Research/Areas of Interest:

Hydrogeology, Groundwater Hydrology, and Economic Geology


  • PhD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1982
  • MS, University of Arizona, United States, 1980
  • BSc, University of Regina, Canada, 1976


Dr. Grant Garven is a Professor Emeritus of Hydrogeology at Tufts University. He is a groundwater geologist who studies hydrologic, geothermal, geochemical, and hydromechanical processes in the Earth's shallow crust. Ore deposits, hydrothermal vents, petroleum seeps, oil migration, and diagenetic fluids have all been the primary objects of his research. Grant was the founding North American editor of the journal Geofluids and served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Science during 1990-2022. His awards and honors include a two Senior Fulbright Awards at the University of Tasmania and a U.S. Department of Energy award for Outstanding Contributions in Geoscience Research. He was also the recipient of a U.S. Presidential Young Investigator Award and was honored with the O.E. Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America. He also been honored with the A.I. Levorsen Memorial Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Grant has taught both geology and civil engineering courses in groundwater hydrology, groundwater modeling, and subsurface fluid dynamics. He also taught a hands´┐Żon hydrogeology field methods course over the past 16 years to engage students in outdoor learning of applied hydrogeology and geotechnical engineering, which has resulted in a unique network of over 50 deep bedrock and overburden monitoring wells across the Tufts University (Medford) campus. The network includes instrumentation of bedrock wells for monitoring levels and water quality, for sports field irrigation, for well hydraulics, for geothermal heating, and for geoscience exploration, including the deepest borehole drilled in the Boston metro area.