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Laura E. Condon

Laura E. Condon

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Earth Sciences

204 Heroy Geology Laboratory


Ph.D. Hydrologic Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2015

M.S. Hydrologic Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2012

B.S. Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests

Groundwater surface water interactions

Climate change and sustainability

Water resources management

System dynamics

Numerical methods

High performance computing

Current Research

My research is focused on large-scale water sustainability and the dynamic behavior of managed hydrologic systems in the context of past development and future climate change. Studies have demonstrated connections between groundwater depth, soil moisture, land energy fluxes, and large-scale weather patterns; yet few have considered the effect management has on these interactions. Improved characterization of complex system dynamics could provide new avenues for increasing efficiency and mitigating risk. My work combines physically based numerical modeling with statistical techniques to evaluate large systems using rigorous quantitative methods.


Outstanding Student Poster Award, Modflow and More, 2013

Climate Change, Water and Society IGERT Trainee, 2013

Colorado Women’s Graduate Student Fellowship, 2013

Outstanding Masters Student, Colorado School of Mines Hydrologic Science and Engineering, 2012

Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012

Robert Peele Prize, Top performance in Columbia Earth and Environmental Engineering, 2008

Selected Publications

Condon, LE, AS Hering, and RM Maxwell (2015). Quantitative assessment of groundwater controls across major US river basins using a multi-model regression algorithm. Advances in Water Resources, 82, 106-123. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.04.008

Maxwell, RM, LE Condon, and SJ Kollet (2015). A high resolution simulation of groundwater and surface water over most of the continental US with the integrated hydrologic model ParFlow v3. Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 923-937. doi:10.5194/gmd-8-1-2015

Condon, LE, S Gangopadhyay, and T Pruitt (2015). Climate change and non-stationary flood risk for the Upper Truckee River Basin. Hydrol. Earth Syst., 19(1), 159-175. doi: 10.5194/hess-19-159-2015

Condon, LE and RM Maxwell (2014). Groundwater-fed irrigation impacts spatially distributed temporal scaling behavior of the natural system: A spatio-temporal framework for understanding water management impacts. Environmental Research Letters, 9(3), 034009. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/3/034009

Condon, LE and RM Maxwell (2013). Implementation of a linear optimization water allocation algorithm into a fully integrated physical hydrology model. Advances in Water Resources, 60, 135-147. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2013.07.012