Mike Fienen, Ph.D.

Mike Fienen, Ph.D.
Research Hydrologist
United States Geological Survey
Wisconsin Water Science Center
8505 Research Way
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
United States of America
Phone:    (608) 821-3894
E-mail: mnfienen {at} usgs [dot] gov
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Mike Fienen is a Research Hydrologist at the USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center, an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a member of the PhD Advisor Committee in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Parma, Italy (DICATeA – Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, dell’Ambiente e Territorio e Architettura – Università degli Studi di Parma).

Research Summary

My research mission is to provide decision-making support for environmental managers that considers uncertainty in all aspects of decisions and strives to extract the most information from the data.  This mission is expressed through the main research threads of model calibration and inference of environmental systems.  Specific applications include groundwater quantity and quality; statistical inference and prediction of recreational water quality on beaches; mercury in water and fish; and the groundwater and habitat impacts of sea-level rise.  In support of these threads, aspects of computational efficiency, statistical analysis, and data management also play important roles.

Educational History

Publications

  1. Juckem, P.F., Fienen, M.N., and Hunt, R.J., 2014. Simulation of Groundwater Flow and Interaction of Groundwater and Surface Water on the Lac du Flambeau Reservation, Wisconsin. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5020, 34 p., doi:10.3133/sir20145020. Available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5020/
  2. Cyterski, M., Wesley Brooks, W.R., Mike Galvin,M., Wolfe, K., Carvin, R., Roddick, T., Fienen, M.N., S.R. Corsi, 2014, Virtual Beach 3 User’s Guide. US EPA Office of Research and Development Ecosystems Research Division, Athens Georgia, 88 p.
    http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-01/documents/vb3_manual_final.pdf
  3. Masterson, J.P., Fienen, M.N., Thieler, E.R., Gesch, D.B., Gutierrez, B.T., and Plant, N.G., 2013, Effects of sea-level rise on barrier island groundwater system dynamics – ecohydrological implications. Ecohydrology. doi: 10.1002/eco.1442
  4. Fienen, M.N., Masterson, J.P.,  Plant, N.G., Gutierrez, B.T., and Thieler, E.R,  2013, Bridging Groundwater Models and Decision Support with a Bayesian Network. Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20496.
  5. Rafique, R.*, Fienen, M.N., Parkin, T. B., and Anex, R.P, 2013, Nitrous oxide emissions from cropland: A procedure for calibrating the DayCent biogeochemical model using inverse modelling. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. doi: 10.1007/s11270-013-1677-z.
  6. Masterson, J.P.,  Fienen, M.N.,  Gesch, D.B. and Carlson, C.S., 2013, Simulation of Groundwater Flow in the Shallow Aquifer System of Assateague island, Maryland and Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2013-1111.
  7. Fienen, M.N., 2013, We Speak for the Data, Guest Editorial for Ground Water, 51, doi:10.1111/gwat.12018
  8. Fienen, M.N., Saad, D.A., and Juckem, P.F., 2013, Simulation of the shallow groundwater-flow system in the Forest County Potawatomi Community, Forest County, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5289, 24 p. (Available online only at http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2012/5289.)
  9. Fienen, M.N., D’Oria, Marco, Doherty, J.E., and Hunt, R.J., 2013, Approaches in Highly Parameterized Inversion: bgaPEST, A Bayesian Geostatistical Approach Implementation with PEST. U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods Report, Book 7, Section C, Chapter 9, 86 p. Code available at http://mnfienen-usgs.github.com/bgaPEST/
  10. Brooks, W.R.,* Fienen, M.N., and Corsi, S.R., 2013, Partial Least Squares for Efficient Models of Fecal Indicator Bacteria on Great Lakes Beaches,Journal of Environmental Management 114, 470-475, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.09.033
  11. Lowry, C. S. and Fienen, M. N., 2013,  CrowdHydrology: Crowdsourcing Hydrologic Data and Engaging Citizen Scientists. Ground Water 51, 151-156, doi:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00956.x.
  12. Selbig, W. R., and Fienen, M. N., 2012, Regression Modeling of Particle Size Distributions in Urban Stormwater: Advancements through Improved Sample Collection Methods. Journal of Environmental Engineering-Asce 138, 1186-1193, doi:10.1061/(asce)ee.1943-7870.0000612.
  13. Feinstein, D.T., Fienen, M.N., Kennedy, J.L., Buchwald, C.A., and Greenwood, M.M., 2012, Development and application of a groundwater/surface-water flow model using MODFLOW-NWT for the Upper Fox River Basin, southeastern Wisconsin, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5108.
  14. Fienen, M.N., and Lowry, C.S., 2012, Social.Water-A crowdsourcing tool for environmental data acquisition. Computers & Geosciences 49, 164-169, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2012.06.015. http://mnfienen-usgs.github.com/Social.Water/
  15. D’Oria, M.* and Fienen, M. N., 2012, MODFLOW-Style Parameters in Underdetermined Parameter Estimation. Ground Water, v. 50, no. 1, pages 159-153, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00803.x.
  16. Fienen, M. N., Juckem, P. F., and Hunt, R. J., 2011, Simulation of the shallow groundwater-flow system near Mole Lake, Forest County, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011–5080
  17. Fienen, M. N., Hunt, R. J., Doherty, J. E., and Reeves, H. W., 2011, Using models for the optimization of hydrologic monitoring: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3014, 6 p. [http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2011/3014]
