Gabriel G. Katul

Gabriel G. Katul

Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology

Gabriel G. Katul received his B.E. degree in 1988 at the American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon), his M.S. degree in 1990 at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) and his Ph.D degree in 1993 at the University of California in Davis (Davis, CA).  He is currently the Theodore S. Coile Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University (Durham, NC).    He served as an associate editor for Advances in Water Resources (1998-present), Boundary Layer Meteorology (1998-present), Water Resources Research (2004-2009), the Vadoze zone journal (2000-2003) and served as one of the four editors-in-chief for Advances in Water Resources (2011-2014).  He was a visiting fellow at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia (in 2002), at University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2009 and a FulBright-Italy Distinguished Fellow at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 2010. He was also a visiting fellow at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013,  Nagoya University (Japan) in 2014, University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2017, and the Karlsruher Institute for Technology (Germany) in 2017. He received several honorary awards, including an honorary certificate by La Seccion de Agrofisica de la Sociedad Cubana de Fisica in Habana (in 1998), editor’s citation for excellence in refereeing from the American Geophysical Union (in 2008), the Macelwane medal and became thereafter a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (in 2002).  In 2012, he received the Hydrologic Science Award from the American Geophysical Union and in 2018, he received the John Dalton medal from the European Geosciences Union.  He served as the Secretary General for the Hydrologic Science Section at the American Geophysical Union (2006-2008).  Research in Katul's lab focuses on micro-meteorology and near-surface hydrology with emphasis on heat, momentum, carbon dioxide, water vapor, ozone, particulate matter (including aerosols, pollen, and seeds) and water transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system as well as their implications to a plethora of hydrological, ecological, atmospheric and climate change related problems.

In The News


Katul, GG, Manes, C, Porporato, A, Bou-Zeid, E, and Chamecki, M. "Bottlenecks in turbulent kinetic energy spectra predicted from structure function inflections using the Von Kármán-Howarth equation." Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics 92, no. 3 (September 11, 2015): 033009-.
Katul, GG, Porporato, A, Shah, S, and Bou-Zeid, E. "Two phenomenological constants explain similarity laws in stably stratified turbulence." Physical Review E Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 89, no. 2 (February 12, 2014).
Manzoni, S, Vico, G, Palmroth, S, Porporato, A, and Katul, G. "Optimization of stomatal conductance for maximum carbon gain under dynamic soil moisture." Advances in Water Resources 62, no. PA (December 1, 2013): 90-105.
Katul, GG, Porporato, A, Manes, C, and Meneveau, C. "Co-spectrum and mean velocity in turbulent boundary layers." Physics of Fluids 25, no. 9 (September 18, 2013). (Letter)
Manzoni, S, Vico, G, Katul, G, Palmroth, S, Jackson, RB, and Porporato, A. "Hydraulic limits on maximum plant transpiration and the emergence of the safety-efficiency trade-off." New Phytol 198, no. 1 (April 2013): 169-178.
Katul, GG, Konings, AG, and Porporato, A. "Mean velocity profile in a sheared and thermally stratified atmospheric boundary layer." Phys Rev Lett 107, no. 26 (December 23, 2011): 268502-null.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 734L: Watershed Hydrology (ENVIRON 734L: Watershed Hydrology)
ENVIRON 464: Mathematics of Dynamical Systems Describing Complex Environmental Phenomena: A Modern Crystal Ball? (ENVIRON 464: Mathematics of Dynamical Systems Describing Complex Environmental Phenomena: A Modern Crystal Ball?)
ENVIRON 391: Independent Study (ENVIRON 391: Independent Study)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
ENVIRON 764: Applied Differential Equations in Environmental Sciences (ENVIRON 764: Applied Differential Equations in Environmental Sciences)

Contact Information

A246B Lev Sci Res Ctr
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., University of California at Davis (1993)