David R. Wunsch joined the Delaware Geological Survey as the new Director and State Geologist in November 2011. Dr. Wunsch came to DGS from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), where he served as the Director of Science and Technology. Wunsch was the State Geologist of New Hampshire from 2000 to 2010, where he had statutory appointments to the New Hampshire Joint Board of Geology, and the NH Water Well Board, which oversee the licensing and adjudicatory proceedings for professional geologists and licensed well drillers, respectively. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in Kentucky and a Licensed Professional Geologist in New Hampshire. Wunsch was also an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire, and a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College.
Prior to his appointment as New Hampshire State Geologist, Dr. Wunsch was selected as the 1998-99 American Geological Institute Congressional Science Fellow, where he served on Capitol Hill as an advisor to the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
Dr. Wunsch began his professional career at Central Michigan University, where he served as an instructor of geology. Between 1985 and 2000, he worked as a research hydrogeologist and ultimately became the coordinator of the Coal Field Hydrology Program at the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS). His scientific interests and areas of expertise are ground-water monitoring, aqueous geochemistry, mine hydrology, and engineering geology.
Dr. Wunsch has served on several federal advisory committees, and study committees of the National Academy of Science, and has testified before Congress regarding national water and energy issues. In 1999, he was selected as the John Webster Foster Memorial Lecturer at Illinois State University, and was presented the 1999 Outstanding Kentucky Geologist Award by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. In 2002, he was selected as a member of a delegation of U.S. scientists who took part in Presence Switzerland, which is a scientific exchange program sponsored by the Swiss Government that involved the review of Swiss renewable energy and environmental programs.
Wunsch has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers (AGWSE), a division of NGWA, and is an associate editor of the journal Groundwater. He also has served as the Secretary of the American Geological Institute (AGI). In 2009-10, Dr. Wunsch served as President of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), which represents the chief executives of the geologic bureaus of the 50 states and U.S. Territories. Wunsch has represented AASG on the North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature (NACSN); and the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC), and the Subcommittee on Ground Water (SOGW), both of which are under the auspices of the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI). Wunsch is a founding member of the SOGW, which is charged with developing a framework for monitoring the nation’s ground-water resources. In 2011, Dr. Wunsch was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
Association of American State Geologists
American Institute of Professional Geologists
American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America
National Ground Water Association
Professional Papers, Reports, and Journal Articles
Ayotte, Joseph D., Kernen, Brandon, M., Wunsch, David R., Argue, Denise M., Bennett, Derek S., Mack, Thomas J., 2010, Preliminary Assessment of Water Levels in Bedrock Wells in New Hampshire, 1984 to 2007: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1189, 30 p.
Wittkop, Chad A., Bennett, D., Chormann, F.C., Wunsch, D.R, 2007, Geology of the Suncook River avulsion: Guidebook to Field Trips in New Hampshire, Adjacent Maine & Massachusetts, 42nd Annual Meeting, Northeastern Section, Geological Society of America, Durham, NH, March 11, 2007, p. 45-55.
Bennett, D.S., Chormann, F. C., Jr., Koteff, C., and Wunsch, D.R., 2005, Conversion of surficial geological maps to digital format in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire: Digital Mapping Techniques ’04, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004 -1451, p. 181-188.
Andrews, R.A., Wunsch, D.R., Dinger, J.S., and Dunno, G.A., 2004, Using Remote Sensing and Inclined Drilling to Locate High-Yield Water Wells in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field: Kentucky Geological Survey, Report of Investigations 10, Series XII, 40 p.
Wunsch, D.R., and Bennett, D., 2004, Water well data has multiple uses: Water Well Journal, v. 58, no. 3, p. 24, 26.
National Research Council, Coal Waste Impoundments: Risks, Responses, and Alternatives, 2002, Committee of Coal Wastes, Washington, DC, National Academy Press, 230 p. (co-author.
Wunsch, D.R., Secrist, G.L., and Sendlein, L.V.A., 2001, Hydrogeologic conditions around deep aeration lagoons at the Bardstown Wastewater Treatment Plant: Kentucky Geological Survey Report of Investigations 7, Series XII, 35 p.
Dinger, J.S., Andrews, R.E , Wunsch, D.R , and Dunno, G.A., 2002, Remote sensing and field techniques to locate fracture zones for high-yield water wells in the Appalachian Plateau, Kentucky: Proceedings of the Fracture Rock Aquifers 2002 Conference, National Ground Water Association, p. 195-199.
Wunsch, D.R., Dinger, J.S., and Graham, C.D.G., 1999, Predicting ground-water movement in large mine spoil areas in the Appalachian Plateau, Int. J. of Coal Geology, 41 (1999), p. 73-106, Elsevier, Amsterdam
Wunsch, D.R., Secrist, G.L., and Sendlein, L.V.A., 1998, Hydrogeologic conditions around deep aeration lagoons at the Bardstown WasteWater Treatment Plant: Kentucky Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water, Contract Report, MOA no. 13814, 33 p.
Wunsch, D.R., Secrist, G.L., and Sendlein, Lyle V.A., 1998, Hydrogeologic conditions at sewage treatment plant lagoons: Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, Waterworks: v. 4, no. 2, p. 1-2.
Wunsch, D.R., Dinger, J.S., Taylor, P.B. and Carey, D.I., Graham, C.D., 1996, Hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, and spoil settlement at a large mine-spoil area in eastern Kentucky: Star Fire Tract, Kentucky Geological Survey Report of Investigations 10, Series XI, 49 p.
