John H. Talley

Director Emeritus

John H. Talley is the Director Emeritus of the Delaware Geological Survey. He served as Director and State Geologist from 2003 until his retirement in June 2011 and was subsequently named Director Emeritus. His primary activities were in the fields of Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Stratigraphy, and Technology Transfer.

Mr. Talley is a licensed geologist in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and a Certified Professional Geologist of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He has served on dozens of boards, committees, and task forces for state, municipal, university, and federal agencies, and professional organizations. Mr. Talley is a member of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He served both as professional member and president of the Delaware State Board of Professional Geologists.

Franklin and Marshall, 1974, M.S., Geology
University of Delaware, 1969, B.A., Geology
Abstracts, Lectures and Presentations

2010 Ground-Water Availability Trends in Use and Potential Conflicts: Pickle Packers International Conference.

2008 Are Water-Resource Conflicts in our Future in Delaware: Delaware Agricultural Week.

2007 Ground-Water Resources of the Delmarva Peninsula: Maryland-Delaware Crop Management School.

2007 Ground-Water Availability Trends in Use and Potential Conflicts: Delaware Friends of Agriculture. With S. J. Baxter.

2005 Geologic Investigations for Sand Resources Offshore Delaware, A Cooperative Effort between the Delaware Geological Survey and the U.S. Minerals Management Service. With Kimberly K. McKenna.

2005 Ground-Water Resources of Southern Delaware: University of Delaware Land and Sea Lecture Series.

2004 Streamflow Trends in the Christina Basin: University of Delaware Water Forum.

2003 Water Supply Development Northern New Castle County, Meeting the Water Needs of 2020: Wilmington Rotary Club. With S. J. Baxter.

2001 Streams and Aquifers - The Water Supply Framework in Delaware: Drinking Water 2001, The Issues Concerning Delaware's Most Precious Natural Resource, Delaware Public Policy Forum, Institute for Public Administration, University of Delaware, p. 7.

2000 Drought of 1999: The Efforts of the Governor's Water Supply Task force in Delaware: American Water Resources Association Annual Water Resources Conference. With G. J. Kauffman and M. W. Wollaston.

1999 Connecting Onshore and Offshore Near-Surface Geology: Delaware Sand Inventory: Marine Georesources and Geotechnology, V. 17, Nos. 2/3, p. 185. (Abst.). With K. W. Ramsey and R. R. Jordan.

1997 Design, Development, and Implementation of a Ground-Water Quality Monitoring Network for Southern New Castle County, Delaware: Northeastern Section Geological Society of America, Poster Session (Abst.). With S. J. Baxter.

1997 Utilization of Geology and Hydrology in Land Use Management and Decision Making in New Castle County, Delaware: American Geophysical Union (Abst.). With S. J. Baxter, B. L. Dworsky, and D. M. Mills.

1993 The Integration and Management of Ground- and Surface-Water Resources for Drought Response in New Castle County, Delaware: American Society of Civil Engineers, Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems, Integrated Perspectives, p. 504-510 (Abst.).

1976 Characteristics of Aquifers in Delaware, in Guidebook for Third Annual Field Trip, Petroleum Exploration Society of New York, p. 83-102.

1974 Selection of Sites for High Yielding Wells in the Delaware Piedmont: Abstracts with programs, Geological Society of America, Northeastern Section, p. 87-88. (Abst.) With K. D. Woodruff and J. C. Miller.