Research Group Leader

Michael Bliss Singer
Michael Bliss Singer

DOWN2EARTH Project Manager

Ali Cotton
Ali Cotton

Current Postdocs

(Singer’s role in parentheses)


David MacLeod
David MacLeod, Postdoc (Co-Advisor), Funding: EU Horizon 2020 Project Down2Earth
School of Geographical Sciences University of Bristol

Dagmawi Asfaw
Dagmawi Asfaw, Postdoc (Co-Advisor), Funding: The Royal Society
School of Geographical Sciences University of Bristol

Jacob Rigby
Jacob Rigby, Postdoc (Co-Advisor), Funding: Global Challenges Research Fund
School of Geographical Sciences University of Bristol

Farai Kaseke
Farai Kaseke, Postdoc (Advisor), Funding: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (US Department of Defense)
Earth Research Insitute, UC Santa Barbara

Marc Mayes
Marc Mayes, Postdoc (Co-Advisor), Funding: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (US Department of Defense)
Earth Research Insitute, UC Santa Barbara

Li Kui
Li Kui, Postdoc (Advisor), Funding: National Science Foundation Geography & Spatial Sciences and The Nature Conservancy
Earth Research Insitute, UC Santa Barbara

Current PhD Students

(Singer’s role in parentheses)


Pierre Lochin
Pierre Lochin, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: H2O’Lyon
Université de Lyon.
Thesis: Controls on riparian forest water availability and corresponding vegetation responses (2021-)

Saskia Salwey
Saskia Salwey, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: NERC GW4 Doctoral Training Programme
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.
Thesis: Modelling reservoir storage at catchment to regional scales (2020-)

Eferhonore Efe-Eyefia
Eferhonore Efe-Eyefia , PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: TETFund
School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.
Thesis: Modelling spatial and temporal components of rainfall events (2020-)

Conor McMahon
Conor McMahon, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (US Department of Defense)
Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara
Thesis: Fractional pixel signature of riparian forest stress in response to water availability (2019-)

Christopher Kibler
Christopher Kibler, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: National Science Foundation Geography & Spatial Sciences
Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara
Thesis: Remotely sensed signatures of riparian forest stress in response to water availability (2018-)

Maria Warter
Maria Warter, PhD (Primary Advisor), Funding: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (US Department of Defense)
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University
Thesis: Quantifying water availability to plants under climate change (2018-)

Romy Sabathier
Romy Sabathier, PhD (Primary Advisor), Funding: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (US Department of Defense)
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University
Thesis: Development and assessment of indicators of forest health in response to climate change (2018-)

Isaac Kipkemoi
Isaac Kipkemoi, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: Kenyan Government Scholarship
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.
Thesis: Detecting signatures of drought in vegetation of East Africa (2018-)

Bryn Morgan
Bryn Morgan, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: National Science Foundation Hydrologic Sciences and SERDP (DoD)
Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara
Thesis: Modeling and measuring climate-controlled water availability in riparian forests (2018-)

Melissa Rohde
Melissa Rohde, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: National Science Foundation Geography & Spatial Sciences
SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Foresty
Thesis: Development of ecological forest health indices in groundwater dependent ecosystems (2018-)

Andrés Quichimbo
Andrés Quichimbo, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funnding: Cardiff University
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University
Thesis: Groundwater modelling of climatic controls on recharge (2017-)

Nooshin Mehrnegar
Nooshin Mehrnegar, PhD (Co-Advisor), Funding: Cardiff University
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University
Thesis: Modelling of global hydrologic fluxes via remote sensing and data assimilation (2017-)

Current Masters Students

Lissa Pelletier
Lissa Pelletier, MS (Co-Advisor), Funding: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (US Department of Defense)
SUNY-ESF
Thesis: Plant growth and ecosystem health metrics in drought-prone ecosystems (2018-)

Jared Williams
Jared Williams, MS (Co-Advisor), Funding: National Science Foundation Geography & Spatial Sciences
SUNY-ESF
Thesis: Water use and plant growth in a multiple-use basin (2018-)

Thomas Myktyn
Thomas Myktyn, MS (Co-Advisor), Department of Geology
San Jose State University
Thesis: History of deep mercury storage in Yolo Bypass (2016-)

Past Graduate Students (PhD and Masters)

Shiuan-An Chen
Shiuan-An Chen, PhD (Co-Advisor), Self-funded, School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol.
Thesis: Climatic controls on drainage basin hydrology and topographic evolution (2016-2021)

Rory Hollings, MS (Co-Advisor)
Thesis: How do rainstorms shape dryland river basins? (2014-2017)

Cristina Evans, PhD (Primary Advisor), Funding: NERC Iapetus Doctoral Training Programme
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews
Thesis: Modeling climate, topography, and substrate controls on water partitioning in river floodplains (2013-2017)

Chris Sargeant, PhD (Primary Advisor), Funding: NERC Iapetus Doctoral Training Programme
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews
Thesis: The ecohydrologic signature of drought in river corridors (2013-2017)

Tyler Nakamura, MS (Co-Advisor)
Department of Geology, San Jose State University
Thesis: Deep storage of hydraulic mining sediment along the Lower Yuba River, CA (2015-2017)

Louise Slater, PhD (Primary Advisor), Funding: NERC Iapetus Doctoral Training Programme
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews
Thesis: Trends in alluvial channel geometry and streamflow: an investigation of patterns and controls (2010-2014)

John Higson, MS (Primary Advisor), Funding: NERC Iapetus Doctoral Training Programme
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews
Thesis: The impact of the streamflow hydrograph on sediment supply from terrace erosion (2009-2014)

Nina Kilham, PhD (Co-Advisor)
Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara
Thesis: Floodplain Sedimentation on the Feather River, California: Combined Use of Remote Sensing and Numerical Modeling to Analyze Contemporary Deposition Patterns in a Historically Mined Basin (2005-2009)

Mike Springborn, PhD (Project Leader)
Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara
Project: Sediment-adsorbed total mercury flux through Yolo Bypass, the primary floodway and wetland in the Sacramento Valley, California (2006)

Recent and Current Collaborators

Katerina Michaelides, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.

Kelly Caylor, Earth Research InstituteUC Santa Barbara

John Stella, SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Foresty

Dar Roberts, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara

Mark Cuthbert, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University

Dan Hobley, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University

Stuart Grieve, School of Geography, Queen Mary University

Joel Blum, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan

Owen Jones, School of Mathematics, Cardiff University

Manny Gabet, Department of Geology, San Jose State University

James Kirchner, Dept. of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich

Patrick Donovan, Natural Resources Policy Advisor to Sen. Michael Bennett

Martin Tsui, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Lee Harrison, NOAA Marine Fisheries

Spencer Washburn, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Rafael Rosolem, School of Engineering, University of Bristol.

Mark Tebboth, School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

Roger Few, School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

Dann Mitchell, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.

Ehsan Forootan, Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hohenheim.

Dan Shien, School of Engineering, University of Bristol.

Chris Preist, School of Engineering, University of Bristol.

Oliver Wasonga, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, University of Nairobi.

Mohammed Assen, Institute of Development and Policy Research, Addis Ababa University.

Flavian Muthusi, FAO Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM)

Peris Muchiri, FAO Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM)

We invite you to visit the websites of our close collaborators:

Dryland Research Group

WAVES Lab

VIPER Lab

Stella Lab