Hydrology and Water Resources

Water Resources Faculty at California State University, Los Angeles

Mission Statement

The hydrology and water resources faculty at CSULA provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education in applied and theoretical areas of hydrology and water resources, with particular emphasis on service to diverse and underrepresented groups of students. The faculty are also engaged in nationally and regionally recognized research in a broad range of hydrology subfields, including basin hydrogeology, environmental biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, integrated atmospheric/surfacewater/groundwater assessment, computational hydrology, climate change impacts, and development of management policy. The acute drought and water availability problems in the western US and northern Mexico has prompted  faculty across multiple colleges and departments at CSULA to form a coalition to engage in professional and support services to the Los Angeles Basin, the State of California, and to international communities.  

Dr. Elaine Draper

Dr. Elaine DraperDr. Elaine Draper is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Los Angeles.  Her teaching and research interests include environmental policy, organizational change, risk analysis, bioethics and health policy, environmental and workplace hazards, and corporate and professional ethics.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1985, Sociology; J.D., UCLA, 1999

Department: Sociology

Courses:

SOC 487: Environmental Policy, Law, and Society
SOC 488: Sociology of Law
SOC 544: Social Organization, Institutions, and Change
SOC 447: Work and the Workplace
SOC 433: Bioethics and Sociology
SOC 425: Medical Sociology

Current Project Themes:

  1. Professional, organizational, and legal dilemmas of environmental scientists and physicians
  2. Environmental and occupational risk in corporations

Link:  Faculty page:  http://web.calstatela.edu/faculty/edraper/

Dr. Andre Ellis

Dr. Andre EllisDr. Andre Ellis is an Associate Professor in Hydrogeochemistry and Isotope Geochemistry.  His teaching and research interests include isotope hydrogeology (including non-traditional isotopes), contaminant transport, and environmental geochemistry and climate impacts on watersheds.

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003

Department: Geosciences and Environment

Courses:

GEOL 422 Forensic and Environmental Geochemistry
GEOL 484 Hydrogeology
GEOL 562 Contaminant Hydrogeology
GEOL 563 Water Quality Seminar
GEOL 570 Sp.Tp. Environmental Isotope Geochemistry
GEOL 570 GIS and Data Analysis for Geologist and Hydrogeologist

Current Project Themes:

  1. Developing Cr and Se Isotopes to track biogeochemical cycling of these contaminants
  2. Geochemical controls on Arsenic contamination
  3. Environmental impacts of geological carbon sequestration: Field (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and laboratory studies to determine geochemical and climate controls on water chemistry
  4. Natural and anthropogenic controls on water quality in the San Gabriel River watershed.

Link: http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/aellis3/

Dr. Barry Hibbs

Dr. Barry HibbsDr. Barry Hibbs is Professor of Hydrogeology at California State University, Los Angeles.  His teaching and research interests include watershed and wetlands hydrology, stream/aquifer interactions, aqueous geochemistry, isotope hydrology, and management/modeling of groundwater basins.   

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1993

Department: Geosciences and Environment

Courses:

GEOL 484: Hydrogeology
GEOL 487: Watershed Analysis
GEOL 490: Southwestern Water Sustainability
GEOL 490: US/Mexico Border and Water
GEOL 560: Advanced Hydrogeology
GEOL 561: Vadose Zone Hydrogeology
GEOL 563: Water Quality Seminar

Current Project Themes:

  1. Isotope hydrology and hydrochemistry of Imperial Valley
  2. Hydrogeological impacts of urbanization, Los Angeles Basin
  3. Trace element and nutrient hydrogeochemistry of Southern California watersheds
  4. Hydrological budget and salinity analysis of multiple riverine and groundwater basins of the arid southwest

Link:  Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Steve LaDochy

Dr. Steve LaDochyDr. Steve LaDochy is Professor of Climatology at California State University, Los Angeles. His teaching and research interests include meteorology, climate change and variability, urban climates, and air-sea interactions.

