SHIRLEY J. DREISS (1949-1993)


Shirley Dreiss was a pioneer in hydrogeology, with influential contributions in karst hydrology, groundwater-surface water interactions, transport in the unsaturated zone, characterization of geologic heterogeneity, and fluid flow in subduction zones.   Sadly, her contributions were cut short when on December 14, 1993, and at the young age of 44, Shirley lost her life in a tragic car accident. She was then a Professor of hydrogeology and chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Shirley completed her MS at the University of Missouri with Stan Davis and her PhD at Stanford with Irwin Remson. She pursued both theoretical, numerical, and field work, her knowledge and expertise enriching students, collaborators and all the prestigious and influential committees she served on. In the last year of her life, she was working on the hydrology of the Mono Lake groundwater system, this work initiated as a result of her participation on a National Research Council Committee. As the Birdsall Lecturer of the Geological Society of America (GSA) during 1991-1992 she delivered three pioneering lectures on karst hydrology, fluid flow in subduction zones, and indicator geostatistics for quantifying geological heterogeneity. To honor her legacy, the Birdsall Lecture of GSA was renamed as the Birdsall-Dreiss Lecture.


Gorelick, S. M. (1994), Shirley J. Dreiss (1949–1993), Eos Trans. AGU, 75(20), 228. [PDF]

Hornberger, G. M., and M. P. Anderson (1995), Introduction to special section: Dreiss Memorial Special Section,Water Resources Research, 31(12), 31193120. [PDF]

Special section Shirley J. Dreiss Memorial (1995), Water Resources Research, 31(12). [LINK]

***Please send your suggestions, additions, and corrections to Efi Foufoula-Georgiou.*** 

List of Publications:

1. Dreiss, S. J. (1982), Linear Kernels for Karst Aquifers, Water Resources Research, 18(4), 865-876. [PDF]

2. Remson, I., S. J. Dreiss, and A. G. Journel (1982), Radioactive- waste disposal – an application of predictive geology, Predictive geology with emphasis on nuclear-waste disposal. Proc. 1980, 25-32.

3. Dreiss, S. J. (1983), Linear unit-response functions as indicators of recharge areas for large karst springs, Journal of Hydrology, 61, 31-44. [LINK]

4. Dreiss, S. J. (1984), Effects of lithology on solution development in carbonate aquifers, Journal of Hydrology, 70, 295-308. [LINK]

5. Dreiss, S. J., and L. D. Anderson (1985), Estimating vertical soil moisture flux at a land treatment site, Ground Water, 23(4), 503-511. [LINK]

6. Narasimhan, T. N., and S. J. Dreiss (1986), A numerical technique for modeling transient flow of water to a soil water sampler, Soil Science, 141(3), 230-236. [LINK]

7. Dreiss, S. J. (1986), Chromium migration through sludge-treated soils, Ground Water, 24(3), 312-321. [LINK]

8. Creasey, C. L., and Dreiss, S. J. (1988), Porous cup samplers: Cleaning procedures and potential sample bias from trace element contamination, Soil Science, 145(2) , 93-101. [LINK]

9. Dreiss, S. J. (1989), Regional scale transport in a Karst Aquifer: 1. Component separation of spring flow hydrographs, Water Resources Research, 25(1), 117-125. [PDF]

10. Dreiss, S. J. (1989), Regional scale transport in a Karst Aquifer: 2. Linear systems and time moment analysis, Water Resources Research, 25(1), 126-134. [PDF]

11. Borja, R. I., and S. J. Dreiss, (1989), Numerical modeling of accretionary wedge mechanics: application to the Barbados subduction problem, Journal of Geophysical Research, 94(B7), 9323-9339. [PDF]

12. Johnson, N. M., and S. J. Dreiss, (1989), Hydrostratigraphic interpretation using indicator geostatistics, Water Resources Research, 25(12), 2501-2510. [PDF]

13. Screaton, E. J., D. R. Wuthrich, and S. J. Dreiss (1990), Permeabilities, fluid pressures, and flow rates in the Barbados Ridge complex, Journal of Geophysical Research, 95(B6), 8997-9007. [PDF]

14. Screaton, E. J., D. R. Wuthrich, and S. J. Dreiss (1990), Fluid flow within the Barbados ridge complex, part I: dewatering within the toe of the prism, Proc., Scientific results, ODP, Leg 110, Barbados Ridge, 321-329.

15. Reid, M. E., and S. J. Dreiss (1990), Modeling the effects of unsaturated, stratified sediments on groundwater recharge from intermittent streams, Journal of Hydrology, 114, 149-174. [LINK]

16. Wuthrich, D. R., E. J. Screaton, and S. J. Dreiss (1990), Fluid flow within the Barbados Ridge complex, part II: permeability estimates and numerical simulations of flow velocities and pore pressures, Proc., scientific results, ODP, Leg 110, Barbados Ridge, 331-341.

17. Bekins, B. A., and S. J. Dreiss, (1992), A simplified analysis of parameters controlling dewatering in accretionary prisms, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 109, 275-287.[LINK]

18. Bekins, B., A. M. McCaffrey, and S. J. Dreiss (1994), Influence of kinetics on the smectite to illite transition in the Barbados accretionary prism, Journal of Geophysical Research, 99(B9), 18147-18158. [PDF]

19. Phillips, F. M., D. B. Rogers, S. J. Dreiss, N. O. Jannik, and D. Elmore (1995), Chlorine 36 in Great Basin waters: revisited, Water Resources Research, 31(12), 3195-3204. [PDF]

20. Rogers, D. B., and S. J. Dreiss (1995), Saline groundwater in Mono Basin, California: 1. Distribution, Water Resources Research, 31(12), 3131-3150. [PDF]

21. Rogers, D. B., and S. J. Dreiss (1995), Saline groundwater in Mono Basin, California: 2. Long-term control of lake salinity by groundwater, Water Resources Research, 31(12), 3151-3169. [PDF]

22. Bekins, B. A., A. M. McCaffrey, and S. J. Dreiss (1995), Episodic and constant flow models for the origin of low-chloride waters in a modern accretionary complex, Water Resources Research, 31(12), 3205-3215. [PDF]

23. Connell, T. L., and S. J. Dreiss (1995), Chemical evolution of shallow groundwater along the northeast shore of Mono Lake, California, Water Resources Research, 31(12), 3171-3182. [PDF]

24. Neumann, K., and S. Dreiss (1995), Strontium 87/strontium 86 ratios as tracers in groundwater and surface waters in Mono Basin, California, Water Resources Research, 31(12), 3183-3193. [PDF]