Mary C Hill
Department of Geology
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
(795) 864-2728; e-mail:
Hope College, Holland, MI Geology and Business Administration, B.S., 1976
Michigan State University, Lansing, MI Civil Engineering, 1976-1977
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ Civil Engineering - Water Resources, M.S.E., 1978
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ Civil Engineering - Water Resources, Ph.D., 1985
|2014-Present ||Full Professor, Department of Geology, University of Kansas
|2014-Present||Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey
|2006-2012 ||Research Advisor, Groundwater Hydrology, National Research Program (NRP), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
|2001-2014 ||Project Chief, "Modeling and uncertainty of complex groundwater systems". NRP
|1993-2014 ||DOE projects via the Nevada Water Science Center, USGS. Yucca Mountain, Death Valley regional flow system. Chief advisor model calibration.
|1993-1999||International Ground-Water Modeling Center, Annual one-week course on ground-water inverse modeling.
|2008-2014||GS-ST (Senior Scientist), USGS, Boulder, CO
|1987-2008||GS-12 to 15 Research Hydrologist, NRP, USGS, Lakewood and Boulder, CO
|1981-1987||GS-11/12 Hydrologist, New Jersey District, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
|1982||New York Attorney General's Office. Planned, executed field work, Love Canal.
|1981||Rutgers University, Department of Geological Sciences. Designed and taught a semester beginning geohydrology course.
|1977-1981 ||Princeton University. Research assistantship under the supervision of George F. Pinder. Teaching assistantship for one semester.
(out of 140; see Google Scholar for a more complete list)
- Hill, M.C., Foglia, L. Christensen, S., Rakovec, O., Borgonovo, E. (2016). Model validation: Testing models using data and sensitivity analysis, in Cushman, J.H. and Tartakovsky, D.M., eds. Handbook of groundwater engineering, 3rd Edition, Taylor and Francis (in press).
- Hill, M.C., Dmitri Kavetski, Martyn Clark, Ming Ye, Mazdak Arabi, Dan Lu, Laura Foglia, and Steffen Mehl (2015) Practical use of computationally frugal model analysis methods. Groundwater. DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12330
- Sheets, R.A., Hill, M.C., Haitjema, H.M., Provost, A.M., Masterson, J.P. (2014), Simulation of Water-Table Aquifers Using Specified Saturated Thickness: Ground Water, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12164.
- Rakovec, O., Hill, M.C., Clark, M. P., Weerts, A. H., Teuling, A. J., Uijlenhoet, R. (2014). Distributed Evaluation of Local Sensitivity Analysis (DELSA), With Application to Hydrologic Models: Water Resources Research, 50, doi:10.1002/2013WR014063.
- Hill, M.C., Faunt, C.C., Belcher, W.R., Sweetkind, D.S., Tiedeman, C.R., Kavetski, D. (2013) Knowledge, transparency, and refutability in groundwater models, an example from the Death Valley regional groundwater flow system: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 65:105-116.
- Foglia, L., Mehl, S.W., Hill, M.C., and Burlando, P. (2013). Evaluating model structure adequacy: The case of the Maggia Valley groundwater system, southern Switzerland, Water Resources Research, 49, doi:10.1029/2011WR011779.
- Raymond, K., Arabi, M. and Hill, M.C. (2011) Comprehensive Flow and Transport Groundwater/Watershed Modeling Using eRAMS: Overview of the Integrated Framework, in eds Poeter, E.P, Hill, M.C., Zheng, C. and Maxwell, R., Proceedings of the 2011 MODFLOW and More Conference, Golden, Colorado, June 2011.
- Hill, M.C., and Tiedeman, C.R. (2007) Effective groundwater model calibration, with analysis of sensitivities, predictions, and uncertainty: Wiley, New York. http://water.usgs.gov/lookup/get?crresearch/hill_tiedeman_book http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-047177636X.html
- Hill, M.C. (2006). The practical use of simplicity in developing groundwater models: Ground Water, 44(6):775-781.
