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Diogo Bolster

Diogo Bolster

Professor and Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

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.


Working towards a healthier, more sustainable planet

April 22, 2020

Notre Dame engineers, scientists, and social scientists collaborate to tackle issues stemming from global warming, climate change, and alterations to land, water, and air that threaten the planet and human life through various research programs.

Researchers study the intricate link between climate and conflict

February 5, 2020

New research from the University of Notre Dame is shedding light on the unexpected effects climate change could have on regional instability and violent conflict.

Researchers study the intricate link between climate and conflict

February 3, 2020

Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology and associate director of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative, Diogo Bolster, weighs in on a recent study he co-authored–shedding light on the unexpected effects climate change could have on regional instability and violent conflict.

Finding the Sweet Spot

June 24, 2019

Developing a top collegiate golf course vitalized its natural water hazards and fostered new research.

Study of Groundwater Contaminants Leads to New Funding for Community Crowdsensing Research

January 31, 2019

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame have received $1.46 million from the National Science Foundation to expand a previous study of private, self-supplied water systems in Granger, Ind. to communities in Kosciusko County.