  18. Fienen, M. N., Kunicki, T. C., and Kester, D. E., 2011, cloudPEST – A Python Module for Cloud-Computing Deployment of PEST, a Program for Parameter Estimation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1062, 22 p. [http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1062]
  19. Fienen, M. N., Doherty, J. E., Hunt, R. J., and Reeves, H. W., 2010, Using Prediction Uncertainty Analysis to Design Hydrologic Monitoring Networks: Example Applications from the Great Lakes Water Availability Pilot Project: U. S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5159, 44 p. [http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5159]
  20. Stanton, J. S., Peterson, S. M., and Fienen, M. N., 2010, Simulation of groundwater flow and effects of groundwater irrigation on stream base flow in the Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, Nebraska, 1895–2055—Phase Two: U. S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5149, 78 p. with app. [ http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5149]
  21. Doherty, J. E., Fienen, M. N., and Hunt, R. J., 2010, Approaches to highly parameterized inversion: Pilot-point theory, guidelines, and research directions: U. S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5168, 44 p. [http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5168 ]
  22. Fienen, M. N., Muffels, C. T., and Hunt, R. J., 2009, On constraining pilot point calibration with regularization in PEST: Ground Water, v. 47, issue 6, p. 835-844. doi:10. 1111/j. 1745-6584. 2009. 00579. x.
  23. Fienen, M. N., Hunt, R. J., Krabbenhoft, D. P., and Clemo, T., 2009, Obtaining Parsimonious Hydraulic Conductivity Fields Using Head and Transport Observations: A Bayesian Geostatistical Parameter Estimation Approach: Water Resources Research, v. 45, article no. W08405, doi:10. 1029/2008WR007431.
  24. Fienen, M. N., Clemo, T. and Kitanidis, P. K., 2008, An Interactive Bayesian Geostatistical Inverse Protocol for Hydraulic Tomography: Water Resources Research. doi:10. 1029/2007WR006730.
  25. Luo, J., Wu, W. -M., Carley, J., Fienen, M. N., Cheng, H., Watson, D., C. S. Criddle, C. S., Jardine, P. M., Kitanidis, P. K., 2008, Estimating first-order reaction rate coefficient for transport with nonequilibrium linear mass transfer in heterogeneous media: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, v. 98, p. 50-60. 10. 1016/j. jconhyd. 2008. 03. 002.
  26. Oliver, L. D., and Fienen, M. N., 2008, Importance of Teammate Fit: Frescoball Example: Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, v. 5, issue 1.
  27. Fienen, M. N., 2007, Inverse Methods for Nearfield Hydrogoeologic Characterization. Ph. D. Dissertation, Stanford University.
  28. Cirpka, O. A., Fienen, M. N.,  Hofer, M., Hoehn, E.,Tessarini, A., Kipfer, R., and  Kitanidis, P. K., 2007, Deconvoluting times series of electric conductivity for the analysis of bank filtration: Ground Water, v. 45, issue 3, p. 318-328 doi: 10. 1111/j. 1745-6584. 2006. 00293. x.
  29. Fienen, M. N., Luo, J., Kitanidis, P. K., 2006, A Bayesian Geostatistical Transfer Function Approach to Tracer Test Analysis: Water Resources Research v. 42, article no. W07426. doi:10. 1029/2005WR004576.
  30. Luo, J., Cirpka, O. A., Fienen, M. N., Wu, W. -M., Mehlhorn, T. L., Carley, J., Jardine, P. M., Criddle, C. S., and Kitanidis, P. K., 2006, A parametric transfer function methodology for analyzing reactive transport in nonuniform flow: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology v. 83 issue 1-2, p. 27-41, doi: 10. 1016/j. jconhyd. 2005. 11. 001.
  31. Luo, J., Wu, W-M., Fienen, M. N., Jardine, P. M., Mehlhorn, T. L., Watson, D. B., Cirpka, O. A., Criddle, C. S., and Kitanidis, P. K., 2006, A Nested-Cell Approach for In Situ Remediation: Ground Water, v. 44, issue 2, p. 266-274.
  32. Chen, J., Peterson, J., Fienen, M. N., Jardine, P. M., Watson, D., and Hubbard, S., 2006, Development of a joint hydrogeophysical inversion approach and application to a contaminated fractured aquifer. Water Resources Research, v. 42, article no. W06425, doi:10. 1029/2005WR004694.
  33. Wu, W-M., Carley, J., Fienen, M. N., Mehlhorn, T., Lowe, K., Nyman, J., Luo, J., Gentile, M. E., Rajan, R., Wagner, D., Hickey, R. F., Gu, B., Watson, D., Cirpka, O., Kitanidis, P., Jardine, P. M., and Criddle, C. S., 2006, Field-scale bioremediation of uranium in a highly contaminated aquifer I: conditioning of a treatment zone: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 40, issue 12, p. 3978-3985.
  34. Wu, W-M., Carley, J., Gentry, T., Ginder-Vogel, M. A., Fienen, M. N., Mehlhorn, T., Yan, H., Caroll, S., Nyman, J., Luo, J., Gentile, M. E., Fields, M. W., Hickey, R. F., Watson, D., Fendorf, S., Zhou, J., Kitanidis, P. K., Jardine, P. M., and Criddle, C. S., 2006, Field-scale bioremediation of uranium in a highly contaminated aquifer II: geochemical control of U(VI) bioavailability and evidence of U(VI) reduction. Environmental Science and Technology, v. 40, issue 12, p. 3986-3995.
  35. Fienen, M. N., Luo, J., Kitanidis, P. K., 2005, Semi-Analytical, Homogeneous, Anisotropic Capture Zone Delineation. Journal of Hydrology: v. 312, issue 1-4, p. 39-50. doi:10. 1016/j. jhydrol. 2005. 02. 008.
  36. Fienen, M. N., 2005, The Three-Point Problem, Vector Analysis and the Extension to the N-Point Problem: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 53, issue 3, p. 357-362.
  37. Luo, J., Cirpka, O. A., Wu, W-M., Fienen, M. N., Jardine, P. M., Mehlhorn, T. L., Watson, D. B., Criddle, C. S., and Kitanidis, P. K., 2005, Mass-Transfer Limitations for Nitrate Removal in a Uranium-Contaminated Aquifer: Environmental Science and Technology v. 39, issue 21, p. 8453-8459.
  38. Fienen, M. N., Kitanidis, P. K., Watson, D. B., and Jardine, P. M., 2004, An Application of Bayesian Inverse Methods to Vertical Deconvolution of Hydraulic Conductivity in a Heterogeneous Aquifer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Mathematical Geology v. 36, issue 1, p. 101-126.

