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John M. Shafer
Director and Research Professor 
Certified Professional Hydrologist No. 218 

B.S., Earth Science , Penn State University , 1973

M.S., Resource Development , Michigan State University , 1975

Ph.D., Civil Engineering , Colorado State University , 1979

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Groundwater flow and transport analysis, Analysis of spatially varying phenomena, Groundwater protection, Uncertainty analysis, Software development

 

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John M. Shafer joined the Earth Sciences and Resources Institute at the University of South Carolina (ESRI-SC) in 1992 as Associate Director and Research Professor and is currently Director of ESRI-SC. 

Before coming to the University of South Carolina, Dr. Shafer was Head of the Hydrology Division of the Illinois State Water Survey, an affiliated agency of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his eight years at the Illinois State Water Survey he was involved in a number of groundwater-related research initiatives. Dr. Shafer was responsible for the Survey’s involvement in the characterization of a candidate site for a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in Illinois and a key contributor to the technical design of the State’s groundwater protection program for which he received the Illinois Groundwater Science Award. 

Prior to his employment at the Illinois State Water Survey, Dr. Shafer was a Senior Research Engineer with Battelle Memorial Institute’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. While with PNNL from 1980 to 1984, he studied issues ranging from climate change impacts on hydrology to consequences of severe accidents at commercial reactor sites. Before joining PNNL, Dr. Shafer was a Research Associate in 1980 with the College of Engineering, Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Dr. Shafer earned his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, where his dissertation applied network optimization theory to the study of complex, multi-component water resources systems. He holds an M.S. degree in Resource Development from Michigan State University and a B.S degree in Earth Science from Penn State University. 

Dr. Shafer’s research focus includes integrated site characterization, coupled simulation-optimization approaches to solving groundwater problems, incorporation of uncertainty analysis in groundwater flow modeling and wellhead protection area delineation, and groundwater susceptibility and contamination potential analysis.  He is the recipient of the 1991 John C. Frye Memorial Award of the Geological Society of America, and included in the 2001 edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who in America. 

Dr. Shafer has published many peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and articles on a wide range of hydrologic and geohydrologic topics. He has presented is work at national and international meetings and conferences and is frequently an invited speaker. He is the developer of GWPATH, the popular groundwater pathline and travel time analysis software package for microcomputers. Dr. Shafer is a certified Professional Hydrologist and a consultant to Argonne National Laboratory, South Florida Water Management District, and other public and private organizations.

 

 

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