Research Summary

I am interested in providing improved understanding of and better solutions to challenging water resources issues. My approach often leverages fundamental understanding of physical processes, analysis of laboratory and/or field data, and numerical modeling and further (statistical) data analysis. I am excited about the challenges that exist in water resources and enjoy working toward sustainability goals by finding opportunities at the nexus of water, energy, and agriculture systems.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral scholar working on advancing Hydraulic Tomography (HT) approaches in order to be able to provide 3-D, continuous, high-resolution imaging of the subsurface in real-world environments (e.g., active industrial sites). Results and on-going research indicate great opportunities for improved remediation of groundwater contamination sources as well as other water resources applications. I am advised by Peter K. Kitanidis and also am working with and under the direction of Warren Barrash.

I have spent many years as a researcher conducting data analysis and modeling of groundwater systems, from large aquifers (104 m) to small pore-scale models (10-2 m). This has included work on saltwater intrusion, upscaling of diffusion and physical mixing processes from pore-scale to lab-scale, and modeling and assimilation of transport data.

Education

Ph.D. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2013
M.S. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2008
B.S., magna cum laude , in Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2007

Contact Information

dhochste "at" stanford "dot" edu

David L. Hochstetler
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Working hard in the field...


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Last updated: 5/21/2014