BA, Gustavus Adolphus College

MS (Geology), University of Wisconsin-Madison

MS (Water Resources Management), University of Wisconsin-Madison

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

Environmental Geology and Geologic Hazards


Surface Processes and Landforms

Interdisciplinary Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Field Methods

Structural Geology

Research Interests

Sue’s research interests include wetlands hydrogeology, spring flow, and heterogeneities in sedimentary bedrock aquifers. She also has interests in the effects of urbanization and climate change on surface water and groundwater resources.


Swanson, S.K., Graham, G., 2022. Spring flux as an indicator of source geomorphology, substrata, and temperature conditions in springs, Hydrogeology Journal 30(1): 221-229, DOI:10.1007/s10040-021-02412-1.

Stevens, L.E., Aly, A.A., Arpin, S.M, Apostolova, I., Ashley, G.M., Quadri Barba, P., Barquín, J., Beauger, A., Benaabidate, L., Ullah Bhat, S., Bouchaou, L., Cantonati, M., Carroll, T.M., Death, R., Dwire, K.A., Felippe, M.F., Fensham, R.J., Fryar, A.E., Pascual i Garsaball, R., Gjoni, V., Glazier, D.S., Goldscheider, N., Gurrieri, J.T., Guðmundsdóttir, R., Rodriguez Guzman, A., Hájek, M., Hassel, K., Heartsill-Scalley, T., Solé i Herce, J., Hinterlang, D., Holway, J.H., Ilmonen, J., Jenness, J., Kapfer, J., Karaouzas, I., Knight, R.L., Kreiling, A., Herrera Lameli, C., Ledbetter, J.D., Levine, N., Lyons, M.D., Mace, R.E., Mentzafou, A., Marle, P., Moosdorf, N., Norton, M.K., Pentecost, A., García Pérez, G., Perla, B., Saber, A.A., Sada, D., Segadelli, S., Skaalsveen, K., Springer, A.E., Swanson, S.K., Schwartz, B.F., Sprouse, P., Tekere, M., Tobin, B.W., Tshibalo, E.A., Voldoire, O., 2021. The ecological integrity of spring ecosystems: a global review, Elsevier Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, 16p., DOI:10.1016/B978-0-12-821139-7.00111-2.

Swanson, S.K., Graham, G., Hart, D., 2020, Using reference springs to describe expected flow, temperature, and chemistry conditions for geologically related groups of springs, Environmental & Engineering Geoscience XXVI (3): 331-344.

Swanson, S.K., Graham, G.E., Hart, D. J., 2019, An Inventory of Springs in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin 113, 24p.

Jayne, R.S., Pollyea, R.M., Dodd, J.P., Olson, E.J., and Swanson, S.K., 2016, Spatial and temporal constraints on regional-scale groundwater flow in the Pampa del Tamarugal Basin, Atacama Desert, Chile, Hydrogeology Journal 24(8): 1921-1937.

Swanson, S.K., Muldoon, M.A., Polyak, V., and Asmerom, Y., 2014. Evaluating shallow flow-system response to climate change through analysis of spring deposits in southwestern Wisconsin, Hydrogeology Journal 22(4): 851-863.

Swanson, S.K., 2013. Wisconsin’s spring resources: an overview, Geoscience Wisconsin 21(1).

Swanson, S.K., Bradbury, K.R., and Hart, D.J., 2009. Assessing the vulnerability of spring systems to groundwater withdrawals in southern Wisconsin, Geoscience Wisconsin 20(1).

Swanson, S.K., 2007. Lithostratigraphic controls on bedding plane fractures and the potential for discrete groundwater flow through a siliciclastic sandstone aquifer, southern Wisconsin, Sedimentary Geology 197: 65-78.

Swanson, S.K., Bahr, J.M., Bradbury, K.R., and Anderson, K.M., 2006. Evidence for preferential flow through sandstone aquifers in southern Wisconsin, Sedimentary Geology 184: 331-342.

Swanson, S.K., and Bahr, J.M., 2004. Analytical and numerical models to explain steady rates of spring flow, Ground Water 42(5): 747-759.

Swanson, S.K., Bahr, J.M., Schwar, M.T., and Potter, K.W., 2001. Two-way cluster analysis of geochemical data to constrain spring source waters, Chemical Geology 179(1-4): 73-91.

Susan Swanson

Professor of Geology, Weeks Chair in Physical and Human Geography, Chair of Natural Sciences, Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science

 Pronouns: she/her/hers  Email:  Phone: 608-363-2132  Office: Room 434, Sanger Center for the Sciences

Sue works with students interested in managing and restoring aquatic resources like springs, streams, and lakes. She also involves students in her hydrogeology research.

In the Geology Department, Sue teaches Hydrogeology, Surface Processes and Landforms, and Environmental Geology.

In the Environmental Studies Program, Sue teaches Interdisciplinary Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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