Alex Mayer

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences

Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society


Dr. Alex Mayer is Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor of Environmental and Geological Engineering and founding Director of the Center for Water & Society at Michigan Technological University, where he has been since 1991. Dr. Mayer’s teaching and research focuses on human-environment interactions, water resources sustainability, watershed management and modeling, and groundwater flow, transport, and remediation.

Curriculum vitae


Ongoing projects

·      Modeling phosphorous loads to the Great Lakes under future land use and climatic conditions

·      Advances in water resources management in the Rio Sonora basin, Mexico through collaborative modeling

·      Accounting for virtual water flows in the Great Lakes basin

·      Removal of copper loads in groundwater via permeable reactive barriers

·      Development of citizen science mobile apps

·      Payment for hydrologic services in Veracruz, Mexico

·      Groundwater-surface water interactions

·      Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) : Sustainability, Ecosystem Services, and Forest-related Bioenergy Development across the Americas

·      Research Coordination Network: Pan American Biofuels and Bioenergy Sustainability

·      Interdisciplinary processes

·      Huron Creek watershed management

·      GK12: GlobalWatershed: Integrating Rural and Global Perspectives with Research and Technological Advances




Recently completed projects

·      Modeling and Analyzing the Use, Efficiency, Value and Governance of Water as a Material in the Great Lakes Region

·      Interdisciplinary study of risks associated with wastewater contamination in the Rio Sonora watershed, Mexico

·      Ecohydrology: Partitioning of hydrologic contributions in an old growth forest riparian area & Associations of groundwater with coaster brook trout spawning

·      Enhancing the Capacity for Sustainable Forest Management and Ecosystem Service Provisioning in Chiapas and Oaxaca: A US-Mexico Training, Internships, Exchanges, and Scholarships (TIES) Initiative partnership

·      Graduate Student Scholarships to Advance a Global Outlook of Economic and Social Prosperity that Protects the Environment (S-STEM)

·      Sustainable Development for Rural Communities- Social, Health, Economic, and Environmental Advances (SustR): A US-Mexico-Canada Exchange Program

·      Huron Creek Watershed Management Plan

·      Sustainability analysis in water resources management: Application to the Yaqui River basin, Sonora, Mexico

·      Stochastic analysis for optimal management strategies applied to the remediation of contaminated groundwater systems