Water, Climate & Environment

Program lead: Dr. Daniella Rempe

The department’s program on Water, Climate and Environment (WCE) include faculty who study Earth’s surface, atmosphere, oceans, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere and the interactions between these Earth system components. Faculty, scientists, and students in this research program seek to understand the connections and feedbacks between changes in climate, the atmosphere, the land surface, water resources, soils, vegetation, snow and ice, and oceans, as well as the implications of these changes for society. The programs’ researchers are experts in diverse observational, analytical, and computational tools. These tools are applied across a broad range of problems representing time and spatial scales spanning from milliseconds to millions of years, and from microns to global. Research by WCE members help guide policy and management at the local, state, federal and global levels. WCE faculty often collaborate with stakeholders and colleagues in other disciplines to inform applications of research to practice, management and policy. To learn more, please join the WCE research program for their seminar series.

Banner Res
Jay L. Banner‘s research investigates 1) the impacts of urbanization on water resources and 2) reconstruction of past climate change.

Daniel O. Breecker investigates biogeochemical processes at or near the land surface like soils & paleosols, caves & stalagmites that give us insight into ancient Earth.


M. Bayani Cardenas is a hydrologist with expertise on surface and subsurface flow and reactive transport phenomena.

Ginny Catania
Ginny Catania studies the natural and climate-forced variability of Earth’s ice sheets using in-situ and remotely-sensed observations.

Kerry Cook
Kerry Cook is an atmospheric scientist who uses observations and simulations to understand and predict climate change and variability.

Halberstdt Research
Anna Ruth (Ruthie) Halberstadt (starting Fall 2024) integrates geologic data and numerical models to reconstruct Antarctic climate and ice sheet dynamics during warm periods spanning the past and future.

Patrick Heimbach is a computational oceanographer who studies the global ocean circulation and its role in climate variability and change.

Marc A. Hesse studies the dynamics of porous media.  He is currently working on geodetic aquifer characterization and monitoring.

Matheny Res
Ashley M. Matheny works on ecohydrology, bio- and micro-meteorology, vegetation hydrodynamics, watershed hydrology, land-atmosphere interactions.

Nathan Miller
Nathan Miller studies low temperature Earth Systems and their evolution, through the integration of geochemistry, petrography, and field geology.

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Dev Niyogi studies hydroclimatic & environmental extremes (hurricanes, heavy rain systems,  heat waves, droughts) for sustainable cities and agricultural communities.

Geeta Persad
Geeta Persad uses climate models to study interactions between aerosols/air pollution, climate change, and the hydrologic cycle to inform climate policy and decision-making.

Daniella Rempe investigates hydrology, geomorphology, ecohydrology, catchment hydrology, near-surface geophysics, hydrogeology.

Timothy M. Shanahan studies paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, paleolimnology, sedimentary geology & geochemistry, organic and isotope geochemistry.

Zong Liang Yang
Zong-Liang Yang studies the atmosphere-Earth exchange of momentum, radiation, heat, water & carbon dioxide at small & very large scale (remote-sensing & modeling).