Charisma Acey
Assistant Professor
Department of City and Regional Planning
Research Areas: access to drinking water and sanitation, environmental justice, poverty reduction, food security, collaborative governance and participatory research methods
Sample Projects: Exploring the Human Right to Water Paradigm in Urban and Peri-Urban Governance; Are Water Utility Customers in Kenya Willing to Pay More to Improve Sanitation in Low-Income Communities?; Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria
Lisa Alvarez-Cohen

Fred and Claire Sauer Professor of Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Environmental microbiology and ecology, biotransformation and fate of environmental and wastewater contaminants, and innovative molecular and isotopic techniques for studying microbial ecology of communities involved in wastewater treatment and bioremediation communities.

Sample Projects: Oxygenase-Catalyzed Biodegradation of Emerging Water Contaminants: 1,4-Dioxane and N-Nitrosodimethylamine; Quantifying Gene Expression to Predict and Optimize Reductive Dechlorination by Dehalococcoides spp.; Application of Microarrays to Identify Biomarkers of Reductive Dehalogenating-Microbial Communities; Using Molecular and Isotopic Tools to Characterize the Biodegradation of Chlorinated Ethenes and Ethanes; and Characterizing the fate and biotransformation of fluorochemicals in aqueous film forming forms (AFFF).

Maximilian Auffhammer
George Pardee Jr. Professor of International Sustainable Development & Regional Associate Dean Letters & Science

Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Research Areas:  Forecasting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, impacts of air pollution on agriculture, Microeconomic Theory, Economics of Climate Change, and econometrics

Sample Projects: Adverse Reproductive Outcomes in a Population Exposed to Perfluorinated Compounds in Drinking Water (with Martha Rogers, Gina Waterfield, Philippe Grandjean,  and David Sunding, 2018); Turning water into jobs: The impact of surface water deliveries on farm employment and fallowing in California's San Joaquin Valley (with Dina Gorensteyn and David Sunding, 2018); Forecasting Urban Water Consumption in California: Rethinking Model Evaluation (with Steven Buck, Hilary Soldati, and David Sunding, 2018).

Dennis D. Baldocchi


Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Research Areas: Biometeorology, biosphere-atmosphere trace gas fluxes

Sample Projects: Coordinated use of experimental measurements and theoretical models to understand the physical, biological, and chemical processes that control trace gas fluxes between the biosphere and atmosphere and to quantify their temporal and spatial variations. The spatial scales of this work ranges from the dimension of a leaf through the depth of plant canopies and the planetary boundary layer and the horizontal extent of landscapes.

Ellen Bruno

Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Research Areas: Economics of water resources--water markets and adoption of water-saving technologies, agricultural and environmental economics.

Sample Projects: Water Prices, Water Use, and Adoption of Agricultural Technology: Empirical Evidence from California Groundwater with Katrina Jessoe at UC Davis and Economics of Groundwater Quality in Agriculture with Molly Van Dop and Michael Hanemann at UC Berkeley.

Stephanie Carlson

Associate Professor

Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Research Areas: Freshwater fish ecology, evolutionary ecology, conservation of freshwaters

Sample Projects: Evolution (and loss) of biodiversity among salmon populations, Ecology of intermittent streams, Ecology and conservation planning of urban streams, Bio-physical coupling in coastal estuaries, Ecological impacts of large-scale water management.


Jack Colford

Professor of Epidemology

School of Public Health

Research Areas: Waterborne infectious diseases (domestic, developing country, and recreational water settings), Clinical trial design (individual and community-level)

Sample Projects: Cluster-randomised controlled trials of individual and combined water, sanitation, hygiene and nutritional interventions in rural Bangladesh and Kenya: the WASH Benefits study, Health risks associated with ocean exposure and fecal indicator bacteria following rainstorms: a longitudinal cohort study of surfers in San Diego, California, Spillover Effects of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions on Child Health

Holly Doremus

James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation; Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Research; Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

Berkeley Law

Research Areas: Environmental law, natural resources law, and law and science

Sample Projects: Hydropower relicensing in California

Iryna Dronova

Assistant Professor

Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning

Research Areas: Wetlands; Wetland Restoration; Remote Sensing; GIS & Spatial Analysis

Sample Projects: Using remotely-sensed phenology to monitor biodiversity and ecosystem services in wetlands; Cost-effective tools for wetland restoration monitoring from local to regional scales

William Eisenstein

Executive Director

Center for Resource Efficient Communities

Research Areas: : urban sustainability, ecological design, ecological economics, resource conservation planning, public participation in resource management

