Research Site - December 2015

About Me

I'm a Ph.D. student and NSF Fellow at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department. My research in urban hydrology is guided by my advisors - Dr. Terri Hogue and Dr. Reed Maxwell.

Specifically, I study the impact of urban water use on hydrology and land surface processes through the use of fully-coupled and distributed hydrologic and land surface models, remote sensing and various other tools. I graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering from Northeastern University in 2011 and an M.S. in civil engineering from UCLA in 2012.

Take a look at my CV and feel free to contact me.


Basic Questions: What is the fate of imported water in a semi-arid urban metropolis? How does urban land cover and various anthropogenic fluxes impact the hydrologic cycle and local water resources?

Lateral Flow and the Urban Land Surface

The urban land surface is not adequately represented by default values of our integrated physical hydrologic and coupled land surface model [ParFlow.CLM]. To remedy this we use two high-resolution land surface datasets [at 30-m and 0.6-m] to assess biases in scaling and various physical processes and create new parameters for the urban surface.

Irrigating the Semi-Arid Urban Environment

Utlizing remote sensing products, municipal water use data, and PF.CLM we assess the impact of the irrigation flux on land surface temperature (LST) and the hydrologic regime in Los Angeles, CA.

Basin Scale Anthropogenic Impacts

Building a full watershed model using our integrated land surface and hydrologic model to test various scenarios of irrigation rate, infrastructure leakage, and land cover on recharge, runoff and land surface fluxes.

Conference Presentations


  • Irrigating the urban semi-arid urban environment: Effects on land surface and hydrologic fluxes – AGU Hydrology Days, Fort Collins, CO, March 23-25, 2015B. Reyes, T.S. Hogue, R.M. Maxwell
  • Climatological and Anthropogenic Impacts on Contributions to Urban Groundwater in Los Angeles, CA – NGWA Groundwater Summit, Denver, CO, May 4-7, 2014 – T. Acob, B. Reyes, K. Manago, T.S. Hogue, R.M. Maxwell
  • Hydrologic and Land Surface Modeling of the Semi-Arid Urban Environment [Expository Talk] – Super Computing 2013 Conference, Denver, CO, November 17–22, 2013B. Reyes, T.S. Hogue, R.M. Maxwell
  • Assessing the effects of irrigation on land surface processes utilizing CLM.PF in Los Angeles, California – AGU Meeting of the Americas, Cancún, MX, May 14-17, 2013B. Reyes, P. Vahmani, T.S. Hogue, R.M. Maxwell


  • Understanding the impacts of anthropogenic processes on the Los Angeles Basin with an integrated high-resolution hydrologic model - AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 14-18, 2015 - B. Reyes, T.S. Hogue, R.M. Maxwell
  • Analyzing urban sub-grid processes using high-resolution land cover and an integrated hydrologic model – AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15-19, 2014B. Reyes, R.M. Maxwell, T.S. Hogue
  • Hydrologic and land surface modeling of the semi-arid urban environment: Ballona Creek, Los Angeles, CA – AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 9-13, 2013B. Reyes, T.S. Hogue, R.M. Maxwell, C.D. Peters-Lidard
  • Estimating urban induced groundwater recharge through coupled hydrologic modeling in Ballona Creek Watershed, Los Angeles, CA – AGU Fall Meeting, San Francsico, CA, December 3-7, 2012B. Reyes, T.S. Hogue


In the summer of 2013 I participated in the ISSCENS Program at the University of Virginia. In addition, I interned at NASAs Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at the Goddard Space Flight Center working under Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard.

In 2012 I was lucky enough to be awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

At UCLA I was a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow.

Contact Me

Feel free to contact me via:

  • Email
  • Phone (347) 572-3290
  • In-Person 108 Coolbaugh Hall, Golden, CO 80401


Hogue Hydrology Group Maxwell Research Group NASA Hydro. Sciences Lab

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.

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