University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

Hoori Ajami

Hoori AjamiHoori Ajami Photograph

Assistant Professor of Groundwater Hydrology

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Hydrology, University of Arizona, 2009
  • Certificate of Excellence in Geographic Information Science, University of Arizona, 2007
  • M.S., Natural Resources Engineering (Environment), University of Tehran, Iran, 2002
  • B.S., Natural Resources Engineering (Environment), Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, 2000

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • Len Assante Scholarship Award, National Groundwater Association, 2009
  • Water Sustainability Graduate Fellowship Program, University of Arizona, 2008
  • The John and Margaret Harshbarger Doctoral Fellowship, University of Arizona, 2008
  • American Geophysical Union, Outstanding Student Paper Presentation award, 2007
  • University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship Award, 2006
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, 2000


  • Catchment Hydrology
  • Surface Water-Groundwater Interactions
  • Distributed hydrologic modeling including integrated land surface–groundwater models
  • Geographic Information Systems

Research Group

    Past Students

    • Zoe Southwell (2011): (Undergraduate Honors, University of New South Wales, co-supervised)
    • Laure Pouyanné (2011): (Practicum student, Mines Paris Tech, co-supervised)
    • Haowei Zhao (2012): (Undergraduate, University of New South Wales Taste of Research student)
    • Rex Cover (2012): (Undergraduate Honors, University of New South Wales, co-supervised)
    • Urooj Khan (2012-2014): (PhD, University of New South Wales, co-supervised)
    • Atinder Sanghera (2015-2016): (Undergraduate Honors, University of New South Wales, co-supervised)
    • Tanapon Lilasathapornkit (2015-2016): (Undergraduate Honors, University of New South Wales, co-supervised)
    • Bushra Naseem (2012-2017): (PhD, University of New South Wales, co-supervised)

    Selected Publications:

    1. Ajami, H., M.F. McCabe, J.P. Evans. 2015. Impacts of Model Initialization on an Integrated Surface Water–Groundwater Model, Hydrological Processes, 29(17):3790-3801, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10478
    2. Ajami, H., J.P. Evans, M.F. McCabe, S. Stisen. 2014. Technical Note: Reducing the Spin-up Time of Integrated Surface Water–Groundwater Models, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18, 5169-5179, doi: 10.5194/hess-18-5169-2014
    3. Ajami, H., M.F. McCabe, J.P. Evans, S. Stisen. 2014. Assessing the Impact of Model Spin-up on Surface Water-Groundwater Interactions Using an Integrated Hydrologic Model, Water Resources Research, 50: doi:10.1002/2013WR014258
    4. Ajami, H., T. Meixner, F. Dominguez, J.F. Hogan, T. Maddock III. 2012. Seasonalizing Mountain System Recharge in Semi-Arid Basins-Climate Change Impacts, Ground Water, 50(4): 585-597, doi:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00881.x
    5. Ajami, H., T. Maddock III, T. Meixner, J.F. Hogan, D.P. Guertin.2012. RIPGIS-NET: A GIS Tool for Riparian Groundwater Evapotranspiration in MODFLOW, Ground Water, 50(1): 154-158, doi:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00809.x
    6. Ajami, H., P.A. Troch, T. Maddock III, T. Meixner, C. Eastoe. 2011. Quantifying Mountain Block Recharge by Means of Catchment-Scale Storage-Discharge Relationship, Water Resources Research, 47, W04504, doi:10.1029/2010WR009598
    7. Ajami, H., T. Meixner, T. Maddock III, J.F. Hogan, D.P. Guertin.2011. Impact of Land-Surface Elevation and Riparian Evapotranspiration Seasonality on Groundwater Budget in MODFLOW Models, Hydrogeology Journal, 19:1181-1188, doi:10.1007/s10040-011-0743-0

    Courses Taught:

    • ENSC 175: Spatial Analysis and Remote Sensing for Environmental Sciences (Spring 2018)
    • ENSC 165: Principles of Groundwater Science (Winter 2018)
    • GEO 132: Groundwater Geology (Spring 2017)

    Graduate Program Affiliations and Research Focus Areas:

    • Research Focus Areas
      • Soil and Water Sciences
    • Programs
      • Environmental Sciences

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