Matthew Silver

M.Sc. Matthew Silver

+49 6151 16-22094
+49 6151 16-6539

Schnittspahnstraße 9
64287 Darmstadt

Office: B2|02 220

Working area(s)

  • Geochemical processes of infiltrating water in arid environments during managed aquifer recharge Vadose zone hydrology and reactive transport of chemical species in groundwater

Curriculum vitae

Scientific Education

since 2014

Ph.D. Student at TU Darmstadt Research topic: Geochemical and water-quality aspects of using desalinated water and treated wastewater to recharge groundwater

2004 – 2007

M.Sc. in Geology California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA. Master’s thesis: Heat as a tracer to examine flow in the streambed of a gravel-bed river

1998 – 2002

B.A. in Geology Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, USA Honors thesis: Plan-view geometry of Touchet bed clastic dikes: indications of a seismic origin

Professional Development

2009 – 2011

Project Geologist and Technical Lead Shaw Environmental, Concord, California, USA Delineated contaminants in soil and groundwater and designed treatments to reduce contamination

2007 – 2008

Executive Fellow California Energy Commission, Sacramento, California, USA Developed policy to increase renewable energy production within California’s water and wastewater systems

2002 – 2004

Naturalist and Science Instructor Various outdoor and science education institutes in the western United States

Other Development and Education

2012 – 2013

German language courses completed

2011 – 2012

Master of Business Administration Mannheim Business School, Mannheim, Germany

Conference Presentations


Silver, M. H., K. D. MacFarlane, D. A. Cacciatore, D. P. Leigh, and A. Atta, Biobarrier Treatment of a TCE Plume in Heterogeneous Soil: Battelle 7th International Conference on Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds


Silver, M. H., T. C. Horner, and D. G. Evans, Evaluation of Heat as a Tracer to Quantify Longitudinal Water Flow in the Hyporheic Zone: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, no. 7, p. 330


Horner, T. C., and M. H. Silver, Meter-Scale Tracer Tests to Estimate Seepage Velocity and Hydraulic Conductivity in Salmon Spawning Gravels of the American River, Sacramento CA: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7, p. 106


Silver, M. H., and K. R. Pogue, Analysis of Plan-View Geometry of Clastic Dike Networks in Missoula Flood Slackwater Sediments (Touchet Beds), Southeastern Washington: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 34, no. 5, p. 24 (Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation)


Silver, M. H., A. S. Gendaszek, E. B. Grosfils, S. E. H. Sakimoto, C. V. Mendelson, and J. E. Bleacher, Wrinkle Ridge Formation North of Orcus Patera, Mars: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXII, abstract 1043 (Stephen E. Dwornik Planetary Geoscience Student Poster Honorable Mention)

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