Shemin Ge
Professor • Department Chair
Geological Sciences

Office: BESC 262C


I am a hydrogeologist. My research involves studying groundwater in the Earth’s crust with a focus on understanding how groundwater flow interacts with and is affected by other geologic processes and how theses interactions advance science and offer insights on societally relevant issues. One research focus is the mechanical interaction between groundwater and rock deformation, which was motivated by an apparent spatial association between some mountain belts and ore deposits in foreland basins adjacent to those mountain belts. Episodic orogenic deformation could drive mineral-bearing groundwater flow to concentrate ore deposits and enable secondary petroleum migration. A new thrust in groundwater-rock deformation research is to seek causal mechanisms for induced seismicity beneath dammed reservoirs and around deep wastewater disposal wells. Another area of research is to study the impact of climate change on groundwater resources, focusing on high-altitude regions where variations in temperature and precipitation are expected. Relying on the fundamental theory of energy and fluid transport in porous media, this research looks into snowmelt infiltrating through seasonally frozen ground and permafrost into deeper subsurface and discharging back to surface waters downstream.


groundwater, fluid injection and reservoir induced earthquakes, impact of climate change on groundwater, surface water and groundwater interaction, permafrost hydrogeology

Department Topic Areas

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., 1990, The Johns Hopkins University, Hydrogeology    
  • M.S., 1985, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • B.S., 1982, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Selected Publications

Brown M. R. M., S. Ge, A. F. Sheehan, and J. S. Nakai (2017), Evaluating the Effectiveness of Induced Seismicity Mitigation: Numerical Modeling of Wastewater Injection near Greeley, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JB014456.

Evans, S.G. and S. Ge, 2017, Contrasting hydrogeologic responses to warming in permafrost and seasonally frozen ground hillslopes, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 18031813, doi:10.1002/2016GL072009.

Nakai J. S., M. Weingarten, A.F. Sheehan, S.L. Bilek, and S. Ge, 2017. A possible causative mechanism of Raton Basin, New Mexico and Colorado earthquakes using recent seismicity patterns and pore pressure modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 122.

Catolico, N., S. Ge, and J. McCartney, 2016, Numerical Modeling of a Soil-borehole Thermal Energy Storage System, Vadose Zone Journal, doi: 10.2136/vzj2015.05.0078.

Lee, J., M. Weingarten, S. Ge, 2016, Induced seismicity: the potential hazard from shale gas development and CO2 geologic storage, Geosciences Journal, 20(1), 137–148

Evans, S.G., S. Ge, and S. Liang, 2015, Analysis of groundwater flow in mountainous, headwater catchments with permafrost, Water Resource Research, 51, doi:10.1002/2015WR017732.

McGarr, A.,  B. Bekins, N. Burkardt, J. Dewey, P. Earle, W. Ellsworth, S. Ge, S. Hickman, A. Holland, E. Majer, J. Rubinstein, A. Sheehan, 2015, Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection, Science, 20 February 2015, Vol 347 Issue 6224.

Weingarten, M. S. Ge, J.W. Godt, B. A. Bekins, J. L. Rubinstein 2015, High-rate injection is associated with the increase in U.S.mid-continent seismicity, Science, 19 June 348(6241), 1336-1340.

Ge, S. and S. Gorelick, 2015. Groundwater and Surface Water. In: Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 3, pp. 209–216, Gerald R. North (editor-in-chief), John Pyle and Fuqing Zhang (editors).

more to come....