Expertise:Dr. Gurdak has over 19 years of professional experience in hydrogeology and aqueous geochemistry. In addition to his part-time work with Todd Groundwater, he currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University, where he leads the Groundwater and Water Resources research group.
Dr. Gurdak is an expert in numerical vadose zone and geochemical modeling; fate and transport of nitrate, metals, and other contaminants in groundwater; hydroclimatology and climate change impact analysis; land-use change analysis; recharge quantity and quality; managed aquifer recharge; and decentralized stormwater capture with low impact development. He has extensive project management experience conducting groundwater availability and sustainability studies in agricultural and urban systems, including work in the Central Valley and coastal basins. He is the accomplished author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, two books, and dozens of technical reports. He is an experienced public speaker and regularly gives invited presentations to professional organizations, stakeholder groups, water resource managers, public policy makers, and groundwater research institutions. He is widely considered an international expert on climate variability and change effects on groundwater sustainability.
Academic Background and Professional Credentials:Professional Hydrologist in Groundwater, No. 12-HGW-4012
PhD, Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines, 2006
MS, Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1999
BS, Geology, Bates College, 1998