Watershed Hydrology Lab
at UC Santa Cruz
at UC Santa Cruz
The Watershed Hydrology Research Lab studies how rainfall becomes runoff, the pathways water takes through landscapes, and the biogeochemical implications of these pathways.
We combine field and quantitative analyses to explore rainfall-runoff relationships and surface water- groundwater interactions across a broad range of spatial and temporal scales.
Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of California, Santa Cruz
September 2021 - Welcome new lab members - Nerissa, Adam, Jasper, and Michael! Head to the 'Personnel' page to learn more about our newest members!
August 2021 - New paper about how intermittency in rivers is changing through time!
July 2021 - New commentary published regarding how we must address the hidden curriculum in graduate school
July 2021 - Check out the new paper about drying regimes of non-perennial rivers and streams.
June 2021 - Margaret Zimmer was awarded a NSF CAREER grant to support ongoing work to understand critical zone controls on water movement and storage
May 2021 - Amanda Donaldson was awarded the Eli Silver Department Award for excellence in research!
March 2021 - PI Margaret Zimmer presents on the latest lab research to the Geological Society of Washington!
February 2021 - Check out the new review paper about the hydrology of non-perennial streams and rivers.
January 2021 - PI Margaret Zimmer has joined the Board of Directors for CUAHSI!
January 2021 - Check out the new paper about spatial patterns in non-perennial stream flow behavior across the US here.
December 2020 - Join the lab at AGU as we present on runoff generation, ecohydrology, and coastal hydro-biogeochemistry.
October 2020 - Our field site burned in the California wildfires this summer, but we just received NSF funding to study the impacts of fire on nutrient and black carbon export in streams!
September 2020 - We have 2 openings for PhD students to start summer or fall 2021! Check out the details here.
August 2020 - Margaret and former wundergrad Denise Payan published a study on low flow in urbanized watersheds in WRR.
July 2020 - We have been awarded a DOE grant to expand our hydro-biogeochemical research in coastal systems. Click here for the award abstract!
June 2020 - We are hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow! Click here for more details!
April 2020 - PhD student Emilio Grande awarded a 2 year NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship! Wow!
April 2020 - New Zimmer et al. 2020 publication out on zero-flow gage readings: Check it out here!
March 2020 - Amanda Donaldson awarded a UCSC Hammet Fellowship to fund her field research this summer. Awesome job Amanda!
December 2019 - Check out the Zimmer lab AGU presentations!
November 2019 - The Zimmer lab is seeking a graduate student to join the lab summer/fall 2020. See our ad for more details.
November 2019 - Come see Zimmer lab presentations at CERF conference in Mobile, AL (Nov 3-7) focused on nitrate fate and transport in estuarine systems.
July 2019 - Check out our newly published WRR paper on stream surface area across non-perennial networks.
April 2019 - PhD student Amanda Donaldson received an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention! Way to go Amanda!!
March 2019 - Emilio Grande will join us this summer as a new PhD student in the Zimmer lab! He will apply environmental tracers to track water movement in watersheds.
March 2019 - Check out Margaret Zimmer's spotlight interview in the CUAHSI March newsletter!
March 2019 - Lauren Giggy will join us this fall as a new MS student in the Zimmer lab! She will study controls on river network length! Welcome Lauren!
March 2019 - SeaGrant-funded project co-PI, Dr. Anna Braswell, was interviewed on NPR's The State of Things about the importance of salt marshes! You can listen here!
March 2019 - PhD student Amanda Donaldson received Honorable Mention for the Ford Predoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations Amanda!!
February 2019 - PhD student Amanda Donaldson received the Sullivan Impact Research Award to study ecologic controls on runoff generation in California catchments. Congrats!
February 2019 - PhD student Andi Greene received a Coastal Leaders Research Award to study soil nitrate concentrations across land use types in a coastal watershed. Congrats!
January 2019 - Our study on nitrate-discharge relationships in large rivers was accepted for publication at WRR!
December 2018 - The Zimmer lab was awarded a grant from California Institute for Water Resources Water Research Program to study plant-water interactions in California.
October 2018 - Zimmer and McGlynn (2017) paper on runoff generation processes in a highly weathered system was awarded a Editor's Choice Award (goes to 1% of WRR publications)
October 2018 - The Zimmer lab was awarded a California SeaGrant to study nitrate transport and transformations in coastal watersheds!