Ying Fan Reinfelder


Ying Fan Reinfelder
Associate Professor

Rutgers University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Wright Laboratories
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8066 U.S.A.
Department of Environmental Sciences

email: yingfan at eps dot rutgers dot edu
tel: (848) 445-3437


Postdoc Position Available:

We seek a postdoctoral associate with expertise in hydrology in the broad context of large-scale water cycle research (observations and modeling). Funded by NSF through CUAHSI (https://www.cuahsi.org/), the postdoc will participate in a joint project between CUAHSI and NCAR (http://ncar.ucar.edu/) to improve hydrologic process representations in Earth System Models. The primary responsibility of the postdoc is to collaboratively develop a community framework to evaluate hydrologic model performance, and to assemble comprehensive test cases and datasets to evaluate new process representations in the Community Land Model (CLM).  The postdoc will be expected to advance the science of model benchmarking through developing a multivariate and multi-scale hydrologic process evaluation platform for use as part of the standard CLM test suite.  Eligible candidate must have completed a PhD in hydrologic sciences or related fields, have a strong interest in multi-scale water, energy and biogeochemical cycles, and be proficient in programming and dealing with large and heterogeneous geospatial-temporal datasets. The postdoc is primarily located at NCAR, Boulder, CO, and is expected to spend some time in Boston, MA, where CUAHSI headquarters and CUAHSI Water Data Center (https://www.cuahsi.org/wdc) are located. The postdoc will interact closely with NCAR scientists (Drs. Martyn Clark, David Lawrence, and David Gochis) and CUAHSI leadership (Drs. Richard Hooper, and Ying Fan Reinfelder at Rutgers University). Candidates must submit a statement of interest, CV, and name and email address of three references (in a single pdf file) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications must be received before May 1, 2015, and the position can start as soon as desired.



  • B.S., Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering
  • M.S., University of Utah
  • Ph.D., Utah State University
  • Postdoc, MIT
  • Postdoc, Princeton University



  • The role of groundwater in global water cycle, climate and ecosystem dynamics (funding: NSF) - see Peter Eagleson Lecture on Hydrologic Science at 2014 CUAHSI Biennual Science Symposium.
  • Earth's hydrologic cycle in the past and terrestrial environmental change (funding: RU-AEF, NSF).
  • The role of groundwater in supporting Amazon seasonal evapotransipiration and precipitation recycling (funding: NSF) - see feature article in International Innovation (pdf).
  • Regional hydrologic and climatic impact of large-scale groundwater pumping for irrigation in the US High Plains (funding: NSF) - see feature article in Science News For Kids.
  • Future freshwater resources and wetlands (funding: EPA).
  • Global groundwater database in support of earth system modeling (funding: RU-Board of Trustees, NSF) - see European Commission News Release.
  • Community initiative to develop a digital representation of the Earth's crust for simulating subsurface fluid flow in Earth System Models (funding: NSF EarthCube, USGS Powell Synthesis Center).
  • The role of fractures in sedimentary rocks in controlling groundwater flow and groundwater-river exchange (funding: NSF).
  • Feasibility of carbon sequestration in deep saline formations under the Atlantic shelf (funding: DOE).

Members of Research Team

  • Paul Romero, M.S. student (Earth and Planetary Sciences) - Numerical modeling of multi-phase fluid dynamics for geologic carbon sequestration


