Diogo Bolster Concurrent Associate Professor

Environmental Hydrology
Diogo Bolster

Research Interests:

There is an ever-growing concern for the impact we have on the earth and its resources. As such, it has become critical to study and understand the influence of our actions so as to minimize negative impacts and continue to fruitfully exploit the resources available. Motivated by this and his personal passion for fluid dynamics, most of Dr. Bolster's research to date has concerned the study of environmental fluid flows and contaminant transport across a wide range of scales and scenarios including groundwater flows in porous media, stream and river flows, confined buoyancy-driven flows in enclosed spaces such as buildings and larger scale buoyancy-driven atmospheric flows.



  • Associate Professor and Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Hydrology, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, IN
  • Postdoc, Polytechnic University of Cataluna, Barcelona, Spain
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland


Recent Papers:

  • A Li, AAubeneau, D Bolster, J Tank and A Packman Covariation in patterns of turbulence-driven hyporheic flow and denitrification enhances reach-scale nitrogen removal Water Resources Research, Accepted
  • A Shogren, J Tank, E Andruszkiewicz, B Olds, A Mahon, C Jerde and D Bolster Controls on eDNA movement in streams: Transport, Retention and Resuspension Nature Scientific Reports, 7, 5065
  • T Aquino, A Aubeneau, G McGrath, D Bolster and S Rao Noise-Drive Statistics: Scaling and Truncation in Stochastic Storage Processes Nature Scientific Reports, 7, 302
  • NL Sund, G Porta and D Bolster Upscaling of dilution and mixing using a trajectory based Spatial Markov model in a periodic flow domain Advances in Water Resources, 103, 76-85
  • DA Benson, T Aquino, D Bolster, N Engdahl, C Henri and D Fernandez-Garcia A comparison of Eulerian and Lagrangian transport and nonlinear reaction algorithms Advances in Water Resources, 99, 15-37
  • C Gonzalez, D Richter, D Bolster, J Calantoni, S Bateman and C Escuariaza Characterization of bedload intermittency near the threshold of motion using a Lagrangian sediment transport model Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 17,111-137
  • KR Roche, AF Aubeneau, M Xie, T Aquino, D Bolster and AI Packman An integrated experimental and modeling approach to predict sediment mixing from benthic burrowing behavior Environmental Science & Technology, 50, 10047-10054
  • CL Jerde, BP Olds, AJ Shogren, EA Andruszkiewicz, AR Mahon, D Bolster and JL Tank The influence of stream bottom substrate on the retention and transport of vertebrate environmental DNA Environmental Science & Technology, 50, 8770-8779, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01761
  • AF Aubeneau, B Hanrahan, D Bolster J Tank Biofilm growth in gravel bed streams controls solute residence time distributions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JG003333
  • AJ Shogren, JL Tank, EA Andruszkiewicz, B Olds, B., C Jerde and D Bolster Modelling the transport of environmental DNA through a porous substrate using continuous flow-through column experiments. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 13(119), p.20160290.
  • C Hunter, J Gironas, D Bolster and CA Karavatis A Dynamic, Multivariate Sustainability Measure for Robust Analysis of Water Management under Climate and Demand Uncertainty in an Arid Environment Water, 2015, 5928-558
  • A Aubeneau, R Martin, D Bolster, R Schumer, D Jerolmack and A Packman Fractal Patterns in Riverbed Morphology produce fractal scaling of water storage times Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 5309-5315
  • AF Aubeneau, B Hanrahan, D Bolster and JL Tank Substrate Size and Heterogeneity control Anomalous Transport in Small Streams Geophysical Research Letters , 41, 8335-8341
  • AF Aubeneau, JD Drummond, R Schumer, D Bolster, JL Tank and AI Packman Effects of benthic and hyporheic reactive transport on breakthrough curves Freshwater Science , 34, 301-315
  • DP McInnis, D Bolster and PA Maurice Mobility of Dissolved Organic Matter from the Suwannee River (Georgia, USA) in Sand Packed Columns Environmental Engineering Science, 32, 4-13