University of Wisconsin–Madison


Research Group Lead:

Paul Block, PhD, PE

Associate Professor

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Affiliation: Center for Climatic Research

University of Wisconsin – Madison

1269D Engineering Hall

1415 Engineering Drive

Madison, WI 53706

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

Post Doctoral:

Guang Yang

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

PhD – Wuhan University, China

MS – Wuhan University, China

BS – Wuhan University, China

Donghoon Lee

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Thesis: Global-Scale Seasonal Streamflow Characteristics and Predictions with Assessment of Flood-Health Vulnerability and Risk

Personal webpage

Graduate Students:

Anke Keuser

PhD Student

M.S. – University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

B.S. – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Sarah Alexander

PhD Student

MS – University of Wisconsin-Madison

BA – Carleton College

Jonathan Lala

PhD Student

MS – University of Texas-Austin

BS – University of Texas-Austin

Max Beal

PhD Student

BS – Northland College

Colin Keating

MS Student

BA – Washington University (St. Louis)

Bryan O'Reilly

MS Student

BS – The Ohio State University

Lily Kraft

MS Student

BS – Michigan Technological University

Undergraduate Students:

Andrea McRoberts

Undergraduate Student

Civil & Environmental Engineering – 2021

Kaitlynn Hietpas

Undergraduate Student

Civil and Environmental Engineering – 2021


Colin McGuire

MS Degree

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

Currently:  Engineer at Tetra Tech

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)

Eric Mortensen

MS Degree

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

Currently: Engineer for Atkins

Brian Zimmerman

MS Degree

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

Currently: PhD graduate student at University of Washington

Caitlin Soley

MS Degree

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

Currently: Consulting Engineer with Mead and Hunt

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

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 Associate, Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland

Personal webpage

Matthew Grzegorzewski

MS Degree

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

Currently: Engineer at Brown and Caldwell, Portland, Oregon

Rabi Gyawali

Former Postdoc (with WI Dept of Natural Resources)

Research – Wisconsin streamflow and river islands under climate change

Currently: Research Engineer with USDA, El Reno, Oklahoma

Meron Teferi Taye

Former Postdoc

Research – Ethiopia climate change and Grand Renaissance Dam

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

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

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

Thomas Treacy

Civil Engineering student at UW-Madison

James Knuth

Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison

Tea Jackson-Strong

Undergraduate Student

Geologic Engineering – 2021

Junior Quintero

Computer Science at UW-Madison

Erin Katopodis

Undergraduate student at UW-Madison

Janel Paralez

Undergraduate student Loyola Marymount (CA); REU through Drexel University

Jordan Daniel

Spencer Patton

Undergraduate student at UW-Madison

Senn Mettel

Undergraduate student at UW-Madison