Julian Zhu

Dr. Jianting "Julian" Zhu: Professional Qualifications/CV

Dr. Julian Zhu
Dr. Julian Zhu

Title: Maki Chair of Hydrologic Sciences
Title: Associate Research Professor
Affiliation: Division of Hydrologic Sciences
Location: DRI Las Vegas
Email: Jianting.Zhu@dri.edu
Phone: 702.862.5416

Professional Interests

Scale issues in hydrology related to ecosystem functioning, upscaling of hydrological and ecological processes, evapotranspiration estimates and remote sensing applications, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, subsurface hydrology, numerical modeling of hydrology and fluid mechanics, stochastic analysis and its applications, random processes and spatial variability, multiphase fluid flows and contaminant transport in porous media, artificial neural network applications in hydrology and ecology.

Professional Highlight

  • Member: American Geophysical Union (AGU), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Geological Society of America (GSA), W2188 USDA Multi-State Research Group, Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS), The Ecological Society of America (ESA), European Geosciences Union (EGU), Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canada (Registered Professional Engineer)
  • Associate Editor: Soil Science Society of America Journal (SSSAJ)
  • Author/Co-author/Presenter: Over 200 technical articles, conference proceedings/presentations/abstracts, and technical reports
  • Reviewer: Over 100 manuscripts and grant proposals for about 30 journals and funding agencies
  • Chairperson/Convener: 8 sessions at AGU, ASSA-CSSA-SSSA, GSA meetings in recent years
  • University Teaching Experience: Geostatistics, Hydrogeology, Advanced Hydrogeology (Groundwater Modeling), Reservoir Mechanics

Research Areas

  • Vadose Zone Hydrology
  • Ecohydrology
  • Soil Physics
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Contaminant Transport
  • Climate Change and Uncertainty

Recent Projects


  • Significance of Groundwater Divide in Water Accounting and Return Flow Calculation for Lower Colorado River Aquifers, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Analyzing Groundwater Fluctuations to Better Estimate Water Use through evapotranspiration by Tamarisk, Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Integration of Climate Change Impacts into Risk and Uncertainty Analyses, Army Corps of Engineers
  • METRIC Uncertainty Analysis, Bureau of Reclamation, DRI-Nevada Department of Water Resources Program
  • Uncertainty and Sensitivity of Ground-Water Discharge Estimates for the Shrublands in the Great Basin Area, U. S. Geological Survey Water Resources Research Institute Program, Nevada Applied Research Initiative
  • Partition of Evapotranspiration and Scale Issues in Arid Landscape, U. S. Geological Survey Water Resources Research Institute Program, Nevada Applied Research Initiative
  • Unsaturated Hydraulic Properties of Anisotropic Soils, U. S. Geological Survey Water Resources Research Institute Program, Nevada Applied Research Initiative
  • New Method to Estimate Soil Hydraulic Parameter Uncertainty and Heterogeneity, Department of Energy

PhD Research Assistantship Available

Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.

Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.

Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
Diversity at DRI
Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.

K-12 Outreach and Education
Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.

Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
dri-renewable-energyExpanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.

Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.

DRI Nevada Medal Event
2015 Medalist - Dr. Christopher McKay
Proudly honoring outstanding achievement in science and engineering with gala events in Reno and Las Vegas.

Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
Center of ExcellenceCombining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.