Abe Springer, PhD
- Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
For the past 20 years, Dr. Springer has
studied local and regional groundwater flow systems and human impacts on them, applying
principles of sustainability to aquifer management through models to quantify
the hydrological function of groundwater dominated ecosystems, the role of
land-use change and disturbance on groundwater flow systems, and restoration of
springs and riparian ecosystems.
Most of these studies are interdisciplinary
and consist of a mix of field and lab work, and basic and applied
research. He has collaborated with
ecologists, botanists, plant physiologists, foresters, land managers,
engineers, and many different sub-disciplines within the Earth Sciences.
Previously, Dr. Springer was the Inaugural
Director of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at
NAU, the Director of the Arizona Water Institute at NAU, and the Fulbright
Visiting Chair of Water and Environment at the University of Lethbridge,
Alberta, Canada. He is a Fellow of the
Geological Society of America.
J., W. Swaffar, E. Nielsen, A.E. Springer, S. Masek Lopez. 2013. Estimating the
value of watershed services following forest restoration, Water Resources Research, 49, 1773-1781, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20163
- Ramsted, K.M, J.A. Allen, A.E. Springer. 2012.
Have wet meadow restoration projects in the southwestern U.S. been effective in
restoring geomorphology, hydrology, soils and plant species composition? Environmental Evidence 1:11,
- Davis, C.J., A.E. Springer, L.E. Stevens.
2011. Have arid land springs restoration projects been effective in restoring
hydrology, geomorphology, and invertebrate and plant species composition
comparable to natural springs with minimal anthropogenic disturbance?, Collaboration for Environmental Evidence,
Systematic Review CEE 10-002, 72 p.
- Fry, M.C, A.E.Springer, and P.J. Umhoefer,
2011. Hydrogeologic implications of a fault scaling relationship in bedrock
aquifers, Environmental and Engineering
- Androwski, J., A. Springer, T. Acker, and M.
Manone. 2010. Wind-powered desalination: An appraisal of saline groundwater in
the U.S. Journal of the American Water
Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-10. Doi: 10.1111/ j.1752-1688.2010.00493.x.
- Crossey, L.J., K.E. Karlstrom, A.E. Springer,
D. Newell, D.R. Hilton, T. Fischer. 2009. Degassing of mantle-derived CO2 and
He from springs in the southern Colorado Plateau region– neotectonic
connections and implications for groundwater system, Geological Society of America Bulletin., 121:1034-1053, doi:
- Springer, A.E. and L.E. Stevens. 2009. Spheres
of Discharge of Springs, Hydrogeology
Journal, doi: 10.1007/s10040‑008‑0341‑y.
- Griffiths, R.E., D.E. Anderson, and A.E.
Springer. 2008. The morphology and hydrology of small spring-dominated
- Kreamer, D.K. and A.E. Springer, 2008. The
hydrology of desert springs in North America, in Aridland Springs in North
America: Ecology and Conservation, Univ.
Arizona Press, Tucson, eds. Stevens, L.E. and V.J. Meretsky.
- Springer, A.E., L.E. Stevens, D.E. Anderson,
R.A. Parnell, D.K. Kreamer, S.P. Flora, 2008. A comprehensive springs classification
system: Integrating geomorphic, hydrogeochemical, and ecological criteria. in
Aridland Springs in North America: Ecology and Conservation, Univ. Arizona Press, Tucson, eds.
Stevens, L.E. and V.J. Meretsky.
Special groups and committees
of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, National Ground Water Assoc.
Society of America
Association of Hydrogeologists
Advisory Committee of the Yavapai Water Advisory Council
Advisory Committee of the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council
College of Wooster, 1987
PhD, The Ohio State University, 1994