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William E. Sanford, PhD.


Associate Professor Geosciences

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-5929   Office: 334 Natural Resources Bldg.

Email:   Lab: (970) 491-5661


Fields of Expertise

1.) Geosciences
2.) Groundwater

Areas of Interest

  Groundwater RechargeHydrogeologyHydrogeophysicsIsotope Hydrogeology


Dr. Sanford received a B.S. in Geology at Beloit College in 1983, and an M.S. in Geophysics (1986) and a Ph.D. in Soil and Water Engineering in 1992 from Cornell University. He has been in the CSU Department of Geosciences in the Warner College of Natural Resources since 1996. Current research areas include groundwater age and isotope studies in aquifers in Libya, development of novel groundwater tracers to characterize flow and transport in porous media, groundwater recharge, and use of temporal gravity surveys to monitor groundwater withdrawals.