The Oklahoma Water Survey


College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences

National Weather Center

Oklahoma Water Survey

301 David L Boren Blvd,
Four Partners Place, Suite 3050
Norman, Oklahoma 73019

(405) 325-2826 (voice)


Dr. Robert Puls

Dr. Robert PulsDirector, Oklahoma Water Survey

Associate Professor, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences

Current Resumé

Dr. Robert W. Puls is the Director of the Oklahoma Water Survey and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. He holds a B.S. in Soil Science and Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters in Forest Resources from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Arizona. Dr. Puls was employed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center in Ada, Oklahoma for almost 25 years. While there, he held positions as Senior Research Scientist, Branch Chief, Director of Research and Laboratory Director of the Ground Water and Ecosystems Restoration Division. Dr. Puls was the Technical Lead for EPA’s current ongoing study on Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water Resources until his retirement in 2011.

He has also held positions with the Department of Energy (Hanford site), the state of Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Soil and Land Use Technology Inc. in Columbia, Maryland. Dr. Puls is currently serving on the Editorial Board of the Land Contamination and Reclamation Journal. Dr. Puls has served on the National Research Council, Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources; as Co-Chair of the EPA’s Remedial Technology Development Forum; on DOE’s Innovative Treatment Remediation Demonstration Program Advisory Panel; on the USGS Advisory Board for Toxics Substances Hydrology program; on the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council; and on the Oklahoma Governors Work Group on Aquifer Recharge and Reuse. Dr. Puls has written over 150 publications on ground-water remediation, ground-water sampling, contaminant transport and fate processes, and hydraulic fracturing. He is an internationally recognized expert on the use of permeable reactive barriers for ground-water remediation. He currently serves as a voting member of ASTM D-18.21Committee on Soil and Rock: Ground water and vadose zone investigations, and ASTM D-18.26 Committee on Hydraulic Fracturing. He was recently appointed as a member of the Ground Water Protection Councils Education and Research Foundation Board. He has received funding for his work from USEPA, DOE, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Dr. Puls has served on numerous interagency work groups, and delivered invited lectures on his research world-wide.