Abdou A. Abouelmagd, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Sciences and Engineering (2013-2015)

Assistant Professor, Suez Canal University, Egypt



Dr. Abouelmagd studied Hydrogeology, Paleoclimatology, Remote Sensing and GIS at the  Western Michigan University in USA, where he received his PhD in 2012. ​He then accepted a Postdoctoral Research position to work with Prof Mohamed Sultan at  WMU Earth Sciences Remote Sensing Lab.
Dr. Abouelmagd taught geology classes at Western Michigan University and  Olivet College. Prior to moving to KAUST in early 2013, he returned to Egypt to take up a faculty position at the  Suez Canal University in Ismailia.

Research Interests

Dr. Abouelmagd is undertaking interdisciplinary approach utilizing hydrogeology, paleoclimatology, remote sensing and GIS to: 1) analyze hydrographic basins in order to mitigate flash flood hazards and augment groundwater; 2) study aquifer characteristics using different hydrogeological and geophysical tools; and 3) reconstruct the paleoclimatic regimes based on inferences from stable isotopes, noble gas geochemistry, remote sensing and GIS techniques. His current project focuses on understanding the nature, origin and hydrogeologic setting of the major fossil aquifer systems in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This project is undertaking an integrated approach utilizing remote sensing, stable isotopes and noble gases geochemistry to identify the origin and nature of the paleoclimatic regimes that produced the precipitation that recharged the underlying fossil aquifers during the previous wet climatic periods. The results of this research will enrich our understanding of the timing and source of recharge to the fossil groundwater aquifers beneath the MENA region and can be applied to other comparative fossil aquifers elsewhere.

Selected Publications

For a full listing of publications, please refer to my Google Scholar page.

  • Abouelmagd A, Sultan M, Sturchio NC, Soliman F, Rashed M, Ahmed M, Kehew AE, Milewski A and Chouinard K (2014) “Paleoclimate record in the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer, Sinai Peninsula”, Quaternary Research 81, 158-167.
  • , Sultan M, Milewski A, Kehew AE, Sturchio NC, Soliman F, Krishnamurthy RV and Cutrim E (2012) "Toward a better understanding of Palaeoclimatic regimes that recharged the fossil aquifers in North Africa: Inferences from stable isotope and remote sensing data", Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 329–330, 137–149.
  • H and Abouelmagd AA (2004) "New approach for ground geophysics in the development of groundwater in the basement terrains (A case study from Wadi Feiran, South Sinai, Egypt)", Proc. 7th Conf. Geol. Sinai Develop., Ismailia. pp. 129-140.
  • Abouelmagd AA (2001) " Flash flood mitigation and groundwater augmenting in Wadi Feiran Basin, South Sinai, Egypt", Proc. 6th Conf. Geol. Sinai Develop., Ismailia. pp. 303-319.


  • 2012: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
  • 2012: Ph.D. in Hydrogeology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
  • 2003: M.Sc. in Hydrogeology, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
  • 1995: B.Sc. in Geology, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Professional Profile

  • 2013-Present: Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology (on leave), Geology Department, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
  • 2007-2012: Teaching Assistant, Department of Geosciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
  • 1996-2006: Teaching Assistant, Geology Department, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Scientific and Professional Membership

American Water Works Association (AWWA)
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Geological Society of Egypt (GSE)


  • National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG), Excellent Academics Award, 2011.
  • Jim Living Scholarship Award, sponsored by Woolpert, LLP, Improving Michigan’s Access to Geographic Information Networks (IMAGIN), 2011.
  • David Kuenzi Student Research Award, Department of Geosciences, Western Michigan University, 2011
  • Western Michigan University 4th annual poster day award, 2010
  • Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award, Graduate College, Western Michigan University, 2009
  • Advisory Council Field Camp Scholarship, Department of Geosciences, Western Michigan University 2007 & 2008

Research Interests Keywords

Hydrogeology Geophysics Paleoclimatology Groundwater Management Satellite Remote Sensing Geographic Information System (GIS)