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Civil and Architectural Engineering

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jianting (Julian) Zhu

Professor of Civil Engineering
Graduate Program Director, Civil & Architectural Engineering
Director, Center for Computational Hydrology and Hydrosciences

Room 3081, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
e-mail: jzhu5@uwyo.edu
Office Phone: 307-766-4375

Jianting (Julian) Zhu

Education:

  • B.S. Engineering Mechanics, Zhejiang University
  • M.S. Fluid Mechanics, Peking University
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University
  • Postdoc, Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo

Research Interests:

  • Vadose Zone Hydrology
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Hydrological Modeling
  • Stochastic Hydrology
  • Contaminant Transport
  • Uncertainty and Climate Change
  • Ecohydrology
  • Soil Physics

Teaching:

  • Fluid Dynamics, University of Wyoming
  • Thermodynamics, University of Wyoming
  • Hydraulic Engineering, University of Wyoming
  • Hydrology, University of Wyoming
  • Groundwater Hydrology, University of Wyoming
  • Advanced Subsurface Hydrology, University of Wyoming
  • Uncertainty in Hydrology, University of Wyoming
  • Hydrometeorology, University of Wyoming
  • Geostatistics, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Hydrogeology, University of Saskatchewan
  • Advanced Hydrogeology, University of Saskatchewan
  • Reservoir Mechanics University of Saskatchewann

Awards:

  • Paper Featured in CSA Magazine of Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and American Society of Agronomy, 2017
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Research Spotlight, 2017
  • Best Theoretical-Oriented Paper Award, ASCE-EWRI’s Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste, 2016
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Irrigation & Drainage Council Honorable Mention, 2016
  • ECHN-IAH Coolest Paper of 2015, International Association of Hydrogeologists, 2016
  • Excellence for Associate Editor, Soil Science Society of America Journal (SSSAJ), 2014
  • Maki Chair Award, Desert Research Institute, 2010
  • Peter B. Wagner Medal of Excellence, Desert Research Institute, 2008
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Canada, 1996-1998
  • Bruce and Dorothy Rosetti Scholarship, Dalhousie University, Canada, 1994-19958

Technical Editor

  • Soil Science Society of America Journal (SSSAJ)

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (Sole author or lead author only):

