Position

DECRA Fellow Chief Investigator
Environment

Biography

My research is at the nexus between hydrology and hydrogeology. I began in hydrology by studying water clarity in Lake Tahoe, a deep mountain lake, then shifted my research to surface water-groundwater interactions, where focus was on developing the use of heat as a tracer of streambed water flux and advancing an integrated model capable of simulating streamflow down a dry riverbed. 

Current research interests still focus on surface water-groundwater actions, although I work on a diverse set of projects from international development projects to ecohydrology. The use of multiple tracers to understand groundwater recharge patterns in streambeds and understanding the dynamics of intermittent and ephemeral streamflow are my main passions. Since 2015, I have been an ARC DECRA fellow, measuring and modelling what hydrologic factors lead to streamflow in arid regions, using Pedler Creek in the important wine region McLaren Vale as an example.

Read about some of my projects here:

http://stories.scienceinpublic.com.au/2015/turning-groundwater-into-wine/

http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2017/07/17/urban-heat-islands/

http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2015/11/23/urban-aquifer-project-links-to-germany/

http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2014/03/31/measuring-water-flow-in-the-endangered-coorong/

Qualifications

Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, December 2010, Advisor: Greg Pohll
  Dissertation Title: Spatial and Temporal variation in seepage from unlined channels. 

M.S., Hydrology, University of Nevada, Summer 2004

  Thesis Topic: Trends in water clarity in the near-shore of a mountain lake. Advisor: Kendrick Taylor

B.A., Environmental Science, minor in German, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2000

Honours, awards and grants

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) (2015)

Vice-chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers, Flinders University (2014)

Director’s Award, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (2012)

U.S. Civilian Research Defense Fund, Impact of lining canals and afforestation on groundwater (2010)

George Burke Maxey Award in Water Resources Research, Desert Research Institute (2010)

George Burke Maxey Hydrology/Hydrogeology Fellowship, Desert Research Institute (2008)

U.S. Student Representative to the Meeting of the Nobel Laureates in Physics, Lindau, Germany (2008)

Fulbright student fellow (Uzbekistan) (2005)

Teaching interests

Surface water- groundwater interactions

Watershed hydrology

Fluid mechanics

Field methods in Hydrology/hydrogeology.

Topic Lecturer:

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding the dynamic processes of the hydrologic cycle, especially in arid regions. This has included evapotranspiration, streambed discharge and recharge, and groundwater flow. I have worked on several international water development projects to better manage freshwater resources around the world.

Supervisory interests

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Groundwater hydrology
  • Groundwater/surface water interaction
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology
  • Surface water hydrology
  • Water quality
  • Water resources development

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Hydrogeology (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Hydrogeology (3) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Jesus Eliana Rodriguez Burgueno
    PhD completed - January 2017

