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Glenn   D.   Shaw,   Ph.D

Glenn Shaw

Associate Professor
MG 213E

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I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska where I learned to appreciate the outdoors, nature, and cold climates. Although I spent the majority of my growing up years in Alaska, my father was a professor and took sabbatical leaves where I lived in Switzerland and Arizona. Since leaving Alaska I've lived in Utah, Minnesota, California, and South Korea. I've lived in Butte since 2009, which is sort of like coming to my second home because my parents grew up here and my grandfather received a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Montana Tech. I live in Butte with my wife and four awesome children.


  • Ph.D., Environmental Systems, University of California, Merced, 2009
  • M.S., Geological Engineering, University of Utah, 2000
  • B.S., Engineering Geology, Brigham Young University, 1997

Research Interests

My research focuses on investigating groundwater and surface water interactions. Both my M.S. and Ph.D. research has focused on using environmental tracers and isotopes to investigate how groundwater interacts in with surface water in mountains. This includes estimating groundwater residence times and cycling rates and amounts, as well as characterizing the different types of water bodies and amounts mixing with mountain streams. Since coming to Montana I have continued this research by investigating places like the Boulder River and Georgetown Lake. However, I have been focusing on using these methods to investigate groundwater in the lower valleys in Southwest Montana. This includes floodplain hydrology/hydrogeology, leaky irrigation canals and their role on groundwater, and contaminant transport. More and more my graduate students and I are incorporating groundwater flow modeling to help aide in our understanding of groundwater and surface water interactions.

Non-Research Academic Interests

I enjoy mentoring students in both teaching and research. This includes teaching and working with students to the point that they become independent thinkers and learn how to solve problems. It may be building on homework assignments in a class so that they can successfully complete a design project or it may be aiding in the thought process for completing a research project.

Selected Honors & Awards

  • USFS Chief's Excellence in Research Award (2012)
  • UC Merced Environmental Systems Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation (2009)

Career in Brief

  • August, 2014-present, Associate Professor, Dept. of Geological Engineering, Montana Tech, Butte, MT
  • August 2010-August 2014, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geological Engineering, Montana Tech, Butte, MT
  • December 2009-August 2010, Assistant Research Professor, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana Tech, Butte, MT
  • May 2009-November 2009, Air Quality Scientist, Sequoia National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, Clovis, CA
  • August 2009-December 2010, Instructor, University of California, Merced, School of Engineering
  • August 2003-August 2004, Associate Research Hydrologist, University of California, Merced, School of Engineering
  • March 2001-August 2003, Geological Engineer, CH2M HILL Salt Lake City, UT
  • January 2000-March 2001, Geologist, AMEC Earth and Environmental, Salt Lake City, UT

Courses Taught

  • GEO 101 Physical Geology
  • GEOE 104 Introduction to Geological Engineering
  • GEOE 420 Hydrogeology for Engineers (including lab)
  • GEOE 422 Groundwater Flow Modeling (including lab)
  • GEOE 429 Field Hydrogeology
  • GEOE 520 Advance Hydrogeology (including lab)
  • GEOE 528 Contaminant Transport

Selected Publications

Mitchell, K.L., G. Shaw, and C.H. Gammons (In Review) Isotope water balance in a structurally-controlled lake with insight on lake seepage to regional groundwater. Hydrological Processes

Cisneros, R., D. Schweizer, H. Preisler, D.H. Bennett, G. Shaw, A. Bytnerowicz (2014) Spatial and seasonal patterns of particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Atmospheric Pollution Research. 5, 581-590.

Shaw, G., M. H. Conklin, G. J. Nimz, F. Liu (2014) Groundwater and surface water flow to the Merced River, Yosemite Valley, California: 36Cl and Cl- Evidence. Water Resources Research, 50(3), 1943-1959.

Shaw, G. R. Cisneros, D. Schweizer, J. Sickman, M. Fenn (2013) Critical loads of acid deposition for wilderness lakes in the Sierra Nevada (California) estimated by the steady state water chemistry model, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 225:1804.

Shaw, G., E. White, and C. Gammons (2013) Characterizing groundwater-lake interactions and its impact on lake water quality, Journal of Hydrology, 492. 69-78.

Personal Interests

I enjoy hiking, cross country or street running, or going to the gym to un-stress. I enjoy playing games with my kids or going out to restaurants with my wife.

I find that music in the background motivates me to work harder.

When I watch TV or movies, I often want something funny.