(*) indicates student author.

Conferences and Presentations

  1. Reeves, H.W., Feinstein, D.R., and Fienen, M.N. Quantifying The Role Of Groundwater In Supporting Environmental Flows In The Glacial Aquifer System. United States Department of the Interior Joint Aquatic Science Meeting, May 18-23, 2014, Portland, OR.
  2. Fienen, M.N. and Juckem, P.F. HTCondor and Monte Carlo techniques to evaluate the uncertainty of water sources to groundwater wells. HTCondor Week 2014, Madison, WI, April 29, 2014.
  3. Fienen, M.N.Bradbury, K.R., and Hunt, R.J. The Little Plover Basin Model: Applying State-of-the-Art Simulation Tools for Groundwater Management in Wisconsin’s Central Sand Plain.  AWRA Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Chula Vista, WI. March 13-14, 2014.
  4. Michael Parsen, M., Gotkowitz, M., Fienen, M.,  Juckem, P., and Masterpole, D. Evaluating Hydrogeologic Impacts of Frac Sand Mining and Irrigated Agriculture in Western Chippewa County, WI. AWRA Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Chula Vista, WI. March 13-14, 2014.
  5. Fienen, M.N., and C.S. Lowry. Social.Water–Open Source Citizen Science Software for CrowdHydrology. AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA. December 9-13, 2013.
  6. Lowry, C.S. and M.N. Fienen.Crowdsourcing Stream Stage in Data Scarce Regions: Applications of CrowdHydrology. AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA. December 9-13, 2013.
  7. Leaf, A.T., R.J. Hunt, and M.N. Fienen. Teaching model non-uniqueness and predictive uncertainty in groundwater modeling courses. GSA Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. October 27-30, 2013.
  8. Fienen, M.N., and C.S. Lowry. Social.Water—an open-source python code for citizen-driven data acquisition. The Second Open Water Symposium, Vrieje Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, September 17, 2013.
  9. Fienen, M.N., D.T. Feinstein, R.J. Hunt, and H.W. Reeves. Bridging the Gap Between Groundwater Models and Decision Support with Bayesian Networks. MODFLOW and More 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. June 3-5, 2013.
  10. Feinstein, D.T., M.N. Fienen, H.W. Reeves, and C.D. Langevin. Application of a “semi-structured” approach with MODFLOW-USG to simulate local groundwater/surface-water interactions at the regional scale as basis for a

    decision-support tool. MODFLOW and More 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. June 3-5, 2013.

