Hong-Yi Li, PhD 

Assistant Professor

Research interests include watershed modeling, earth system modeling, drought, floods, aquatic biogeochemistry. (Click here for recent CV).


Wondmagegn Yigzaw, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate

  • PhD 2016, Tennessee Tech University 

  • MSc 2008, University of Stuttgart 

  • BSc 2004, Arba Minch University 

Watershed hydrology and hydrological modeling. Understanding the role played by artificial reservoirs in land-atmosphere interaction. Hydraulic structure design in context of local and regional climate change. Formulation and quantification of human factor and policy impact in water resources modeling.

Current Research: Reservoir stratification module in Model for Scale Adaptive River Transport (MOSART) model. 

Guta Abeshu

PhD student

  • MAS 2015, ETH-Zurich

  • MSc 2013, Addis Ababa University 

  • BSc 2009, Arba Minch University 

Water Resources Systems optimization and Modeling, Hydrologic Remote Sensing, Catchment Hydrology, Prediction in ungauged basin, Statistical Hydrology and Hydrological Modeling.

Current Research: Global water availability under multiple anthropogenic influences, especially reservoirs. 


Taher Chegini

PhD student

  • MSc 2010, K.N.T.U University 

  • BSc 2006, Razi University 

Numerical simulation of two phase flows, Experimental data analysis, Parallel programming, Modeling non-linear surface water waves and shallow water.

Current Research: Urban flooding, Storm water management, Flood frequency analysis, River channel delineation. 


Elizabeth Walker

Undergraduate Researcher

Interested in water resources engineering to improve the current infrastructure resilience to natural disasters. Worked on a project on improving earthquake-prone buildings.

Current Research: Coastal area analysis using Python modules. 


Senlin Zhu, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate

  • PhD 2017, Wuhan University

  • BSc 2011,  Wuhan University 

Hydrodynamic and water quality modelling; River biogeochemistry; Sediment transport and sedimentation.

Current Research: River BGC module in Model for Scale Adaptive River Transport (MOSART) model. 


Misako Hatono, PhD

Visiting Research Scholar

  • PhD 2018, the University of Tokyo

  • MSc 2015, the University of Tokyo 

  • BSc 2013, the University of Tokyo

Global flood risk forecasting. Understanding sediment dynamics by global scale modeling and remote sensing. Development of a high resolution long-term precipitation dataset for Japan. Precipitation analysis on high intensity rain events.

Current Research: Implementing sediment erosion and reservoir processes in global sediment dynamics model. 


Matthew Shakerian

Undergraduate researcher

  • BSc 2020, University of Houston

Geohydrology, numerical modeling. Worked on research focusing on the interpretation and modification of Kapustinskii's Lattice Energy Equation

Current Research: Producing a comprehensive map of soil geological investigation bore logs, combined with groundwater mapping for the City of Houston. 

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Ge Hua

PhD student

  • M. Arch., Huazhong University of Science of Technology

  • B. Arch., Huazhong University of Science of Technology

My research interests include urban plan, flood control, storm water management and reservoir operation.

Current Research: Hydrology modeling and watershed analysis by using Python modules. 

Group Alumni

Dengfeng Liu, PhD

Associate Research Professor, 2016-2018

Yuan (Navy) Zhuang

Visiting scholar, Tsinghua University​, 2016-2017

Jake Martin

Undergraduate researcher, 2017-2018 

Fasil Worku

MS student, 2017-2019

Man Gao

Visiting scholar, Hohai University, 2016-2017

Wenhua (Violet) Wan

Visiting scholar, Tsinghua University, 2016-2017

Kimberlie Massey

Undergraduate researcher, 2016-2017


Chen Yang, PhD

Visiting scholar, 2019