Dr. Stephan Schulz

Research Group Leader

Working area(s)

Hydro(geo)logy of arid regions, Modelling, Groundwater recharge


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64287 Darmstadt

Field of research

  • Hydrology and hydrogeology of arid regions
  • Saturated and unsaturated flow and transport modelling
  • Conceptual hydrological modelling
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Column Experiments


  • Introduction to groundwater modelling
  • Advanced groundwater modelling
  • Unsaturated zone processes/groundwater recharge
  • Co-supervision of Hydrogeology PhD program at Mekelle University, Ethiopia

Academic career

  • Since 04/2021 Research Group Leader „Groundwater Resources in Water Scarce Environments“ at Technical University Darmstadt, Institute of Applied Geosciences, Hydrogeology Group
  • Since 02/2016 Postdoctoral researcher at Technical University Darmstadt, Institute of Applied Geosciences, Hydrogeology Group
  • 11/2011 to 01/2016 PhD Student at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department: Catchment Hydrology - PhD-thesis title: “Experimental and numerical studies on the water balance of the Upper Mega Aquifer system, Arabian Peninsula”
  • 10/2005 to 10/2011 Student at Technical University Freiberg, Studies: Geoecology - Diploma-thesis title: “Groundwater recharge estimation using the hydrological model J2000g in the Zarqa River Catchment, NW-Jordan”


  • Selected as Athene Young Investigator in 2021 Link
  • Award for outstanding scientific achievements in 2017 from „Die Vereinigung von Freunden der Technischen Universität zu Darmstadt e.V."
  • Dresdner Grundwasserforschungspreis 2017 der Stiftung zur Förderung der “Wissenschaftlichen Schule Zunker-Busch-Luckner”
  • Summa cum laude for the PhD Thesis
  • HIGRADE presentation award at the HIGRADE Spring Conference 2014

Professional associations

  • IAH (International Association of Hydrogeologists)
  • FH-DGGV (Fachsektion Hydrogeologie in der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft-Geologischen Vereinigung e.V.)
  • Speaker of the working group „Hydrogeologie arider Gebiete“ of the FH-DGGV
  • MOXXI working group (Measurements & Observations in the 21st Century) of the IAHS International Association of Hydrological Sciences)
  • EGU (European Geosciences Union)
  • Associated editor of Hydrogeology Journal
  • Reviewer for scientific journals such as Applied Geochemistry, Contaminant Hydrology, Environmental Earth Sciences, Environmental Research Letters, Geocarto International, Grundwasser, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Hydrogeology Journal, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Hydrology Research, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies, Water Research, Water Resources Research, Australasian Journal of Water Resources
  • Reviewer for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)