  11. Juckem, P.F., and M.N. Fienen. Estimating Prediction Uncertainty with Monte Carlo Techniques and Analytic Elements. MODFLOW and More 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. June 3-5, 2013.
  12. Leaf, A.T., M.N. Fienen, and R.J. Hunt. Prediction uncertainty analysis to inform additional data collection, Bad River Watershed, Wisconsin. MODFLOW and More 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. June 3-5, 2013.
  13. Hunt, R.J.., M.N. Fienen, J.T. White, and D.E. Welter. Flight of the Condor: High Performance Computing for Model Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis. MODFLOW and More 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. June 3-5, 2013.
  14. Fienen, M.N., M. Brigham, D. Donato, and D. Lorenz. HTCondor goes fishing: A USGS National Fish Mercury Advisory Model. HTCondor Week 2013, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. May 1-3, 2013. (INVITED)
  15. Leaf, A.T., M.N. Fienen, and R.J. Hunt, Simulation of groundwater flow and groundwater/surface water interactions in the Bad River Watershed, Wisconsin, AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Brookfield, WI, March 7-8, 2013.
  16. Juckem, P.F., and M.N. Fienen, Mapping Flow Path Uncertainty with an Analytic Element Model and Monte Carlo Techniques, AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Brookfield, WI, March 7-8, 2013. (PRESENTED).
  17. Fienen, M.N., D.T. Feinstein, R.J. Hunt, and H.W. Reeves, Using a Bayesian Decision Network to Emulate a Groundwater Model for Efficient Decision Support, AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Brookfield, WI, March 7-8, 2013.
  18. Hunt, R.J., Fienen, M.N., White, J.T., Welter, D., and Doherty, J., Simplified Access to the Power of Parameter Estimation Through PEST++ and keyPEST, AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Brookfield, WI, March 7-8, 2013.
  19. Parsen, M, Bradbury, K., Fienen, M.N., and Lynch, L., Updating Wisconsin’s Statewide Groundwater Monitoring Network, AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Brookfield, WI, March 7-8, 2013.
  20. Fienen, M.N.,Masterson, J., Plant, N. G., Gutierrez, B. T., Thieler, E. R., Emulation Modeling with Bayesian Networks for Efficient Decision Support, AGU Fall Meeting, December 3-7, 2012, San Francisco, CA.
  21. Fienen, M.N. and Lowry, C.S., 2012, Social.Water—Crowdsourcing Software For Obtaining And Processing Citizen Science Observations, GSA Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2012, Charlotte, NC.
  22. Lowry, C.S. and Fienen, M.N., 2012, Using Crowdsourcing In Hydrologic Measurements: Crowdhydrology, GSA Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2012, Charlotte, NC.
  23. Lowry, C.S. and Fienen, M.N., 2012, Data Uncertainty And The Potential Power Of Citizen Science, GSA Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2012, Charlotte, NC. (INVITED)
  24. Hunt, R.J., Fienen, M.N., White, J., Welter, D., and Doherty, J., 2012, Simplified Access To The Power Of Pest Through PEST++ And KeyPEST, GSA Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2012, Charlotte, NC. (INVITED)
  25. Rafique, R.*, Fienen, M.N., and Anex, R. Nitrous Oxide emissions from cropland: A procedure for calibration of the biogeochemical model DayCent using an inverse modeling technique. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings, Cincinnati, OH, Oct 21-24, 2012.
  26. Fienen, M.N., Feinstein, D.T., Hunt, R.J., and Reeves, H.W., 2012, Emulating a Regional Groundwater Model with a Bayesian Decision Network for Efficient Decision Support, 57th Annual Midwest Groundwater Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1-3, 2012.
  27. Feinstein, D.T., Fienen, M.N., Hunt, R.J., and Reeves, H.W., 2012, Application of a “semi‐structured” approach with MODFLOW‐USG to address local groundwater/surface‐water interactions at the regional scale, 57th Annual Midwest Groundwater Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1-3, 2012.
  28. Juckem, P.F. and Fienen, M.N., 2012, Mapping Flowpath Uncertainty with an Analytic Element Model and Monte Carlo Techniques, 57th Annual Midwest Groundwater Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1-3, 2012.
  29. Fienen, M.N., Feinstein, D.T., Masterson, J.P., Hunt, R.J., and Reeves, H.W., 2012, Bayesian Decision Networks for Efficient Uncertainty Analysis and Decision Support, USGS National Groundwater Meeting, Denver, CO, August 7, 2012.
  30. Feinstein, D.T., Fienen, M.N., Hunt, R.J., and Reeves, H.W., 2012, Application of a “Semi-Structured” Approach using MODFLOW-USG to an Existing Regional Model to Address Local Groundwater/Surface-Water Interactions,  USGS National Groundwater Meeting, Denver, CO, August 7, 2012.
