“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, ecology, chemistry 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, 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 biogeochemical processes in stream- and groundwater ecosystems. Some of the methods we are further developing and using are:
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
WHAT WE TEACH
Spring 2014: CE 542 - Intermediate hydrology. University of New Mexico.
Fall 2013: CE 442 - Hydraulic engineering and hydrology. University of New Mexico.
2006 - 2008: Hydraulics. Open channels and pipe systems. National University of Colombia.