Ph.D., University of Manitoba, 1985

Department: Geosciences and Environment

Courses:

GEOG 160: Physical Geography
GEOG 170: Meteorology (lab course)
GEOG 309: Urban Environmental Pollution
GEOG 310: Urban Climatology
GEOG 312: Climate Change in the Developing World
GEOG 410: Applied Climatology

Current Project Themes:

  1. Precipitation trends in California
  2. Urban heat island of Southern California
  3. Pacific Ocean influences on Western U.S. climates
  4. Recent trends in fog along the west coast

Link: Faculty page: http://web.calstatela.edu/faculty/sladoch/sladoch.htm

Dr. Jingjing Li

Dr. Jingjing LiDr. Jingjing Li is Assistant Professor of Hydrology at California State University, Los Angeles.  Her teaching and research interests include remote sensing application in hydrology, precipitation error analysis, hydrologic modeling, GIS-based modeling of watershed-scale processes, and image processing.

Ph.D., University of California Irvine, 2012

Department: Geosciences and Environment

Courses:

GEOG 369: Fundamentals to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 510/GEOL570: Application of Remote Sensing Data on Hydrology
GEOG 482: Multivariate Statistics in Geography
GEOL 570: Hydrologic Modeling

Current Project Themes:

  1. Evaluation of multiple satellite-based precipitation estimations
  2. Application of satellite-based precipitation estimations on streamflow prediction
  3. Drought assessment and monitoring using remote sensing data
  4. Change detections of coral reef ecosystem using remote sensing data

Link:  Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Sonya Lopez

Dr. Sonya LopezDr. Sonya R. Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles.  Her teaching and research interests include urban hydrology, stormwater modeling and evaluating the impacts of climate variability on water quality and quantity.   

Ph.D., University of California—Los Angeles, 2012

Department: Civil Engineering

Courses:

CE 280: Numerical Methods I
CE 330: Fluid Mechanics
CE 287: Hydraulics I

Current Project Themes:

  1. Extracting urban features from remote sensing products using GRASS-GIS
  2. Ultra-high-resolution stormwater modeling using ParFlow, a physically-based hydrologic  model

Link:  Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gustavo Menezes

Dr. Gustavo MenezesDr. Gustavo Menezes is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles.  His teaching and research interests include modeling fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface, analysis of vadose zone saturation dependent hydrology parameters using steady-state centrifugation, environmental justice and engineering education.   

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2009)

Department: Civil Engineering

Courses:

CE 484: Environmental Engineering Design
CE 479: Groundwater Contamination and Remediation
CE 480: Environmental Modeling
CE 579: Environmental Mass Transfer
CE 580: Advanced Environmental Modeling

Current Project Themes:

  1. Transport of emerging contaminants in leachate through landfill clay liner
  2. Nutrient fate and transport in the vadose zone
  3. Saturation dependent processes in the vadose zone

Link:  http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/gmeneze

Dr. Hong-lie Qiu

Dr. Hong-lie QiuDr. Hong-lie Qiu is a Professor of Geography at California State University, Los Angeles. His teaching and research interests include Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, physical geography, biogeography, and China.

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1994

Department: Geosciences and Environment

Courses:

GEOG 369: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 407: Biogeography
GEOG 463: GIS Applications in Urban Planning
GEOG 465: GIS Applications in Environmental Studies
GEOG 466: Environmental Remote Sensing
GEOG 468: Digital Computer Cartography
GEOG 469: Spatial Analysis and GIS Modeling
GEOG 560: Advanced Topics in GIS and Remote Sensing

Current Project Themes:

  1. Water usage estimation of irrigated agricultural fields in Antelope Valley using multi-date Landsat images
  2. Development of a campus 3D GIS model
  3. Environmental change study in Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, Northwestern China
  4. Mapping and GIS Analysis of Parking Facilities in Pasadena

Dr. Hengchun Ye

Dr. Hengchung YeDr. Hengchun Ye is Professor of Climatology at California State University, Los Angeles.  Her teaching and research interests include variability and changes in precipitation characteristics, atmospheric Water Vapor, hydoclimatology, and applied climatology.

Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1995

Department: Geosciences and Environment

Courses:

GEOG 309: Urban Environment Pollution
GEOG 310: Urban Climatology
GEOG 410: Applied Climatology
GEOG 415: Perspectives on Environment
GEOG 510: Seminar in Physical Geography (many different topics)
HNRS 330: Global Climate Change

Current Project Themes:

  1. Changes in precipitation characteristics (intensity, quantity, frequency)
  2. Impact of air temperature and atmospheric water vapor on precipitation characteristics
  3. Relationships of air temperature and atmospheric water vapor changes
  4. The role of atmospheric circulation on precipitation characteristics