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Ben Livneh
Assistant Professor

The primary research interests of my research group 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 we use in my research group 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, Spain 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. In the summer of 2017 he participated in the National Water Center Summer Institute in Tuscaloosa, AL to develop a statistically-based analytical tool for the National Water Model. CIVIL ENVIRONMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING

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Elsa Culler is interested in the ways in which land and water management decisions interact with the changing climate. Currently her research projects include the impacts of wildfires on  the likelihood of future landslides and modeling present and future sediment accumulation in dams. Prior to coming to CU Boulder, she worked on data management and security software and informal engineering education for middle- and high-school students. She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2013.

Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
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Ronnie completed his BS in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and is now a Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder. His current research interests are: assimilating soil moisture to estimate irrigation, developing a continental soil evaporation data set, and creating a remotely sensed ensemble of the terrestrial water balance. Ronnie has worked on land surface modeling and data assimilation with NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland in the Summer of 2018 and NASA's Land Information System team in the Summer of 2019.

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Carli is pursuing a MS in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Carli’s current research addresses the broad challenge of quantifying the impacts of wildfires on hydrologic responses in watersheds in the west. She is assisting in the design and creation of a laboratory wildfire and rainfall simulator, leading a field campaign and modeling effort to resolve the importance of terrain slope, rainfall intensity, and burn severity on runoff and sediment loading. The outputs from the laboratory effort will be used to constrain watershed-scale simulations across the west. Carli completed her BS in mechanical engineering in 2018 from the University of Iowa. CIVIL ENVIRONMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING

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Nels Bjarke completed his B.S. in Earth and Planetary Science in 2014 and M.S. of Earth and Planetary Science in 2019. Nels's previous research focused on climate variability and the impact of warming regional temperatures in the southwestern US on the relationship between snow-pack and subsequent runoff season streamflow. Currently, Nels is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Civil Engineering department at CU Boulder. His research at CU Boulder is focused on catchment-scale hydrologic modeling at the Niwot Ridge LTER site. Specifically, Nels is interested in investigating the efficacy of temporal and spatial meteorological infilling techniques for application in the DHSVM hydrologic model.

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