Research highlights

Featuring the research of early career hydrologists however they wish to communicate it, including pictures, diagrams, or even short videos.


Jon Golla Researcher Feature on Critical Zone Hydrology

Introduction My name is Jon Golla and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I study fluid-rock interactions in the Critical Zone. My current work combines metal(loid) stable isotopes (i.e., Li and Si) and reactive transport modeling to characterize the biogeochemical and transport pathways that…

Researcher Feature: Atmospheric physicist Brian Carroll provides insights on the NASA Postdoctoral Program

Introduction My name is Brian Carroll, and I’m an atmospheric physicist. My research focuses on lidar remote sensing algorithms and analysis, applied to studies ranging from moisture transport and cloud processes to wildfires and air quality. After earning a PhD in atmospheric physics, I spent two years as a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellow at…

Science through adventure: SMAPVEX 2022

It was a nice warm sunny day when we arrived at Cary Institute, situated in Dutchess County, NY, for our inaugural day briefing on SMAPVEX 2022 IOP2 campaign. I had enjoyed a good night’s sleep before coming down to the headquarters, as the forecast for the next 26 days indicated that I might not get…

Fengwei Hung Research Feature: Climate Adaptation and Resilience

My name is Fengwei Hung, and I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame. My overcharging research goal is to facilitate climate adaptation and enhance the city’s resilience to extreme weather, such as floods and heatwaves. I earned my doctorate in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, concentrating on urban…

Chao Wang Researcher Feature: Remote Sensing Nature-Human Systems

About me: My name is Chao Wang and I am currently a postdoc at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My overall research interests lie within the transdisciplinary research fields of hydrology, land use, and socioeconomics, and how they can be used to understand the broader nature-human system at different spatiotemporal scales. I earned…

Jordan Jimmie Researcher Feature: aquifer recharge in the Yakama Nation

Yá’át’ééh! My name is Jordan Jimmie, and I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Water Resources Engineering and an M.S. student in Biological and Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University. My Ph.D. project entails working with the Yakama Nation, in Washington State, to optimize operations of a managed aquifer recharge project in the lower Toppenish…

André Almagro Researcher Feature: Brazilian Catchment Hydrology

EN: My name is André Almagro and I am an Environmental Engineer in Brazil. At the end of 2021, I earned my Ph.D. in Environmental Sanitation and Water Resources at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. My Ph.D. thesis is a deep investigation of the hydrological behavior and dominant hydrological processes of hundreds…

Paul Vermunt’s Research Showcase: What radar tells us about vegetation water dynamics

About me Hi! I am a Ph.D. candidate at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. With an academic background in environmental sciences and hydrology, I am intrigued by understanding and measuring processes in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. Currently, I am researching the potential to monitor vegetation water dynamics with radar remote sensing. In my time…

Brianda Hernandez Researcher Feature: Water security and more!

How did you end up in the field of Hydrology? As very unconventional college student, I didn’t start college until I was 24. I got the financial opportunity to go back to school after taking a 5-year hiatus. During this time, I discovered rock climbing, traveling, backpacking, and simply exploring nature. I always caught myself…

David Litwin’s Research Showcase: Landscape co-evolution, dimensional analysis and transcending the particularity of place

I am a PhD candidate studying geography and environmental engineering at Johns Hopkins University in the Landscape Hydrology Lab. I am broadly interested in understanding how landscape history and the co-evolution of landscape form and hydrological processes affect watershed function. Water movement through catchments drives processes like mineral weathering and erosion that ultimately shape the…

Paige Becker’s Research Showcase: Comparing tracer techniques to explore flow paths and transit times through the river corridor

I’m a third year Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University researching the hyporheic zone and river corridor in the central cascades of Oregon. I use a combination of modeling and field work to improve our understanding of fluxes and transit times of headwater mountain streams. Currently, I am living in Oregon at the H.J. Andrews Experimental…

Dan Myers Research Showcase: Hydrological model calibration and rain-on-snow

I am currently a third-year PhD candidate at Indiana University Bloomington, USA, in the Ficklin Hydroclimatology Lab. I use hydrological models to better understand how climate change affects rivers and streams in North America, as part of a collaborative National Science Foundation funded project called HydroClim. I focus on model calibration and rain-on-snow melt simulation. …

Dylan Blaskey’s Research Showcase: Rebuilding Coastal Marshes Will Impact Native American Communities

Southern Louisiana’s coastal marshes have collapsed over the last century and now the State is working to rebuild them. This land where current coastal wetlands sit was created around 4000 years ago by the prograding Mississippi River delta. Historically, annual floods overtopped the banks of the river and delivered sediment-laden freshwater to the surrounding area.…

Chang Liao’s Research Showcase: Revisiting Flow Directions

I’ve been intrigued by modeling water flow since I earned my PhD in Earth and atmospheric studies. Much of my dissertation work focused on developing a three-dimensional model, ECO3D, of land-based ecosystems that I used to examine how lateral water flow impacts Arctic regions. During my PhD defense someone asked me, “Can you apply your ECO3D…

Steven Dykstra’s Research Showcase: Where Rivers End

Rivers end at the sea, or so we are taught. However, the study of fluvial hydrology commonly ends where tidal influence begins. Here, fluvial and marine forces overlap in long transitional regions (often 100s of kilometers) where coastal cities and ports face a double threat from river flooding and storm surge.