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James Heiss

Assistant Professor

College of Sciences
Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Olney Hall - 102C


Coastal Hydrogeology, Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions, Coastal Groundwater Resources, Aquifer Biogeochemistry

Research Interests

My research interests are in coastal groundwater-surface water interactions, climate change and sea level rise impacts to groundwater resources, and chemical fluxes along the land-sea transition zone. In particular I am interested in the hydrologic forcings (waves, tides, currents, extreme precipitation, storm surge, sea level rise) that move water and chemicals between aquifers and coastal surface waters. I explore these processes from the meter- to global-scale through field experiments, numerical models, and quantitative synthesis of large datasets.


  • Ph.D.: Geology, (2017), University of Delaware - Newark, DE
  • MS: Geology, (2011), University of Delaware - Newark, DE
  • BS: Geoenvironmental Studies, (2009), Shippensburg University - Shippensburg, PA

Selected Publications

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • NSF CAREER: Hydrodynamic Controls on Fluid and Solute Exchanges Across the Aquifer-Estuary Interface
  • Collaborative Research: Hydrologic dynamics in a coastal aquifer during an extreme multi-hazard coastal storm (2020), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Heiss, J. (Principal)