Christopher Lowry


Christopher Lowry.

Christopher Lowry


Christopher Lowry



Physical hydrogeology


PhD, Geology (Hydrogeology), University of Wisconsin-Madison – 2008

Research Interests

My research focuses on quantifying the controls on groundwater flow in wetland ecosystems and how groundwater interacts with both surface water as well as vegetation. This work uses a range of tools to better understand how groundwater moves through the subsurface. These tools include monitoring wells, seepage meters, stream gaging, soil cores, near surface geophysical methods, and numerical modeling. I also have a particular interest in distributed sensing using temperature as a groundwater tracer.

Course Offerings

  • GLY 312 – Surface Processes and Hydrology I
  • GLY 313 – Surface Processes and Hydrology II
  • GLY 414/514 – Hydrogeology
  • GLY 530 – Groundwater Modeling
  • GLY 499 – Independent Study
  • GLY 599 – Supervised Teaching
  • GLY 633 – Graduate Research
  • GLY 700 – Thesis Guidance

Current Students

  • Thomas Glose – PhD - May 2019
  • Evan Green – MS -  May 2018
  • Ryan Frederiks -  May - 2018
  • Jenny Cramer – MS - May 2018

Recent Former Students


Jonathan Malzone - June 2015 – Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University


Katie Swensen, MS - May 2017 – PhD Student, Washington State University-Vancouver

Melanie Beck, MA - May 2017 – Hydrogeologist, Ecology and Environment

Supongwabang Ozukum, MA - Sep 2016

Matthew Celestino, MS - Dec 2015 – Hydrologist, Northwest Florida Water Management District

Dominick Ciruzzi, MS - May 2014 – PhD Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ken Hay, MA - May 2014 – Production Technician, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Katie Feiner, MS - June 2013 – Satellite Product Analyst, INNOVIM

Ethan Mamer, MS- May 2013 – Hydrogeologist, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources

Laura Best, MS - May 2013 – Hydrogeologist, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

Nicholle Griffith, MA - Dec 2012 – Hydrogeologist, Arcadis US

Jeremy Crowley, MS - May 2012 – Hydrogeologist, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology


An * indicates the student presented their work at a national conference.

Jenny Soonthornrangsan* REU Summer 2017

Meagan Hopkins* 2016-2017

Robby Johnson* 2016-2017

Chimere Alozie – LSAMP Summer 2016

Matt McGovern* 2014-2016

Michael Canty – 2015

James Coburn* – 2015

Rebecca Dickman - 2015

Jessica Ewanic* – 2015

Olivia Patick - 2015

Rafael Santos* - 2015

Caroline Tuttle* – 2015

John Vitali* - 2015

Julianna Crumlish* - 2015-2016, REU Summer 2015

Joseph Peacock – 2014-2015

Cassandra Osterhout – 2014

Scott McDonald* – REU Summer 2014

Lindsay Krygier – 2013-2014

Katrina Lindsay – 2013-2014

Susan Little* – 2013-2014

Andres Benitez – REU Summer 2013

J. Oliver Haugland* – REU Summer 2012

Benjamin McPherson* – REU Summer 2011

Kaitlin Thomas* – REU summer 2011

Recent Publications

An * indicates my graduate student advisees

Ciruzzi*, D.M. and C.S. Lowry (2017), Impact of complex aquifer geometry on groundwater storage in high elevation meadows Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA, Hydrological Processes, doi:10.1002/hyp.11147

Malzone, J.M.*, C.S. Lowry, and A.S. Ward (2016), Response of the hyporheic zone to transient groundwater fluctuation on the annual and storm event time scales, Water Resources Research, doi:10.1002/2015WR018056

Schmadel, N.M., A.S. Ward, C.S. Lowry, and J.M. Malzone* (2016), Hyporheic exchange controlled by dynamic hydrologic boundary conditions, Geophysical Research Letters, 43(9):4408-4417, doi:10.1002/2016GL068286

Feiner, K.*, and C.S. Lowry (2015), Simulating the effects of a beaver dam on regional groundwater flow through a wetland, Journal of Hydrogeology: Regional Studies, 4:675-685, doi:10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.10.001

Malzone, J.M.* and C.S. Lowry (2015), Focused Groundwater Controlled Feedbacks into the Hyporheic Zone During Baseflow Recession, Groundwater, 53(2):217-226, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12186

Malzone, J.M.*, S.K. Anseeuw, C.S. Lowry, and R. Allen-King (2015), Temporal hyporheic zone response to water table fluctuations, Groundwater, 54(2):274-285, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12352

Best, L.* and C.S. Lowry (2014), Quantifying the potential effects of high-volume water extractions on water resources during natural gas development: marcellus shale, NY, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 1:1-16, doi:10.1016/j.ejrh.2014.05.001

Moore, C.E., S.P. Loheide, C.S. Lowry, and J.D. Lundquist (2014), Instream restoration strategies to improve ecohydrologic function of a sub-alpine meadow: pre-implementation modeling with HEC-RAS, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 50(4):1033-1050, doi:10.1111/jawr.12155

Cristea N.C., J.D. Lundquist, S.P. Loheide II, C.S. Lowry, and C.E. Moore (2013), Modeling how vegetation cover affects climate change impacts on streamflow timing and magnitude in the upper Tuolumne Basin, Sierra Nevada, Hydrological Processes, 28(12):389603918, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9909

Lowry, C.S., and M.N. Fienen (2013), CrowdHydrology: crowdsourcing hydrologic data and engaging citizen scientists, Ground Water, 51(1):151-156   doi:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00956.x

Mamer, E.* and C.S. Lowry (2013), Quantifying spatially distributed groundwater/ surface water interactions using temperature signals and paired fiber-optic cables,  Water Resource Research, 49(11):7570-7680, doi:10.1002/2013WR014235

Fienen, M.N., and C.S. Lowry. 2012, Social.Water a crowdsourcing tool for environmental data acquisition. Computers and Geosciences. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2012.06.015

Lowry, C.S., S.P. Loheide II, C.E. Moore, and J.D. Lundquist. 2011, Groundwater controls on vegetation composition and patterning in mountain meadows. Water Resources Research. W00J11 doi:10.1029/2010WR010086

Lowry, C.S., J.S. Deems, S.P. Loheide II, and J.D. Lundquist. 2010, Linking snowmelt derived recharge and groundwater flow in a high elevation meadow system, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Hydrological Processes. doi:10.1002/hyp.7714

Lowry, C.S., and S.P. Loheide II. 2010, Groundwater dependent vegetation: quantifying the groundwater subsidy. Water Resources Research. 46: W06202. doi:10.1029/2009WR008874.

Lowry, C.S., D. Fratta, and M.P. Anderson, 2009, Ground penetrating radar to identify mechanisms controlling spring flow in a peat dominated wetland. Journal of Hydrology. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.04.023