Thomas Brikowski

Associate Professor - Geosciences
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Tags: development and application of numerical approaches to problems of sub-surface fluid migration and solute or heat transport geology hydrology environmental engineering geothermal energy development future climate impacts on water resource availability

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Geology
University of Arizona - 1987
M.S. - Geology
University of Oregon - 1983
B.S. - Geology
California Institute of Technology - 1979

Research Areas

Research Interests

Research areas include the following:

  • climate change and its impact on water resources and health
  • quantitative models of hydrothermal/geothermal systems with emphasis on supercrtical fluid conditions and isotopic alteration-based model calibration

  • practical evaluation of potential contaminant transport and natural attenuation for the purpose of Wellhead Protection geophysical approaches toward remote sensing of soil moisture variations, with particular regard to civil engineering problems
  • application of water-rock chemical interaction to quantify ground-and surface-water flow system behavior quantitative evaluation and prediction of natural attenuation (degradation) of contaminants and viruses, including effects of microbial and rock-reaction processes

  • scientific visualization of three-dimensional (3-D), transient datasets (i.e. computer model results), emphasizing computer animation and 3-D graphical techniques (e.g. 3D hydrogeologic models)
  • improved methods for finite element analysis in fluid dynamics and chemical transport problems


Brikowski, T. H., 2001. Deep Fluid Circulation and Isotopic Alteration in The Geysers Geothermal System: Profile Models, Geothermics, Elsevier Publishing, v. 30, n. 2-3, p.333-347. 2001 - Publication
Corbeanu, H., T. H. Brikowski, C. Aiken, P. Enoiu, Lands1ide Monitoring in Romania, GPS World, v. 11, no. 3, p. 38-43, 2000. 2000 - Publication
Brikowski, T. H., Using isotopic alteration modeling to explore the natural state of The Geysers geothermal system, USA, Proceedings of the World Geothermal Congress 2000, May 2000, Kyushu-Tohuku, Japan, p. 2045-50. 2000 - Publication
Brikowski, T. H. and D. L. Norton, An Isotope-Calibrated Natural State Model of The Geysers Geothermal System: Initial Results, Geotherm. Resour. Council Transact., v. 23, p. 347-350, 1999. 1999 - Publication
Brikowski, T. H., Three-dimensional investigation of Well-Head Protection Areas, Hays, Kansas, in Improved methods for aquifer characterization and WHPA delineation in complex hydrogeologic settings, DRI-45921, ed. R. Andricevic, pp. 1- 51, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV, 1997. 1997 - Publication
Brikowski, T. H., Fault-Controlled Vertical Leakage Inferred From Water Table Temperature Variations at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, NWPO-TR-025-97, p. 23, State of Nevada Nuclear Waste Projects Office, Carson City, NV, 1997. 1997 - Publication
Brikowski, T. H., 1995. Isotope-calibrated hydrothermal models: Geothermal implications of a model of the Skaergaard Intrusion. Geothermal Resour. Counc. Transact., v. 19, pp. 171-176. 1995 - Publication
R. L. Hershey and T. H. Brikowski, 1995. Continued investigations of the occurrence of water in Pahute Mesa emplacement holes. DRI-45131, 12 p. 1995 - Publication
G. Gardner and T.H. Brikowski, 1994. The origin of elevated water levels in emplacement boreholes, Pahute Mesa, Nevada Test Site: A numerical study. DRI-45124,43 p. 1994 - Publication
Brikowski, T. H., 1993. Predicted fate of tritium residuum from groundwater tracer experiments In the Amargosa Desert, Southern Nevada. DRI-45103, 22 p., Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV. 1993 - Publication


Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1996–Present]
Assistant Research Professor
Desert Research Institute, Reno Nevada [1995–1996]
Associate Graduate Faculty
University of Nevada, Reno [1991–1996]
Associate Graduate Faculty
University of Nevada, Las Vegas [1987–1991]
Assistant Research Professor
Desert Research Institute, Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada [1987–1993]


20-Year Service Award - The University of Texas at Dallas [2017]


Three-Dimensional Visualization of Transport and Capture Zones in an Alluvial Aquifer, Hays, Kansas
1998–1998 Brikowski, T. H., 1998. Three-Dimensional Visualization of Transport and Capture Zones in an Alluvial Aquifer, Hays, Kansas, Source Water Protection '98, April 1998, Dallas, TX.
Electrical Resistivity Profiling to Delineate Low Groundwater Arsenic Target Zones in the Terai, Nawalparasi, Nepal
2005–2005 Brikowski, T.H., L. S. S. Smith, T.C. Shei and S. Shrestha, Oct. 2005. Geol. Soc. Amer. Abstracts w. Progr., Fall 2005 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

Additional Information

Thesis/Dissertations Chaired
  • Welch, M., M.S. in progress. Geochemical influence of a perched wetland, Heard Museum, Collin County, TX. Geosciences Dept., U. Texas-Dallas
  • Neku, A., Ph.D. in progress. Hydrogeology of shallow tubewell arsenic occurrence, Nepal. Geosciences Dept., U. Texas-Dallas
  • Kshattry, I., Ph.D., 2007. Modeling arsenic in the wells of Nepal. Geosciences Dept., U. Texas-Dallas
  • Shei, T.-C., Ph.D., 2007. Application of allostratigraphic and facies architecture concepts in hydrologic transport modeling, Hays, KS. Geosciences Dept., U. Texas-Dallas
  • Ramirez, E., M.S., 2002. Georeferenced Laser-Rangeiinding Observations of Streambank Migration, Trinity River watershed, Texas. Geosciences Dept., U. Texas-Dallas
  • Corbeanu, H., M.S., 2001. Landslide Monitoring, Simulation And Modeling Case Study:
  • Eastern Carpathian Mountains, Romania. Geosciences Dept., U. Texas-Dallas Gardner, G, M.S., 1993. Origin of elevated water levels in emplacement boreholes, Pahute Mesa, Nevada Test Site: A numerical model. Geology Dept., University of Nevada-Reno.
  • S.J. Haws, M.S., 1990. A cross-sectional model of permeability distribution and vertical flow at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Geosciences Dept., University of Nevada Las Vegas, 105 pp.

News Articles

Researchers Link Kidney Stones to Climate Change
“The prevalence of kidney stones is likely to increase by 30 percent or more in some areas,” according to Dr. Tom Brikowski, the lead author of the study and an associate professor of geosciences in the UT Dallas School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.