Bio


I am a hydrologist. My research is in the field of hydrology and water resources management at the interface of process-oriented hydrology science and large-scale geospatial data science. I study physical processes involved in the hydrologic cycle, incorporate the understanding of the relationship among its components into parameterizations of the critical processes, and conduct simulations and analyses of hydrologic models to answer critical questions related to the drivers, patterns, and consequences of environmental natural and human-induced changes in hydrologic response through space and time. I am currently a postdoc in Earth System Science at Stanford University, where I am involved in developing hydrological models to identify strategies for the management of both floods and droughts in heavily developed watersheds in India. I received my doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University in 2021, where my research was centered on advancing hydrological modeling to improve flood and water supply forecasting in the western United States basins. I obtained my bachelor's and master's degrees in Agricultural Engineering – Water Resources Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran. Outside of my office, I enjoy hiking, reading, and painting.

Honors & Awards


  • Doctoral Student Researcher of the Year for the College of Engineering, Utah State University (2021)
  • Eva Nieminski Honorary Graduate Scholarship, American Water Work Association Intermountain Section (2020)
  • National Water Center Innovators Program: Summer Institute, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) (2017)
  • Outstanding student poster in Spring Runoff Conference, Utah State University (2017)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA (2016-2021)
  • Master Program Scholarship, The University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran (2012-2015)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (AGU-H3S) (2020 - 2021)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Utah State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hydrology (2021)
  • Master of Science, University of Tehran, Agricultural Engineering, Water Resources Engineering (2015)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tehran, Agricultural Engineering, Water Resources Engineering (2011)

Stanford Advisors


All Publications


  • A comparison of National Water Model retrospective analysis snow outputs at snow telemetry sites across the Western United States HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES Garousi-Nejad, I., Tarboton, D. 2022; 36 (1)

    View details for DOI 10.1002/hyp.14469

    View details for Web of Science ID 000747506900024

  • An open web-based module developed to advance data-driven hydrologic process learning HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES Lane, B., Garousi-Nejad, I., Gallagher, M. A., Tarboton, D. G., Habib, E. 2021; 35 (7)

    View details for DOI 10.1002/hyp.14273

    View details for Web of Science ID 000678409000022

  • Terrain Analysis Enhancements to the Height Above Nearest Drainage Flood Inundation Mapping Method WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Garousi-Nejad, I., Tarboton, D. G., Aboutalebi, M., Torres-Rua, A. F. 2019; 55 (10): 7983-8009
  • Extended multi-objective firefly algorithm for hydropower energy generation JOURNAL OF HYDROINFORMATICS Bozorg-Haddad, O., Garousi-Nejad, I., Loaciga, H. A. 2017; 19 (5): 734-751
  • Application of the Firefly Algorithm to Optimal Operation of Reservoirs with the Purpose of Irrigation Supply and Hydropower Production JOURNAL OF IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE ENGINEERING Garousi-Nejad, I., Bozorg-Haddad, O., Loaiciga, H. A., Marino, M. A. 2016; 142 (10)
  • Modified Firefly Algorithm for Solving Multireservoir Operation in Continuous and Discrete Domains JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT Garousi-Nejad, I., Bozorg-Haddad, O., Loaiciga, H. A. 2016; 142 (9)