by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., July 14, 2006 — New Mexico Tech hydrology professor John L. Wilson II recently was elected president of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and, as such, is currently serving a term as president-elect for two years, which will be followed by another two-year stint as president of the largest division of the AGU.
Wilson has been on the New Mexico Tech faculty since 1984 and has been an AGU member since 1974.
Wilson’s major area of interest in both teaching and research at the state research university is focused on current topics in groundwater hydrology, particularly contaminant source identification, stream-aquifer interaction, and recharge in mountains.
With more than 100 published research papers to his credit, Wilson also has been honored in the recent past for his collective contributions to the science of hydrology by having been named a recipient of several prestigious international awards and honors, including the Darcy, Freeman, and Moore distinguished lectureships, the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) O.E. Meinzer Award, a Fellow of both the GSA and AGU professional organizations, and the New Mexico Tech Distinguished Research Award.
In addition, Wilson served for four years as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.