  • Ross Alter, Ph.D. student (Atmospheric Sciences) - Land-atmosphere interaction, irrigation-precipitation link
  • Yadu Pokhrel, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Earth and Planetary Sciences) - Amazon water cycle and climate, anthropogenic water cycle change
  • Haibin Li, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Earth and Planetary Sciences) - Regional and global climatic-hydrologic modeling
  • Alex Fiore, M.S. student (Earth and Planetary Sciences) - Groundwater flow and transport in fractured rocks
  • Deniz Kustu, Ph.D. student (Earth and Planetary Sciences) - Hydrologic-climatic impact of groundwater pumping for irrigation in the US High Plains
  • Neil Ramchandani, RU Aresty undergraduate scholar (Electrical Engineering) -Groundwater database, Micro-hydropower
  • Anthony DeAngelis, M.S. student (Atmospheric Sciences) - Effect of High Plains' irrigation on local and downwind precipitation
  • Richard Anyah, Postdoctoral Associate (Atmospheric Sciences) - Effect of groundwater on soil moisture, ET, and precipitation
  • Morgan Schaller, M.S. student (Earth and Planetary Sciences) - Importance of long-distance groundwater flow in river basin water budget
  • Michael Serfes, Ph.D. student (Earth and Planetary Sciences) - Arsenic occurrence, sources and mobilization in bedrock aquifers, Newark Basin (dissertation)

Publications (under Y. Fan)

Recent Publications (student/postdoc authors in bold font):

  • Fan Y, S Richard, RS Bristol, SE Peters, SE Ingebritsen, N Moosdorf, A Packman, T Gleeson, I Zaslavsky, S Peckham, L Murdoch, M Fienen, M Cardiff, D Tarboton, N Jones, R Hooper, J Arrigo, D Gochis, J Olson, and D Wolock (2014) DigitalCrust - A 4D Data System of Material Properties for Transforming Research on Crustal Fluid Flow. Geofluids - Special Issue on Crustal Permeability. Article first published online: 7 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12114 (pdf)
  • Pokhrel, Y. N., Y. Fan, G. Miguez-Macho (2014) Potential hydrologic changes in the Amazon by the end of the 21st century and the groundwater buffer, Environmental Research Letters, 9, 084004 (pdf).
  • Krakauer, N. Y., H. Li, and Y. Fan (2014) Groundwater flow across spatial scales: importance for climate modeling, Environmental Research Letters, 9, 034003 (pdf).
  • Pokhrel, Y. N., Y. Fan, G. Miguez-Macho, P. J.-F. Yeh, and S.-C. Han (2013) The role of groundwater in the Amazon water cycle: 3. Influence on terrestrial water storage computations and comparison with GRACE, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atm, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50335 (pdf).
  • Fan, Y., H. Li, G. Miguez-Macho (2013) Global patterns of groundwater table depth, Science, 339 (6122): 940-943, doi:        10.1126/science.1229881 (pdf).
  • Taylor, R. G. et al. (2013) Groundwater and climate change, Nature Climate Change, doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1744 (pdf)
  • Miguez-Macho, G., and Y. Fan (2012a) The role of the groundwater in the Amazon water cycle: 1. Influence on seasonal streamflow, flooding and wetlands, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atm, 117, D15113, doi: 10.1029/2012JD017539 (pdf)
  • Miguez-Macho, G., and Y. Fan (2012b) The role of the groundwater in the Amazon water cycle: 2. Influence on seasonal soil moisture and evapotranspiration, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atm, 117, D15114, doi: 10.1029/2012JD017540 (pdf)
  • Kreakie B.J., Y. Fan, T.H. Keitt (2012) Enhanced Migratory Waterfowl Distribution Modeling by Inclusion of Depth to Water Table Data. PLoS ONE 7(1):e30142. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030142 (pdf)
  • Fan, Y., and G. Miguez-Macho (2011) A simple hydrologic framework for simulating wetlands in climate and earth system models. Climate Dynamics, 37: 253-278, doi: 10.1007/s00382-010-0829-8 (pdf)
  • Kustu, M. D., Y. Fan, and M. Rodell (2011). Possible link between irrigation in the U.S. High Plains and increased summer streamflow in the Midwest, Water Resources Research, 47, W03522, doi:10.1029/2010WR010046. Special Issue on Steve Burges' Symposium (pdf)
  • Fan, Y., and G. Miguez-Macho (2010). Potential groundwater contribution to Amazon dry-season Evapotransporiration. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 14: 2039-2056. doi:10.5194/hess-14-2039-2010 (pdf)
  • Kustu, M. D., Y. Fan and A. Robock (2010) Large-scale water cycle perturbation from irrigation in the High Plains: A synthesis of observed streamflow changes. Journal of Hydrology 390: 222-224. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.06.045 (pdf)
  • DeAngelis, A., F. Dominguez, Y. Fan, A. Robock, M.D. Kustu, and D. Robinson (2010) Evidence of enhanced precipitation due to irrigation in the US High Plains. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atm, 10.1029/2010JD013892 (pdf)
  • Schaller, M., and Y. Fan (2009) River basins as groundwater exporters and importers: Implications for water cycle and climate modeling. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atm, 114, D04103, doi: 10.1029/2008 JD010636 (pdf)
  • Lyon, S., F. et al. (2008) Coupling terrestrial and atmospheric water dynamics to improve prediction in a changing environment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89(9): 1275-1279, doi: 10.1175/2008BAMS2547.1 (pdf)
  • Miguez-Macho, G., H. Li, and Y. Fan (2008) Simulated water table and soil moisture climatology over North America. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 5: 663-672, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-89-5- 663 (pdf)
  • Anyah, R., C. P. Weaver, G. Miguez-Macho, Y. Fan, and A. Robock (2008) Incorporating water table dynamics in climate modeling: 3. Simulated groundwater influence on coupled land-atmosphere variability. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atm, 113, D07103, doi: 10.1029/2007JD009087 (pdf)
  • Miguez-Macho, G., Y. Fan, C. P. Weaver, R. Walko, and A. Robock (2007) Incorporating water table dynamics in climate modeling, Part II: Formulation, validation, and simulations of soil moisture fields. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atm, doi:10.1029/2006JD008112 (pdf)
  • Fan, Y., G. Miguez-Macho, C. P. Weaver, R. Walko, and A. Robock (2007) Incorporating water table dynamics in climate modeling, Part I: Water table observations and the equilibrium water table simulations. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atm, doi:10.1029/2006JD008111 (pdf)
  • Fan, Y., L. Toran, and R. Schlische (2007) Groundwater flow and groundwater-stream interaction in fractured and dipping sedimentary rocks: Insights from numerical models. Water Resources Research, VOL. 43, W01409, doi:10.1029/2006WR004864 (pdf)

