One of the key subdisciplines in the geological sciences is hydrogeology. This field is concerned with the occurrence, movement, availability, and chemical quality of groundwater resources. My teaching and research program at California State University, Los Angeles is committed to providing students with basic and advanced hydrogeologic tools, as well as a working knowledge of the fundamental principals and theory of hydrogeology.
- Basic and Advanced Hydrogeology
- Vadose Zone Hydrology
- Watershed Analysis
- Hydrochemistry and Isotope Hydrology
- Field Methods in Hydrology
- My present research interests include numerical flow and solute tranport modeling, chemistry of dilute and saline waters, isotope and contaminant hydrology, stream/aquifer interactions, and the application of surface and borehole geophysical techniques to hydrogeologic problems and to problems of contaminant transport. Research areas include arid basins in the southwestern US and Mexico, urban areas in southern California, and coastal wetlands and watersheds along the Pacific Coast.
PUBLICATIONS (Papers): 2020 (student co-authors shown in bold face print)
Hibbs, B.J., and Merino, M., 2020, Reinterpreting models of slope front recharge in a desert basin: Geosciences Journal, v. 10, no 8, https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences10080297.
Hibbs, B., 2020, Long term climate change and environmental implications of aquifer flow capacity in arid groundwater basins: in Ahmad, S. and Murray, R., eds., Groundwater Sustainability, Hydro-Climate/ Climate Change, and Environmental Engineering: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA., p. 89-96.
Peralta, C., and Hibbs, B., 2020, Comparison of bacteria and nutrient loading in subsurface storm drains receiving flows from groundwater seepage and dry weather urban runoff: in LaPlante, R., and Ramirez-Avila, J., eds., Watershed Management 2020 - A Clear Vision of Watershed Management: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA. P. 286-293.
Clifford, G., and Hibbs, B., 2020, Evaluation of water isotopes and nutrient loading in urban runoff at a Southern California residential site: in Ahmad, S. and Murray, R., eds., Groundwater Sustainability, Hydro-Climate/ Climate Change, and Environmental Engineering: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA., p. 10-19.
B.S. Geology, 1985
- Arizona State University
M.S. Hydrogeology, 1989
- University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Ph.D. Hydrogeology, 1993
- University of Texas at Austin
HONORS AND SPECIAL SERVICES
2021 CSULA Provost Fellow
2018 Conference Best Paper Award, 9th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Sciences
2018 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Cal-State University LA Graduate College (one of five recognized annually campus wide)
2016 Invited Plenary Keynote Speaker at 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Sciences
2016 Guest Editor and Organizer of Theme Issue of Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (Groundwater in Urban Areas Theme Issue)
2015 Phi Kappa Phi, National Collegiate Academic Honor Society, California State University LA
2014 Outstanding Professor Award, California State University LA (one of five annually campus wide)
2012 Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America (one of 60 Nationally, based on outstanding research and mentoring in hydrology)
2011 Guest Editor and Organizer of Theme Issue of Environmental and Engineering Geoscience Journal (Urban Hydrogeology Theme Issue, with John M. Sharp Jr. as Co-Guest Editor)
2008 Guest Editor and Organizer of Theme Issue of Ground Water Journal (Arid Zone Hydrogeology Theme Issue)
2007 Conference Poster Award, 3rd International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Sciences
2002 Early tenure awarded based on outstanding teaching and research, CSULA
PI on grant “Growing Food in the City – Urban Food Gardens for Research and Education” ($274,924): Awarded by US Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (2020-2024).
PI on grant “Supplement to Changing Dynamics of Hydrological Systems in Urban Areas - Response to Human Disturbance and Climate Change” ($30,000): Awarded by National Science Foundation (2019-2024).
PI on grant “REU SITE: Changing Dynamics of Hydrological Systems in Urban Areas - Response to Human Disturbance and Climate Change” ($360,000): Awarded by National Science Foundation (2019-2024).
PI on grant “Study of LA River in Response to Land Use and Climate Change” ($5000): Awarded by Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, Cal State LA (2020-2021).