John Selker

University Distinguished Professor
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Office: 1-541-737-6304
Other: 1-541-829-0137
Fax: 541-737-2082

Gilmore Hall

Gilmore Hall 210

124 SW 26th Street

124 SW 26th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331
  • Hydrologic Instrumentation;
  • Vadose Zone Hydrology;
  • Groundwater Hydrology;
  • Stochastic Hydrology; and
  • Contaminant Transport.

Current Research: 

Directs laboratory experiments in five facilities, including column/chamber experiments, flow of non-Newtonian fluids, sediment transport, and development of instrumentation for hydrological research.  Directs multi-dimensional numerical research including simulation of two and three-phase flow in porous media, focusing on the role of local heterogeneity upon fate and transport, and management of aquifers (e.g., for Aquifer Storage and Recovery). Field experiments are ongoing in Oregon (atmospheric turbulence, river/aquifer exchange, artificial recharge of aquifers for habitat restoration), France/Switzerland/Spain/Germany (DTS), Chile (swelling soil hydrology), and across Africa (automated remote monitoring of hydrologic variables).

Curriculum Vitae: 

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Affiliated with: 
Biological and Ecological Engineering
Do you accept grad students?: 
I accept graduate students for the Biological & Ecological Engineering Department
I accept graduate students for the Crop and Soil Science Department
I accept graduate students for the Soil Science Program
I can serve on graduate committees
Courses Taught: 
  • BEE 469 - Ecological Engineering Design I
  • BEE 470 - Ecological Engineering Design II
  • BEE 542 - Vadose Zone Transport

Dr. Selker, OSU professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering and co-Director of both and, has worked USA, Kenya, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Canada, Chile, and England and carried out research in Chile, Ghana, Senegal, Israel, China, and 10 European countries.  His areas of expertise include electronic design irrigation and water systems, and development projects. Dr. Selker has been a professor in the department of Biological and Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University for 30 years focused on Water Resources Engineering, publishing 225 peer-reviewed articles. In 2013 he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and 2013 received the John Hem Award for Science and Technology from the American Groundwater Association. In 2020 he was elected President of the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section (7,000 members).  He will give the 2022 Boussinesq lecture at the Netherlands National Academy of Sciences. He is President-Elect of the AGU Hydrology Section (7000 members)

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