Steven P Loheide

Associate Professor

Room: 1269C
Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

Ph: (608) 265-5277
Fax: (608) 262-5199


  • PhD, Stanford University, 2006
  • MS, Indiana University, 2001
  • BS, University of Northern Iowa, 1999


  • PhD, Stanford University, 2006
  • MS, Indiana University, 2001
  • BS, University of Northern Iowa, 1999

Research Interests

  • hydroecology/ ecohydrology
  • hydrogeology
  • river restoration
  • remote sensing
  • hydrologic consequences of climate change
  • vegetative water use / vegetation patterning
  • sustainable land-use practices
  • stream-aquifer interactions
  • ecosystem function / services
  • human interaction with aquatic ecosystems

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Fulbright Scholar - Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Argentina, 2014-2015
  • NSF Career Award (Environmental Sustainability and Hydrologic Sciences Program)
  • Zimmerman Faculty Fellow
  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters



Carpenter SR, EG Booth, S Gillon, CJ Kucharik, SP Loheide II, AS Mase, M Motew, J Qiu, AR Rissman, J Seifert, E Soylu, M Turner, and CB Wardropper (2015). Plausible futures of a social-ecological system: Yahara watershed, Wisconsin, USA. Ecology and Society 20(2): 10.


Miller JF, SP Loheide II, (2015) Visualizing Large Data Sets: Spatial and Temporal Soil Moisture Regime Dynamics, Vadose Zone Journal, doi:10.2136/vzj2015.03.0037


Zipper SC, ME Soylu, EG Booth, and SP Loheide II (2015), Untangling the effects of shallow groundwater and soil texture as drivers of subfield-scale yield variability, Water Resources Research, in press. doi:10.1002/2015WR017522.P


Sourbeer JJ, SP Loheide II (2015), Obstacles to long-term soil moisture monitoring with heated distributed temperature sensing, Hydrological Processes, doi:10.1002/hyp.10615


Zipper, S. C., and S. P. Loheide (2014), Using evapotranspiration to assess drought sensitivity on a subfield scale with HRMET, a high resolution surface energy balance model, Agric. For. Meteorol., 197, 91–102, doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.06.009.


Doherty, J. M., J. F. Miller, S. G. Prellwitz, A. M. Thompson, S. P. Loheide, and J. B. Zedler (2014), Hydrologic Regimes Revealed Bundles and Tradeoffs Among Six Wetland Services, Ecosystems, 17(6), 1026–1039, doi:10.1007/s10021-014-9775-3.


Soylu, M. E., C. J. Kucharik, and S. P. Loheide (2014), Influence of groundwater on plant water use and productivity: Development of an integrated ecosystem - Variably saturated soil water flow model, Agric. For. Meteorol., 189, 198–210, doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.01.019.


Verma, P., S. P. Loheide, D. Eamus, and E. Daly (2014), Root water compensation sustains transpiration rates in an Australian woodland, Adv. Water Resour., 74, 91–101, doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.08.013.


Moore, C. E., S. P. Loheide, C. S. Lowry, and J. D. Lundquist (2014), Instream Restoration to Improve the Ecohydrologic Function of a Subalpine Meadow: Pre-Implementation Modeling with Hec-Ras, J. Am. Water Resour. Assoc., 50(4), 1033–1050, doi:10.1111/jawr.12155.


Cristea, N. C., J. D. Lundquist, S. P. Loheide, C. S. Lowry, and C. E. Moore (2014), Modelling how vegetation cover affects climate change impacts on streamflow timing and magnitude in the snowmelt-dominated upper Tuolumne Basin, Sierra Nevada, Hydrol. Process., 28(12), 3896–3918, doi:10.1002/hyp.9909.


Weber MD, EG Booth, SP Loheide II, 2013, Dynamic ice formation in channels as a driver for stream-aquifer interactions, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/grl.50620


Deitchman RS, SP Loheide II, 2012, Climate sensitivity of thermal habitat of a trout stream, Wisconsin, USA, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 48 (6), 1091-1103, DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2012.00673.x


Booth EG, SP Loheide II, 2012, Hydroecological model predictions indicate wetter and more diverse soil water regimes and vegetation types following floodplain restoration, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 117, G02011,  DOI: 10.1029/2011JG001831.


Striegl AM, SP Loheide II, 2012, Heated distributed temperature sensing for field scale soil moisture monitoring, Groundwater, 50 (3), 340-347   DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00928.x


Orellana F, P Verma P, SP Loheide II, E Daly, 2012, Monitoring and modeling water-vegetation interactions in groundwater-dependent ecosystems, Reviews of Geophysics, 50, RG3003,  DOI: 10.1029/2011RG000383.


Soylu ME, JD Lenters, E Istanbulluoglu, SP Loheide II, 2012, On evapotranspiration and shallow groundwater fluctuations:  A Fourier-based improvement to the White method Water Resources Research, 48, W06506   DOI: 10.1029/2011WR010964.


Booth EG, SP Loheide II, 2012. Comparing surface effective saturation and depth-to-water-level as predictors of plant composition in a restored floodplain wetland, Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.250.


Lowry CS, SP Loheide II, CE Moore, JD Lundquist, 2011. Groundwater controls on vegetation composition and patterning in mountain meadows, Water Resources Research, 47, W00J11, doi:10.1029/2010WR010086.


Lundquist JD, SP Loheide II, 2011. How evaporative water losses vary between wet and dry water years as a function of elevation in the Sierra Nevada, California and critical factors for modeling, Water Resources Research, 47,doi:10.1029/2010WR010050.