Sample Projects:  Multi-criteria suitability analysis for stormwater capture, treatment, and recharge; Assessing implementation opportunities and barriers for innovative green stormwater infrastructure

Ashok Gadgil


ENV Program, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Drinking Water Treatment; Technology Innovation; Technology Maturation for Impact

Sample projects: Arsenic remediation of groundwater used for drinking; Advanced technologies for Capacitive Deionization; Low cost effective remediation of excess fluoride from groundwater used for drinking


Manuela Girotto

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Research areas: Hydrologic data assimilation and remote sensing

Sample projects: Hydrologic response and interaction between natural and human driven processes, land surface remote sensing and multi-sensor, -spectrum, -resolution data assimilation; hydrology contribution to sea level change, snow hydrology.

Steven Glaser

Professor and Faculty Director of the CITRIS Intelligent Water Infrastructures and Adaptive Cities Initiative

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Laboratory earthquakes and nanoseismology, wireless sensors networks, snow water hydrology, internet of water, geophysics and wave propagation, geothermal energy, rock mechanics

Sample Projects: Operates the largest wireless network in the world, monitoring forest hydrology of snow melt and water balance in the Sierra Nevada. The wireless sensor networks research covers a wide range of applications - from the first use of the Berkeley Mote to monitor the seismic safety of wood-frame houses to measuring the seismic response of the Masada mountain in Israel to measuring environmental hazards at Chinese historical sites such as Dunhuang.

Ted Grantham
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist and Adjunct Assistant Professor; Co-Director of the Cannabis Research Center at UC Berkeley
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Research Areas: freshwater ecology; surface water hydrology; water resources management
Sample projects: Eco-hydrology of intermittent streams; managing water for the environment; freshwater ecosystem vulnerability to climate change; environmental impacts of cannabis production
Slav Hermanowicz

Professor of the Graduate School

Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Biological water and wastewater treatment processes; biofilms and their development; analysis of full-scale treatment reactors; nutrient control; sustainable development

Sample Projects: Deammonification of anaerobic sludge digestate; Better drinking water quality in storage; Solar optics-based active pasteurization for greywater reuse and integrated thermal building control; Physics of foaming in anaerobic digesters; Sustainable development: physical and moral issues; New sources of water; Toward a definition of sustainability.

Kristina Hill

Associate Professor

Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design

Research Areas: Urban ecology and hydrology in relationship to physical design and social justice issues, adapting urban districts and shore zones to the new challenges associated with climate change, adaptation and coastal design

Sample Projects: Urban water system design that supports salmon health, understanding the potential for designs to help protect coastal communities as sea levels rise internationally, adaptation and coastal design in the San Francisco Bay Area 

Arpad Horvath
Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate Engineering and Project Management
Research Areas: Life-cycle environmental and economic assessment of products, processes, and services, particularly answering important questions about civil infrastructure systems and the built environment: transportation systems, water and wastewater systems, biofuels, pavements, buildings, and construction materials.
Sample Projects: Environmental implications of various products, processes and services, in particular, transportation systems, water and wastewater systems, biofuels, pavements, buildings, and construction materials.
Susan S. Hubbard

Associate Laboratory Director, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Berkeley Lab; Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley

Department of Environmental Science, Policy and   Management (ESPM)

Research Areas: Development and use of advanced characterization approaches to provide new insights about terrestrial hydrological and biogeochemical functioning relevant to contaminant remediation, carbon cycling, water resources, and subsurface energy challenges.

Sample Projects: Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area - Developing a predictive understanding of how mountainous watersheds retain and release water and the implications for downgradient water discharge and biogeochemical cycles, particularly in response to floods, droughts and other episodic through decadal perturbations. The project is focused in a headwaters catchment in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Partners: Colorado School of Mines, Desert Research Institute, Fort Lewis College, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Arizona, Navarro, Subsurface Insights, UC Berkeley; Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE) -Artic (Improved prediction of ecosystem feedback to climate in vulnerable Arctic systems through iterative and multi-scale observations, experiments and simulations). Partners: ORNL (lead), LANL, BNL, University of Fairbanks AK.