  • Zhu, J., Dissolution dynamics and temporal variations of groundwater flux in the subsurface source zone of nonaqueous phase liquids, Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000239, 19(2), 04014032, 2015.
  • Zhu, J., Impact of climate change on extreme rainfall across the United States, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000725, 18, 1301-1309, 2013.
  • Zhu, J., Effect of layered structure on anisotropy of unsaturated soils, Soil Science, 177(2), 131-138, doi: 10.1097/SS.0b013e31824114f6, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., Sensitivity of advective travel time of contaminants to correlated formation porosities, Hydrogeology Journal, 20, doi: 10.1007/s10040-011-0788-0, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., Developing novel approach for calculating groundwater return flow to Colorado River, Institutional Project Assignment Report, Desert Research Institute, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., Connecting climate model grid box scale to station scale in investigating impact of climate change on extreme rainfall, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., Equivalent parallel and perpendicular unsaturated hydraulic conductivities: Arithmetic mean or harmonic Mean? Soil Science Society of America Journal, 72, 1226-1233, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2007.0337, 2008.
  • Zhu, J., Interactive comment on “dynamical process upscaling for deriving catchment scale state variables and constitutive relations for meso-scale process models” by Zehe et al., Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 3, S594-S598, 2006.
  • Zhu, J., Transport and fate of nonaqueous phase liquid in variably saturated porous media with evolving sales of heterogeneity, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 15, 447-461, 2001.
  • Zhu, J., A note on slow non-Newtonian flows over an ensemble of spherical bubbles, Chemical Engineering Science, 56, 2237-2241, 2001.
  • Zhu, J., A note on statistical analysis of rate coefficient of non-aqueous phase liquid dissolution in porous media, Water Resources Research, 36(5), 1347-1352, 2000.
  • Zhu, J., Specific discharge covariance in a heterogeneous semi-confined aquifer, Water Resources Research, 34(8), 1951-1957, 1998.
  • Zhu, J., Drag and mass transfer for flow of a Carreau fluid past a swarm of Newtonian drops, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 21(5), 935-941, 1995.
  • Zhu, J., On the flow resistance of viscoelastic fluids through packed beds, Rheologica Acta, 29(5), 409-415, 1990.
  • Zhu, J., and Y. Cheng, Effective permeability of fractal fracture rocks: Significance of turbulent flow and fractal scaling, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2017.09.026, 2017.
  • Zhu, J., F. L. Ogden, W. Lai, X. Chen, and C. A. Talbot, An explicit approach to Include diffusive effects in finite water-content method for solving vadose zone flow, Journal of hydrology, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.01.078, 2016.
  • Zhu, J., and Y. Cheng, A new visual approach to determine infiltration rate from infiltration capacity models, Natural Science Education, doi:10.4195/nse2016.07.0020, 2016 (Featured in CSA News Magazine of Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and American Society of Agronomy, March 2017, doi:10.2134/csa2017.62.0315).
  • Zhu, J., and H. Fang, Temporal dynamics of NAPL source zone strength: Relationship between groundwater flux and contaminant mass discharge, Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, 0401600, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000322, 2016.
  • Zhu, J., and D. Sun, Significance of groundwater flux on contaminant concentration and mass discharge in the nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) contaminated zone, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 192, 158 –164, doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.08.002, 2016.
  • Zhu, J., D. Sun, M. Young, T. Caldwell, and F. Pan, Shrub spatial organization and partitioning of evaporation and transpiration in arid environments, Ecohydrology, doi: 10.1002/eco.1576, 8, 1218-1228, 2015.
  • Zhu, J., and K. Pohlmann, An effective approach to calculate groundwater return flow to a river from irrigation areas, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000701, 140(7), 2014.
  • Zhu, J., W. Forsee, R. Schumer, and M. Gautam, Future projections and uncertainty assessment of extreme rainfall intensity in the United States from an ensemble of climate models, Climatic Change, 118, 469–485, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0639-6, 2013.
  • Zhu, J., and K. Pohlmann, Estimating groundwater return flow from lower Colorado River aquifers, MODFLOW and MORE 2013, June 2-5, 2013, Golden, Colorado.
