Dr. Jean M. Bahr was appointed to the U. S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board by President Barack Obama on September 25, 2012, and was designated by the President to serve as Chair of the Board on January 5, 2017.
Dr. Bahr is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been on the faculty since 1987. She also is a member of the UW-Madison Geological Engineering Program Faculty and is a faculty affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She served as chair of Geoscience (formerly Geology and Geophysics) from 2005 to 2008 and of the Nelson Institute's Water Resources Management Graduate Program from 1995 to 1999. Dr. Bahr's research explores physical, geochemical, and biogeochemical controls on the movement of water and associated solutes in subsurface geologic systems.Dr. Bahr has served on many advisory committees through the National Research Council of the National Academies and was a member of the Board on Radioactive Waste Management from 1992 to 1997. She chaired the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, and from 2004 to 2006 she was a member of the Committee on Research Priorities in Earth Science and Public Health. In addition to her service for the National Academies, Dr. Bahr has been a member of proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the international Ocean Drilling Program. She served terms on the editorial boards of the journals Water Resources Research, Ground Water, and Hydrogeology.
Dr. Bahr was elected to Sigma Xi in 1984, named a fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in 1996, and received the GSA Hydrogeology Division's Distinguished Service Award in 2006. She was the 2003 GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer and was elected President of GSA for 2009-2010. She was named a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies in 2002 and is the 2012 recipient of the Association for Women Geoscientists' Outstanding Educator Award.
Dr. Bahr received a B.A. in geology and geophysics from Yale University in 1976, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in 1985 and 1987 respectively in applied earth sciences (hydrogeology) from Stanford University.
Dr. Bahr resides in Madison, Wisconsin.