Matt Reeves

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Donald M. Reeves (Matt)
Presidential Innovation Professor and Associate Professor, Hydrogeology and Director of the Hydrogeology Field Course
(269) 387-5493
(269) 387-5513
Rood Hall 1135, Mail Stop 5241
Mailing address: 
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5241 USA
  • Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Nevada-Reno, 2006
  • M.S., Geology/Hydrogeology, University of Montana-Missoula, 2001
  • B.S., Soils and Environmental Science, Montana State University-Bozeman, 1998
Research interests: 
  • Applied and theoretical hydrogeology
  • Contaminant transport
  • Fractured rock

Dr. Reeves’ research involves applied and theoretical investigations of fluid flow, heat and solute transport in various types of porous media, with a specialty in fractured rock systems. His research has been applied to various problems, including assessing climate change impacts on water resources, environmental fate and transport of contaminants such as nitrate, per and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), radionuclides, and road salts, geological waste disposal, geothermal energy,  hydrogeologic characterization, and surface water - ground water interaction.


  • Surface Water Hydrology (GEOS 5090)
  • Principles of Hydrogeology (GEOS 5120)
  • Remediation Design and Implementation (GEOS 5240)
  • Principles and Practices of Aquifer Testing (GEOS 5260)
  • Advanced Hydrology (GEOS 6120)

Recent Publications 

Akara, M.E.M., D.M. Reeves, M.D.T. Gnazou, and G. Boguido (2022), Assessing future climate trends and their impact on different fractured rock aquifers in Northern Togo, Journal of Water and Climate Change, doi:10.2166/wcc.2022.264, in press.

Helmer, R.W., D.M. Reeves, and D.P. Cassidy (2022), Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) cycling within Michigan: Contaminated sites, landfills and wastewater treatment plants, Water Research, 210, 117983, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117983.

Akara, M.E.M., D.M. Reeves, and R. Parashar (2021), Impact of horizontal spatial clustering in two-dimensional fracture networks on solute transport, Journal of Hydrology, 603, 127055, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.127055. 

Buszka, T.T. and D.M. Reeves (2021), Pathways and timescales associated with nitrogen transport from septic systems in coastal aquifers intersected by canals, Hydrogeology Journal, 1953–1964, doi:10.1007/s10040-021-02362-8. 

Cascarano, R.N., D.M. Reeves, M.H. Henry (2020), A dye tracer approach for quantifying fluid and solute flux across the sediment-water interface, Groundwater, doi: 10.1111/gwat.13060. 

Li, Xicheng, Y. Zhang, D.M. Reeves, Zheng, C. (2020), Fractional derivative models for non-Fickian transport in a single fracture and its extension, Journal of Hydrology, 590, 125396, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125396. 

Akara, M.E.M., D.M. Reeves, and R. Parashar (2020), Enhancing fracture-network characterization and discrete-fracture-network simulation with high-resolution surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles, Hydrogeology Journal, doi:10.1007/s10040-020-02178-y. 

Reeves, D.M., T.T. Buszka, M.E. Wayt and D. Greene (2019), Pneumatic slug manifold design and practical considerations, Groundwater, 58(3), 416-418, 

Koch, J.C., R. Toohey, and D.M. Reeves (2017), Tracer-based evidence of heterogeneity in subsurface flow and storage within a boreal hillslope, Hydrological Processes, 31, 2453-2463, doi:10.1002/hyp.11205. 

Parashar, R. and D.M. Reeves (2017), Groundwater Sustainability in Fractured Rock Aquifers, Chapter 17 In: Sustainable Water Resources Management, Eds. C.S.P. Ojha, S. Rao, A. Bardossy, T.C. Zhang, and C.M. Kao, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston, VA, ISBN 9780784414767.  

Zhang, Y., B. Baeumer, L. Chen, D.M. Reeves, and H.-G. Sun (2017), A fully subordinated linear flow model for hillslope subsurface stormflow, Water Resources Research, 53, 3491-3504, doi:0.1002/2016WR20192. 

For a more complete list of publications by Dr. Reeves, please visit ResearchGate or Google Scholar