Zhu Named 2021 Darcy Distinguished Lecturer by National Ground Water Association and Groundwater Foundation

May 12, 2020, 17:39 PM
May 12, 2020, 17:40 PM


(WESTERVILLE, OH — April 23, 2020) Dr. Chen Zhu, professor of earth and atmospheric science at Indiana University, has been selected as the 2021 Darcy Distinguished Lecturer by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and Groundwater Foundation.

Established in 1986, the Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture Series in Groundwater Science fosters interest and excellence in groundwater science and technology throughout the groundwater industry.

In his role as Darcy Distinguished Lecturer, Zhu will be delivering in-person and virtual presentations throughout 2021 at universities and groundwater-oriented events.

Zhu, who specializes in water’s reactions with minerals and rocks, exploring the interactions among the hydrosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere, will be centering his lecture on three topics:

  • How Are Geochemical Reactions in Aquifers Connected to Climate Change Mitigation?
  • Hydrogeochemistry: Recent Advances and Opportunities, and Challenges Ahead
  • Watershed-Scale Hydrological Models as a Community Cyberplatform for Research, Teaching, and Service to Society.

Zhu holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, a B.S. from the Chengdu College of Geology, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Zhu was a Fulbright Scholar and was the 2006 recipient of the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering from NGWA in recognition of his significant contributions to modeling the chemical evolution of water.

The Darcy Distinguished Lecture is named in of Henry Darcy of France for his 1856 investigations that established the physical basis upon which groundwater hydrogeology has been studied ever since.

For more information about the Darcy Lecture series, please visit


The National Ground Water Association is a not-for-profit professional society and trade association for the global groundwater industry. Our members around the world include leading public and private sector groundwater scientists, engineers, water well system professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services. The Association’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating for responsible development, management, and use of water.