Christopher Zahasky

Position title: Assistant Professor, Geoscience


Phone: 608-265-4274

Chris Zahasky

Dr. Christopher Zahasky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geoscience and the Principle Investigator of the Subsurface Hydrophysics Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also has affiliate faculty appointments Geological Engineering and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Chris completed his undergraduate degree in Geology at the University of Minnesota and his graduate work at Stanford University in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Science, and his postdoctoral training at Stanford University and Imperial College London.

His research focuses on using experimental, analytical, and numerical methods to improve our understanding of fundamental physics and mechanisms of fluid, gas, and solute transport in heterogeneous porous and fractured media.

Due to the fundamental nature of this approach, and the ubiquity of fluid transport in porous media, this work has important applications across a range of important environmental and geological processes including contaminant migration in the vadose zone, fluid flow through fractured systems, colloid transport in the subsurface, and carbon dioxide transport and immobilization in carbon storage projects.