Mauricio E. Arias
Mauricio E. Arias, PhD, PE
Associate Professor
Vasant Surti Faculty Fellow
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
ENC 3216
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENG-030
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620-5350
Phone: (813) 974-5593;
Email: mearias[at]
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  • B.S. Environmental Engineering (Magna Cum Laude), University of Florida., Gainesville, FL.
  • M.E. Environmental Engineering, University of Florida., Gainesville, FL.
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainability Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, US
  • Water Resources Sustainability
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Water Quality Modeling
  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental Flows
  • Developing Generalizable Approach for Coupled CyanoHAB Predictive Models, 2023-2024, Awarded by USACE ERDC.
  • Zombie to living community ponds by novel bio-infiltration, 2023-2026, Awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Integrating Modeling Tools and Observations for Prediction and Management of Harmful Algal Blooms in the St. Lucie Estuary and Watershed, 2023-2025, Awarded by USACE ERDC.
  • Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Forecasting for Informed Decision-Making in the Mekong River Basin, 2023-2025, Awarded by NASA.
  • Coupling lake, watershed, and estuarine models to better understand the role of engineered freshwater discharges in driving the severity, location, and timing of harmful algal blooms. Awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Temporal and Spatial Optimization of Existing and Emerging Nutrient Management Technologies and Practices for Control of Harmful Algal Blooms ($1M), 2020-2023. Awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (#840090).
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Global Water Resources Sustainability
  • Capstone Water Resources/Environmental Engineering Design
  • Professional Engineer, State of Florida, 2021-.
  • Outstanding Research Achievement Award, USF, 2023
  • Gulf Research Program Early Career Fellow, National Academy of Sciences 2021-2023.
  • McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • HydroLearn Fellow, 2020
  • Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Harvard University, 2014-2016
  • University of Canterbury International Doctoral Student Scholarship, 2009-2012
  • Norman Casey Scholarship. University of Florida, 2006.
  • 1st Place, Water Environment Federation National Student Design Competition, 2006
  • 1st Place, Florida Water Environment Association Student Design Competition, 2006
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