020.
  9. 9. Xian, Y.*, Jin, M.G., and Zhan, H.B., Buffer effect on identifying transient streambed hydraulic conductivity with inversion of flood wave responses, Journal of Hydrology, 580, 124261, 2020.
  10. 10. Tang, M.M.**, Zhan, H.B., Lu, S.F., Ma, H.F., and Tang, H.K., Pore scale CO2 displacement simulation based on three fluid phase lattice Boltzmann method, Energy & Fuels, 33(10), 10039-10055, 2019.
  11. 11. Yao, W.M., Hu, B., Zhan, H.B., Ma, C., and Zhao, N.H., A novel unsteady fractal derivative creep model for soft interlayers with varying water contents, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 23(12), 1007/s12205-019-1820-5, 2019.
  12. 12. Li, X., Wen, Z., Zhan, H.B., and Zhu, Q., Skin effect on single-well push-pull tests with the presence of regional groundwater flow, Journal of Hydrology, 577, 123931, 2019.
  13. 13. Ma, C.**, Zhan, H.B., Zhang, T., and Yao, W.M., Investigation on shear behavior of soft interlayers by ring shear tests, Engineering Geology, 254, 34-42, 2019.
  14. 14. Yao, W.M., Li, C.D., Zuo, Q.J., Zhan, H.B., and Criss, R.E., Spatiotemporal deformation characteristics and triggering factors of Baijiabao landslide in Three Georges Reservoir region, China, Geomorphology, 343, 34-47, 2019.
  15. 15. Wang, J.D., Wang, X.G.**, Zhan, H.B., Qiu, H.J., and Hu, S., A new superlinear viscoplastic shear model for accelerated rheological deformation, Computers and Geotechnics, 114, 103132, 2019.
  16. 16. Sedghi, M.M. and Zhan, H.B., Groundwater dynamics due to general stream fluctuations in an unconfined single or dual-porosity aquifer subjected to general areal recharge, Journal of Hydrology, 574, 436-449, 2019.
  17. 17. Sedghi, M.M. and Zhan, H.B., Groundwater flow to a general well configuration in an unconfined aquifer overlying a fractured bedrock, Journal of Hydrology, 575, 569-586, 2019.
  18. 18. Xian, Y.*, Jin, M.G., Zhan, H.B., and Liu, Y.F., Reactive transport of nutrients and bioclogging during dynamic disconnection process of stream and groundwater, Water Resources Research, 55(5), 3882-3903, 2019.
  19. 19. Lian, B.Q.*, Peng, J.B., Zhan, H.B., and Wang, X.G., Mechanical response of root-reinforced loess with various water contents, Soil and Tillage Research, 193, 85-94, 2019.
  20. 20. Zhuang, C., Zhou, Z.F., Zhan, H.B., Wang, J.G., Li, Y.B, and Dou, Z., New graphical methods for estimating aquifer hydraulic parameters using pumping tests with exponentially decreasing rates, Hydrological Processes, 33(17), 2314-2322, 2019.
  21. 21. Wang, Q.R.** and Zhan, H.B., Reactive transport with wellbore storages in a single-well push-pull test, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23, 2207-2223, 2019.
  22. 22. Feng, Q.G., Yuan, X., and Zhan, H.B., Flow to a partially penetrating well with variable discharge in an anisotropic two-layer aquifer system, Journal of Hydrology, 578, 124027, 2019.
  23. 23. Feng, Q.G. and Zhan, H.B., Constant-head test at a partially penetrating well in an aquifer-aquitard system, Journal of Hydrology, 569, 495-505, 2019.
  24. 24. Li, Z.X.*, Wan, J.W., Zhan, H.B., Cheng, X., Chang, W., and Huang, K., Particle size distribution on Forchheimer flow and transition of flow regimes in porous media, Journal of Hydrology, 574, 1-11, 2019.
  25. 25. Zhan, H.B., Wang, Q.R.**, and Wen, Z., editorial of special issue “Advances in Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport: Pushing the Hidden Boundary, Water, 11, 457, doi:10.3390/w11030457, 2019.
  26. 26. Yao, W.M.**, Li, C.D., Zhan, H.B., and Zeng, J.B., Time-dependent slope stability during intense rainfall with stratified soil water content, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 78(7), 4805-4819, 2019.
  27. 27. Wang, X.G.**, Zhan, H.B., Wang, J.D, and Li, P., On mechanical damage of tailings sands under dry-wet cycles, Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 78(6), 4647-4657, 2019.
