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Groundwater Foundation Names Reed Maxwell, Ph.D. 2020 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Reed Maxwell

(Lincoln, NE - August 21, 2019) – The Groundwater Foundation is pleased to announce that Reed Maxwell, Ph.D. has been selected as the 2020 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer.

The Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science fosters interest and excellence in groundwater science and technology. It was established in 1986 and named in honor of Henry Darcy of France for his 1856 investigations that established the physical basis upon which groundwater hydrogeology has been studied ever since. Each year a panel of scientists and engineers chooses an outstanding groundwater professional to share his or her work throughout the year with peers and students.  

Dr. Maxwell will offer three lectures during 2020:

  1. "Hydrology from the Bottom Up: How Groundwater Shapes the Water Cycle"
  2. "Hydrology in the Supercomputing Age: How Computational Advances Have Revolutionized Our Field, And What Big Data and Massively Parallel Simulations Mean for the Future of Hydrologic Discovery"
  3. "Killer Beetles, Naked Trees, and Dirty Water: Understanding Hydrology and Water Quality Impacts from the Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation in the Rocky Mountain West"

Dr. Maxwell is faculty in the Geology and Geological Engineering Department, core faculty in the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program, and the Director of the Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center (IGWMC) at the Colorado School of Mines. His research interests are focused on understanding connections within the hydrologic cycle and how they relate to water quantity and quality under anthropogenic stresses. He is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and was the 2018 Boussinesq Lecturer and 2017 School of Mines Research Award recipient. Dr. Maxwell has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and teaches classes on integrated hydrology, fluid mechanics, and modeling terrestrial water flow. He currently leads a research group of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff housed in the IGWMC at Mines. Before joining the faculty at Mines, Dr. Maxwell was a postdoc and then staff in the Hydrologic Sciences group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Water Resources from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information about the 2020 Darcy Lecture Series, including lecture descriptions and how to request a presentation, visit

Founded in 1985, the Groundwater Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects people, businesses, and communities through local groundwater education and action, making us all part of the solution for clean, sustainable groundwater. The Foundation provides education and community-based action opportunities that involve individuals, communities, public and private entities in groundwater conservation and protection. The Groundwater Foundation is operated by the National Ground Water Association. Visit to learn more.

The National Ground Water Association is a not-for-profit professional society and trade association for the global groundwater industry. Our members around the world include leading public and private sector groundwater scientists, engineers, water well system professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services. The Association’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating for responsible development, management, and use of water.

For additional information, please contact Barbette Culpepper at or 800-551-7379, ext. 1568. 

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