- Tiedeman, C.R., D.M. Ely, M.C. Hill, and G.M. O'Brien (2004). A method for evaluating the importance of system state observations to model predictions, with application to the Death Valley regional groundwater flow system, Water Resources Res., 40, W12411, doi:10.1029/2004WR003313.
- Service to professional societies
- Initiated American Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrology Section Technical Committee on Hydrologic Uncertainty. In addition to its role in the Hydrology Section, this technical committee addresses the pervasive need for uncertainty quantification and related model analyses in many sections of AGU. Chair, 2013-present.
- IUGG, US National Committee, 2010-present.
- AGU Groundwater Technical Committee, 1994-2000; 2011-2013
- Co-chair, Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling (ISCMEM), Working Group 2 on model calibration and uncertainty. 2003-present
- Editor, special issues of Ground Water, 2003, 2006, 2008 selected papers from the MODFLOW conferences.
- Chair, ASCE Task Force on Technology Transfer of Quantitative Methods for Model Calibration, Data Evaluation, and Uncertainty Analysis, 1999-2001.
- President, International Commission for Groundwater (ICGW), IAHS, President-elect 2003-2005; president 2005-2009; past-president 2009-2011.
- Associate Editor, Water Resources Research 1996-1999.
- Member, AAAS, AGU, ASCE, IAHS, IAH, NGWA
- Produced text book, instructional files, and software for modeling of environmental systems, including data needs assessment, sensitivity analysis, calibration, prediction, and uncertainty, with focus on ground-water systems. Taught over 30 short and semester courses nationally and internationally. The educational materials are used nationally and internationally.
- Prizes and Awards
- Fellow. AGU 2016. Geological Society of America (GSA), 2003.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Community Surface Dynamics Modeling Systems (CSDMS) Program, Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.
- International Hydrology Prize. International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), 2015
- National Ground Water Association (NGWA), M. King Hubbert Award, 2005. Distinguished Darcy lecturer, 2001: 45 talks in 8 countries.
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Walter L. Huber Engineering Research Prize, 2000.
- Creator and organizer, MODFLOW and More conference series. Held 9 times 1998-2016.
- Scientific Advisor, FREEWAT EU Project.
Graduate Advisor (1)
- George F. Pinder, University of Vermont
Thesis Advisor (6, listed) and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor (3, listed)
- Evan Anderman, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 1996, The use of advective-travel observations to improve ground-water flow parameter estimation. Freelance photographer.
- Steffen Mehl, M.S., Ph.D., U of Colorado, Boulder, 1998 An evaluation of intermediate scale experiments, University of Colorado, Boulder; 2003. Telescoping mesh calculations for calibrating models of ground-water flow and transport. California State U, Chico.
- Gilbert Barth, Ph.D., U of Colorado, Boulder, 1999, Using solute flux to characterize subsurface non-aqueous phase contaminant entrapment. Postdoc 2000-2001. SS Papadopoulos, Inc.
- Heidi Christiansen Barlebo, PhD, Danish Technical University, 6/2000, Evaluating three-dimensional conservative solute transport through porous media using inverse modeling at the Grindsted Old Landfill, Denmark, and the MADE site, Columbus, Mississippi, USA. GEUS.
- Laura Foglia, Ph.D., ETH, Zurich, 2006, Alternative groundwater models to investigate river-aquifer interactions in an environmentally active alpine floodplain. University of Darmstadt; UC Davis.
- Dan Lu, Ph.D., Florida State University, with Professor Ming Ye, 2012, Assessment of Parametric and Model Uncertainty in Groundwater Modeling. Staff Scientist at ORNL.
- Misty Porter, MS, University of Kansas, expected 2017. Visualizing Water Resource Evolution as a Result of Over-Pumping with Application to the High Plains Aquifer in Western Kansas.
- Andrew Banks, MS, University of Kansas, expected 2018.
- Robert Barron, Postdoc, University of Kansas, 2016-2018.
Committee Member Ph.D. (Completed)
- Hsin-Chia Choa, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Tarek Saba, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Mingguang Wang, University of Alabama
Committee Member MS. (Completed)
- Jason Hallman, University of Kansas, 2016