Portrait of Valeriy Ivanov

Valeriy Ivanov



105 EWRE, 1351 Beal Avenue,

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125

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  • Ph.D., MIT, Cambridge, MA, 2006
  • M.S., MIT, Cambridge, MA, 2002
  • Diploma, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 1996

Research Interests

My research interests aim to uncover interactions, mechanisms and feedbacks among various components of natural and human-impacted systems. My group strives to promote both the development of process-oriented models of water, energy and element cycles at various scales and the integration of data and models. The specific foci are land surface hydrology, ecohydrology, floods and climate impact assessments, with a growing emphasis on uncertainty quantification in all these research domains. In the years to come, we will apply both rigorous computational models and field data collection to better understand:

  • water, energy and carbon dynamics in tropical and polar ecosystems
  • coupled processes of surface-subsurface hydrology and flooding hydrodynamics in natural and managed environments
  • impacts and feedbacks associated with the propagation of climate and weather dynamics through hydrologic systems


  • CEE 421: Hydrology and Floodplain Hydraulics
  • CEE 501: Plant Hydraulics and Water Relations
  • CEE 520: Physical Processes of Land-Surface Hydrology
  • CEE 526: Design of Hydraulic Systems
  • CEE 573: Data Analysis in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professional Service


Editor, Hydrology Section, Geophysical Research Letters


University of Western Para, Santarem, Brazil

A2STEAM elementary school, Ann Arbor, MI

North Campus Children’s Center,  Ann Arbor, MI

Whitmore Lake Middle School, Whitmore Lake, MI

Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union

US Permafrost Association


  • NSF Division of Earth Sciences: “CAREER: A Multi-Scale Approach to Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Hydrologic and Geomorphic Response of Watershed Systems within an Uncertainty Framework”, 09/01/2012– 08/31/2017, 2012.
  • 2010 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Water Resources Research , 2011.
  • 2010-11 CEE Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011.
  • Ziff Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for the Environment, Harvard University, (2006).
  • Russian Government Graduate Scholarship Award, Moscow State University (1997).
  • Vernadskiy Undergraduate Scholarship Award, Moscow State University (1996)


  • Dwelle, M.C., J. Kim, K. Sargsyan, V, Ivanov (2019). Streamflow, stomata, and soil pits: sources of inference for complex models with fast, robust uncertainty quantification, Advances in Water Resources, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2019.01.002.
  • Xu, D., E. Agee, J. Wang, and V. Y. Ivanov (2019). Estimation of evapotranspiration of Amazon rainforest using the Maximum Entropy Production method, Geophysical Research Letters, 46. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL080907.
  • Xu, D., V.Y. Ivanov, J. Kim, and S. Fatichi (2018). On the use of observations in assessment of multi-model climate ensemble, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, doi: 10.1007/s00477-018-1621-2
  • Monteiro Jr., M., M. Vadeboncoeur, V.Y. Ivanov, H. Asbjornsen, S. Saleska, A. Alves, D. Penha, J. Dias, L. Aragão, F. Barros, P. Bittencourt, L. Pereira, R. Oliveira (2018). Hydrological niche segregation defines forest structure and drought tolerance strategies in a seasonal Amazon forest, Journal of Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.13022.
  • Kim, J., V.Y. Ivanov, and S. Fatichi (2016). Soil Erosion Assessment – Mind the Gap, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 12,446–12,456, doi: 10.1002/2016GL071480.
  • Kim, J., V.Y. Ivanov, and S. Fatichi (2016). Environmental stochasticity controls soil erosion variability, Scientific Reports, 6:22065, doi: 10.1038/srep22065.Awards
  • Fatichi S., E. R. Vivoni, F. L. Ogden, V. Y. Ivanov, B. Mirus, D. Gochis, C. W. Downer, M. Camporese, J. H. Davison, B. Ebel, N. Jones, J. Kim, G. Mascaro, R. Niswonger, P. Restrepo, R. Rigon, C. Shen, M. Sulis, and D. Tarboton (2016). An overview of current applications, challenges, and future trends in distributed process-based models in hydrology, Journal of Hydrology, 537, 45-60, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.03.026.
  • Ivanov, V.Y., L.R. Hutyra, S.C. Wofsy, J.W. Munger, S.R. Saleska, R.C. de Oliveira, and P.B. de Camargo (2012). Root niche separation can explain avoidance of seasonal drought stress and vulnerability of overstory trees to extended drought in a mature Amazonian forest, Water Resources Research, 48, W12507, doi:10.1029/2012WR011972.
  • Kim, J., V.Y. Ivanov, and N. Katopodes (2012). Hydraulic resistance to overland flow over vegetated surfaces, Water Resources Research, Water Resources Research, 48, W10540, doi:10.1029/ 2012WR012047.