  • Zhu, J., and A. W. Warrick, Effective unsaturated hydraulic conductivity for layered soils of structured heterogeneity, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 76(1) (2012), 28-35, doi:10.2136/sssaj2011-0028, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., M. Young, and J. Osterberg, Impacts of riparian zone plant water use on temporal scaling of groundwater systems, Hydrological Processes, 26(9)(2012), 1352-1360, doi: 10.1002/hyp.8241, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., and D. Sun, Soil hydraulic properties for moisture redistribution in large scale heterogeneous landscape, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 57 (6) (2012), 1196–1206, doi: 10.1080/02626667.2012.693613, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., M. Stone, and W. Forsee, Analysis of potential impacts of climate change on intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) relationships for six regions in the United States, Journal of Water and Climate Change, 3(3) (2012), 185-196, doi: 10.2166/wcc.2012.045, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., W. Forsee, R. Schumer, and M. Gautam, Potential changes in extreme rainfall intensity and frequency in the United States, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., M. Young, J. Healey, and R. Jasoni, Groundwater ET of Tamarisk, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., K. Pohlmann, and J. Healey, Significance of groundwater divide in water accounting and return flow calculation for Lower Colorado River aquifers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 2012.
  • Zhu, J., M. H. Young, J. Healey, R. Jasoni, and J. Osterberg, Interference of river level changes on riparian zone evapotranspiration estimates from diurnal groundwater level fluctuations, Journal of Hydrology, 403(3-4), 381-389, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.04.016, 2011
  • Zhu, J., M. H. Young, J. Healey, R. Jasoni, and J. Osterberg, Answer to the comment on “Interference of river level changes on riparian zone evapotranspiration estimates from diurnal groundwater level fluctuations” by J. Zhu, M. Young, J. Healy, R. Jasoni, J. Osterberg [J. Hydrol. 403(3-4) (2011) 381-389], Journal of Hydrology, 408: 316-317, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.08.005, 2011
  • Zhu, J., K. Pohlmann, J. B. Chapman, C. E. Russell, R. W. H. Carroll, and D. S. Shafer, Sensitivity to Formation Porosity of Contaminant Transport from Nevada Test Site to Yucca Mountain, Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, ASCE, 15(4) (2011), 219–22, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.1944-8376.0000047, 2011.
  • Zhu, J., and D. Sun, Capillary pressure-dependent anisotropy of unsaturated soils, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 90(2), 319-329, 2010.
  • Zhu, J., K. F. Pohlmann, J. B. Chapman, C. E. Russell, R. W. H. Carroll, and D. S. Shafer, Sensitivity of solute advective travel time to porosities of hydrogeologic units, Ground Water, 48(3), 442-447, doi:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2009.00664.x, 2010.
  • Zhu, J., and D. Sun, Saturation-dependent anisotropy of unsaturated soils, 19th World Congress of Soil Science – Soil solution for a changing world, August 1 – 6, 2010, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Zhu, J., W. Forsee, A. Knust, D. McGraw, M. Gautam, S. Earman, M. Stone, and R. Schumer, Integration of Climate Change Impacts into Risk and Uncertainty Analyses, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2010.
  • Zhu, J., K. F. Pohlmann, J. B. Chapman, C. E. Russell, D. S. Shafer, and R. W. H. Carroll, Effect of correlations among porosities of hydrogeologic units on sensitivity of contaminant first arrival time, Desert Research Institute, 2010, 61pp.
  • Zhu, J., and M. H. Young, Sensitivity and uncertainty of ground-water discharge estimates for semi-arid shrublands, Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), 45(3),641-653, doi:10.1111/j.1752-1688.2009.00312.x, 2009.
  • Zhu, J., and D. Sun, Effective soil hydraulic parameters for transient flows in heterogeneous soils, Vadose Zone Journal, 8, 301-309, doi: 10.2136/vzj2008.0004, 2009.
  • Zhu, J., and M. H. Young, Sensitivity of unlined canal seepage to hydraulic properties of polyacrylamide (PAM) treated soil, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 73, 695-703, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2008.0261, 2009.
  • Zhu, J., and M. Young, CHAPTER 6: Influence of LA-PAM treated soils on water seepage in irrigation canals, In PAM IV FINAL REPORT to Bureau of Reclamation: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Linear Anionic Polyacrylamide (LA-PAM) When Used to Reduce Seepage in Unlined Irrigation Canals within the 17 Western States, ed. R. B. Susfalk. Desert Research Institute, 2009.
