Yaguang Zhu


Geological Sciences


I am a PhD student in the hydrogeology research group, supervised by Prof. Roger Beckie. My research focuses on exploring seawater-groundwater interactions using field techniques and reactive transport modeling to understand the impact of saline intrusion on biogeochemical processes in the coastal aquifer, focusing on iron and manganese. Specifically, I’m trying to: 1) understand how the density-dependent flow pattern affects the mixing process and biogeochemical dynamics; 2) investigate the sources, transport, and transformation of organic matter in the aquifer and silts; and 3) predict the long-term geochemical evolution of the system.


  • Surface water - groundwater Interaction
  • Groundwater geochemistry
  • Groundwater hydrology


  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, The University of British Columbia; 2019 - Present 
  • MEng Groundwater Science and Engineering, Beijing Normal University; 2016 - 2019
  • B.Sc. Geophysics, Institute of Disaster Prevention; 2012 - 2016

Peer-reviewed publications


Zhu, Y., Zhai, Y., Teng, Y., Wang, G., Du, Q., Wang, J., & Yang, G. (2020). Water supply safety of riverbank filtration wells under the impact of surface water-groundwater interaction: evidence from long-term field pumping tests. Science of the Total Environment711, 135141.

Zhai, Y., Yang, J., Zhu, Y., Du, Q., Yuan, W., & Lu, H. (2020). Quality change mechanism and drinking safety of repeatedly-boiled water and prolonged-boil water: A comparative study. Journal of Water and Health. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2166/wh.2020.022.



Zhu, Y., Zhai, Y., Du, Q., Teng, Y., Wang, J., & Yang, G. (2019). The impact of well drawdowns on the mixing process of river water and groundwater and water quality in a riverside well field, Northeast China. Hydrological Processes33(6), 945-961.

Jiang, Y., Zhang, J., Zhu, Y., Du, Q., Teng, Y., & Zhai, Y. (2019). Design and optimization of a fully-penetrating riverbank filtration well scheme at a fully-penetrating river based on analytical methods. Water11(3), 418.