Michael Gooseff

Associate Professor

  • Co-Director, Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program
  • PI, McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER



  • PhD: University of Colorado Boulder, 2001
  • MS: University of Colorado Boulder, 1998
  • BCE: Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-5333
SEEC room N135


Stream-groundwater interactions; contaminant transport and fate; polar earth system responses to climate change; ecosystem processes in polar landscapes; aquatic biogeochemical cycling; water quality modeling


  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Penn State Engineering Alumni Association, 2012
  • Harry West Teaching Award, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Penn State University, 2012




Hensley, R. T., Maggie Spangler, DeVito, L. F., Decker, P. H., Cohen, M. J., Michael Gooseff 2020: Evaluating spatiotemporal variation in water chemistry of the upper Colorado River using longitudinal profiling. Hydrological Processes, 34(8): 1782-1793. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.13690

Post, E., Alley, R. B., Christensen, T. R., Macias-Fauria, M., Forbes, B. C., Michael Gooseff, Iler, A., Kerby, J. T., Laidre, K. L., Mann, M. E., Olofsson, J., Stroeve, J. C., Ulmer, F., Virginia, R. A., Wang, M. 2019: The polar regions in a 2°C warmer world. Science Advances, 5(12): article eaaw9883. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw9883

Pai, H., Malenda, H. F., Briggs, M. A., Singha, K., Gonzalez-Pinzon, R., Michael Gooseff, Tyler, S. W. 2017: Potential for small unmanned aircraft systems applications for identifying groundwater-surface water exchange in a meandering river reach. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(23): 11,868-11,877. DOI: 10.1002/2017GL075836

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Current Courses

  • CVEN 5333: Physical Hydrology Introduces hydrology as a quantitative science describing the occurrence, distribution and movement of water at and near the surface of the earth. Develops a quantitative understanding of atmospheric water, infiltration, evapotranspiration and surface runoff. Studies global climatology and large scale climate drivers of regional hydrology at interannual time scales. Solves engineering problems related to water resources.