Barry Hibbs

Barry Hibbs sampling water well with colleagues in Ciudad Juarez
College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Geosciences and Environment
Office Location: ASCL 161
Phone: 323-343-2414 Email: bhibbs@calstatela.edu

INTRODUCTION

One of the key subdisciplines in the geological sciences is hydrogeology. This field is concerned with the occurrence, movement, availability, and chemical quality of groundwater resources. My teaching and research program at California State University, Los Angeles is committed to providing students with basic and advanced hydrogeologic tools, as well as a working knowledge of the fundamental principals and theory of hydrogeology.


TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Basic and Advanced Hydrogeology
  • Vadose Zone Hydrology
  • Watershed Analysis
  • Hydrochemistry and Isotope Hydrology
  • Field Methods in Hydrology

RESEARCH

My present research interests include numerical flow and solute tranport modeling, chemistry of dilute and saline waters, isotope and contaminant hydrology, stream/aquifer interactions, and the application of surface and borehole geophysical techniques to hydrogeologic problems and to problems of contaminant transport.  Research areas include arid basins in the southwestern US and Mexico, urban areas in southern California, and coastal wetlands and watersheds along the Pacific Coast.   

PUBLICATIONS (Papers): 2022 (student co-authors shown in bold face print)

Hibbs, B. 2022. Commentary and Review of Modern Environmental Problems Linked to Historic Flow Capacity in Arid Groundwater Basins. Geosciences. 2022; 12(3):124. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences12030124.

2022

Eastoe C., Hibbs, B., Merino, M., and Dadakis, J. 2022. Origins of Salinity in Groundwater and Surface Water of the Agricultural Rio Grande Floodplain, Texas, USA and Chihuahua, Mexico, the Case of Sulfate. Hydrology Journal. 2022; 9(95). https://doi.org/ 10.3390/hydrology9060095.

2022

Hibbs, B., and Ortiz, M., 2022, New Conceptual Models of Groundwater Flow and Salinity in the Eastern Hueco Bolson Aquifer, p.126-142, in: Granado Olivas, Alfredo, ed., Los recursos hidrológicos en cuencas transfronterizas entre México y Estados Unidos: El Paso del Norte y la gobernanza binacional del agua: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, 324 pp. ISBN 978-607-536.

2022

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

B.S. Geology, 1985

  • Arizona State University

M.S. Hydrogeology, 1989

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Ph.D. Hydrogeology, 1993

  • University of Texas at Austin

HONORS AND SPECIAL SERVICES

2022  Author of Successful Petition to Have Cal-State University LA Certified as a Non Land-Grant College of Agriculture (NLGCA) by USDA-NIFA 

2021  CSULA Provost Fellow

2018  Conference Best Paper Award, 9th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Sciences

2018  Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, Cal-State University LA Graduate College (one of five recognized annually campus wide)    

2016  Invited Plenary Keynote Speaker at 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and  Technology, American Academy of Sciences

2016  Guest Editor and Organizer of Theme Issue of Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (Groundwater in Urban Areas Theme Issue)

2015  Phi Kappa Phi, National Collegiate Academic Honor Society, California State University LA         

2014  Outstanding Professor Award, California State University LA (one of five annually campus wide)

2012  Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America (one of 60 Nationally, based on outstanding research and mentoring in hydrology)

2011  Guest Editor and Organizer of Theme Issue of Environmental and Engineering Geoscience Journal (Urban Hydrogeology Theme Issue, with John M. Sharp Jr. as Co-Guest Editor)

2008  Guest Editor and Organizer of Theme Issue of Ground Water Journal (Arid Zone Hydrogeology Theme Issue)

2007  Conference Poster Award, 3rd International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Sciences

2002  Early tenure awarded based on outstanding teaching and research, CSULA


ACTIVE GRANTS

PI on grant “Growing Food in the City – Urban Food Gardens for Research and Education” ($274,924): Awarded by US Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (2020-2024).

PI on grant “Supplement to Changing Dynamics of Hydrological Systems in Urban Areas - Response to Human Disturbance and Climate Change” ($30,000): Awarded by National Science Foundation (2019-2024).

PI on grant “REU SITE: Changing Dynamics of Hydrological Systems in Urban Areas - Response to Human Disturbance and Climate Change” ($360,000): Awarded by National Science Foundation (2019-2024). 

PI on grant “Study of LA River in Response to Land Use and Climate Change” ($5000): Awarded by Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, Cal State LA (2020-2021).