Leadership

Leadership

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If you are interested in joining my group, feel free to send me an email (gabriele-villarini@uiowa.edu), as I am always looking for excellent people.

 

Leadership

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Gabriele Villarini, PhD, MS, MBA

Director, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow in Engineering
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa

I serve as director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, and as a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. My research interests focus on flood hydrology, extreme events, remote sensing of rainfall, seasonal forecasting, and statistical modeling. In particular, I am interested in examining the impact of anthropogenic climate change on extreme flooding, rainfall, and tropical storm frequency. I received an MS in civil engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 2003 and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa in 2008. From 2008–12, I was a researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University.

Research Scientists and Postdocs

Research Scientists and Postdocs

IIHR Staff

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Research Scientists and Postdocs

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Hanbeen Kim

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2021– ),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

The IIHR Student Experience

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Current Students

Renato Amorim

Renato Amorim

Graduate Research Assistant (2021– )
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Sadya Islam

Graduate Research Assistant (2020– )
Lily Kraft

Lily Kraft

Graduate Research Assistant (2021– )
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Alexander Michalek

Graduate Research Assistant (2021– )
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Katey Namanny

Undergraduate Student (2020– )
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William Veatch

Graduate Research Assistant (2018– )
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Laura Zepeski

Undergraduate Student (2021– )

Past Members

Past Postdocs and Research Staff

Media

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Past Research Staff

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1.1 - Wei Zhang

Associate Research Scientist (2016–20),
Postdoctoral Research Assistant,
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Past Postdocs

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1.2 - Vittal Hari

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2018–19),
Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship,
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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1.3 - Manuel Ríos Gaona

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2017–18),
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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1.4 - Abdou Khouakhi

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2015–16),
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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1.5 - Louise Slater

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2015–16),
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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1.6 - Kaustubh Anil Salvi

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2015–16),
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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1.7 - Alan Black

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2015–16),
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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1.8 - David Lavers

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2013–14),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Past Students and Others

Past Students

Past Students

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2.1 - Zhiqi Yang

Graduate Research Assistant (2017– 2021)

Thesis: Temporal Clustering of Heavy Precipitation Events

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2.2 Jessica Ayers

Graduate Research Assistant (2017–2021 )

Thesis: On the Detection and Attribution of Changes in Baseflow across the U.S. Midwest

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2.3 - Alex Morrison

MS Student (2017–19),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis: Projected Changes in Extreme Precipitation at Sub-Daily and Daily Time Scales

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2.4 - Nancy Barth

PhD Student (2015–18),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis: Flood Frequency and Mixed Populations in the Western United States

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2.5 - Yog Aryal

MS Student (2015–17),
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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2.6 - Munir Nayak

PhD Student (2013–16),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis: Heavy Rainfall and Flooding Associated with Atmospheric Rivers over the Central United States

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2.7 - Iman Mallakpour

PhD Student (2012–16),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis: The Tale of Flooding over the Central United States

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2.8 - Beda Luitel

MS Student (2013–16),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis: Prediction of North Atlantic Tropical Activity and Rainfall

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2.9 - Scott Rowe

MS Student (2012–14),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thesis: The Predictability of Iowa's Hydroclimate Through Analog Forecasts

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3.0 - Lara Gavin

Undergraduate Student (2021–2021 ),
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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3.1 - Alexa Hanson

Undergraduate Student (2016–17),
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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3.2 - Anda Shi

Undergraduate Student (2014–15 ),
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Visitors

Visitors

IIHR: A Global Leader in Hydroscience for More than a Century

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Visitors

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3.1 - Bo Pang

Visiting Faculty (2019–20)

Associate Professor
College of Water Sciences
Beijing Normal University
Beijing, China

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3.2 - Meifang Ren

Visiting PhD Candidate (2019–20)

Visiting Ph.D. Candidate
College of Water Sciences
Beijing Normal University
Beijing, China

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3.3 - Ottavio Cavalcanti

Visiting MS Student (2019)

Visiting M.S. Student
Land and Environmental Engineering
University of Calabria

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3.4 - Arianna Miniussi

Visiting PhD Student (2018–19)

Visiting Ph.D. Student
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Padua

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3.5 - Andrea Neri

Visiting PhD Candidate (2017–18)

Ph.D. Candidate
University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

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3.6 - Dhanya C.T.

Visiting Faculty (2015)

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Delhi, India

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3.7 - Ignazio Giuntoli

Visiting PhD Candidate (2015)

PhD Candidate
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
University of Birmingham, UK