Mohana Sundaram Shanmugam, originally from India, joined the Nebraska Water Center as a postdoctoral researcher in June 2016. His research is related to groundwater level modelling and groundwater recharge estimation, with a focus on understanding and precisely estimating hydrological components such as evapotranspiration and groundwater recharge in the agro-hydrological zone using numerical, remote sensing and GIS tools. His current project work includes modelling the transport of chemicals and pesticides in soil and developing the spatial leachability index mapping for the state of Nebraska. He seeks to understand and model the hydrological processes of river basins in Nebraska and nearby states and use the findings to inform various resource management decisions.
Shanmugam is working to obtain a doctorate in environmental and water resources engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He holds a master’s degree in agricultural systems and management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.