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WATERSHED HYDROLOGY AND WATER QUALITY Research Team Members

Jan Boll

PROFESSOR
Civil and Environmental Engineering

INTERIM DIRECTOR
Center for Environmental Research, Education & Outreach

 

Education
  • Ph.D. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 1995, Cornell University
  • M.S. Agricultural Engineering, 1988, University of Idaho
  • M.S. Land Use Planning, 1988. The Agricultural University of Wageningen
  • B.S. Land Use Planning, 1985, The Agricultural University of Wageningen

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Mengqi Zhao

PhD Student

Ph.D. 2015 – present Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University
M.S. 2012 – 2015 Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University
B.S. 2008 – 2012 Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power

I joined the Watershed Lab in the PhD program and started to learn and develop analysis in the Soil Moisture Routing (SMR) Model for forest management in hydrologically sensitive areas. Also, I am focusing on developing integrative system dynamics models which are fed data from existing process models to support innovations of Food-Energy-Water systems in the Columbia River Basin.

Email: mengqi.zhao@wsu.edu

Matt Yourek

PhD student (co-advised by Professor Jenny Adam)

B.S. Biological & Agricultural Engineering from University of Idaho
M.S. Environmental Engineering from University of Idaho

Past Research interests: My masters thesis and post-thesis research work at UI focused on water balance modeling of agricultural systems and the use of satellite imagery for improved cropping systems.

Current Research: My PhD research focuses on land suitability for cultivation, land use downscaling, and impact of water law and climate policy on land use in the Columbia River Basin.

Personal Interests: I enjoy hiking and working out. To relax I like to read, watch movies, spending time with friends, and listening to podcasts about current events and religion.

 

 

Ames (Fowler) Elliandi

M.S. Student

M.S. 2016 – present        Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University
B.S. 2011 – 2015               Civil and Environmental Engineering, Seattle University

My research is focused on the linkage between hydrologic modeling and practical application of the results. I am working with distributed surface hydrology and erosion models for the Palouse region. I am integrating the results of these models in a system dynamics environment in conversation with the Palouse Conservation District.

Email: ames.fowler@wsu.edu

Galen Kornowske

M.S. Student

M.S. 2018 – present Civil and Environmental Engineering
B.S. 2013 – 2017 Bioresource Science and Engineering

My research involves analyzing groundwater samples for phosphorus content. I am trying to determine the source of phosphorus that is causing an increase in vegetation growth in Kalispell bay in Priest Lake. Once the source is identified I will be developing a method to prevent future phosphorus contamination.

Email: joseph.kornowske@wsu.edu

 

Trupti Lakhkar

M.S. Student

M.S. 2017 – present Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University
B.Tech. 2006 – 2010 Agricultural Engineering, Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, India

My research focuses on the ephemeral gully formation processes in the Palouse River basin watersheds. I am trying to identify the gully evolution processes in the watershed with the use of a geographic information system (GIS) based methodology and field investigations. I am also focusing on developing a field based approach to characterize gully formation processes and gully erosion.

Philip Moffatt

M.S. Student

M.S. 2019 – present, Civil & Environmental Engineering

B.S. 2002 – 2006 Environmental Engineering

My research focus is on watershed characterization in the Pullman-Moscow area and investigating stable water isotope hydrology. I am also involved in collecting and processing field data to support further research interests on our team and enable a better public understanding of the South Fork Palouse Watershed.

Email: philip.moffatt@wsu.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Alex Rogel

B.S. Student in Civil Engineering

I am currently a Sophomore at WSU majoring in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Engineering and my undergraduate research focus is on establishing cross-sectional /longitudinal streamflow monitoring of 18-Oxygen, 2-H (Deuterium, D) in the South Fork Palouse River Watershed. I am also learning about precipitation (rainfall/snowfall) characterization spatially, temporally and snow pack/snow melt isotope dynamics in the Inland Pacific Northwest and hydrological fluctuations in stable isotope composition at Cook Agricultural Farm.

 

PAST MEMBERS

Germain Esquivel Hernandez

Associate Professor at National University of Costa Rica
Docinade Ph.D. graduate (co-advised by Ricardo Sanchez-Murillo)

My research focuses on the analysis of climate variability, moisture transport mechanisms, and precipitation dynamics in the tropics. I have put a special emphasis on the analysis of climate variability and hydroclimatic conditions for Costa Rica to assess the significance of recent changes in the available water resources. High-altitude ecosystems like the Páramo, located mainly in the Talamanca range of Costa Rica, are studied using stable isotopes in precipitation and glacial lakes (from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Germain_Esquivel_Hernandez).

 

Christian Guzman

Ph.D 2016 Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
M.S. 2011 Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
B.S. 2009 Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida

As a postdoc in the Watershed Hydrology and Water Quality lab, I investigated isotope hydrology in the Inland Pacific Northwest. I also studied the overlap between hydrology, agriculture, energy, and sociology in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in the Columbia River Basin. I am currently assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Massachussets-Amherst.

Email: cdguzman(at)umass.edu
Website: cdavidguzman.com

 

Raul Rodriguez

B.S. Biology, Washington State University 2017

Assisting in establishing cross-sectional /longitudinal streamflow monitoring of 18-Oxygen, 2-H (Deuterium, D) in the South Fork Palouse River Watershed. I also investigate precipitation (rainfall/snowfall) characterization spatially, temporally and snow pack/snow melt isotope dynamics in the Inland Pacific Northwest.

Sam Ferguson

B.S. Student in Civil Engineering

I am currently a Senior at WSU majoring in Civil Engineering and my undergraduate research focus is on establishing cross-sectional /longitudinal streamflow monitoring of 18-Oxygen, 2-H (Deuterium, D) in the Missouri Flat Creek and Paradise Creek Watersheds.

 

Danielle Adams

M.S. Civil Engineering, 2015-2017. Washington State University
B.S. Civil Engineering, 2009, Washington State University

I am currently studying the spatio-temporal variations of topography-driven wind and its’ effects on evaporation at the Cook Agronomy Farm. Additionally, I am evaluating the effectiveness of the use a complementary flux principle to estimate evaporation in a semi-arid environment. Previous to my current research, I worked for the US Air Force as a environmental engineer focusing on environmental remediation efforts and compliance.

email: druffdj@wsu.edu

 

Jesus Policarpo

BS Student in Computer Science (Sophomore)

Hi! I’m a sophomore with Junior credits studying Spanish and Computer Science. I love science and most nerdy things, along with videogames and anime. I am hoping to get insight into research at WSU by participating on this study, and learn more

Marco Meza

B.S. student in Material Science Engineering

Transfer Sophomore at WSU pursuing a degree in Material Science and Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Undergraduate research focused on measuring 18-O and 2-H in rainwater samples.

 

 

Alyssa Resurreccion

B.S. Student in Civil Engineering

Pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering and a minor in French language. Undergraduate research focused on establishing cross-sectional longitudinal streamflow monitoring of 18-oxygen, 2-H in the Missouri Flat Creek, South Fork Palouse River, and Paradise Creek.