Publications

  • Ginatullina, E., Saito, L., Atwell, L., Shermetova, D., Fayzieva, D., Lamers, J., et al. (2015). Water chemistry and zooplankton communities in drainage lakes in downstream Amu Darya, Central Asia. In J.P.A. Lamers, A. Khamzina, I. Rudenko, P.L.G. Vlek, ed. Restructuring land allocation, water use and agricultural value chains. Gottingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht GmbH & Co, pp. 179-196.
  • Cook, P.G., Miller, A., Shanafield, M.A. and Simmons, C.T. (2017). Predicting Water Resource Impacts of Unconventional Gas Using Simple Analytical Equations. Groundwater, 55(3) pp. 387-398.
    [10.1111/gwat.12489] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M.A. (2017). Comparison of infiltration rates in the dry riverbed of CRD during E-Flows. Ecological Engineering,
    [Web Link]
  • Shanafield, M.A., McCallum, J.L., Cook, P.G. and Noorduijn, S.L. (2017). Using basic metrics to analyze high-resolution temperature data in the subsurface. Hydrogeology Journal, 25(5) pp. 1501-1508.
    [10.1007/s10040-017-1578-0] [Scopus]
  • McCallum, J.L. and Shanafield, M.A. (2016). Residence times of stream-groundwater exchanges due to transient stream stage fluctuations. Water Resources Research, 52(3) pp. 2059-2073.
    [10.1002/2015WR017441] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M.A., McCallum, J.L., Cook, P.G. and Noorduijn, S. (2016). Variations on thermal transport modelling of subsurface temperatures using high resolution data. Advances in Water Resources, 89 pp. 1-9.
    [10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.12.018] [Scopus]
  • Xie, Y., Cook, P.G., Shanafield, M.A., Simmons, C.T. and Zheng, C. (2016). Uncertainty of natural tracer methods for quantifying river–aquifer interaction in a large river. Journal of Hydrology, 535 pp. 135-147.
    [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.01.071] [Scopus]
  • Leterme, S.C., Allais, L., Jendyk, J.G.T., Hemraj, D., Newton, K., Mitchell, J.G., et al. (2015). Drought conditions and recovery in the Coorong wetland, south Australia in 1997–2013. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 163(Part B) pp. 175-184.
    [10.1016/j.ecss.2015.06.009] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M.A., Cook, P.G., Gutierrez-Jurado, H.A., Faux, R., Cleverly, J. and Eamus, D. (2015). Field comparison of methods for estimating groundwater discharge by evaporation and evapotranspiration in an arid-zone playa. Journal of Hydrology, 527 pp. 1073-1083.
    [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.06.003] [Scopus]
  • Villeneuve, S., Cook, P., Shanafield, M., Wood, C. and White, N. (2015). Groundwater recharge via infiltration through an ephemeral riverbed, central Australia. Journal of Arid Environments, 117 pp. 47-58.
    [10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.02.009] [Scopus]
  • Irvine, D., Cranswick, R., Simmons, C., Shanafield, M. and Kautz, L. (2015). The effect of streambed heterogeneity on groundwater-surface water exchange fluxes inferred from temperature time series. Water Resources Research, 51(1) pp. 198-212.
    [10.1002/2014WR015769] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M.A., Niswonger, R.G., Prudic, D.E., Pohll, G., Susfalk, R. and Panday, S. (2014). A method for estimating spatially variable seepage and hydraulic conductivity in channels with very mild slopes. Hydrological Processes, 28(1) pp. 51-61.
    [10.1002/hyp.9545] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M. and Cook, P. (2014). Transmission losses, infiltration and groundwater recharge through ephemeral and intermittent streambeds: A review of applied methods. Journal of Hydrology, 511 pp. 518-529.
    [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.01.068] [Scopus]
  • Noorduijn, S., Shanafield, M., Trigg, M., Harrington, G., Cook, P. and Peeters, L. (2014). Estimating seepage flux from ephemeral stream channels using surface water and groundwater level data. Water Resources Research, 50(2) pp. 1474-1489.
    [10.1002/2012WR013424] [Scopus]
  • Bourke, S., Cook, P., Shanafield, M., Dogramaci, S. and Clark, J. (2014). Characterisation of hyporheic exchange in a losing stream using radon-222. Journal of Hydrology, 519 pp. 94-105.
    [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.06.057] [Scopus]
  • Banks, E.W., Shanafield, M. and Cook, P. (2014). Induced Temperature Gradients to Examine Groundwater Flowpaths in Open Boreholes. Groundwater, 52(6) pp. 943-951.
    [10.1111/gwat.12157] [Scopus]
  • Cranswick, R., Cook, P., Shanafield, M. and Lamontagne, S. (2014). The vertical variability of hyporheic fluxes inferred from riverbed temperature data. Water Resources Research, 50(5) pp. 3994-4010.
    [10.1002/2013WR014410] [Scopus]
  • Hojyaz, J., Eshchanov, R., Nurmetov, J., Lutz, A., Shanafield, M. and Lamers, J. (2013). Canal lining to increase water use efficiency and remediate groundwater levels in Khorezm Uzbekistan, Central Asia. International Journal of Agricultural Research and Reviews, 3(4) pp. 742-750.
    [Web Link]