  31. Fienen, M. N., 2012, Water into Wine: Condor, PEST, and Hydrologic Modeling. Condor Week 2012, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. May 1-4, 2012. (INVITED)
  32. Fienen, M. N. and Lowry, C. S, 2012, Social.Water—a Tool for Harnessing the Power of Crowdsourcing to Involve Citizen Scientists in Hydrologic Data Acquisition, AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Wisconsin Dells, WI, March 1-2, 2012.(PRESENTED)
  33. Fienen, M. N., Hunt, R. J., Juckem, P. F., Feinstein, D. T., Saad, D. A., Krohelski, J. T., 2011, 20 Years of Analytic Element Modeling in Wisconsin, GSA Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN,  October 9-12, 2011. (PRESENTED)
  34. Fienen, M. N., Brooks, W. R.*, Corsi, S. R., Wolfe, K., Parmar, R., Galvin, M., and Cyterski, M., 2011 New Statistical Techniques for Predictive Water Quality Modeling at Great Lakes Beaches, Great Lakes Beach Conference, Michigan City, Indiana, Spetember 28, 2011.  (PRESENTED)
  35. Brigham, M. E., Fienen, M. N., Donato, D. I., Wente, S. P., Lorenz, D. L., Trombley, M. M.,  Sanocki, C. A., 2011, Application and validation of the National Descriptive Model of Mercury in Fish (NDMMF), 10th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July 25-29, 2011.
  36. Fienen, M. N., Brooks, W. R.*, and Corsi, S. R., 2011, A Partial Least Squares Approach to Beach Water Quality Modeling.  Coastal Management 2011, Chicago IL, July 17-21, 2011.  (PRESENTED)
  37. Stanton, J. S., Peterson, S. M., and Fienen, M. N., 2011, Using a simulation-optimization model to evaluate effects of groundwater withdrawals for irrigation on stream base flow in the Elkhorn River, Nebraska.  MODFLOW and More: Integrated Hydrologic Modeling, Golden, CO, June 5-8, 2011.
  38. Carter, J. T. V., Fienen, M. N., and Dahlstrom, D. J., 2011, Automated launching of remote processors for highly parameterized inverse modeling on a heterogeneous system of Cloud-based and local computers.  MODFLOW and More: Integrated Hydrologic Modeling. Golden, CO, June 5-8, 2011.
  39. Fienen, M. N. and Clemo, T., 2011, Accuracy and Efficiency of Adjoint-State In MODFLOW-2005.  2011 Ground Water Summit, Baltimore, MD, May 1-5, 2011. (PRESENTED)
  40. Masterson, J. P., Banks, W. S., Johnson, C. D., Gutierrez, B., and Fienen, M. N., 2011, Hydrologic Assessment of the Potential Effects of Sea-Level Rise on Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland.  2011 Ground Water Summit, Baltimore, MD, May 1-5, 2011.
  41. Fienen, M. N., Brooks, W. R.*, and Corsi, S. R.  A Partial Least Squares Approach to Great Lakes Beach Water Quality Modeling. USEPA National Beach Conference, Miami, FL, March 15-17, 2011. (PRESENTED)
  42. Fienen, M. N., Halford, K., and Hart, D., 2011, Integrated Interpretation of Borehole Flow, Aquifer-Test Results, and Spring Discharge—Culver Springs, Wisconsin. AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Appleton, WI, March 3-4, 2011.(PRESENTED)
  43. Brooks, W. R.*, Fienen, M. N., Corsi, S. R., 2011, Modern statistical methods for predicting bacterial exceedances in beach water. AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Appleton, WI, March 3-4, 2011.
  44. Corsi, S. R. and Fienen, M. N., 2011, Identifying Tributary Influence on Beach Water Quality using Specific Conductance and Recursive Partitioning. USEPA National Beach Conference, Miami, FL, March 15-17, 2011.
  45. Krabbenhoft, D. P., Lutz, M. A., Booth, N. L., and Fienen, M. N., 2011, Mapping Mercury Vulnerability of Aquatic Ecosystems across NPS I&M Program Parks. George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites, New Orleans, LA, March 14-18, 2011.
  46. Fienen, M. N., Hunt, R. J., and Walker, J. F., 2010, The Value of Natural Tracers for Parameter Estimation in a Creek-Wetland Complex.  AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 13-17, 2010. (PRESENTED by R. J. Hunt)
  47. Brooks, W. R.*, Fienen, M. N., Corsi, S. R., Sibley, D. M., Emmanuelli, C. M., 2010, Web-Based Tools to Expand Access to Beach Water Quality Modeling.  Great Lakes Beach Conference, Presque Isle, PA. October 19-21, 2010.
  48. D’Oria, M.* and Fienen, M. N., 2010, Hydraulic Tomography: a well field application, the Boretto Research Site, Italy. IAHR Groundwater Symposium, Valencia, SPAIN, September 22-24, 2010.
  49. Fienen, M. N., 2010, Putting the parameters in parameter estimation.  The Third USGS Modeling Conference, Denver, CO, June 7-11, 2010. (INVITED)
  50. Hoard, C. J., Reeves, H. W., Feinstein, D. T., Haitjema, H., Fienen, M. N., and Hunt, R. J., 2010, Lake Michigan Basin Groundwater Flow Model: Potential Approaches and Challenges in Applying a Basin-Scale Model to Local-Scale Questions. 2010 NGWA Ground Water Summit, Boulder, CO, April 12-14, 2010.