Loheide SP II, EG Booth, 2011. Effects of changing channel morphology on vegetation, groundwater, and soil moisture regimes in groundwater dependent ecosystems, Geomorphology, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.04.016.


Singha K, SP Loheide II, 2010. Linking physical and numerical modelling in hydrogeology using sand tank experiments and COMSOL Multiphysics, International Journal of Science Education, 1-25, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2010.490570.


Booth EG, SP Loheide II, 2010. Effects of evapotranspiration partitioning, plant water stress response, and topsoil removal on the soil moisture regime of a floodplain wetland: Implications for restoration, Hydrological Processes, 24(20): 2934-2946. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7707.


Lowry CS, JS Deems, SP Loheide II, JL Lundquist, 2010. Linking snowmelt derived recharge and groundwater flow in a high elevation meadow system, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, Hydrological Processes, doi:10.1002/hyp.7714.


Loheide SP II, RS Deitchman, DJ Cooper, EC Wolf, CT Hammersmark, JD Lundquist, 2010. Reply to Comment by B. Hill and S. Mitchell-Brunker on “A framework for understanding the hydroecology of impacted wet meadows in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges, California, USA, Hydrogeology Journal, doi:10.1007/s10040-010-0635-8.


Lowry CS, SP Loheide II, 2010. Groundwater dependent vegetation: quantifying the groundwater subsidy, Water Resources Research, 46: W06202. doi:10.1029/2009WR008874.


Deitchman RS, SP Loheide II, 2009. Ground-based thermal imaging of groundwater flow processes at the seepage face, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2009GL038103.


Booth EG, SP Loheide II, RH Hansis, 2009. Postsettlement alluvium removal: A novel floodplain restoration technique (Wisconsin), Ecological Restoration, 27(2): 136-139; doi:10.3368/er.27.2.136.


Li Q., K Ito, ZS Wu, CS Lowry, SP Loheide II, 2009. COMSOL Multiphysics: A novel approach to groundwater modeling, Ground Water, doi:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2009.00584.x.


Loheide SP II, JD Lundquist, 2009. Snowmelt-induced diel fluxes through the hyporheic zone, Water Resources Research, 45, W07404, doi:10.1029/2008WR007329.


Loheide SP II, RS Deitchman, DJ Cooper, EC Wolf, CT Hammersmark, JD Lundquist, 2009. Hydroecology of impacted wet meadows in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges, CA., Hydrogeology Journal, 17:1, p. 229-246, doi: 10.1007/s10040-008-0380-4.


Loheide SP II, 2008. A method for estimating subdaily evapotranspiration of shallow groundwater using diurnal water table fluctuations, Ecohydrology, 1, p. 59-66, doi: 10.1002/eco.7.


Loheide SP II, SM Gorelick, 2007. Riparian hydroecology: A coupled model of the observed interactions between groundwater flow and meadow vegetation patterning, Water Resources Research, 43, W07414, doi:10.1029/2006WR005233.


Butler JJ Jr., GJ Kluitenberg, DO Whittemore, SP Loheide, II, W Jin, MA Billinger, X Zhan, 2007. A field investigation of phreatophyte-induced fluctuations in the water table, Water Resources Research, 43, W02404, doi:10.1029/2005WR004627.


Loheide SP II, SM Gorelick, 2006. Quantifying stream-aquifer interactions through analysis of remotely sensed thermographic profiles and in-situ temperature histories, Environmental Science and Technology, 40, p. 3336-3341, doi:10.1021/es0522074.


Loheide SP II, SM Gorelick, 2005. A high-resolution evapotranspiration mapping algorithm (ETMA) with hydroecological applications at riparian restoration sites, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2005.07.003.


Loheide SP II, JJ Butler Jr., SM Gorelick, 2005. Estimation of groundwater consumption by phreatophytes using diurnal water table fluctuations: A saturated-unsaturated flow assessment, Water Resources Research, 41:7, W07030 1-14, doi:10.1029/2005WR003942.


Cain S, G Davis, SP Loheide II, JJ Butler Jr., 2004. Noise in pressure transducer readings produced by variations in solar radiation, Ground Water, 42(6), 939-944, doi:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2004.t01-12-.x.


Butler JJ Jr., JM Healy, GW McCall, EJ Garnett, SP Loheide II, 2002.  Hydraulic tests with direct-push equipment, Ground Water, 40(1), p. 25-36, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2002.tb02488.x.


Loheide SP II, DL Cannon, NC Krothe, 2001. Delineating groundwater flow paths using stable isotopes, Proceedings form the X International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction Conference, Sardina, Italy, pp. 1545 - 1548. Villasimius, Italy.


Motzel BC, NC Krothe, CB Talbot, SP Loheide II, 2001. The use of nitrogen and sulfur isotopes in a shallow outwash aquifer, New Approaches Characterizing Groundwater Flow, IAH, Seiler and Wohnlich Editors, ISBN 902651, pp. 595 - 599.


Coon SR, TY Zakharian, NL Littlefield, SP Loheide II, EJ Puchkova, RM Freeney, VN Pak, 2000. Reversible metachromasy of Crystal Violet on titanium dioxide: A new surface photophysical phenomenon, Langmuir, 16 (25), 9690-9693, doi:10.1021/la001152a.


Summer 2016

  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ENVIRST 699 - Directed Study
  • ENVIRST 990 - Research
  • ENVIRST 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • ENVIRST 990 - Research

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