Ben Livneh
Assistant Professor

My primary research interest is in quantifying the hydrologic impacts of both climate change and land cover disturbance processes across multiple scales. The scientific community’s understanding of climate change continues to evolve, and so we need a flexible framework—models, observations, and communication—to evolve together with this understanding. The tools I use to address these challenges involve integrating observations with modeling and statistics, to attribute causes and improve process understanding.

Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2012
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Aaron received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado - Boulder. During his undergraduate career, he was a member of the McBride Honors Program, studied abroad in Newcastle, Australia, and received an Honors Enrichment Scholarship to intern at TechIDEAS, a software development company in Barcelona, during the summer of 2014. Additionally, he participated in research investigating the effects of tailored, reclaimed water on the irrigation of turfgrass as an undergraduate research assistant. After graduation, Aaron spent a year in Akita, Japan as an English teacher, while volunteering at Save the Water, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to water contamination research. CIVIL ENVIRONMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING

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Leah completed her BS in civil engineering in 2016 from Santa Clara University in California. At Santa Clara, she was involved in ASCE and helped develop the engineering peer advising program. For her senior thesis, she worked with an NGO in Nicaragua to redesign a water supply system for a rural community. In 2011, she received the Regan Memorial Award for academic excellence and service to the department. While in California, she became interested in water resources though her experience with the recent drought in contrast to her childhood in the Pacific Northwest. She has held internships with PACE Engineers and the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Her research includes the diagnosis of streamflow signals to improve the transformation of meteorological forcing data. CIVIL ENVIRONMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING

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Andrew received his B.S. in Meteorology from North Carolina State University.  During his time as an undergraduate, he twice interned with NASA researching the atmosphere of Mars for entry, descent and landing purposes.  He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics from George Mason University, where his work focused on understanding the role that large-scale land-use change has on the local and global climate, particularly studying Amazon deforestation.  He is interested in advancing the understanding of the relationship between the land-surface and climate system, investigating how land-surface changes impact the water cycle and exploring the societal impact these changes can have. CIRES and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Colorado, Boulder
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Ronnie graduated from Texas A&M University Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado – Boulder. While at Texas A&M he was involved with ASCE and served as a director for an environmental service organization. Undergraduate research included investigation of biofuels production and the effects of fungi on aircraft acid corrosion. Intern positions were held with Jones and Carter and Halff Associates. Following graduation, Ronnie worked as a Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineer for Freese and Nichols and participated as a member of the Water Environment Association of Texas. His research is focused on algorithmically modeling the global soil evaporation rate utilizing soil moisture data from NASA’s SMAP satellite.


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