  28. 28. Tang, M.M.**, Zhan, H.B., Ma, H.F., and Lu, S.F., Upscaling of dynamic capillary pressure of two-phase flow in sandstone, Water Resources Research, 55, 426-443, 2019.
  29. 29. Wang, Q.R.**, Shi, W.G., Zhan, H.B., Gu, H.C., and Chen, K.W.*, Models of single-well push-pull test with mixing effect in the wellbore, Water Resources Research, 54(12), 10155-10171, 2018.
  30. 30. Dou, Z., Sleep, B., Zhan, H.B., Zhou, Z.F., and Wang, J.G., Multiscale roughness influence on conservative solute transport in self-affine fractures, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 133, 606-618, 2019.
  31. 31. Liang, X.Y.**, Zhan, H.B., and Zhang, Y.K., Aquifer recharge using a vadose zone infiltration well, Water Resources Research, 54(11), 8847-8863, 2018.
  32. 32. Sedghi, M.M., and Zhan, H.B., Flow to a well in an unconfined-fractured and leaky wedge-shaped aquifer system, Journal of Hydrology, 567, 605-625, 2018.
  33. 33. Liu, J., Zeng, X.K., Wu, J.C., Liang, X.Y.**, Sun, Y.Y., and Zhan, H.B., Assessing titanium dioxide nanoparticles transport models by Bayesian uncertainty analysis, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 32(12), 3365-3379, 2018.
  34. 34. Chen, K.W.*, Zhan, H.B., and Wang, Q.R.**, An innovative solution of diurnal heat transport in streambeds with arbitrary initial condition and implications to the estimation of water flux and thermal diffusivity under transient condition, Journal of Hydrology, 567, 361-369, 2018.
  35. 35. Zhou, R.J.*, Zhan, H.B., Chen, K.W.*, and Peng, X.*, Transport in a fully coupled asymmetric stratified system: Comparison of scale dependent and independent dispersion schemes, Journal of Hydrology X, 1, 100001, 2018.
  36. 36. Ma, C.*, Zhan, H.B., Yao, W.M, and Yu, H.B., Stability and safety criterion analysis of the slope with weak interlayer under blasting vibration, Explosion and Shock Waves, 38(3), 563-571, 2018. (in Chinese).
  37. 37. Wang, X.G.**, Zhan, H.B., Wang, J.D., and Li, P., The stability of tailings dams under dry-wet cycles: A case study in Luonan, China, Water, 10, 1048, 2018.
  38. 38. Li, X., Zhan, H.B., and Wen, Z., Impact of transient flow on subsurface solute transport with exponentially time-dependent flow velocity, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 23(7), 04018030, 2018.
  39. 39. Li, N., Wen Z., Zhan, H.B., and Zhu, Q., The single-well test dilemma: the skin effect and variable-rate pumping perspective, Hydrogeology Journal, 26(7), 2521-2529, 2018.
  40. 40. Cheng, Y.B.*, Zhan, H.B., Yang, W.B., and Bao, F., Deep soil recharge response to precipitation in Mu Us sandy land of China, Water Science and Engineering, 11(2), 139-146, 2018.
  41. 41. Ma, C.*, Zhan, H.B., Yao, W.M., and Li, H.Z., A new shear rheological model for soft interlayer with various water contents, Water Science and Engineering, 11(2), 131-138, 2018.
  42. 42. Xie, S., Wen, Z., Zhan, H.B., and Jin, M.G., An experimental study on the adsorption and desorption of Cu (II) in silty clay, Geofluids, 3610921, 2018.
  43. 43. Liang, X.Y.**, Zhan, H.B., Liu, J., Dong, G.M.**, and Zhang, Y.K., A simple method of transport parameter estimation for slug injecting tracer tests in porous media, Science of the Total Environment, 644, 1536-1546, 2018.
  44. 44. Zhu, Y.H.*, and Zhan, H.B., Quantification of solute penetration in an asymmetric fracture-matrix system, Journal of Hydrology, 563, 586-598, 2018.
  45. 45. Chen, K.W.*, and Zhan, H.B., A Green’s function method for two-dimensional reactive solute transport in a parallel fracture-matrix system, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 213, 15-21, 2018.
  46. 46. Chen, K.W.*, Zhan, H.B., Burns, E.R., Ingebritsen, S.E., and Agrinier, P., The influence of episodic shallow magma degassing on heat and chemical transport in volcanic hydrothermal systems, Geophysical Research Letters, 45(7), 3068-3076, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL076449, 2018.
