Tenure-Track Faculty

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Xi Chen

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 401E Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-2849


  • Ph.D., University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2014 (Environmental Engineering).
  • M.S., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2009 (Environmental Science).
  • B.S., Nankai University, China 2007 (Environmental Science).


Research Areas: Hydrology, water resources, environmental studies and modeling, physical geography, environmental engineering.

Dr. Xi Chen's passion in research is to better understand hydrologic processes at the watershed scale. His work involves interdisciplinary study of the coupled human-water system in the Yahara Watershed in southern Wisconsin. In the study, his work is focused on modeling the water and nutrient transport in the watershed using coupled process-based models of Agro-IBIS (Integrated Biosphere Simulator) and THMB (Terrestrial Hydrology Model with Biogeochemistry). His current research goal is to explore the co-evolution of coupled human-water systems in the Anthropocene via watershed modeling. He has been active in the new field of socio-hydrology and developed a conceptual watershed modeling framework with temporal and spatial changes of community preferences to explain the movement of “channelization to restoration” in the Kissimmee River Basin, Florida.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1036 Water Sustainability and Climate
  • GEOG 5171 Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 6052 Environmental Hydrology
  • GEOG 6090 GIS Application in Environment and Water Resources Management

Selected Publications

  • Chen, X., Wang, D., Tian, F., and Sivapalan, M. (2016), From channelization to restoration: Sociohydrologic modeling with changing community preferences in the Kissimmee River Basin, Florida, Water Resources Research, 52, 1227-1244, doi: 10.1002/2015WR018194.
  • Chen, X., and Wang, D. (2015), Modeling seasonal surface runoff and baseflow based on the generalized proportionality hypothesis, Journal of Hydrology, 527, 367-379, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.04.059.
  • Chen, X., Alizad, K., Wang, D., and Hagen, C. (2014), Climate change impact on runoff and sediment loads to the Apalachicola River at seasonal and event scales, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, 68, 35-42, doi:10.2112/S168-005.1.
  • Chen, X., Alimohammadi, N., and Wang, D. (2013), Modeling interannual variability of seasonal evaporation and storage change based on the extended Budyko framework, Water Resources Research, 49, 6067-6078, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20493.
  • Chen, X. and Wang, D. (2013), Evaluating the effect of partial contributing storage on storage-discharge function from recession analysis, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17, 4283-4296, doi:10.5194/hess-17-4283-2013.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, CECE, University of Central Florida 2014
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award, CECE, University of Central Florida 2013

Graduate Students and Postdocs

Currently looking for qualified and self-motivated graduate students. Please submit your application early; January 15th is the deadline to be considered for financial support. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.