Steven P. Loheide II

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

  • NSF Career Award (Environmental Sustainability and Hydrologic Sciences Program)
  • Zimmerman Faculty Fellow
  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters


1.    Miller JF, SP Loheide II, Near surface root density facilitates infiltration by increasing average soil sorptivity, submitted

2.    Weber MD, EG Booth, SP Loheide II, Investigating the relationship between dynamic ice formation and stream-aquifer interactions in a low gradient stream, submitted

3.    P Verma, SP Loheide II, E Daly, Modeling root water compensation and hydraulic lift in groundwater dependent ecosystems, submitted

4.    Miller JF, SP Loheide II, An investigation into the relationship between root distribution and surface runoff: magnitudes and mechanisms, submitted

5.    Miller JF, SP Loheide II, A visualization of spatial and temporal soil moisture regime dynamics, submitted

6.    Cristea, NC., JD Lundquist, SP Loheide II, CS Lowry, CE Moore. Modeling how vegetation cover affects climate change impacts on streamflow timing and magnitude in the upper Tuolumne Basin, Sierra Nevada, submitted

7.    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

8.    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.

9.    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

10.    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.

11.    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.

12.    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.

13.    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.

14.    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.

15.    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.

16.    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.

17.    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.

18.    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.

19.    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.

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

21.    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.

22.    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.

23.    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.

24.    Loheide SP II, JD Lundquist, 2009. Snowmelt-induced diel fluxes through the hyporheic zone, Water Resources Research, 45, W07404, doi:10.1029/2008WR007329.
25.    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.

26.    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.

27.    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.

28.    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.

29.    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.

30.    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.

31.    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.

32.    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.

33.    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.

34.    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.

35.    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.

36.    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.


Fall 2015-2016

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

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