Ed Harvey

Professor (Courtesy Appointment)

Ph.D., 1996, Waterloo (Canada)

Contact Information

603 Hardin Hall
402-472-8237
feharvey1@unl.edu

Hi, I’m Ed Harvey, professor of hydrogeology, and associate director of the School of Natural Resources.

I’m associated with the hydrologic sciences specialization, the water science major, hydrogeology, geology, and groundwater. Water is humanity’s most needed natural resource. My research looks at understanding how water moves and behaves within the hydrologic cycle, its interaction and potential for use by humans and ecosystems, and its vulnerability to contamination and degradation. Increasingly, my research is beginning to focus more on the interactions between the hydrologic cycle and ecosystems – an area being called "ecohydrology." My students and I conduct research along the fringes of the discipline and our work overlaps strongly with such other disciplines as meteorology, geology, and ecology in an effort to understand the role of water in earth’s larger, more complex systems. My present research interests/projects include:

1. Understanding the role of groundwater in the development and sustenance of western Nebraska's Sandhills fens which are home to a number of glacial relict species;

2. Groundwater flow, salt transport and groundwater surface-water interactions in eastern Nebraska's saline wetlands which are home to the endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle;

3. The role of rainwater basin wetlands in recharging groundwater and their impact on groundwater contamination from agricultural chemicals; and

4. Regional groundwater transport and cross-formational flow within the Dakota Aquifer system. I teach or have taught courses in hydrology, environmental isotope applications in hydrology, chemistry of natural waters, wetlands, groundwater contamination, and groundwater surface-water interaction.

I received my bachelor’s from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, my master’s degree from Purdue University in Indiana, and my Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. I’ve been at UNL since January 1996.

Selected Publications


  • Stotler, R., Harvey, F.E., and Gosselin, D.C., 2009, Chemical and Isotopic Evidence for a Black Hills Origin for Groundwater in the Dakota Aquifer of Northeastern Nebraska, Ground Water, (accepted).

  • Eggemeyer, K.D., T. Awada, F.E. Harvey, D.A. Wedin, X.H. Zhou, and C.W. Zanner, 2009, Seasonal Changes in Depth of Water Uptake for Encroaching Trees Juniperus virginiana and Pinus ponderosa and Two Dominant C4 Grasses in a Semi-Arid Grassland, Tree Physiology, (in press).

  • Harvey, F.E., J.F. Ayers, and D.C. Gosselin, 2007, Ground Water Dependence of Endangered Ecosystems: Nebraska's Eastern Saline Wetlands, Ground Water, 45(6), 736-752.

  • Harvey, F.E., J.B. Swinehart and T.M. Kurtz, 2007, Ground Water Sustenance of Nebraska's Unique Sand Hills Peatland Fen Ecosystems, Ground Water, 45(2), 218-234.

  • Annable, W.K., Frape, S.K, O. Shouzkar-Stash, T. Shanoff, R.J. Drimmie, and F.E. Harvey, 2007, 37Cl, 15N, 13C, Isotopic Analysis of Common Agro-chemicals for Identifying Non-point Source Agricultural Contaminants, Applied Geochemistry, 22(7), 1530-1536.

  • Eggemeyer, K.D., T. Awada, D.A. Wedin, F.E. Harvey, and X. Zhou, 2006, Ecophysiology of Two Native Invasive Woody Species and Two Dominant Warm-Season Grasses in the Semi-arid Grasslands of the Nebraska Sandhills, International Journal of Plant Sciences, 167(5), 991-999.

  • Harvey, F.E., 2005, Stable Hydrogen and Oxygen Isotope Composition of Precipitation in Northeastern Colorado, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 41(2), 447-459.