Andrew D. Jones

Deputy Director, Climate Readiness Institute; Program Domain Lead, Earth Systems and Society Program

Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Research Areas: Hydrology and climate change; quantitative Earth system science; decision-relevant metrics for climate models; stakeholder engagement

Sample Projects: Project Hyperion; Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute

Michael Kiparsky

Director of the Wheeler Water Instiutte 

Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law 

Research Areas: Water resources policy and management; science-policy interface; translational research and synthesis 

Sample Projects: Evaluating and Improving the Relationships Between Regulation and Innovation in the Wastewater Sector; Developing Water Data Systems to Improve Decision Making; Recharge Net Metering to Enhance Groundwater Sustainability; Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Water Allocation Institutions; Evaluating the Benefits for and Pathways to Small Water System Consolidations 

G. Mathias Kondolf

G. Mathias Kondolf


Environmental Planning

Research Areas: fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, river restoration, environmental planning, environmental science, managing flood-prone lands, urban rivers, and sediment in rivers and reservoirs 

Sample Projects:  The social connectivity of urban rivers, analyzing the city-river relationships over time and current urban river revitalization efforts; The social life of the sediment balance, examining river-basin impacts of dams on downstream rivers and deltas from both geomorphological and environmental history perspectives; and Strategic dam planning for improved tradeoffs between hydropower generation and environment


Luke Macaulay

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management 

Research Areas: Rangeland Planning & Policy; Wildlife Management; Range Management; Geospatial Analyses; Water Management

Sample Projects: Drilling in Drought: How Farm Size and Crop Mix Correlate with Groundwater Exploration During California’s 2012-2016 Drought; Why is the California’s lowest value crop the third largest user of the state’s agricultural water? The case of irrigated pasture; Using remote sensing to monitor remote surface water ponds in the Kingdom of Jordan


Michael Mascarenhas
 Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Research Areas: water access and environmental justice; water charity and affordability; Indigenous water rights, human right to water.

Sample Projects:  Thirsty for Environmental Justice. Flint, Detroit, and the War over Michigan’s Water. Previous Projects: Where the Waters Divide. Neoliberalism, White Privilege, and Environmental Racism in Canada (Lexington Books, 2015), and New Humanitarianism and the Crisis of Charity: Good Intentions on the Road to Help (Indiana University Press, 2017)


Baoxia Mi

 Assistant Professor

Environmental Engineering and Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate (ECIC)

Research Areas: Advanced water treatment technology, membrane process, water and wastewater reuse, desalination, environmental nanotechnology, interfacial and transport phenomena

Sample Projects: Graphene-based membranes for water purification; Hybrid membrane systems for enhanced water and energy sustainability; Fundamental understanding of fouling and transport mechanisms in membrane processes

Kara Nelson


Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Detection, removal, and inactivation of pathogens in water and sludge; Water reuse; Natural treatment systems; Drinking water and sanitation in developing countries.

Sample Projects: Disinfection of Water by Sunlight; Evaluation of 24x7 versus Intermittent Water Supply in Hubli-Dharwad, India; Tertiary Treatment for Water Reuse; Wastewater Irrigation of Food Crops; and Stormwater Treatment by Bioinfiltration.

Alison E. Post

Associate Professor

Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies

Research areas:  Institutions for urban water delivery; politics of water management and distribution, especially in the Global South; private sector participation in water delivery; water intermittency; human right to water.

Sample Projects:  Foreign and Domestic Investment in Argentina: The Politics of Privatized Infrastructure; How Investor Portfolios Shape Regulatory Outcomes: Privatized Infrastructure After Crises; Information and Intermittent Water: An Impact Evaluation in Bangalore, India; Does Codifying the Human Right to Water Change Public Opinion?  

Isha Ray

Co-Director of Berkeley Water Center, Associate Professor

Energy and Resources Group

Research Areas: Water and devel­op­ment; tech­nol­ogy and devel­op­ment; com­mon prop­erty resources; and social sci­ence research meth­ods

Sample Projects: Access to water and san­i­ta­tion for the rural and urban poor, the role of tech­nol­ogy in improv­ing liveli­hoods, and pub­lic per­cep­tions of energy and cli­mate change poli­cies. 

Justin V. Remais

Justin V. Remais

Associate Professor

Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Research Areas: infectious disease dynamics in changing environments; environmental and social forcing of vector-borne and waterborne infections; urban epidemiology of environmental pathogens; epidemiology of global environmental change

Sample Projects: Analytical methods for estimating the joint climatological-social drivers of water quality and supply in contrasting tropical zones in Ecuador and China (NSF Water, Sustainability and Climate funded); Public health impacts of drought and climate change in California (UCOP MRPI funded); West Nile Virus, cocci and California’s water resources: exploring relationships between transmission, climate, and hydrology (UCOP MRPI funded); and Effects of agricultural expansion and intensification on the ecology and epidemiology of the waterborne parasite that causes schistosomiasis (NIH EEID funded)

