School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Brian Thomas

Senior Lecturer in Hydrology


My research seeks to incorporate and evaluate anthropogenic influences into the hydrologic cycle  To do this, I explicitly consider the effect of groundwater withdrawals, surface water alterations, climate and water management decisions.  The key question that guides my research is: how have we humans muddled the hydrologic cycle, and how will we continue to muddle the cycle in the future?  Answering these questions allows us to work toward meeting our water demands in sustainable ways.

Current PhD Students

  • Julio Caineta (at University of Pittsburgh)
  • BSc, Geology and Environmental Technology, University of North Dakota
  • MSc, Hydrology, University of New Hampshire
  • PhD, Water Resources Engineering, Tufts University
Previous Appointments
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Geology and Environmental Science
  • Associate Director, Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology/NASA JPL
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling


Research Interests

Global groundwater sustainability

Urban hydrology

Storm water management

Statistical hydrology

Groundwater hydrology

Remote sensing