  47. 47. Huang, Y.B.*, Zhan, H.B., and P. Knappett, A novel analytical solution for estimating aquifer properties with a horizontally anisotropic aquifer bounded by a stream, Journal of Hydrology, 559, 920-931, 2018.
  48. 48. Liang, X.Y.**, Zhan, H.B., Zhang, Y.K., and Schilling, K., Reply to comment by Roques et al. on "Base flow Recession from Unsaturated-Saturated Porous Media Considering Lateral Unsaturated Discharge and Aquifer Compressibility", Water Resources Research, 54(4), 3220-3222, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR022378, 2018.
  49. 49. Liang, X.Y.*, Zhan, H.B., Zhang, Y.K., and Liu, J., Underdamped slug tests with unsaturated-saturated flows by considering effects of wellbore skins, Hydrological Processes, 32(7), 968-980, 2018.
  50. 50. Liang, X.Y.*, Zhan, H.B., and Schilling, K., Spatiotemporal responses of groundwater flow and aquifer-river exchanges to flood events, Water Resources Research, 54(3), 1513-1532, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR022046, 2018.
  51. 51. Li, X., Zhan, H.B., and Wen, Z., Impact of transient flow on subsurface solute transport with exponentially time-dependent flow velocity, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 23(7), 04018030, 2018.
  52. 52. Cao, H.L., Xie, X.J., Wang, Y.X., Pi, K.F., Li, J.X., Zhan, H.B., and Liu, P., Predicting the risk of groundwater arsenic contamination in drinking water wells, Journal of Hydrology, 560, 318-325, 2018.
  53. 53. Cheng, Y.B*, Li, Y.L., Zhan, H.B., Liang, H.R., Yang, W.B., Zhao, Y.M., and Li, T.J., New comparative experiments of different soil types for farmland water conservation in arid regions, Water, 10(3), 298, 2018.
  54. 54. Tang, M.M.**, Lu, S.F., Zhan, H.B., Guo, W.J., and Ma, H.F., The effect of a microscale fracture on dynamic capillary pressure of two-phase flow in porous media, Advances in Water Resources, 113, 272-284, 2018.
  55. 55. Zhou, R.J.* and Zhan, H.B., Reactive solute transport in an asymmetrical fracture-rock matrix system, Advances in Water Resources, 112, 224-234, 2018.
  56. 56. Cavdar, S., and Zhan, H.B., Storage effect in falling head permeameters, ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 23(3), 040177064, 2018.
  57. 57. Dong, G.M., Tian, J., Zhan, H.B., and Liu, R.Y., Groundwater flow determination using an interval parameter perturbation method, Water, 9, 728, 2017.
  58. 58. Liu, X., and Zhan, H.B., Calculation of steady-state evaporation for an arbitrary matrix potential at bare ground surface, Water, 9, 729, 2017.
  59. 59. Chen, K.W.*, Zhan, H.B., and Yang, Q., Fractional models simulating non-Fickian behavior in four-stage single-well push-pull tests, Water Resources Research, 53, 9528-9545, 2017.
  60. 60. Liang, X.Y.**, Zhan, H.B., Zhang, Y.K., and Schilling, K., Base flow recession from unsaturated-saturated porous media considering lateral unsaturated discharge and aquifer compressibility, Water Resources Research, 53, 7832-7852, doi:10.1002/2017WR020938, 2017.
  61. 61. Cheng, Y.B.*, Zhan, H.B., Wang, W.B., Dang, H.Z., and Li, W., Is annual recharge coefficient a valid concept in arid and semi-arid region? Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 5031-5042, 2017.
  62. 62. He, C.R, Wang, T.K., Zhao, Z.X., Hao, Y.H.**, Yeh, T.-C. J., Zhan, H.B., One-dimensional analytical solution for hydraulic head and numerical solution for solute transport through a horizontal fracture for submarine groundwater discharge, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 206, 1-9, 2017.
  63. 63. Chen, Z., Zhan, H.B., Zhao, G.Q., Huang, Y., and Tan, Y.F., Effect of roughness on conservative solute transport through synthetic single rough fractures, Water, 9, 656, doi:10.3390/w9090656, 2017.
  64. 64. Peng, X.*, and Zhan, H.B., Air compressibility effect on Bouwer and Rice seepage meter, Ground Water, 55(6), 899-905, 2017.
