Potkay, Aaron

Office: 114 Geological Sciences Lab
Phone: (848) 445-2044


  • Rutgers University, NJ, Ph.D. Candidate in Geological Sciences
  • University of Texas at Austin, TX, M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, 2017
    • Masters Thesis: "Flow Processes in Unsaturated, Expansive Soils"
  • Virginia Tech, VA, B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2015


  • Rutgers University Earth and Planetary Sciences

    • Geologic Modeling 01:460:418 - Spring 2019

Research Interests

  • Vegetation and groundwater: how do soil water and groundwater dynamics drive changes in transpiration, carbon storage, and growth, particularly rooting depth?
  • Plant physiological traits: how do plants optimize their efficiencies within the limits of genotypic variation and environmental constraints? 
  • Water-Stress and Forest Mortality: how do forests respond to meteorological and hydrological droughts?



  • Potkay, A. 2017. One-dimensional seepage in unsaturated, expansive soils. Vadose Zone J.
  • Zornberg, J.G., Armstrong, C.P., Potkay, A. 2017. Implementation of centrifuge testing of
    expansive soils for pavement design. FHWA/TX-17/5-6048-03-1. Center for Transportation
    Research, UT Austin.

Meetings / Abstracts

  • "Understanding Water and Gas Transport in Algal-Fungal Symbionts: Integrating Laboratory Experiments and Numerical Modeling of Lichens" - Washington D.C., Fall 2018 AGU Meeting