Dr. Abe Springer

Abe Springer


BS The College of Wooster, 1987
MS The Ohio State University, 1990
PhD The Ohio State University, 1994

Contact Information

Office: Geology (bldg #12), room 206
Phone: 928-523-7198
E-mail: abe.springer@nau.edu
Personal website

Research interests

Dr. Springer and his students study local and regional groundwater flow systems and human impacts on them, apply principles of sustainability to aquifer management through models, quantify the hydrological function of groundwater dominated ecosystems, the role of land-use change and disturbance on groundwater flow systems, and restoration of 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.


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, doi:10.1186/2047-2382-1-11.

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 Geoscience., 17:4,377-389.

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: 10.1130/B26394.1

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 channels, Geomorphology, doi:10/1016/j.geomorph.2008.05.038.

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.