Keith D. Stolzenbach, Ph.D., P.E.

Environmental Engineering

6532 Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: (310) 821-2471
Fax: (310) 206-2222


Ph.D., (1971), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., (1968) , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., (1966) , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

My research investigates how water movement in natural water bodies affects the fate and transport of pollutants and natural substances. I am particularly interested in the interaction between fluid motion and chemical and biological processes.My current research is focused on coastal water quality issues. Shipboard, satellite, and fixed mooring measurements in the Southern California Bight and Santa Monica Bay are integrated with high-resolution three-dimensional numerical model simulations to better understand coastal circulation patterns and the dynamics of coastal plankton populations. Fundamental studies of fine particle behavior in porous aggregates and deposited sediments contribute to the understanding of the fate of particle-associated contaminants. Measurements and modeling of atmospheric deposition quantifies the effect of this non-point source on urban runoff water quality.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • American Society of Civil Engineers – Stevens Award, 1973
  • American Society of Civil Engineers – Huber Research Award, 1979
  • Effective Teaching Award – Dept. of Civil Engineering, M.I.T., 1979, 1988
  • Graduate Student Council Teaching Awards, M.I.T., 1980
  • UCLA ASCE Student Chapter Outstanding Professor Award, 1996, 1998
  • UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2005