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Diogo Bolster

Associate Professor and Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Associate Professor and Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology
College of Engineering

Email: dbolster@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-0965

Office: Cushing Hall Room 120C


Postdoc, Polytechnic University of Cataluna, Barcelona, Spain

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering,University of California San Diego

M.S., Mechanical Engineering,University of California San Diego

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland



AGU Editor’s Citation for ‘Excellence in Reviewing’ for Geophysical Research Letters (2015)
NSF CAREER Award (2014)
UCSD Dept. of Mechanical Engineering 'Outstanding Graduate Student Award' (2007)
Institute of Mechanical Engineers 'Frederic Barnes Waldron' Best Student Prize (2002)
Institute of Mechanical Engineers 'Institution Best Student Award' (2000)
1st Place - Ireland Young Engineer Essay Competition (1998)

Recent Publications (for full list see personal website)

AF Aubeneau, B Hanharan*, D Bolster and J Tank (2016)
Biofilm growth in gravel-bed streams controls solute residence time distributions, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, Accepted

C Gonzalez, D Richter, D Bolster, J Calantoni, S Bateman, C Escauriaza (2016)
Characterization of bedload intermittency near the threshold of motion using a Lagrangian sediment transport model, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Accepted

TA Duster*, C Na, D Bolster and J Fein (2016)
Transport of Single-Layered Graphene Oxide Nanosheets through Quartz and Iron Oxide Coated Sand Columns, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Accepted

AJ Shogren*, JL Tank, E Andruszkiewicz^, Brett Olds, C Jerde, D Bolster (2016)
Modeling the transport of environmental DNA using continuous flow-through column experiments, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 13, 20160290

D Bolster, A Paster and DA Benson (2016)
A particle number conserving Lagrangian method for mixing-driven reactive transport, Water Resources Research, 2016, 52, 1518-1527

 C Hunter*, J Gironas, D Bolster and CA Karavatis (2015) 
A Dynamic, Multivariate Sustainability Measure for Robust Analysis of Water Management under Climate and Demand Uncertainty in an Arid Environment, Water, 7, 5928-558

N Sund*, D Bolster and C Dawson (2015)
Upscaling transport of a reacting solute through a periodically converging-diverging channel at pre-asymptotic times
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 182, 1-15

MP Clark, Y Fan, DM Lawrence, JC Adam, D Bolster, DJ Gochis, RP Hooper, M Kumar, LR Leung, DS Mackay, RM Maxwell, C Shen, SC Swenson and X Zeng (2015)
Improving the representation of hydrologic processes in Earth System Models
, Water Resources Research, 51, 5929-5956

Summary of Activities/Interests

There is an ever-growing concern for the impact we have on the earth and its resources. As such, it has become critical to study and understand the influence of our actions so as to minimize negative impacts and continue to fruitfully exploit the resources available. Motivated by this and his personal passion for fluid dynamics, most of Dr. Bolster's research to date has concerned the study of environmental fluid flows and contaminant transport across a wide range of scales and scenarios from groundwater flows in porous media, to confined buoyancy-driven flows in enclosed spaces such as buildings to larger scale buoyancy-driven atmospheric flows such as gravity currents.

In most projects, Dr. Bolster has developed simple mathematical and numerical models in the hope of providing useful and useable tools to practitioners and policy makers for whom such tools are essential for effective decision-making. He has also run laboratory scale experiments to obtain further insight into the physical phenomena taking place and to verify the models he developed.

The specific areas of research in which Dr. Bolster works include: contaminant transport in coastal aquifers, multiphase flow and reactive contaminant transport in heterogeneous porous media (with potential applications to CO2 sequestration), pore scale modeling of contaminant transport, probabilistic risk assessment relating to contamination scenarios, intrusive gravity currents, transient flows in naturally ventilated spaces, contaminant transport in lo- energy buildings and vortex rings.


Researchers Receive Funding to Advance Accuracy of Hurricane Storm Surge Forecasts

October 5, 2017

Supporting the need for increased understanding of natural disasters through improved modeling and forecasting, the National Science Foundation awarded a team of University of Notre Dame engineers nearly $1 million to advance accuracy in forecasting storm surge.

In wake of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, NSF awards $18.7 million in natural hazards research grants

September 13, 2017

Scientists study ways to predict and respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, drought, heat waves

Modern Day Money: Current Environmental Impacts Embedded in Early 20th Century Paintings

July 27, 2017

When recent Notre Dame engineering graduate Josh Erickson was asked to take a creative approach to a project for his Reactive Transport class this past spring, using the works of Claude Monet was a thought that came easily to him. Erickson used "pollution" to transform the famous images of natural, untouched landscapes into grim images representing the harsh realities of contamination.

Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Student Engagement and Advising

May 16, 2017

Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members — including five from the College of Engineering — have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Climate Adaptability and Collaboration at ND-LEEF

March 31, 2017

Zach Hanson, a civil engineering graduate student, likes the days when he leaves the lab at Notre Dame, laces up his boots and drives ten minutes north to St. Patrick’s County Park to collect his newest batch of data on groundwater recharge from his 15 well array.