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Jeffrey D. Niemann, PhD.


Faoro Professor of Water Resources Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-3517   Office: Campus Delivery 1372

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Geomorphology
2.) Hydrology

Areas of Interest

 ErosionFloodsSnowSoil moistureUncertainty Quantification Urban Hydrology


Dr. Jeffrey Niemann is the Faoro Professor of Water Resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He earned a B.S. with High Distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Niemann's research interests are in the fields of hydrology and geomorphology. Projects have included analyzing the structure of river networks and their impacts on watershed behavior, modeling soil moisture patterns and dynamics, assessment of flood production and impacts, flood inundation mapping, modeling urban hydrology, modeling snowpack patterns and dynamics, quantifying evapotranspiration from shallow groundwater, and uncertainty quantification. Dr. Niemann was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House in 2002 and was the Borland Chair of Hydrology from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Niemann commonly teaches the undergraduate course CIVE 322 Basic Hydrology and the graduate courses CIVE/WR 524 Modeling Watershed Hydrology and CIVE 525 Water Engineering for International Development. In 2016, Dr. Niemann was honored with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Niemann's service activities have included chairing the university's International Development Studies Board and projects to improve water supply and sanitation systems for rural communities in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Gabon, Kenya, and elsewhere.