  • Shanafield, M., Cook, P.G., Brunner, P.A., McCallum, J. and Simmons, C. (2012). Aquifer response to surface water transience in disconected streams. Water Resources Research, 48(11) pp. W11510.
    [10.1029/2012WR012103] [Scopus]
  • McGraw, D., Pohll, G., Schumer, R. and Shanafield, M. (2011). Development of tools to estimate conveyance losses in the Truckee River, USA. Hydrogeology Journal, 19(2) pp. 329-338.
    [10.1007/s10040-010-0701-2] [Scopus]
  • Oberkircher, L., Shanafield, M.A., Ismail, B. and Saito, L. (2011). Ecosystem and Social Construction: an Interdisciplinary Case Study of the Shurkul Lake Landscape in Khorezm, Uzbekistan. Ecology and Society, 16(4) pp. 1-10.
    [10.5751/ES-04511-160420] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M., Hatch, C. and Pohll, G. (2011). Uncertainty in thermal time series analysis estimates of streambed water flux. Water Resources Research, 47(3) pp. W03504.
    [10.1029/2010WR009574] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M., Pohll, G. and Susfalk, R. (2010). Use of heat-based vertical fluxes to approximate total flux in simple channels. Water Resources Research, 46(W03508)
    [10.1029/2009WR007956] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M., Rosen, M., Saito, L., Chandra, S., Lamers, J. and Nishonov, B. (2010). Identification of nitrogen sources to four small lakes in the agricultural region of Khorezm, Uzbekistan. Biogeochemistry, 101(1-3) pp. 357-368.
    [10.1007/s10533-010-9509-3] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M., Susfalk, R. and Taylor, K. (2010). Spatial and temporal patterns of nearshore clarity in Lake Tahoe from fine resolution turbidity measurements. LAKE AND RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT, 26(3) pp. 178-184.
    [10.1080/07438141.2010.504064] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M.A. (2017). Comparison of infiltration rates in the dry riverbed of CRD during E-Flows. Ecological Engineering,
    [Web Link]
  • Shanafield, M.A., McCallum, J.L., Cook, P.G. and Noorduijn, S.L. (2017). Using basic metrics to analyze high-resolution temperature data in the subsurface. Hydrogeology Journal, 25(5) pp. 1501-1508.
    [10.1007/s10040-017-1578-0] [Scopus]
  • Cook, P.G., Miller, A., Shanafield, M.A. and Simmons, C.T. (2017). Predicting Water Resource Impacts of Unconventional Gas Using Simple Analytical Equations. Groundwater, 55(3) pp. 387-398.
    [10.1111/gwat.12489] [Scopus]
  • Xie, Y., Cook, P.G., Shanafield, M.A., Simmons, C.T. and Zheng, C. (2016). Uncertainty of natural tracer methods for quantifying river–aquifer interaction in a large river. Journal of Hydrology, 535 pp. 135-147.
    [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.01.071] [Scopus]
  • McCallum, J.L. and Shanafield, M.A. (2016). Residence times of stream-groundwater exchanges due to transient stream stage fluctuations. Water Resources Research, 52(3) pp. 2059-2073.
    [10.1002/2015WR017441] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M.A., McCallum, J.L., Cook, P.G. and Noorduijn, S. (2016). Variations on thermal transport modelling of subsurface temperatures using high resolution data. Advances in Water Resources, 89 pp. 1-9.
    [10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.12.018] [Scopus]
  • Shanafield, M.A., Cook, P.G., Gutierrez-Jurado, H.A., Faux, R., Cleverly, J. and Eamus, D. (2015). Field comparison of methods for estimating groundwater discharge by evaporation and evapotranspiration in an arid-zone playa. Journal of Hydrology, 527 pp. 1073-1083.
    [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.06.003] [Scopus]
  • Villeneuve, S., Cook, P., Shanafield, M., Wood, C. and White, N. (2015). Groundwater recharge via infiltration through an ephemeral riverbed, central Australia. Journal of Arid Environments, 117 pp. 47-58.
    [10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.02.009] [Scopus]
  • Leterme, S.C., Allais, L., Jendyk, J.G.T., Hemraj, D., Newton, K., Mitchell, J.G., et al. (2015). Drought conditions and recovery in the Coorong wetland, south Australia in 1997–2013. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 163(Part B) pp. 175-184.
    [10.1016/j.ecss.2015.06.009] [Scopus]
  • Ginatullina, E., Saito, L., Atwell, L., Shermetova, D., Fayzieva, D., Lamers, J., et al. (2015). Water chemistry and zooplankton communities in drainage lakes in downstream Amu Darya, Central Asia. In J.P.A. Lamers, A. Khamzina, I. Rudenko, P.L.G. Vlek, ed. Restructuring land allocation, water use and agricultural value chains. Gottingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht GmbH & Co, pp. 179-196.

Professional and community engagement

Associate editor, Hydrogeology Journal, 2014-2017.

Member of the Self Assessment Team (SAT), Flinders ATHENA SAGE program.

Member of the STEM Women Branching Out board.

Management Committee member, Flinders Medical Centre Community Childcare Centre.

Organizer, hydrogeology RHD student journal club.

Presented to multiple local organizations and U3A groups on Adelaide region hydrogeology research.

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Hydrology
  • Water Resources

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