Steven A. Margulis, Ph.D.

Vice Chair of Graduate Studies
Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

5732D Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: (310) 267-5490
Fax: (310) 206-2222


Ph.D., (2002), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., (1998), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., (1996), University of Southern California

Research & Teaching Interests

The overarching research theme in our group focuses on improving our fundamental understanding of the terrestrial and atmospheric branches of the hydrologic cycle.  We seek to understand the mean states and fluxes between terrestrial and atmospheric reservoirs as well as the spatial and temporal variability in these processes. Our studies span a range of space and time scales to allow for improved understanding of historical climate patterns, real-time diagnosis of hydrologic processes, and extension to understanding and predicting future climate change and its connection to water resources.  A primary objective of this work is to ultimately improve our ability to manage water resources and mitigate the effects of environmental hazards. More detailed information on my teaching and research is contained on our group website: My teaching interests lie in the broad areas of hydrologic science, water resources engineering,  modeling and numerical methods, remote sensing, and estimation. Our group has recently developed an open-access “Introduction to Hydrology” textbook with a companion Matlab-based “Modular Distributed Watershed Educational Toolbox (MOD-WET)”.  The book and MOD-WET can be found on our group website at:

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award (2006)
  • UCLA ASCE Professor of the Year Award (2005-2006)
  • NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) Award, 2004
  • NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2004
  • NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, 1999-2002
  • AGU Outstanding Student Paper, Spring Meeting 2001
  • Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, MIT, 2001
  • NSF Traineeship in the Hydrologic Sciences, 1996-1997
  • ASCE-Shimizu Corp. Essay Prize, 1994