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Diana M. Allen


Diana Allen obtained her Ph.D. in 1996 from Carleton University and is currently a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Her research program focuses on various aspects of water security, spanning the development of risk assessment methodologies for understanding and forecasting the potential impacts of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors on groundwater resources. She has expertise in the hydrogeology of mountain and coastal regions, and conducts field- and modeling-based research that aims to link hydrological and hydrogeological processes in these dominantly bedrock regions. Diana is President of the Canadian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, an expert member of UNESCO’s GRAPHIC programme, and former Co-Editor of the Canadian Water Resources Journal. She also served on the Province of British Columbia’s Ground Water Advisory Board.


Group Chair for Geosciences for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Leadership Roles

Member of Review Panel, Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel, appointed by BC Minister of Energy and Mines (2017-present)

Member of Advisory Panel, Academic Advisory Panel for Regional Groundwater Management in Alberta – Alberta Environment and Park (2017-present)

Steering Committee Member, Groundwater Knowledge Project Steering Committee, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (2016-present)

President, International Association of Hydrogeologists – Canadian National Chapter (IAH-CNC) (2015-present)

Working Group Member, Northeast Water Working Group, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (2013-present)

Expert Group Member, UNESCO – GRAPHIC Program (Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressure of Humanity and Climate Change) (2007-present)

Working Group Member, International Association of Hydrogologists – Working Group on Groundwater and Climate Change (2005-present)

Awards & Grants

Robert N. Farvolden Award by the Canadian National Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (2015)

Fellow of Geoscientists Canada (2015)

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (2014)

Earth Sciences Sector Merit Award by Natural Resources Canada (2014)

NSERC Discovery Grant (2013-2020)

Awarded C.J. Westerman Award by Engineers and Geoscientists BC (2013)

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications (Journals) 12 of 32/ 

Hund, S.V., Allen, D.M., Morillas, L. and Johnson, M.S. (accepted May 2018) Groundwater recharge indicator as tool for decision makers to increase socio-hydrological resilience to seasonal drought. Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies

Rathay, S.Y., Allen, D.M., and Kirste, D. (on line July 2017). Response of a fractured bedrock aquifer to recharge from heavy rainfall events. Journal of Hydrology – Special Issue on Groundwater Recharge.

Dierauer, J.R., Whitfield, P.H. and Allen, D.M. (2017) Assessing the suitability of hydrometric data for trend analysis: The ‘FlowScreen’ package for R. Canadian Water Resources Journal 42(3): 269-275.

Meixner, T. Manning, A.H., Stonestrom, D.A. Allen, D.M., Ajami, H., Blasch, K.W., Brookfield, A.E., et al. (2016). Implications of projected climate change for groundwater recharge in the Western United States. Journal of Hydrology 534:124–138. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.12.027

Buttle, J.M., Allen, D.M., Caissie, D., Davison, Bl, Hayashi, M., Peters, D.L., Pomeroy, J.W., Simonovic, S., St-Hilaire, A., and Whitfield, P.H. (accepted). Flood processes in Canada: regional and special aspects. Special Issue on Floods in Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 41 (1-2): 7-30. DOI:10.1080/07011784.2015.1131629

Foster, S. and Allen, D.M. (2015). Groundwater – surface water interactions in a mountain-to-coast watershed: effects of climate change and human stressors. Advances in Meteorology, Special Issue on Hydrological Processes in Changing Climate, Land Use and Cover Change, vol. 2015, Article ID 861805, 22 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/861805 (open access)

Middleton, M.A., Allen, D.M., and Whitfield, P.H. (2016). Comparing the groundwater contribution in two groundwater-fed streams, Lower Fraser Valley, British Columbia. Special Issue on Groundwater – Surface Water Interactions in Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 41(4): 554-571. doi: 10.1080/07011784.2015.1068136

Galway, L. P., D. M. Allen, M. W. Parkes,L. Li, and T. K. Takaro (2015). Hydroclimatic variables and acute gastro-intestinal illness in British Columbia, Canada: A time series analysis. Water Resources Research, 51 (2): 885-895. doi:10.1002/2014WR015519

Spry, C.M.,K.E. Kohfeld, D.M. Allen, D. Dunkley and K. Lertzman. (2014) Characterizing pineapple express storms in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 39(3): 302-323.

Voeckler, H.M., Allen, D.M. and Alila, Y. (2014). Modeling coupled surface water – groundwater processes in a small mountainous headwater catchment. Journal of Hydrology 517: 1089–1106.

Welch, L.A. and Allen, D.M. (2014) Hydraulic conductivity characteristics in mountains and implications for conceptualizing bedrock groundwater flow. Hydrogeology Journal 22(5): 1003-1026.

Allen, D.M., K. Stahl, A. Werner, R.D. Moore, and P.H. Whitfield. (2014). Trends in groundwater levels in British Columbia. Canadian Water Resources Journal 39(1):15-31.

Research Reports (2 of 15)
Hall, G., Allen, D.M., Simpson, M., Tolera, H., Jackson, B., Middleton, M.A., and Lepitre, L. (2017) Assessment of Aquifer-Stream Connectivity Related to Groundwater Abstraction in the Lower Fraser Valley: Phase 1 Field Investigation. Water Science Series, WSS2017-02. Prov. B.C., Victoria B.C.

Middleton, M.A., Allen, D.M. 2017. Assessment of Hydraulic Connectivity Related to Groundwater Extraction on Selected Sensitive Steams: Stream Vulnerability Mapping. Water Science Series, WSS2017-04. Prov. B.C., Victoria B.C.


Diana M. Allen

Earth Sciences
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, BC
V5A 1S6

Tel: 1(778)782-3967

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