  65. 65. Liu, Y., Wang, B., Zhan, H.B., Fan, Y., Zha, Y., and Hao, Y.H.**, Simulation spring discharge using time series models, Water Resources Management, 31(15), 4875-4890, 2017.
  66. 66. Liu, M.M.*, Chen, Y.F., Zhan, H.B., H, Yu, R., and Zhou, C.B., A generalized Forchheimer radial flow model for constant-rate tests, Advances in Water Resources, 107, 317-325, 2017.
  67. 67. Zaheer, M., Wen, Z., Zhan, H.B., Chen, X.L., and Jin, M.G., One-dimensional solute transport at small scale in low-permeability homogeneous and saturated soil columns, Geofluids, Article ID 6390607, 17 pages, 2017.
  68. 68. Zhou. R.J.*, Zhan, H.B., and Chen, K.W.*, Reactive solute transport in a filled single fracture-matrix system under unilateral and radial flows, Advances in Water Resources, 104, 183-194, 2017.
  69. 69. Wang, Q.R.**, Zhan, H.B., and Wang, Y.X., Single-well push-pull test in transient Forchheimer flow field, Journal of Hydrology, 549, 125-132, 2017.
  70. 70. Wang, Q.R.**, and Zhan, H.B., The effect of intra-wellbore head losses in a vertical well, Journal of Hydrology, 548, 333-341, 2017.
  71. 71. Wen, Z., Zhan, H.B., Wang, Q.R., Liang, X., Ma, T., and Chen, C., Well hydraulics in pumping tests with exponentially decayed rates of abstraction in confined aquifers, Journal of Hydrology, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.02.046, 548, 40-45, 2017.
  72. 72. Burns, E.R., Zhu, R.H.*, Zhan, H.B., Manga, M., Williams, C.F., Ingebritsen, S.E., and Dunham, J., Thermal effect of climate change on groundwater-fed ecosystems, Water Resources Research, 53(4), 3341-3351, 2017.
  73. 73. Liang, X.Y.**, Zhan, H.B., Zhang, Y.K., and Liu, J., On coupled unsaturated-saturated flow process induced by vertical, horizontal and slant wells in unconfined aquifers, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 1251-1262, 2017.
  74. 74. Cao, Z.*, Liu, G.D., Zhan, H.B., Gao, J., Zhang, J.Y., Li, C.Z., and Xiang, B.L., Geological roles of the siltstones in tight oil play, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 83, 333-344, 2017.
  75. 75. Yao, W.M., Hu, B., Ma, C.*, and Zhan, H.B., Applicability research on the dip slope with interbeddings of weak and strong rocks using strength reduction method, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 35(3), 1111-1118, 2017.
  76. 76. Chen, Z.*, Qian, J.Z.**, Zhan, H.B., Zhou, Z.F., Wang, J.G., and Tan, Y.F., Effect of roughness on water flow through a synthetic single rough fracture, Environmental Earth Sciences, 76(4), 186, doi: 10.1007/s12665-017-6470-7, 2017.
  77. 77. Rezaei, A.*, Karimi, H., and Zhan, H.B., The importance of understanding the hydrogeology and geochemistry of Karst terrains for safely siting dams, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 79(1),48-58, doi:10.4311/2016ES0121, 2017.
  78. 78. Ma, C.*, Hu, B.**, Zhan, H.B., and Jiang H.F., Effects of osmotic pressure and confining pressure on the rheological properties of silty mudstone, Journal of Yangtze River Scientific Research Institute, 34(5), 92-98, doi: 10.11988/ckyyb.20160196, 2017.
  79. 79. Wang, Q.*, and Zhan, H.B., Intra-wellbore kinematic and frictional losses in a horizontal well in a bounded confined aquifer, Water Resources Research, 53(1), 127-141, doi:10.1002/2105WR018252, 2017.
  80. 80. Zhong, Y., Lei, L., Liu, Y.C., Hao, Y.H., Zou, C., and Zhan, H.B., The influence of large-scale climate phenomena on precipitation in the Ordos Basin, China, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 130(3-4), 791-805, 2017.
  81. 81. Ma, C.*, Hu, B.**, Zhan, H.B., and Wang, X.G., Triaxial rheological mechanism and creep model of mudstone under complex stress, Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 21, 2127-2142, 2016.
  82. 82. Cao, Z.*, Liu, G.D., Zhan, H.B., Li, C.Z., You, Y., Yang, C.Y., and Jiang, H., Pore structure characterization of Chang-7 tight sandstone using MICP combined with N2GA techniques and its geological control factors, Scientific Reports, 6, 36919, doi:10.1038/srep36919, 2016.

