Eric Henry

Associate Professor

Department of Geography and Geology

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

601 South College Road

Wilmington, NC 28403-5944

Telephone: 910-962-7622

Email: henrye AT uncw DOT edu



My Teaching Interests

I often teach Environmental Geology  (GLY120) and Natural Disasters (GLY 125). I have also taught Principles of Hydrology (GLY226/GGY235), Geohydrology (GLY 426/526), Engineering Geology (GLY 525), and team-taught Field Methods in Environmental Science (GLY 220). In the future I hope to find time to teach additional courses related to hydrology and environmental geology.

Groundwater hydrologists depend on wells to learn about the subsurface. So do hydrology students! There are a number of groundwater monitoring wells installed on the UNCW campus for teaching and research purposes. These wells are used by students to practice aquifer testing and groundwater sampling. CATLIN Engineers and Scientists installed a pair of wells a few years ago. The wells are screened in the surficial (~15' deep) and Castle Hayne (~70' deep) aquifers. A webpage documenting the deep well installation can be found here (thanks to Dr. Jim Dockal for putting the drilling page together!). During other semesters Arm's Water Works put on a drilling demonstration for students in GLY 426/526 and other students went to Bald Head Island to see a drilling demonstration. Students should take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to get into the field to practice their craft.


My Research Interests:

    My general research interest is in the field of hydrology. Hydrology is a broad field that includes diverse topics such as contaminant transport, water resources, and groundwater-surface water interactions, just to name a few. Much of my past research has focused on contaminant transport and flow behavior, especially within the vadose zone. Over the past few years I have become increasingly interested in the linkage between groundwater and surface water and the dynamic nature of the regions where groundwater and surface water interact. If you are interested in learning about some of the research I have done, click the Publications link that is near the bottom of this page.

Student Research:

    I am always interested in talking to students about potential undergraduate or graduate level research projects. Research topics that students might wish to pursue are: contaminant transport processes in the vadose zone, the behavior of contaminant plumes resulting from leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTS), groundwater/surface-water interactions, or quantifying recharge in the coastal plain region. If you are interested in pursuing research with a focus on hydrology send me an email and we can discuss potential research topics. One good way for students to get involved in research is via a Directed Independent Study, or DIS.

Undergraduate DIS: Several undergrad students have worked on directed independent study (DIS) projects in hydrology. Amanda and Julie collected water level data and water quality parameters for several wells on the UNCW campus. Chris used the water level data to estimate recharge rates to the shallow surficial aquifer and presented a poster of the results at a WRRI conference. Tim set up a Campbell Scientific TDR datalogger system which he used to look at the unsaturated flow characteristics of local soils. Liz used soil moisture probes to measure changes in moisture content in the shallow subsurface. Richard and Brandon used the soil moisture probes to look at tracer transport in groundwater and they presented their research at professional meetings.

Graduate DIS: Amy did a directed independent study project related to groundwater modeling. Brian applied several different experimental techniques to measure the hydrogeologic properties at sites that were being evaluated for on-site wastewater disposal (septic tanks).  


Graduate School at UNCW: UNCW offers students an opportunity to pursue an MS in Geosciences in two formats: a traditional thesis format and a non-thesis format. For more information regarding the degree options, take a look at the graduate program website


                          Dr. Henry's Publications  


Click on Ralph for a graduate student qualifying exam question courtesy of Homer Simpson!