  • Zhu, J., and L. Chen, CHAPTER 3: Predictive modeling of polyacrylamide (PAM) transport and fate in irrigation canals, In PAM III FINAL REPORT to Bureau of Reclamation: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Linear Anionic Polyacrylamide (LA-PAM) When Used to Reduce Seepage in Unlined Irrigation Canals within the 17 Western States, ed. R. B. Susfalk. Desert Research Institute, 2009.
  • Zhu, J., K. F. Pohlmann, J. B. Chapman, C. E. Russell, R. W. H. Carroll, and D. S. Shafer, Uncertainty and sensitivity of contaminant travel times from the upgradient Nevada Test Site to the Yucca Mountain area, submitted to Nevada Site Office, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, 2009, Publication No. 45230, 245pp.
  • Zhu, J., and M. Young, Applying polyacrylamide (PAM) to reduce seepage loss of water through unlined canals, 2008 UCOWR/NIWR Conference, July 22-24, 2008, Durham, North Carolina.
  • Zhu, J., and J. F. Sykes, Analytical NAPL dissolution models in relation to other rate coefficient correlation models in porous media, MODFLOW and More: Ground Water and Public Policy, May 19-21, 2008, Denver, Colorado.
  • Zhu J., M. H. Young, and M. Th. van Genuchten, Upscaling schemes and relationships for the Gardner and van Genuchten hydraulic functions for heterogeneous soils, Vadose Zone Journal, 6, 186-195, 2007.
  • Zhu, J., M. H. Young, and M. E. Cablk, Uncertainty analysis of estimates of ground-water discharge by evapotranspiration for the BARCAS study area, Desert Research Institute Publication No., 41237, 2007. 28pp.
  • Zhu, J., B. P. Mohanty, and N. N. Das, On the effective averaging schemes of hydraulic properties at the landscape scale, Vadose Zone Journal, 5, 308-316, 2006.
  • Zhu, J., and B. P. Mohanty, Effective scaling factor for transient infiltration in heterogeneous soils, Journal of Hydrology, 319, 96-108, 2006.
  • Zhu, J., B. P. Mohanty, A. W. Warrick, and M. Th. van Genuchten, Correspondence and upscaling of hydraulic functions for heterogeneous soils, Vadose Zone Journal, 3, 527-533, 2004.
  • Zhu, J., and B. P. Mohanty, Soil hydraulic parameter upscaling for steady state flows with plant root-water uptake, Vadose Zone Journal, 3, 1464-1470, 2004.
  • Zhu, J., and J. F. Sykes, Simple screening models of NAPL dissolution in the subsurface, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 72, 245-258, 2004.
  • Zhu, J., and B. P. Mohanty, Effective hydraulic parameters for steady state flows in heterogeneous soils, Water Resources Research, 39(8), 1227, doi:10.1029/2002WR001831, 2003.
  • Zhu, J., and B. P. Mohanty, Upscaling of hydraulic properties of heterogeneous soils, Book Chapter in Methods of Scaling in Soil Physics, edited by Y. Pachepsky, D.E. Radcliffe, and H. M. Selim, CRC Press, 97-117, 2003.
  • Zhu, J., and B. P. Mohanty, Spatial averaging of van Genuchten hydraulic parameters for steady state flow in heterogeneous soils, Vadose Zone Journal, 1, 261-272, 2002.
  • Zhu, J., and B. P. Mohanty, Upscaling of hydraulic properties for steady state evaporation and infiltration, Water Resources Research, 38(9), 1178, doi: 10.1029/2001WR000704, 2002.
  • Zhu, J., and B. P. Mohanty, Analytical solutions for steady state vertical infiltration, Water Resources Research, 38(8), doi: 10.1029/2001WR000398, 2002.
  • Zhu, J., and M. G. Satish, Stochastic analysis of groundwater flow in aquifers with leakage, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 15, 228-243, 2001.
  • Zhu, J., and J. F. Sykes, The influence of NAPL dissolution characteristics on field-scale contaminant transport in subsurface, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 41, 133-154, 2000.
  • Zhu, J., and J. F. Sykes, Head variance and macrodispersivity tensor in a semiconfined fractal porous media, Water Resources Research, 36(1), 203-212, 2000.
  • Zhu, J., and J. F. Sykes, Stochastic simulations of NAPL mass transport in variably saturated heterogeneous porous media, Transport in Porous Media, 39(3), 289-314, 2000.
  • Zhu, J., and M. G. Satish, Stochastic analysis of macrodispersion in a semi-confined aquifer, Transport in Porous Media, 35(3), 273-297, 1999.
  • Zhu, J., and M. G. Satish, A boundary element method for stochastic flow problems in a semiconfined aquifer with random boundary conditions, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 19(3), 199-208, 1997.
  • Zhu, J., and Q. Deng, Non-Newtonian flow past an ensemble of Newtonian droplets, Chemical Engineering Science, 49(1), 147-150, 1996.
  • Zhu, J., and M. G. Satish, Non-Newtonian effects on the drag of creeping flow through packed beds, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 18(5), 765-777, 1992.
  • Zhu, J., and C. F. Chan Man Fong, Flow of a Carreau fluid through packed beds, Progress and Trends in Rheology II, supplement to Rheologica Acta, 26, 141-144, 1988.

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