83.Sedghi, M.M., and Zhan, H.B., Hydraulic response of an unconfined-fractured two-aquifer system driven by dual tidal or stream fluctuations, Advances in Water Resources, 97, 266-278, 2016.

  1. 84. Huo, X.L., Lei, L.Y., Liu, Z.F., Hao, Y.H., Hu, B.X., and Zhan, H.B., Application of wavelet coherence method to investigate karst spring discharge response to climate teleconnection patterns, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 52(6), 1281-1296, 2016.
  2. 85. Ma, C., Hu, B., Zhan, H.B., and Sun, G., Research on immersion of island roundabout land mass of Chushandian Reservoir, Yangtze River, 47(13), 52-55, 2016.
  3. 86. Cao, Z., Liu, G.D., Zhan, H.B., Kong, Y.H., Niu, Z.C., and Zhao, D.S., Geological control factors of micro oil distribution in tight reservoirs, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 77, 1193-1205, 2016.
  4. 87. Hao, Y.H., Zhang, J., Wang, J.J., Li, R.F., Hao, P.M., and Zhan, H.B., How does the anthropogenic activity affect the spring discharge? Journal of Hydrology, 540, 1053-1065, 2016.
  5. 88. Rezaei, A.*, Zare, M., and Zhan, H.B., Aquitard horizontal dispersion on reactive solute transport in an aquifer-aquitard system, Transport in Porous Media, 113(3), 695-716, 2016.
  6. 89. Zhu, Y.H.*, Zhan, H.B., and Jin, M.G., Analytical solutions of solute transport in a fracture-matrix system with different reaction rates for fracture and matrix, Journal of Hydrology, 539 447-456, 2016.
  7. 90. Blumenthal, B.J.*, and Zhan, H.B., Rapid computation of directional wellbore drawdown in a confined aquifer via Poisson Resummation, Advances in Water Resources, 94, 238-250, 2016.
  8. 91. Chen, K.W.*, Zhan, H.B., and Zhou, R.J., Subsurface solute transport with one-, two-, and three-dimensional arbitrary shape sources, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 190, 44-57, 2016.
  9. 92. Zhan, H.B., Review of flow through heterogeneous geological media, Vadose Zone Journal, 15(4), 1-3, 2016. Doi: 10.2136/vzj2016.01.0008br.
  10. 93. Feng, Q.G.*, and Zhan, H.B., Integrated aquitard-aquifer flow with a mixed-type well-face boundary and skin effect, Advances in Water Resources, 89, 42-52, 2016.
  11. 94. Qian, J.Z, Ma, L., Zhan, H.B., Luo, Q.K., Wang, X., and Wang, M., The effect of expansion ratio on the critical Reynolds number in single fracture flow with sudden expansion, Hydrological Processes, 30, 1718-1726, 2016.
  12. 95. Huo, X.L., Liu, Z.F., Duan, Q.Y., Hao, P.M., Zhang, Y.Y., Hao, Y.H., and Zhan, H.B., Linkages between large-scale climate patterns and karst spring discharge in north China, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17, 713-724, 2016.
  13. 96. Wang, Q.*, and Zhan, H., Characteristic and role of groundwater in critical zone, in Principles and Dynamics of the Critical Zone, edited by Rick Giardino and Chris Houser, Elsevier, Developments in Earth Surface Processes, 19, 295-318, 2015.
  14. 97. Wang, Q.*, Zhan, H., and Wang, Y., Non-Darcian effect on slug test in a leaky confined aquifer, Journal of Hydrology, 527, 747-753, 2015.
  15. 98. Mao, X.**, Wang, Y., Zhan, H., and Feng, L., Geochemical and isotopic characteristics of geothermal springs hosted by deep-seated faults in Dongguan Basin, Southern China, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 158, 112-121, 2015.
  16. 99. Qian, J.**, Zhan, H., Zhang, Y., Sun, P., and Liu, Y., Numerical simulation and experimental study of bimolecular reactive transport in porous media, Transport in Porous Media, 109, 727-746, 2015.
  17. 100. Zhuang, C.*, Zhou, Z., Zhan, H., Li, Z., Dou, Z., and Wang, G., A new type curve method for estimating aquitard hydraulic parameters in a multi-layered aquifer system, Journal of Hydrology, 527, 212-220, 2015.
  18. 101. Zhang, S.*, Tang, H., Zhan, H., Lei, G., and Cheng H., Investigation of scale effect of numerical unconfined compression strengths of virtual colluvial-deluvial soil-rock mixture, International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, 77, 208-219, 2015.
  19. 102. Feng, Q.*, and Zhan, H., On the aquitard-aquifer interface flow and the drawdown sensitivity with a partially penetrating pumping well in an anisotropic leaky confined aquifer. Journal of Hydrology, 521, 74-83, 2015.
  20. 103. Wang, Q.*, Zhan, H., and Tang, Z., Two-dimensional flow response to tidal fluctuation in a heterogeneous aquifer-aquitard system, Hydrological Processes, 29(6), 927-935, 2015.
  21. 104. Wang, Q.*, and Zhan, H., On different numerical inverse Laplace methods for solute transport problems. Advances in Water Resources, 75, 80-92, 2015.


