Fengjing Liu

"Water is the new oil: a resource long squandered and soon to be overwhelmed by insatiable demand."
—The Economist


  • Associate Professor
  • PhD, Hydrology and Biogeochemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • MS, Hydrology and Water Resources, Lanzhou Institute of Glaciology & Geocryology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • BS, Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Lanzhou University, China


Human perturbation and climate change have been altering the ecosystem and the environment we live in. Hydrology plays an extremely important role in helping us understand the processes that control the alteration. By studying hydrology, we may be able to find solutions to mitigate the changes that adversely affect our living. My studies focus on ecohydrology, watershed hydrology, and biogeochemistry. The main goal is to understand how human perturbation and climate change affect water quantity and quality and to find solutions to sustainably manage our water resources. Specifically, I am interested in (1) how forest perturbation and management affect stream water quantity, water quality and flow regime in black ash forests; (2) how climate change and land use change affect streamflow generation in snowmelt-dominated watersheds; and (3) how landscape and climate interact to control the fluxes of water and green-house gases in the Great Lakes region. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecohydrology and forest hydrology
  • Hydrological and biogeochemical processes in snowmelt-dominated watersheds
  • Black ash wetland ecosystem processes