Jozsef Toth


Jozsef TothJ. Toth's secondary education started with 4 1/2 years in geophysical exploration at the School of Mining and Geology, Hungary, and continued in geophysics at the State University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. T6th obtained an MSc. degree in 1960, and a PHD. in 1965. He worked for the Alberta Research Council as a hydrogeologist from 1960 to 1980, where he was Head of the Groundwater Department between 1968 and 1980. While at the Council, T6th conducted numerous field studies of groundwater resource exploration and development; conceived of, and supervised the provincial hydrogeological mapping program; executed several projects in India, Mrica and Sri Lanka on behalf of CIDA; formulated, field verified and expanded upon the theory of regional groundwater flow. A paper published on this theory earned him the Geological Society of America's "O.E. Meinzer Award" in 1965. He taught hydrogeology part time at the university of Alberta in 1966-70, and at the University of Calgary in 1978-80; was President (1974-84) of the Canadian National Chapter, and Vice-President (1980-84) of the International Association of Hydrogeologists; and the Hydrogeologist Member of the Technical Advisory Committee to Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd. (1981-85). He has acted as consultant on groundwater related matters to various government agencies and/or private concerns in Canada, the U.S., West Germany, Switzerland, and Thailand.

J. T6thjoined the University of Alberta fulltime in 1980 as an "Alberta Energy and Natural Resources Research Professor", with cross appointments in the Departments of Geology, Soil science and Civil Engineering. He was appointed to the Department of Geology in 1985.

T6th's research interests centre around the theoretical and applied aspects, and the natural manifestations, of regional groundwater flow. Several concepts and techniques resulting from his work have been applied internationally to problems related to water resources development, groundwater mapping, subsurface disposal of radioactive and other wastes, soil salinization, lake hydrology, peat drainage, slope stability, and genesis of strata-bound ore deposits. His main research efforts are now aimed at identifying and developing hydrogeological principles and techniques for application to petroleum exploration, i.e., at developing methods for the practical implementation of his hydraulic theory of petroleum migration.