Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Assistant Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources

Dr. Mukesh Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Nicholas School of Environment. He earned his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his PhD in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. His research interests lie in Watershed Hydrology, Groundwater-Surface Water-Atmosphere Interactions, Numerical Modeling of Snow and Hydrologic Processes, GIS-Model Coupling, High Performance Computing Applications and Optimization Methods.

In The News


Liu, Y, Parolari, AJ, Kumar, M, Huang, C-W, Katul, GG, and Porporato, A. "Increasing atmospheric humidity and CO2 concentration alleviate forest mortality risk." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 37 (September 2017): 9918-9923.

Zi, T, Kumar, M, Kiely, G, Lewis, C, and Albertson, J. "Simulating the spatio-temporal dynamics of soil erosion, deposition, and yield using a coupled sediment dynamics and 3D distributed hydrologic model." Environmental Modelling & Software 83 (September 2016): 310-325.

Seo, SB, Sinha, T, Mahinthakumar, G, Sankarasubramanian, A, and Kumar, M. "Identification of dominant source of errors in developing streamflow and groundwater projections under near-term climate change." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 121, no. 13 (July 16, 2016): 7652-7672.

Liu, Y, and Kumar, M. "Role of meteorological controls on interannual variations in wet-period characteristics of wetlands." Water Resources Research 52, no. 7 (July 2016): 5056-5074.

Recent Grants


CEE 687: Hydrologic Modeling for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment (CEE 687: Hydrologic Modeling for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar (ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
ENVIRON 768: GIS for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment (ENVIRON 768: GIS for Water Quantity and Quality Assessment)

Contact Information

Nicholas School Of Environment, LSRC Bldg., Room No. 207
Durham, NC 27708
LSRC Bldg., Room No. 207, Campus Box: 90328
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (2009)