Current Graduate Students:

  1. Laura Rodriguez, PhD, Water Management and Hydrological Science, TAMU
  2. Cuiting Qi, PhD, Geology, TAMU
  3. Yonghui Zhu, PhD, Hydrogeology, CUG
  4. Chris Perez, MS, Water Management and Hydrological Science, TAMU
  5. zhehao chen, MS, Water Management and Hydrological Science, TAMU
  6. Yinuo Wang, MS, Geology, TAMU


PhD    (1996) Hydrology/Hydrogeology, University of Nevada, Reno

MS     (1993) Physics, University of Nevada, Reno

BS      (1989) Physics, University of Science & Technology of China



  1. 2019 Endowed Dudley J. Hughes Chair in Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University
  2. 2016 Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Faculty Research; College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University
  3. 2013 Best Paper Award, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, The American Society of Civil Engineers (the single paper won this award in 2013);
  4. 2011 Best Paper Award, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (in Chinese), Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society (one of the three papers won this award in 2011);
  5. 2010-2017 Distinguished Endowed Chang-Jiang Scholar, Ministry of Education (MOE), China;
  6. 2010 Endowed Ray C. Fish Professorship in Geology, Texas A&M University;
  7. 2009 Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Faculty Teaching; College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University
  8. 2006 Fellow of Geological Society of America;
  9. 2004 Distinguished Oversea Young Scientist Award, National Science Foundation of China (2005-2007);
  10. 2002 Fred Burggraf Award, Transportation Research Board (TRB), The National Academics;
  11. 2001-2002 Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, Texas A&M University;
  12. 1999-2000 Montague Scholar, Center for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University


  1. 2017, Wuhan University;
  2. 2017, Anhui University of Science and Technology;
  3. 2014, Hubei Engineering University;
  4. 2010, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan);
  5. 2006, Huazhong University of Science and Technology;
  6. 2005, China Agricultural University


Undergraduate Courses:

  1. GEOL 410 (3 credits): Hydrogeology (Fall 2020)
  2. GEOL 489 (4 credits): Environmental Hydrogeology (Spring 2020)

Graduate Courses:

  1. GEOL 614 (3 credits): Advanced Hydrogeology (Fall 2020)
  2. GEOL 625 (3 credits): Applied Ground Water Modeling (Fall 2020)
  3. GEOL 621 (3 credits): Contaminant Hydrogeology (Spring 2020)

Additional Information

Current Visiting Scholars/Postdocs:

  1. xiao feng, China University of petroleum (beijing) (phd candidate)
  2. jie tan, wuhan university (phd candidate)
  3. meng zhao, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) (phd candidate)
  4. haitao zhang, anhui university of technology (phd candidate)
  5. dawei cheng, chang’an university
  6. qinggao feng, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)
  7. guoqing lin, ocean university of China
  8. huimei shan, guilin University of technology


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Texas A&M University
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Department of Geology and Geophysics,
MS 3115,
College Station, Texas 77843

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