UC Davis
Assistant Professor in Intergrated Hydrologic Science

Prof. Dahlke's research focuses on contributing to a better mechanistic understanding of hydrological processes and their links to climate and biogeochemical cycling. She has extensive experience researching a wide range of hydrological processes in the field including the transport of various constituents (phosphorus, carbon) and conservative tracers.

Helen is currently managing several projects that are exploring the feasibility of using agricultural fields as recharge sites for groundwater banking in California and is testing a DNA-based tracer to map flow pathways in different hydrologic systems.

UC Water Connection: 

Prof. Dahlke is solving the puzzle of how to recharge groundwater, including agricultural sites, and shares her knowledge with farmers, students and the public. She was instrumental in developing the UC Water concept.  


Helen E. Dahlke, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Integrated Hydrologic Sciences at the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Geography from the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany and her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University with emphasis on soil and water engineering, water resources, and environmental geophysics. Before coming to UC Davis in 2013, Helen was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology at Stockholm University, Sweden where she studied climate change impacts on the hydrologic cycle and glaciers in the Scandinavian Mountains.