Publications Prior to Family Leave:

  • Moramarco, T., Y. Fan and R. L. Bras (1999) An analytical solution for channel routing with uniform lateral inflow. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 125(7): 707-713 (pdf)
  • Fan, Y. and R. L. Bras (1998) Analytical solutions to hillslope subsurface storm flow and saturation overland flow. Water Resources Research, 34(4): 921-927 (pdf)
  • Fan, Y., C. J. Duffy and D. S. Oliver, Jr. (1997) Density-driven groundwater flow in closed desert basins: Field investigations and numerical experiments. Journal of Hydrology, 196: 139-184 (pdf)
  • Fan, Y., E. F. Wood, M. L. Baeck and J. A. Smith (1996) The fractional coverage of rainfall over a model grid: analyses of NEXRAD radar data over the Southern Plains. Water Resources Research, 32(9): 2787-2802 (pdf)
  • Fan, Y. and R. L. Bras (1995) On the concept of a representative elementary area (REA) in catchment hydrology. Hydrological Processes,9:821-832 (pdf)
  • Fan, Y. and C. J. Duffy (1993) Monthly temperature and precipitation fields on a storm-facing mountain front: Statistical structure and empirical parameterization. Water Resources Research, 29(12): 4157-4166 (pdf)


  • Panelist for NSF, NASA, EPA; Reviewer for NSF, NASA, USGS, and UK NERC proposals
  • Reviewer for Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Climate Dynamics, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Journal of Climate, Water Resources Research, Advances in Water Resources, Ground Water, the Hydrogeology Journal, Journal of Hydrology, Geofluids, Environmental Research Letters, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Nature Geoscience, Science
  • CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc.) Board of Directors, 2011-2013
  • Hydrologic Sciences Award Committee, AGU Hydrology Section, 2011-2013
  • Co-Editor: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

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