University of Wisconsin–Madison


Research Group Lead:

Paul Block, PhD, PE

Associate Professor

Phone: (608) 263-8792
Fax: (608) 262-5199

Graduate Students:

Felix Boeing

MS Student

B.S. – The Ohio State University

Yi Xu

PhD Student

B.S. – Huazhong Agricultural University

Emma Blackford

PhD Student

B.A. – Oberlin College

Marian Azeem-Angel

MS Student

B.S. – University of Florida

Kaitlynn Hietpas

MS Student

B.S. – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kylie Southard

PhD Student

B.S. – Arizona State University

M.S. – Arizona State University


Max Beal

PhD Degree

Thesis: Leveraging Hydroclimatic Processes and Remote Sensing for Biological Response in Water Resource Management: Applications to Water Quality and Water-related Disease

Currently: Postdoctoral fellow with EPA (Research Triangle)

Jonathan Lala

PhD Degree

Thesis: The role of seasonal and subseasonal hydroclimatic prediction in disaster risk reduction: Applications to rainfed agriculture and extreme rainfall

Currently: Climate analyst at EPRI

Lily Kraft

MS Degree

Thesis: Development and application of statistical seasonal forecasts for reservoir operation in the Tekezé basin, Ethiopia

Currently: PhD student at the University of Iowa

Bryan O'Reilly

MS Degree

Thesis: Predicting and monitoring water quality: a mixed methods approach to watershed management

Currently: CNA Institute for Public Research

Colin Keating

MS Degree

Thesis: Probabilistic Streamflow Forecasts to Advance Flood Preparedness: Applications and User Perspectives

Currently: Hydrologic Technician at USGS California Water Science Center

Guang Yang

Former Postdoc

Research – Water sharing policies for transboundary rivers, optimal reservoir management for non-stationary hydrology

Currently – Associate Professor, College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, China

Sarah Alexander

PhD Degree

Thesis: Evaluation, communication, and integration of climate information across scales to foster local decision-making and support community resilience

Currently: Water Resources Management Policy/Technical Advisor with USAID

Colin McGuire

MS Degree

Thesis: Wisconsin’s Central Sands Hydroclimatology: Characterization, Forecasting, and Impacts on Real Estate

Currently: Engineer at Tetra Tech

Eric Mortensen

MS Degree

Thesis: Reducing stakeholder vulnerability to climate variability in southern Peru using statistically-based prediction and risk management tools

Currently: PhD student at VU Amersterdam

Justin Delorit

PhD Degree

Thesis: Developing and coupling hydro-economic decision support frameworks and season-ahead streamflow forecast models to address water scarcity for large scale, irrigated agriculture in water rights-managed basins

Currently: Faculty, Air Force Institute of Technology (Dayon, Ohio)

Brian Zimmerman

MS Degree

Thesis: Utilizing the State of ENSO to Improve Probabilistic Seasonal Forecasts for Temperature and Precipitation

Currently: Climate scientist, Salient Predictions

Donghoon Lee

PhD degree, Former Postdoc

Research: Forecast-based actions for disaster early warning

Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba

Solomon Tassew Erkyihun

Former Postdoc

Research – Optimization of large-scale hydropower in Ethiopia; influence of ENSO on Ethiopian agriculture

Currently: Demand Forecaster for Tampa Bay Water

Caitlin Soley

MS Degree

Thesis: Cyanobacteria Abundance Modeling: Development and Assessment of Season-Ahead Forecasts To Improve Beach Management on Lake Mendota

Currently: Engineer with CORE Consultants, Inc.

Rabi Gyawali

Former Postdoc (with WI Dept of Natural Resources)

Research: Wisconsin streamflow and river islands under climate change

Currently: Hydrologist, Arizona Department of Water Resources

Meron Teferi Taye

Former Postdoc

Research – Ethiopia climate change and Grand Renaissance Dam

Currently: Staff, International Water Management Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Matthew Grzegorzewski

MS Degree

Thesis: Applying Season-ahead Streamflow Forecasts to Guide Reservoir Allocations for the Highland Lakes in Central Texas

Currently: Engineer with US Army Corps of Engineers

Ying Zhang

PhD Degree

Thesis: Hydroclimatic prediction and projection to guide decision-making for agricultural planning, economic development, and reservoir filling in Ethiopia

Currently: Research Scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland


Kinman Leung

MS Student (Drexel University)

Thesis: Water Quality in the Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania: The Potential for Long‐Lead Forecasts

Currently: Engineer at Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Andrew King

MS Student (Drexel University)

Thesis: An Assessment of Reservoir Filling Policies under a Changing Climate for Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam

Currently: Engineer at Fairfax Water, Fairfax, Virginia