Nicolas Velasquez

Nicolas works as a hydrologist for the IIHR conducting research on how to improve the implementation of models to predict floods in Iowa.

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Corey Markfort

Corey Markfort is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. He is also Faculty Research Engineer and head of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Renewable Energy (EFRE) Laboratory at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. His research focus is on improving measurement and prediction of environmental boundary-layers, with applications to air and water resource sustainability, land-atmosphere and air-water interactions, and renewable energy.

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Ibrahim Demir

Dr. Demir leads the University of Iowa Hydroinformatics Lab and his research focuses on hydroinformatics, environmental information systems, scientific visualization, big data analytics, intelligent systems, and information communication. His research projects include intelligent systems, smart assistants and chatbots for flooding, crowdsourced augmented reality applications for environmental monitoring, virtual reality and cyber learning systems for hydrological simulations, and holographic applications for emergency management.

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Breanna Marmur

Bree Marmur is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management where her research focuses on urban stormwater management and green infrastructure. Investigating both the effectiveness of small-scale stormwater best management practices and factors that encourage homeowner engagement in stormwater management, Bree spends her time in the field monitoring and sampling stormwater, out talking with urban homeowners about stormwater management, and at the computer working on hydrologic models. Bree’s background, with an MS in mechanical engineering and a BA in physics, allows her to bring a unique engineering perspective to natural resource management. Bree lives in Ames with her partner, a fellow ISU Ph.D. student, and their dog, Doc.

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Chris Jones

Chris coordinates activities related to the Iowa Water Quality Information System and conduct research on nutrient and sediment transport and general water quality in agricultural watersheds. He has been in his career for over 16 years.

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Keith Schilling

Dr. Keith Schilling is the State Geologist of Iowa and Director of the Iowa Geological Survey at the University of Iowa. He has been in his career for over 16 years.

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Kristie Franz

Dr. Kristie Franz is a Professor of Hydrology and Chair of the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University.  She teaches courses in surface water hydrology, water resources, and hydrologic modeling and maintains an active research program. Kristie has been investigating streamflow prediction for nearly 20 years with the goal of improving forecasting methods for more accurate and informative hydrologic forecasts. Her work also includes advancing the understanding and modeling of the coupled effects of climate and human impacts on watershed processes, including the development and application of a socio-hydrologic model to explore land and water management under future climate conditions. Other recent work includes an interdisciplinary effort to foster interaction between stakeholders through use of an agent-based model designed to support collaborative action towards improving watershed conditions. She holds a MS in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Kristie lives in north Ames with her husband and two kids in a house that sits on one of the highest points above the Skunk River floodplain in the area.

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