  51. Fienen, M. N., Hunt, R. J., and Walker, J. F., 2010, Evaluating the Relative Benefits of Natural Environmental Tracers in a Wetland-Stream Complex, Trout Lake, Wisconsin.  Wisconsin Section of AWRA Annual Meeting, Middleton, WI, March 4-5, 2010. (PRESENTED)
  52. Krabbenhoft, D. P., Booth, N. L., Lutz, M., Fienen, M. N., and Saltman, T., 2009, A Methylmercury Prediction Tool For Surface Waters Across The Contiguous United States.  GSA Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 13-16 , 2010.
  53. Fienen, M. N., Doherty, J. E., Reeves, H. W., and Hunt, R. J., 2009, Parameterization Impacts on Linear Uncertainty Calculation.  AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 14-18, 2009. (PRESENTED)
  54. Krabbenhoft, D. P., Booth, N. L., Lutz, M., Fienen, M. N., and Saltman, T., 2009, A Methylmercury Prediction Tool For Surface Waters Across The Contiguous United States. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 14-18, 2009. (INVITED)
  55. Fienen, M. N., Hunt, R. J., and Doherty, J. E., 2009, Prediction Uncertainty Tools Evaluated. PEST Conference, Potomac, MD, November 2-4, 2009. (PRESENTED)
  56. Dunkle, K. M.*, D. M. Mickelson, M. P. Anderson, and Fienen, M. N., 2009, Hydrostratigraphic and Groundwater Flow Models: Troy Valley Glacial Aquifer, Southeastern Wisconsin.  GSA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 18-21, 2009.
  57. Krabbenhoft, D. P., Booth, N. L., Fienen, M. N., and Lutz, M., 2009, Mapping Vulnerability of Aquatic Ecosystems Across the Continguous United States. GSA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 18-21, 2009.
  58. Fienen, M. N. and Hunt, R. J., 2009, A Distributed Approach to Model Calibration-The Model Center Concept. AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Stevens Point, WI, March 6-7, 2009. (PRESENTED)
  59. Fienen, M. N. and Hunt, R. J., 2008, Coping with Many Parameters in Ground Water Models: A Bayesian Approach. USGS National Groundwater Meeting, Denver, CO, August 5, 2008. (PRESENTED)
  60. Fienen, M. N., Clemo, T. and Hunt, R. J., 2008, Parameter Estimation in MODFLOW Using a Bayesian Inverse Approach. MODFLOW and More: Ground Water and Public Policy, Golden, CO, May 19-21, 2008. (PRESENTED)
  61. Fienen M. N. and Hunt, R. J., 2008, If Thomas Bayes had met Thomas Chamberlin. 2008 NGWA Ground Water Summit, Memphis, TN, March 30-April 3, 2008. (PRESENTED)
  62. Fienen, M. N., 2008, Hydraulic Tomography for Characterizing Heterogeneity. AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Brookfield, WI, March 6-7, 2008. (PRESENTED)
  63. Fienen, M. N., Hunt, R. J., Clemo, T., Nowak, W., and Doherty, J. E., 2008, Implementation of a Bayesian Geostatistical Parameter Estimation Module into PEST. 2008 USGS Modeling Conference, Orange Beach, AL, February, 10-14, 2008. (PRESENTED)
  64. Fienen, M. N., Hunt, R. J., Krabbenhoft, D. P., and Clemo, T., 2007, Coupled Flow and Transport Parameter Estimation at Trout Lake, Wisconsin: A Bayesian Approach.  GSA Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, October 28-31, 2007. (PRESENTED)
  65. Fienen, M. N. and Hunt, R. J., 2007, Looking for a Silt Layer on the Crystal-Big Muskellunge Lake Isthmus, AWRA – Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting, Wisconsin Dells, WI, March 2, 2007. (PRESENTED)
  66. Fienen, M. N., Clemo, T., and Kitanidis, P. K. , 2006, An Interactive Bayesian Geostatistical Inverse Protocol for Hydraulic Tomography, Eos Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H44B-03, San Francisco, CA, December 11-15, 2006. (PRESENTED, Recipiant of Outstanding Student Presentation Award).
  67. Luo, J., Fienen, M. N., Cirpka, O. A., and Kitanidis, P. K.  Advective travel-time distribution and a local mixing streamtube approach. AGU Fall Conference, San Francisco, CA. December 11-15, 2006.
  68. Wu, W.-M., Carley, J, Ginder-Vogel, M. A., Hwang, C., Kelly, S. D., Gentile, M., Gentry, T., Leigh, M. B., Cardanans, E., Nyman, J., Fienen, M. N., Carroll, S., Yan, H., Lowe, K., Luo, J., Melhourne, T., Marsh, T. L., Watson, D., Fields, M. W., Gu, B., Zhou, J., Kemner, K. M., Jardine, P., Fendorf, S., Kitanidis, P., Tiedje, J., Criddle, C. S., 2006, Characterization of in situ Biological Uranium (VI) Reduction/immobilization at the ERSP Field Research Center, Oak Ridge, TN. 106th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 21-25, 2006.
  69. Fienen, M. N., Carley, J., Criddle, C. S., Jardine, P. M., Kitanidis, P. K., Mehlhorn, T. L., Watson, D. B. and Wu, W.-M., 2005, Tracer Test Analysis Using a Baysian Geostatistical Inverse Approach to Solve for Transfer Functions, Eos Trans. AGU, 86(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H21G-05, San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2005. (PRESENTED)
