Assistant Professor
Engineering Hall 415
(414) 288-3508
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Research Interests

We study the physics and engineering of surface hydrological processes. Our research uses models and experiments to quantify water movement in the environment and its role in ecological engineering problems, such as:

  • Agricultural water and nutrient management
  • Design and control of green and grey stormwater infrastructure
  • Impacts of extreme drought

Professional Preparation

  • Ph.D., 2012, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S.E., 2005, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
  • B.S.E., 2005, Civil Engineering, University of Michigan

Selected Recent Publications

Liu, Y., A.J. Parolari, M. Kumar, C.W. Huang, G.G. Katul, and A. Porporato (2017) Increasing atmospheric humidity and CO2 concentration alleviate forest mortality risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesdoi:10.1073/pnas.1704811114

Parolari, A.J., M.L. Mobley, A.R. Bacon, G.G. Katul, D. deB. Richter, and A. Porporato (2017) Boom and bust carbon-nitrogen dynamics during reforestation. Ecological Modelling, 360, 108-119, doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.06.023

AJ Parolari, D Li, E Bou-Zeid, GG Katul, S Assouline (2016) Climate, not conflict, explains Middle East dust storm Environmental Research Letters 11 (11), doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114013.

Bartlett, M.S., A.J. Parolari, J.J. McDonnell, and A. Porporato (2016), Beyond the SCS-CN method: A theoretical framework for spatially lumped rainfall-runoff response. Water Resources Research, 52(6), 4608-4627, doi:10.1002/2015WR018439.

A Porporato, X Feng, S Manzoni, Y Mau, AJ Parolari, G Vico (2015) Ecohydrological modeling in agroecosystems: Examples and challenges Water Resources Research 51 (7), 5081-5099, doi:10.1002/2015WR017289.

AJ Parolari, GG Katul, A Porporato (2015) The Doomsday Equation and 50 years beyond: new perspectives on the human-waste system Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water 2 (4), 407-414, doi:10.1002/wat2.1080

Selected Recent Grants

Parolari, A.J. (PI), McDonald, W.M. (Co-PI), “Pilot experiments to integrate water quality data streams into real-time control of green infrastructure.” NSF Water Equipment & Policy I/UCRC. Jan 2018 – Dec 2018.

Parolari, A.J. (PI), McDonald, W.M. (Co-PI), “Model development for design and real-time control of stormwater basins for watershed management during climate change adaptation.” NSF Water Equipment & Policy I/UCRC. Jan 2017 – Dec 2017.

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