The Harmon Research Lab
We work and teach classes on a variety of projects pertaining to soil moisture, groundwater, and surface water quality. Our current projects span a variety of hydrology, water resources and ecohydrology problems.
We have a great group of professional researchers and students in the group. The students are typically working on graduate degrees (MS, PhD) in the Environmental Systems Graduate Program at UC Merced. We are also interested in motivated undergraduate students who would like to help out on our current research, or develop their own projects.
Please take a look around the site. If you have any questions, or are interested in working on these types of projects, feel free to contact any lab member.
Thomas C. Harmon, PhD
Tom Harmon is a Professor in the School of Engineering and Founding Faculty member at the University of California Merced. He is also a member of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He is the lead investigator for the group and teaches couses in fluid mechanics, subsurface hydrology, contaminant transport, and service learning. For more details, check out his CV.
Kumarswamy Sivakumaran, PhD, JD
Kumar is a research scientist in the School of Engineering at the University of California Merced. He studies river hydraulics and water resources management problems. Kumar earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering respectively from the University of Sri Lanka, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Colorado State University. He also holds a J.D. from West Virginia University.
Steven Jepsen, PhD
Steven Jepsen is a research scientist and hydrologic modeler in the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at University of California, Merced. He has worked on a broad range of cold regions projects involving ice mechanics, snowmelt modeling, and permafrost hydrology. Steve earned a PhD in Engineering & Applied Mechanics at Montana State University Bozeman.
Sandra Villamizar, PhD
Sandra Villamizar is a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher the School of Engineering at the University of California Merced. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Environmental Systems program at UC Merced where she worked on stream metabolism responses to land and water management practices and disturbances.
Henry Pai, PhD Student
Henry is a current PhD student in the Environmental Systems program at the University of California Merced, where he completed his MS degree. Henry is studying the influence of groundwater-surface water interactions on lowland river water quality and habitat suitability. He previously received B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Philosphy at UCLA in 2006.
Diganta Adhikari, PhD Student
Diganta Adhikari is graduate student in the Environmental Systems program, where he is studying artificial groundwater recharge. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology, India and California State University at Fresno(CSUF), respectively. Diganta works at the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) and teaches at CSUF.
Irvin Arroyo, PhD Student
Irvin Arroyo is a PhD student in the Environmental Systems program. He is studying approaches to managing soil salinization problems in semi-arid regions. Irvin is also an analytical/environmental chemist for the USDA-ARS Water Management Research Unit in Parlier. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from California State University Fresno in 2000 and 2005, respectively.