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Benjamin Tobin


Ph.D., Aquatic Resources, Texas State University, 2013

M.Sc., Geoscience, Western Kentucky University, 2007

B.A., Earth Science, University of New Hampshire, 2002

Research Interests

My research is focused on understanding processes in karst systems and includes utilizing a variety of methodologies to better understand how caves and conduits form, how contaminants move through these systems, and how to improve our protection of these unique systems while living on karst. In particular, I focus on:

  • tracer hydrology
  • subterranean ecosystems
  • groundwater vulnerability
  • speleogenesis
  • resource management
Selected Publications:

Tobin, BW, Schwartz, BF. 2020. Quantifying the Role of Karstic Groundwater in a Snowmelt-Dominated Hydrologic System. Hydrological Processes. Doi:10.1002/hyp.13833

Saksa, PC, Bales, RC, Tague, CL, Battles, JJ, Tobin, BW, Conklin, MH. 2020. Fuels treatment and wildfire effects on runoff from Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forests. Ecohydrology. Doi: 10-1002/eco.2151

Jones, NA, Hansen, J, Springer, AE, Valle, C, Tobin, BW. 2019. Modeling intrinsic vulnerability of complex karst aquifers: modifying the COP method to account for sinkhole density and fault location. Hydrogeology Journal, 27(8): 2857-2868.

Tobin, BW, Springer, AE, Kreamer, DK, Schenk, E. 2018. The distribution, flow, and quality of Grand Canyon springs, Arizona (USA). Hydrogeology Journal, 26(3): 721-732.