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Grant Garven

Adjunct Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Grant Garven

Adjunct Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Phone 617-627-3795
Lane Hall, Room 105
2 North Hill Road, Medford, MA
hydrogeology and groundwater hydrology

Grant Garven is the founding North American editor of the journal Geofluids and served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Science from 1990 to 2015. He was also the recipient of a U.S. Presidential Young Investigator award, and was honored with the O.E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America. He has taught various courses in groundwater hydrology at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level, and has mentored numerous graduate students. At Tufts, he teaches hydrology courses that deal with the geological and geochemical aspects of groundwater flow, subsurface fluid dynamics, groundwater modeling, and field methods related in hydrogeology.

Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1982
M.S., University of Arizona, 1980
B.S., University of Regina, 1976
Professional Experience: 

Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Tufts School of Arts & Sciences


Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

  • 1991-2007: Professor
  • 1985-1991: Associate Professor
  • 1982-1985: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: 

Grant Garven is a groundwater geologist who uses mathematical models to understand hydrologic, thermal, chemical, and mechanical processes in the Earth's crust. Ore deposits, petroleum reservoirs, helium migration, hydrothermal venets, and diagenetic fluids have all been the objects of his research.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2011: Best Paper Award, Geofluids
2001: Outstanding Contributions in Geoscience Research, U.S. Department of Energy
1995: O.E. Meinzer Award
1990: Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America
1986: Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation
Selected Professional Activities: 
2006-2013: Member, Editorial Board, Geofluids
1999-2005: Founding Co-Editor, Geofluids
1990-2015: Associate Editor, American Journal of Science
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE-0113: Groundwater Hydrology
CEE-0114: Field Methods in Hydrogeology
CEE-0287: Subsurface Fluid Dynamics