Professor Mantha Phanikumar


Prof. Mantha Phanikumar, Michigan State University

Hosted by Professor Stefan Krause, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

March-June 2017

Professor Kumar’s research interests include ecohydrology and biogeochemistry of groundwater–surface water interfaces, non-linear ecohydrological process dynamics and responses to environmental change, analysis of hotspots and hot moments, tipping points and threshold in ecohydrological and biogeochemical functioning, quantification of multi-component reactive transport processes at aquifer-river interfaces under the impact of global change.

During his visit Professor Kumar will be working with Professor Krause, linking with colleagues in Biosciences and Engineering. Current planning is to work with Stefan’s group to:

  • Develop unprecedented large-scale numerical modeling capacity for tackling global challenges in the water-food-energy nexus;
  • Adapt PAWS to model temperature effects on biogeochemical cycling at groundwater – surfacewater interfaces;
  • Develop innovative numerical approaches for separating the contaminant transport contributions of surface and hyporheic storage in rivers at intermediate to large (catchment) scales.


If you would like full details of the plans for Professor Phanikumar’s fellowship or would like to meet with him during his visit as an Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Visiting Fellow, please contact Sue Gilligan