Segura, Catalina

Assistant Professor

Office Location: 
Snell 306
Email Address: 
Curriculum Vitae: 
  • PhD, 2008, Geography, University of Colorado
  • MS, 2003, Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
  • BS, 1997, Forest Engineering, Universidad Distrital, Bogotá
Areas of Interest: 
  • Multi-scale hydrologic modeling
  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Interactions among geomorphology, hydrology, and stream ecology
  • Anthropogenic impacts on water resources (quantity and quality)
  • Isotope hydrology

Research Interests:

My research interests are focused on the interactions between fluvial geomorphic, hydrologic, and ecological processes.  Recent and current investigations include: (1) Climate change impacts on soil erosion and water temperature at the continental scale; (2) modeling of rainfall-runoff response at the event scale in forested ecosystems; (3) hydrologic modeling of daily flows; (4) interactions between stream sediment transport and algal production; and (5) study of the relationship between the riparian area and channel morphology under different degrees of urbanization.  My research strategy includes intense field-based studies and modeling efforts of both field generated data and regionally available data sets.  The goal of my research program is to understand hydrologic processes and to formulate predictions of natural and anthropogenic disturbances that contribute to the sustainable management of forests and river systems. 

Graduate Students: Lydia Nickolas (MS, Water Resources Science), Aaron Rachels (MS, Water Resource Science), Amelia Yeager (MS, Water Resources Engineering)

Prospective Students:

I am always on the lookout for talented and motivated graduate students.  If you are interested in joining my research group, please contact me via email with a description of your interests and academic record.

Recent Publications: 

Mosquera*, G, Segura, C, Vache, K, Windhorst, D, Breuer, L; Crespo, P. Insights on the water mean transit time in a high-elevation tropical ecosystem, submitted to Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS).

Segura, C., and J. Pitlick (2015), Coupling fluvial-hydraulic models to predict gravel transport in spatially variable flows, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface,  doi:10.1002/2014JF003302.

Segura, C., P. Caldwell, G. Sun, S. McNulty, and Y. Zhang (2015), A model to predict stream water temperature across the conterminous USA, Hydrological Processes, 29(9), 2178-2195, doi:10.1002/hyp.10357.

Caldwell, P., C. Segura, S. G. Laird, G. Sun, S. G. McNulty, M. Sandercock, J. Boggs, and J. M. Vose (2015), Short-term stream water temperature observations permit rapid assessment of potential climate change impacts, Hydrological Processes, 29(9), 2196-2211, doi:10.1002/hyp.10358.

Segura, C., and J. Pitlick (2015), Coupling fluvial-hydraulic models to predict gravel transport in spatially variable flows, Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 120(5), 834-855, doi:10.1002/2014jf003302

Segura, C., G. Sun, S. McNulty, and Y. Zhang (2014), Potential impacts of climate change on soil erosion vulnerability across the conterminous United States, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 69(2), 171-181, doi:10.2489/jswc.69.2.171.

Segura, C., Lazzati D., and Arumugam, S. (2013), The use of broken power-laws to describe the distributions of daily flow above the mean annual flow across the conterminous US.  Journal of Hydrology 505, 35-46

Segura, C., James, A.L., Lazzati, D., and Roulet, N.T. (2012), Scaling relationships for event water contributions and transit times in small-forested catchments in Eastern Quebec, Water Resour. Res., 48, W07502, doi: 10.1029/2012WR011890.

Pitlick, J., Mueller, E.R, and Segura, C (2012), Differences in sediment supply to braided and single-thread river channels: What do the data tell us?, in Gravel Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments, edited by M. A. Church, P. Brion, and A. H. Roy, pp. 502-511, Wiley and Sons, Chichester.

Segura, C., McCutchan, J.H., Lewis Jr, W.M., and Pitlick, J (2011), The influence of channel bed disturbance on algal biomass in a Colorado mountain stream, Ecohydrology, 4(3), 411-421, doi: 10.1002/eco.142.

Segura, C. and Booth, D.B. (2010), Effects of Geomorphic Setting and Urbanization on Wood, Pools, Sediment Storage, and Bank Erosion in Puget Sound Streams, J. Am. Water Resour. Assoc., 46(5), 972-986, doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00470.x.

Segura, C. and Pitlick, J. (2010), Scaling frequency of channel-forming flows in snowmelt-dominated streams, Water Resour. Res., 46, W06524, doi: 10.1029/2009WR008336.

Pitlick, J., Mueller E.R., Segura, C., Cress, R. and Torizzo, M. (2008), Relation between flow, surface-layer armoring and sediment transport in gravel-bed rivers, Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, 33(8), 1192-1209, doi: 10.1002/esp.1607.