Vincent Resh
Professor of the Graduate School
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management 
Research Areas: Aquatic Biology, Water Pollution, Modeling, Entomology
Sample projects: Berkeley Water Center Berkeley/China-CDC Program for Water & Health  Advisory Board;  developing approaches that can be used for biological monitoring and assessment of water quality in developing countries and by volunteer monitoring groups; studies of the evolutionary biology and ecology of aquatic insects, crustaceans, and molluscs in stream and river habitats; the evaluation of habitat manipulations for use in environmental restoration or enhancement, control of water-borne disease vectors of humans, and the use of manipulations in examining underlying influences of ecological interactions; and the development of techniques for the biological assessment of water quality.
Albert Ruhi

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management 

Research Areas: Freshwater Ecology

Sample Projects: 2019-23 Collaborative Proposal: NSF MSB-FRA: Scaling Climate, Connectivity, and Communities in Streams; 2019-20 California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) Water Research Program. Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of the Multi-Scale Effects of Drought on Riverine Biodiversity; 2019-20  California Department of Fish and Wildlife Awards. Reconnecting Delta food webs: evaluating the influence of tidal marsh restoration on energy flow and prey availability for native fishes; 2019-20 Subaward from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland. Advancing quantitative methods to understand causal pathways and feedbacks within complex socio-hydrological systems

David Sedlak

Co-Director of Berkeley Water Center, Malozemoff Professor in Mineral Engineering, Director of Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE)

Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Environmental chemistry, water recycling, contaminant fate in receiving waters, natural treatment systems, reinvention of urban water systems

Sample Projects: The Fate of Trace Organic Compounds in Treatment Wetlands, In Situ Chemical Oxidation of Persistent Organic Contaminants

Anna Serra-Llobet


Institute of International Studies

Research Areas: Comparative studies between the US and the EU on Flood Risk Management Policies 

Sample Projects: Titles of water-related projects you are working on: Sustainable Floodplains Project. This project explores sustainable flood management strategies in the US and the EU with the goal of finding tools that can help to improve flood risk management in different countries. As an example, our book “Managing Flood Risk: Innovative Approaches from Big Floodplain Rivers and Urban Streams” presents voices of those on the front lines of implementing a new paradigm in flood risk management, each river with a unique set of challenges and opportunities derived from its geography as well as differences in governance between America and European contexts.

William T. Stringfellow

Professor & Director Ecological Engineering Research Program

Earth & Environmental Sciences Area; Energy Geosciences Division; Geochemistry Department; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Research Areas: Industrial waste treatment and water quality, with an emphasis on engineered biological systems. Expertise includes treatment and management of industrial wastewater, including agricultural drainage water. Research experience includes combined physical-biological treatment, treatment wetlands, bioremediation, environmental impact assessment, watershed-scale water quality management, and eutrophication.   

Sample Projects: Impact of oil field chemicals on the safe use of produced water for irrigated agriculture; Pre-treatment of non-traditional waters prior to desalinization ;Large-scale groundwater recharge as an alternative to surface storage; Biological degradation of quaternary ammonium compounds and other biocides.


Sally Thompson

Assistant Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Ecohydrology, Surface Hydrology, Nonlinear Dynamics

Sample Projects: Eel River Critical Zone Observatory, Effects of reversing fire suppression on Sierra Nevada hydrology - Illilouette Creek Basin (can link to a nice radio show on this project at, Unmanned Aerial Systems for Water Observations, Reconstructing 50 years of human-induced hydrologic change in the Arkavathy Basin, Karnataka, India, and Exploring land use impacts on hydrology in the Cerrado-Amazon transition zone, Brazil

David Zilberman

Professor and Robinson Chair

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Research Areas: Water Economics – water conservation, water market, water quality; Technological Change, Adoption of new technology and innovation; The Bioeconomy – biotechnology and biofuels; Agricultural, environmental and nutritional policy, risk management; and Environmental sustainability - Climate change, environmental risk

Sample Projects: Adoption of Drip Irrigation in California: A historical/econometric study on the evolution of the adoption of drip irrigation in California with Rebecca Taylor, Douglas Parker and Ariel Dinar;  The relationship between water dams and conservation: Understanding to what extend dams and conservation are substitutes or complements (will better conservation technologies reduce or increase the need for dams?), with applications to climate change. With Yang Xie; How California is responding to the drought: A new Giannini Foundation project with Yang Xie and Douglas Parker; The Economic Impact of CIMIS (California Irrigation Management Information System): Supported by DWR and NASA with Douglas Parker; and The Regulation of Animal Waste: Assessing the challenge of regulating Nitrogen and Phosphorus simultaneously with Antti Iho and Douglas Parker.