Welcome to our group’s homepage. We study the hydrology, geomorphology, and biogeochemistry of landscapes and river systems and their links with humans and ecosystems.

Our group is part of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Vanderbilt University. CEE is a multidisciplinary department with faculty specializing in Energy and Natural Resources; Risk, Reliability, and Resilience; Big Data Science; and Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Lab News

Great News!

  • Chao Wang’s paper accepted for publication in Water Resources Research. Way to go, Chao!
  • Bowen He is awarded the Carl E. Adams Graduate Award. Congratulations, Bowen!

New Publications

  • Wang, C., J.D. Gomez-Velez, and J. L. Wilson (2018), The importance of capturing topographic features for modeling groundwater flow and transport in mountainous watersheds, Accepted for publication in Water Resources Research.
  • Wu L., T. Singh, J. Gomez-Velez, G. Nützmann, A. Wörman, S. Krause, J. Lewandowski (2018). Impact of Dynamically Changing Discharge on Hyporheic Exchange Processes under Gaining and Losing Groundwater Conditions. Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1029/2018WR023185.
  • Schmadel N. M., J. W. Harvey, R. B. Alexander, G. E. Schwarz, R. B. Moore, K. Eng, J. D. Gomez-Velez, E. W. Boyer, and D Scott (2018), Thresholds of lake and reservoir connectivity in river networks control nitrogen removal. Nature Communications, 9:2779, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05156-x.
  • Grant, S. B., J. D. Gomez-Velez, and M. Ghisalberti (2018). Modeling the Effects of Turbulence on Hyporheic Exchange and Local-to-Global Nutrient Processing in Streams. Water Resources Research.
  • Harvey, J.W., J. D. Gomez-Velez, N. Schmadel, D. Scott, E. Boyer, R. Alexander, K. Eng, H. Golden, A. Kettner, C. Konrad, R. Moore, J. Pizzuto, G. Schwarz, C. Soulsby, and J. Choi (2018), How hydrologic connectivity regulates water quality in river corridors. JAWRA (Aquatic System Connectivity Featured Collection).
  • Gomez-Velez, J.D., J. W. Wilson, M.B. Cardenas, and J.W. Harvey (2017), Flow and Residence Times of Dynamic River Bank Storage and Sinuosity-Driven Hyporheic Exchange, Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1002/2017WR021362.
  • Marruedo Arricibita, A. I., J. Lewandowski, S. Krause, J. D. Gomez-Velez, and D. M. Hannah (2017), Mesocosm experiments identifying hotspots of groundwater upwelling in a water column by fiber optic distributed temperature sensing, Hydrological Processes. doi: 10.1002/hyp.11403.

Wales’ defense

Nathan Wales successfully defended his MS thesis entitled “Understanding Flow and Transport in Ice-wedge Polygons” (November 15, 2017)

Congratulations, Nathan!


From left to right: Dan Cadol (NMT), Brent Newman (LANL), Jesus Gomez-Velez (NMT), and Nathan Wales