Zachary Lauffenburger

Zachary Lauffenburger

UM BRIDGES Ph.D. Student

Office: CHCB 113
Email: zachary1.lauffenburger@umontana.edu

Current Position

UM BRIDGES Ph.D. Student

Personal Summary

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. I grew up with a love of the outdoors. I attended Colorado State University, majoring in Environmental Geology. It was there that I grew an appreciation of water resource management. After working with the Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project in Montana (which is a crazy story) I moved to San Francisco and obtained my M.S. in Hydrogeology from San Francisco State University. My thesis was then submitted to Agricultural Water Management and was published in August 2018. Before starting my Ph.D. at the University of Montana, I worked for a environmental consulting firm (AMEC) in Oakland, CA, and as a Lecturer at San Francisco State University.


M.S. Hydrogeology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
B.S. Environmental Geology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


Research Interests

Computer modelling of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus


Hydro-Economics of Agricultural Regions, University of Montana

Field of Study

Food-Energy-Water Nexus


  1. Lauffenburger, Z.H., J.J. Gurdak, C. Hobza, D. Woodward. 2018. Agricultural land use and future climate change effects on

diffuse recharge, northern High Plains aquifer, USA Agriculture Water Management. doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2018.03.022


Recognition of Faculty Excellence SFSU Dept. of Geography and Environment, 2017
SFSU Academic Technology Summer Institute, 2014
SFSU Science Partners in K–12 Education, 2011
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Graduate, Patagonia, Chile, 2006
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Eagle Scout, Troop 171, Boulder, Colorado, 2002

Specialized Skills

Computer modelling of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Food Energy Water Focus

Hydro-economics of agricultural regions

UM Bridges Department

Geosciences, PhD

Teaching Experience

2013 – 2018 San Francisco State University
ERTH 112: Our Dynamic Earth Lecture & Lab (2014 – 2018); ERTH 230: Environmental Geology (2013); GEOG 301: Bay Area Environments (2015-2018); ERTH 330: California Water (2014-2018)
2015 College of Alameda
GEO 10: Introduction to Geology

Professional Experience

2013 – 2018 San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
Lecturer: Dept. of Earth & Climate Science and Dept. of Geography & Environment
2015 College of Alameda, Alameda, California
Instructor: Dept. of Geology
2013 – 2014 AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Oakland, California
Staff Hydrogeologist
2010 – 2012 Port of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Planning & Development Student Internship
2009 – 2010 United States Geological Survey (USGS) & University of Montana, Glacier N.P., Montana
GS-1350-05 (Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project (NDGBP))


Department of Geosciences


Skiing, fly fishing, backpacking, running with my pup, chess, cribbage, and really any other card/board games.