Center for Water and the Environment
Department of Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131 USA.Phone Number: +1 (505) 277 2621






“I had less difficulty in the discovery of motion of heavenly bodies in spite of their astonishing distances, than in the investigations of the movement of flowing water before our very eyes”.

Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)


We study water resources to contribute knowledge that improves our understanding of how water connects ecosystems and people around the planet. We are very passionate about our research. It involves multidisciplinary components of water resources research, i.e., hydrology, hydraulics, aquatic ecology, chemistry, and mathematical and computational modeling. Despite our major expertise is in engineering and science, we proudly collaborate with water resources managers and policy makers.

Our research interests are: hydrologic transport, rainfall-runoff processes, stream ecology, groundwater-surface water interactions, smart tracers, and mathematical and computational modeling. We investigate interactions among solute transport, metabolism and nutrient processing in groundwater and stream ecosystems. We develop and use methods aimed at advancing ecohydrology, ecohydraulics, civil engineering and biosystems engineering.

We collaborate with folks around the globe interested in water resources. We understand that the present is full of fascinating challenges for the water resources community and believe that multidisciplinarity is, by far, humans' most valuable resource.

We are committed to serving our local communities with the best knowledge we can develop and also through actively mentoring our students at the University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque metro area.



Our lab couples experimental observations with mathematical, numerical and uncertainty modeling to investigate hydrological and biogeochemical processes in stream- and groundwater ecosystems. Some of the methods we are further developing and using are:

  • Geophysical and stream ecology methods to improve our understanding of solute transport, metabolism and nutrient dynamics.
  • Hydrologic modeling of rainfall-runoff processes and their effects in the mobilization of carbon and nutrients.
  • Mathematical models to investigate transport and biogeochemical processes under uncertainty analyses.
  • Smart tracers (such as resazurin) to better understand the coupling of solute transport and biological reactivity.
  • Scaling techniques to predict hydrological processes.

We encourage you to visit our contributions to the engineering and biogeosciences communities, following the link Publications



  • Fall 2015, 2014, 2013: CE 442 - Hydraulic Engineering and Hydrology. University of New Mexico

  • Spring 2015: CE 598 - Surface Water Quality Modeling. University of New Mexico.

  • Spring 2014: CE 542 - Intermediate hydrology. University of New Mexico.

  • 2006 - 2008: Hydraulics. Open channels and pipe systems. National University of Colombia.

"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living."

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968)