Center for Water and the Environment

Department of Civil Engineering

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131 USA.Phone Number: +1 (505) 277 2621

 
 
 


 

 

 

 
OUR VIEW ON WATER RESOURCES

“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)

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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 APPROACHES

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.
  • 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

 

WHAT WE TEACH

  • Fall 2014: CE 442 - Hydraulic engineering and hydrology. University of New Mexico.

  • 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.