Dr Syed Mustafa

Dr Syed Mustafa
PhD in hydrogeology

Research Fellow

Dr Syed Mustafa
Dr Syed Mustafa

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen University of Aberdeen, School of Geosciences, St Mary's Building, Room 122, Old Aberdeen AB24 3UF - Scotland, UK


2019-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Hydrogeology at the Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, UK

2018-2019: Postdoctoral researcher in Hydrogeology at the Department of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2014-2018: PhD in hydrogeology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Graduated "with highest honours". Thesis title: ‘Quantification of model uncertainties in groundwater drought simulations under climate change’

2011-2013: MS in Water Resources Engineering, KU Leuven & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Thesis title: ' Field and Water Management to Improve Food Security of Bangladesh'


Research Interests

  • Groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Numerical modelling and uncertainty analysis of groundwater flow and solute transport processes
  • Hydrological extremes and their interaction with human activities
  • Interdisciplinary research on climate resilience & water security and WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene), with a particular interest in groundwater resources in Southern Africa and South-east Asia.

Current Research

Connect4 water resilience: connecting water resources, communities, drought and flood hazards, and governance across 4 countries in the Limpopo basin

Chalk Aquifer Management (CHARM) project to better understand the capacity of the Chalk aquifer in Belgium and the impact of different users.

Further Info

External Responsibilities


  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH)
  • International Water Association (IWA)
  • Young Hydrologic Society