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Erkan Istanbulluoglu

Associate Professor

Biography

Erkan Istanbulluoglu received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Utah State University in 2003, and his BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering at Uludag University, Turkey, in 1996 and 1999 respectively. He completed a postdoc at MIT in CEE in 2005. Erkan served on the faculty of University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2005-2009) before joining the University of Washington in the fall of 2009 as an Assistant Professor. Erkan is promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.

Erkan's research is highly interdisciplinary and aims to improve the understanding and modeling of interactions among hydrologic, ecologic, and geomorphic processes in watersheds; their connections to society; and the impact of climate change on watershed response. Erkan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including Physical Hydrology, Hydraulic Design for Environmental Engineers, and Advanced Hydrology. He currently serves as an Associate Editor in Water Resources Research, and on the CUAHSI board of directors.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, UT, 2003
  • M.S. in Agricultural Engineering, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey, 1998
  • B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey, 1996

Previous appointments

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Statement

Erkan Istanbulluoglu is interested in understanding and modeling interactions among hydrologic, ecologic, and geomorphic processes in watersheds; their connections to society; and the impact of climate change on watershed response.

Current projects

Landlab modeling toolkit

http://landlab.github.io/#/

Prediction of Regional Landslides


Woody plant encroachment in Western US


Climate change impacts on Pacific North West hydrology


Role of solar radiation on landscape evolution


Honors & awards

  • 2015 Water Resources Research Editor’s Choice Award
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship, 1995

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