Mauricio E. Arias
Mauricio E. Arias

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB 118
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620-5350
Phone: (813) 974-5593; Fax: (813) 974-2957
Research Website: Watershed Sustainability Research Group


  • 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
  • Effects of climate change in food-water-energy systems
  • Sustainable management and development of large river basins in the Global South
  • Integration of hydrology with coupled human and natural systems
  • Modeling and field investigations of freshwater ecosystem services at different spatial scales
  • Ecological engineering for pollution control, flood/drought mitigation, and ecological restoration
  • Impacts of hydropower operations on environmental flows
  • Global Water Sustainability (Fall 2016)
  • Fluid Mechanics (Spring 2017)

Engineer Intern, State of Florida, 2006-present

  • 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
  • University Scholar, University of Florida, 2005
  • Environmental Engineering Alumni Scholarship. University of Florida, 2005
  • Engineering Deanís Scholarship. University of Florida, 2005
  1. Shrestha, B., Cochrane, T.A., Caruso, B. S., Arias, M. E., Piman, T., Uncertainty in flow and sediment predictions due to future climate scenarios for the 3S Rivers in the Mekong Basin (J of Hydrology, In Press)
  2. Pereira, F. F., Farinosi, F., Arias, M. E., Lee, E., Briscoe, J., and Moorcroft, P. R. Technical Note: A hydrological routing scheme for the Ecosystem Demography model (ED2+R). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions . doi:10.5194/hess-2016-114, 2016
  3. Oeurng, C., Cochrane, T.A., Arias, M. E., Shrestha, B., Piman, T., Assessment of changes in riverine nitrate in the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong tributaries of the Lower Mekong River Basin. J of Hydrology: Regional Studies (Accepted)
  4. Dang, D.T., Cochrane, T.A., Arias, M.E., Van, P. D. T., de Vries, T. Hydrological regime changes as impacted by water infrastructure development in the Mekong Floodplains. Hydrological Processes (Early view).
  5. Piman, T., Cochrane, T.A., Arias, M.E. Effect of Proposed Large Dams on Water Flows and Hydropower Production in the Sekong, Sesan and Srepok Rivers of the Mekong Basin. River Research and Applications (Early View).
  6. Arias, M.E., Wittmann, P., Parolin, P., Murray-Hudson, M. A., Cochrane, T.A. (2016) Interactions between flooding and upland disturbance drives species diversity in large river floodplains. Hydrobiologia (In press).
  7. Arias, M.E., Piman, T., Lauri, H., Cochrane, T.A., Kummu, M. (2014) Dams on Mekong tributaries as significant contributors of hydrological alterations to the Tonle Sap Floodplain in Cambodia. Hydrological and Earth System Sciences 18 5303–5315, DOI: 10.5194/hess-18-5303-2014.
  8. Cochrane, T. A., Arias, M. E., Piman, T. (2014) Historical impact of water infrastructure on water levels of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap System. Hydrological and Earth System Sciences 18 4529-4541, DOI: 10.5194/hessd-18-4529-2014.
  9. Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Kummu, M., Lauri, H., Koponen, J., Holtgrieve, G.W., Piman, T. (2014) Impacts of hydropower and climate change on drivers of ecological productivity of Southeast Asia’s most important wetland. Ecological Modelling 272C 252-263, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.10.015.
  10. Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Elliott,V. (2014) Modelling future changes of habitat and fauna of the Tonle Sap wetland of the Mekong. Environmental Conservation 41.02 (2014): 165-175.
  11. Holtgrieve, G.W., Arias, M.E., Irvine, K.N., Lamberts, D., Ward, E.J., Kummu, M., Koponen, J., Richey, J.E. (2013) Patterns of Ecosystem Metabolism in the Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia with Links to Capture Fisheries. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71395. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0071395.
  12. Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Norton, D., Killeen, T.J., Khon, P. (2013) The flood pulse as the underlying driver of vegetation in the largest wetland and fishery of the Mekong Basin. AMBIO 42 (7) 864-876, DOI: 10.1007/s13280-013-0424-4.
  13. Arias, M.E., Brown, M.T., Sansalone, J. J. (2013) Characterization of stormwater suspended sediments and phosphorus in an urban catchment in Florida (USA). Journal of Environmental Engineering 2013.139:277-288.
  14. Cooperman M.S., S. Nam, M. E. Arias, T. Cochrane, V. Elliott, T. Hand, L. Hannah, G. Holtgrieve, L. Kaufman,  A. Koening, J. Koponen, V. Kum, K. McCann, P. McIntyre, B. Min, C. Ou, N. Rooney, K. Rose, J. Sabo, K.O. Winemiller (2012) A watershed moment for the Mekong: New regulations may boost sustainability of the world’s largest inland fishery. Cambodian Journal of Natural History December 2012.
  15. Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Piman, T., Kummu, M., Caruso, B., Killeen, T.J. (2012) Quantifying changes in flooding and habitats in the Tonle Sap Lake (Cambodia) caused by water infrastructure development and climate change in the Mekong Basin. Journal of Environmental Management 112 53-66.
  16. Piman, T., Cochrane, T.A., Arias, M.E., Green, A., Dat, N.D. (2012) Assessment of Flow Changes from Hydropower Development and Operations in Sre Kong, Se San and Sre Pok Rivers of the Mekong Basin. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 139.6 (2013): 723-732.
  17. Arias, M.E., Cochrane, T.A., Lawrence, K., Killeen, T. J., and Farrell T.A. (2011) Paying the forest for electricity: A modelling framework to market forest management as payment for ecosystem services benefiting hydropower generation. Environmental Conservation 38 (4) 1-12.
  18. Arias, M.E., M.T. Brown (2009) Feasibility of using constructed treatment wetlands for municipal wastewater in the Bogotá Savannah, Colombia. Ecological Engineering 35 (2009) 1070-1078.

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