  70. Ginder-Vogel, M., Wu, W.-M., Carley, J., Gentry, T., Fienen, M. N., Nyman, J., Tsai, E., Caroll, S., Yan, H., Luo, J., Gentile, M., Mehlhorn, T., Fields, M., Gu, B., Watson, D., Zhou, J., Jardine, P., Fendorf, S., Kitanidis, P. K., and Criddle, C. S., 2005, Field-Scale Demonstration of in situ Uranium (VI) Reduction at the NABIR Field Research Center, Oak Ridge, TN.  105th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Atlanta, GA, June 5-9, 2005.
  71. Wu, W.-M., Carley, J., Ginder-Vogel, M. A., Gentry, T., Yan, H., Luo, J, Carell, S., Fienen, M. N., Nyman, J., Gentile, M., Mehlhorn, T., Lowe, K., Fields, M., Fendorf, S., Watson, D., Gu, B., Zhou, J., Kitanidis, P. Jardine, P., and Criddle, C.S., 2005, Field-scale demonstration of in situ bioremediation of uranium contaminated sediments. Annual NABIR-FRC Conference, Oak Ridge, TN, May, 2005.
  72. Chen, J., Hubbard, S., Fienen, M. N., Mehlhorn, T., and Watson, D., 2004, Estimating Hydrogeological Zonation Using High-resolution Geophysical Data and Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods.  Eos Trans. AGU , 84(46), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H21F-04, San Francsico, CA, December 13-17, 2004.
  73. Criddle, C., Carley, J., Cirpka, O., Fields, M., Fienen, M. N., Gentile, M., Gentry, T., Gu, B., Hickey, R., Jardine, P., Kitanidis, P., Lowe, K., Luo, J., Mehlhorn, T., Nourse, B., Nyman, J., Rajou, R., Watson, D., Wu, W., and Zhou, J., 2004, Biostimulation of in-situ uranium reduction at the NABIR Field Research Center using a nested recirculation scheme and aboveground ground water conditioning. DOE-NABIR workshop, Warrenton, VA, March 2004.
  74. Fienen, M. N., Criddle, C. S., Jardine, P. M., Kitanidis, P. K., Mehlhorn, T. L., Watson, D. B. and Wu, W.-M., 2003, Elution of Nitrate at the NABIR Field Research Center, Oak Ridge Reservation, Oak Ridge, TN.  Eos Trans. AGU, 84(46), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H21D-087, San Francisco, CA, December 8-12, 2003. (PRESENTED)
  75. Criddle, C., Kitanidis, P.K., Wu, W.-M., Nyman, J., Gentile, M., Luo, J., Fienen, M. N., Jardine, P., Zhou, J., Gu, B., Fields, M., Watson, D., Cirpka, O.A. and Weber, F.-A. , 2003, Biostimulation of uranium reduction in situ and coupled ex situ ground water treatment at the NABIR field research center. DOE-NABIR PI workshop, Warrenton, VA, March 17-19, 2003.
  76. Luo, J., Fienen, M. N., Weber, F.-A., Cirpka, O.A., Jardine, P., Watson, D., Kitanidis, P.K. and Criddle, C. S., 2003, Mathematical modeling and analysis of test data at FRC. DOE-NABIR PI workshop, Warrenton, VA, March 17-19, 2003.
  77. Kitanidis, P. K., Criddle, C. S., Luo, J., Fienen, M. N., Nyman, J., Gentile, M., Jardine, P., Zhou, J., Gu, B., Fields, M., Watson, D., and Cirpka, O. A., 2002, An Effective Delivery and Mixing System of Biostimulation for Remediation of Uranium Contaminated Ground Water at the NABIR Field Research Center at Oak Ridge, TN. Western Region Hazardous Substance Research Center Annual Meeting, Corvallis, OR, August 19-20, 2002.
  78. Fienen, M. N. and Kitanidis, P. K., 2002, An Application of Bayesian Inverse Methods to Borehole Flowmeter Interpretation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.  Presented at the NATO Advanced Study Institute, Trest Castle, Czech Republic, July 17-27, 2002. (PRESENTED)
  79. Kitanidis, P. K., Cirpka, O. A., Luo, J. and Fienen, M. N., 2002, Numerical Modeling for the FRC Site. NABIR P.I. Meeting, Warrenton, VA, May, 2002.
  80. Luo, J., Fienen, M. N., and Kitanidis, P.K., 2002, 3-D Ground Water Flow Modeling For the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR): Finite-Volume Method on An Unstructured Grid System. Proceedings of the International Ground Water Symposium, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, March 25-28, 2002.
  81. Karachewski J. A., Cox, R. E., Rice, S. and Fienen, M. N., 1996, Hydrogeology of hydrocarbon smear zones at Midway Atoll. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America, vol. 28, no. 7, p. 393. Denver, CO., October 27, 1996.
  82. Fienen, M. N., Schaber, G. G., and Tanaka, K. L., 1992, Experimental Mapping of the V36 Quadrangle of Venus, Based on Magellan Data.  Abstracts of papers submitted to the 23rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, LPI, Houston, TX, March 16-20, 1992.
  83. Fienen, M. N., and Green, G., 1990, Determination of Deforestation History in Madagascar.  In the Pew Midstates Science and Mathematics Consortium Undergraduate Scholar Research Reports, St. Louis, MO, November, 1990. (PRESENTED)

