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Joseph Donovan

Director, Hydrogeology Research Center

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Phone: 304-293-9803

Dr. Joseph J. Donovan serves as director of the Hydrogeology Research Center at the West Virginia Water Research Institute. He graduated cum laude from Penn State University with a BS in geography and a minor in geology. He went on to earn his MS and PhD in Geosciences from McGill University and Penn State University, respectively.

Donovan started working in the field as a Hydrologist for the US Geological Survey while he was a PhD candidate at Penn State. He then came to WVU where he served as a professor of geology for more than 10 years.

Donovan has published in numerous scholarly journals like Environmental Geosciences and Environmental and Engineering Geosciences. He was also recently awarded a research grant through MSHA and NTTC.

He enjoys traveling, particularly to Hawaii. 


  • Hydrology
  • Geology
  • Grant Writing