Wunsch, D.R., Dinger, J.S., 1994, The hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry of the Star Fire site, eastern Kentucky: International Land Reclamation and Mine drainage Conference and Third International Conference on the Abatement of Acidic Drainage, Bureau of Mines Special Publication SP O6B-94, v. 2, p. 188-197.
Carey, D.I., Currens, J.C., Dinger, J.S., Kipp, J.A., Wunsch, D.R., and Conrad, P.C, 1994, Ground water in the Kentucky River Basin. Kentucky Geological Survey Information Circular 52, Series XI, 67 p.
Wunsch, D.R., Dinger, J.S., and Taylor, P.B., 1992, Design, construction, and monitoring of the ground-water resources of a large mine-spoil area: Star Fire tract, eastern Kentucky: Kentucky Geological Survey Report of Investigations 6, Series XI, 1992, 16 p.
Wunsch, D.R., 1993, Ground-water geochemistry and its relationship to the flow system at an unmined site in the Eastern Kentucky Coal Field. Kentucky Geological Survey Thesis Series 5, Series XI, 128 p.
Wunsch, D.R., 1991, High barium concentrations in ground water in eastern Kentucky: Kentucky Geological Survey Reprint 31, Series XI, 1991.
Dinger, J.S., and Wunsch, D.R., 1991, Determination of aquifer characteristics in spoil generated by mountaintop removal-valley fill coal-mining process: Final Report, Department of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, DSMRE No. 12-34-600-FCOO-E417-02. 261 p.
Dinger, J.S., Wunsch, D.R., and Kemp, J.E., 1990, Occurrence of ground water in mine spoil, a renewable resource: Star Fire tract, eastern Kentucky: Proceedings of the 1990 Mining and Reclamation Conference, April 24-26, 1990, Charleston, WV.
Wunsch, D.R., 1988, Do isotopes have a place in groundwater studies-Discussion: Ground Water, Nov-Dec 1988, 26: (6), p. 799
Wunsch, D.R., 1988, High barium concentrations in ground water in eastern Kentucky: Proceedings for the National Water Well Conference on Ground Water Geochemistry, p. 175-197, February 16-18, 1988, Denver, CO.
Wunsch, D.R., and Fowler, B., 2004, Revisiting the fall of the Old Man of the Mountain, Geotimes, v. 49, no. 6, p. 28-30.
Wunsch, D.R., 2002, NHGS provides environmental geoscience information, Environmental Geology, 42: p. 439
Wunsch, D.R., 2000, Political Scene: Science policy to your door, Geotimes, v. 45, no. 12, p. 13.
Wunsch, D.R., 1999, Political Scene: Geoscientists in a changing world: Where do we stand?, Geotimes, v. 44, no. 11, p. 11.
Wunsch, D.R., 1999, Political Scene: Does SPR spell relief for the domestic oil industry?, Geotimes, v. 44, no. 6, p. 25.
Wunsch, D.R., 1998, Political Scene: A fellow on the Hill, Geotimes, v. 44., no. 10, p. 13
Contributions or Research Highlights in Books
Brown, R.A, ed., 2009, Where the Great River Rises—Atlas of the Connecticut River Basin, Dartmouth College Press, 255 p.
Physical Geology--Exploring the Earth, 2005, Monroe, J.S., and Wicander, R.E.,: Geoprofile-Geology and Public Policy, Thomson Brooks/Cole, ISBN 0-534-39987-8, 5th ed. 644 p.
Chapelle, F.H., 1993, Ground-Water Microbiology and Geochemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1st ed, 424 p.
Wunsch, D.R., 2012, Career opportunities for geoscientists in the policy
arena and related sectors (abs): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, no. 7, p. 348.
Wunsch, D.R., 2011, Inadequacies in nationwide monitoring of groundwater quality and quantity, and water use implications for energy development, (abs), Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting, September 19-22, 2011, San Antonio, TX [Invited]
Wunsch, D.R., 2011, Inadequacies in nationwide monitoring of groundwater quality and quantity, and water use implications for energy development, (abs), Unconventional Resources Geomechanics Workshop, June 24, 2011, San Francisco, CA [Invited]
Wunsch, D.R., and Reimer, C.L., 2011, Advancing Science and Policy Using the Federal Advisory Committee Process: SOGW as an Example (abs), National Ground Water Association, Groundwater Summit, May 3-5, 2011, Baltimore, MD
Wunsch, D.R., Svendsen, K.A., and Al-Egaily, G., Using Volunteers to Collect Ground Water Information: Examples from New Hampshire, (abs), National Water Quality Monitoring Council National Conference, May, 2010, Denver, CO
Wunsch, D.R., 2009, Geotechnical constraints imposed by localized lacustrine deposits - Are they misunderestimated? (abs): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.41, no.3, p.82.
Svendsen, Kristen, Kastning, Ernst K., and Wunsch, D.R., 2009, derivative on-demand GIS products from bedrock and surficial geological maps (abs): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.41, no.3, p.44.
Reimer, C., Wireman, M., and Wunsch, D.R., State ground water monitoring programs: survey results (Abs.) Groundwater Summit, National Ground Water Association, Memphis, TN; March 31-April 3, 2008, p.77.
Wunsch D.R., 2008, For a few dollars more…the value of including major ion analyses in private well testing to define and protect ground water in New England, Abstracts with Programs, New England Private Well Symposium, December 3-4, 2007. Newport, R.I.
Wunsch, D.R., 2007, Science support in times of need: examples from the New Hampshire Geological Survey, Proceedings of the Geological Society of America, 42nd Annual Meeting Northeastern Section, Abstracts with Programs, v.39, no.1, Session 25-9.
Wunsch, D.R., 2006, Developing a ground-water monitoring strategy for half the cost – lite