M. Levent Kavvas, Ph.D

Director, J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory

Dr. Kavvas’ areas of specialization include physical hydraulic modeling of environmental fluid flows, mathematical modeling of the integrated hydrologic-atmospheric processes at global, continental, country and watershed scales for the simulation and prediction of hydrologic water balances toward quantifying phenomena such as floods and droughts; mathematical modeling of hydrologic processes at regional, watershed and hillslope scales; investigations on the mathematical modeling of contaminant transport by inland surface waters, and unsaturated flow and groundwater flow.



Ali Ercan, Ph.D

Manager of Technical Services, J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory

Dr. Ercan’s areas of specialization include scaling and self-similarity in hydraulic and hydrologic processes, stochastic processes, fractional calculus applications, environmental hydraulics, time series modeling, impacts of changing climate, and Computational Fluid Dynamics.


Kara Carr, Ph.D

Manager of Operations, J. Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory

Dr. Carr’s areas of specialization include sediment transport scaling and self-similarity, computational fluid dynamics, physical hydraulic modeling of environmental fluid flows and sediment transport, computational sediment transport modeling, and eco-hydraulics with a focus on fish protection and endangered species.


Tongbi Tu, Ph. D

Technical Consultant

Dr. Tu received his doctoral degree from UC Davis in 2018. Currently a faculty member at Sun Yat-sen University, Dr. Tu provides technical consulting for laboratory experimentation specializing in sediment and solute transport, hydrology, numerical flow and sediment transport modeling, and turbulence modeling.




Felipe E. Ulloa Henríquez

Doctoral Student

Felipe’s research interests lie in the areas of hydrology and hydraulics simulations. His current research focuses on physically-based drought simulations and long-term atmospheric simulations to improve our understanding on the drivers of droughts.




Seth Seidel

Master’s Student 

Mr. Seidel’s research interests include environmental fluid mechanics and hydrometeorology. His JAHL research focused on long memory in environmental flows.



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