(*) indicates student author.

Presentations and Lectures

  • Instructor, Groundwater Modeling and Python (GW1774), USGS Tucson, AZ, May 5-9, 2014. Co-instructors: C. Langevin, J. Hughes, and J. Starn.
  • Invited Presenter, Groundwater and Surface Water in the Bad River Watershed. Iron County Citizen’s Forum, Mercer, Wisconsin, November 21, 2013.
  • Invited Presenter, Bridging the Gap from Models to Decisions with Help from the Reverend Bayes. Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy, September 20, 2013.
  • Invited Presenter, Social.Water—an open-source python code for citizen-driven data acquisition. Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy, September 20, 2013.
  • Invited Presenter, Social.Water—an open-source python code for citizen-driven data acquisition. Detares, Delft, The Netherlands, September 18, 2013.
  • Invited PresenterBridging the Gap from Models to Decisions with help from the Reverend Bayes, Pegrum Lecture Series, Department of Geology, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, February 14, 2013.
  • Presenter, Emulating a Regional Groundwater Model with a Bayesian Decision Network for Efficient Decision Support, USGS Iowa Water Science Center, Iowa City, Iowa, Brownbag Seminar, October 18, 2012.
  • Instructor, Using Python to improve GW modeling effectiveness: Part A, Python Basics, National Groundwater Meeting Short Course, Denver, Colorado. August 9, 2012. Co-instructors: C. Langevin, J. Hughes.
  • Invited Presenter, Social.Water—Powering Citizen Contributed Hydrologic Data through the CrowdHydrology Project, Community for Data Integration Citizen Science Workshop,  Denver, CO, September 11, 2012.
  • Invited Presenter, Social.Water—a Tool for Harnessing the Power of Crowdsourcing to Involve Citizen Scientists in Hydrologic Data Acquisition, Webex Presentation to the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, July 19, 2012.
  • Invited Presenter, “Automated Calibration” is not Automated, Groundwater Availability Studies Workshop, Shepherdstown, WV (via Webex), April 26, 2012.
  • Invited Presenter, Making the most of models and data: prediction uncertainty for network design, Groundwater Availability Studies Workshop, Shepherdstown, WV (via Webex), April 26, 2012.
  • Presenter, Social.Water—a Tool for Harnessing the Power of Crowdsourcing to Involve Citizen Scientists in Hydrologic Data Acquisition, USGS Menlo Park, CA Office, Brownbag Seminar, January 12, 2012.
  • Invited Presenter, Use of Groundwater-flow Models in Mine Permit Evaluations, Understanding the Impacts of Mining in the Western Lake Superior Region, September 14, 2011 Bad River Lodge, Odanah, WI
  • Presenter, Integrated Interpretation of Borehole Flow, Aquifer-Test Results, and Spring Discharge—Culver Springs, Wisconsin, USGS Minnesota Water Science Center, Brownbag Seminar Series. March 31, 2011.
  • Presenter, Partial Least Squares Regression, Wisconsin Water Science Center Brownbag Seminar Series.  November 1, 2010.
  • Presenter, Hydrology of Wisconsin Wetlands and the Value of Heat and Isotopes.  USGS, Fond du Lac, and GLFWC Workshop on Understanding the Vegetation and Hydrology of Upper Midwest Wetlands, September 22-24, 2010, Black Bear Casino Resort, Carlton, MN
  • Presenter, Assessing the worth of natural tracers and isotopes for model calibration: examples from Wisconsin, USA.International Atomic Energy Agency/United Nations. Vienna, Austria. March 29, 2010.
  • Invited Presenter, Groundwater Simulations: From Pencils to Clouds. Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy.  March 22, 2010.
  • Invited Presenter, If Thomas Bayes had met Thomas Chamberlin. Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy.  March 23 2010.
  • Presenter, Parameter Estimation: From Trial-and-Error to PEST.  Wisconsin Water Science Center Brownbag Seminar Series.  February 22, 2010.
  • Invited Presenter, Thomas Chamberlin, Thomas Bayes, and Groundwater Inverse Modeling, Intera Corporation, Austin, Texas.  February 19, 2010.
  • Instructor, Statistics Refresher, USGS/Pakistan Working group, Middleton, Wisconsin. February 3, 2010.
  • Invited Presenter, Thomas Chamberlin, Thomas Bayes, and Groundwater Inverse Modeling, San Francisco Estuary Institute, Oakland, California.  December 16, 2009.
  • Instructor, Statistics Refresher, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center Conference, Middleton, Wisconsin. November 17, 2009. Co-instructor: J. Walker.
  • Instructor, Parameter Estimation for Water Availability Modeling, USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. August 25-27, 2009.
  • Guest Lecturer, GEOL 793 Geophysical Inverse Theory, University of Wisconsin, Madison. April 9, 2009.
  • Instructor, Model Sensitivity Analysis, Data Assessment, Calibration, and Uncertainty Evaluation. USGS National Training Center, Denver, Colorado. March 23-27, 2009.  Co-instructors: M. Hill and C. Tiedeman.
  • Presenter, Thomas Bayes, Thomas Chamberlin, and Groundwater Inverse Modeling, GNS Science, Wairakei, New Zealand. November 24, 2009
  • Presenter, Thomas Bayes, Thomas Chamberlin, and Groundwater Inverse Modeling, Lincoln Ventures, Christchurch, New Zealand. December 15, 2009
  • Instructor, Regularized Inverse Theory, USGS Florida Integrated Science Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. October 8, 2008. Co-instructor: J. Doherty.
  • Instructor, Pilot Points: What they are and simple guidelines for use. USGS National Groundwater Meeting Short Course, Denver, Colorado. August 4, 2008. Part of a larger course with co-instructors R. Hunt, M. Hill, and S. Mehl.
  • Instructor, Regularized Inverse Theory, USGS Modeling Conference Short Course, Orange Beach, Alabama. February 10, 2008. Co-instructors: R. Hunt and A. Dausman.
  • Seminar Lecturer, If the Reverend Bayes Had Met Professor Chamberlin: Multiple Working Hypotheses in Ground Water Modeling. Gustavus Adolphus College Geology Department, May 12, 2008.
  • Guest Instructor, UW-La Crosse Wetlands Delineation Course, Hydrology Section. August 2007, Waukesha, WI.
  • Guest Lecturer, GEOL 793 Geophysical Inverse Theory, University of Wisconsin-Madison. April 26, 2007.
  • Seminar Lecturer, What Does the Reverend Bayes Have to Say About Goats and Groundwater? An Overview of Inverse Modeling. University of Wisconsin-Madison Hydrogeology Seminar. March 20, 2007.
  • Guest Lecturer, GEOL 627 Hydrogeology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. December 6, 2006.

Editorial

Associate Editor, Groundwater

Reviewer

Water Resources Research
Groundwater
Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation
Journal of Hydrology
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Advances in Water Resources
Hydrogeology Journal
Hydrological Sciences
Entropy
Hydrology and Earth Systems Science Discussions
Journal of Climatology
Computers and Geosciences
Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment
Journal of Environmental Informatics
American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph Series
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—Groundwater Coordinating Council Joint Solicitation (2010, 2011, 2012)
United States Geological Survey/National Institutes for Water Resources Competitive Grants Program Panel (2010)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)
National Science Foundation (NSF) Earth Sciences (EAR) – Hydrologic Sciences
ARISTEIA – National Council for Research and Technology of Greece

Quotations

“It is not enough to fight for the West; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that sweet yet lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep the brain in your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound men with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: You will outlive the bastards.”
–Edward Abbey

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“Some women need a man, a fish and a bicycle.”
–Chandra Miller Fienen