Shang Gao


Assistant Professor of Watershed Management and Ecohydrology

Watershed Management and Ecohydrology

Dr. Shang Gao serves as Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Before joining the University of Arizona, Shang worked at the University of Oklahoma (OU) as a postdoctoral research associate. He obtained his Ph.D. in civil engineering at University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). By training, Dr. Gao is a hydrologist studying two ends of the hydrologic spectrum, i.e., floods and droughts. He combinedly utilizes hydrologic models, remote sensing observations, and data-driven methods to understand the surface water dynamics. He has been actively working with federal agencies, municipal water utilities, and native indigenous communities to address water-related issues.


My research group combinedly uses hydro-modeling and remote sensing to study hydrologic extremes, e.g., storms, floods, and droughts, their spatiotemporal variabilities and correspondong natural and anthropogenic drivers, as well as their changes under a warming climate. Interested students are welcome to contact me directly.


I currently teach the Watershed Management WSM 462/562. My teaching interests include geospatial techniques, remote sensing and hydrometeorology, water sustainability under a changing climate.


  • Ph.D. in Water Resource Engineering, 2019, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • B.S. in Environmental Science, 2011, Nankai University, Tianjin, China