Professor • Associate Dean for Research
Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics

ECAD 108
Engineering Center (Dean's Office)
1111 Engineering Dr., Boulder, CO 80309

Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex
4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO 80303


  • PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, 2001
  • MS, University of Colorado Boulder, 1998
  • BCE, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Robert L. Stearns Award, CU Boulder Alumni Association, 2022
  • Research Development Award, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, CU Boulder, 2019
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of America, 2017
  • 2012 Penn State Engineering Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Harry West Teaching Award, 2011-2012 (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Penn State University)
  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering Education Symposium, 2011 (one of 65 selected participants from Engineering programs across the US)
  • UCOWR Award for Education and Public Service to the MOCHA team, 2011

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Ecological Society of America
  • American Society of Limnology & Oceanography


  • Stream-groundwater interactions
  • Contaminant transport and fate
  • Polar earth system responses to climate change
  • Ecosystem processes in polar landscapes
  • Aquatic biogeochemical cycling
  • Water quality modeling

Recent Publications:
* indicates student author

  1. *Bergstrom, A, KA Welch, and MN Gooseff. 2023. Spatial Patterns of Major Ions and Their Relationship to Sediment Concentration in Near Surface Glacier Ice, Taylor Valley Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 128, e2022JF006980.
  2. Ward, AS, SM Wondzell, MN Gooseff, TP Covino, S Herzog, B McGlynn, and RA Payn. 2023. Breaking the window of detection: Using multi‐scale solute tracer studies to assess mass recovery at the detection limit. Water Resources Research, 59(3): e2022WR032736.
  3. *Blaskey, D, JC Koch, MN Gooseff, AJ Newman, Y Cheng, JA O'Donnell, and KN Musselman. 2023Increasing Alaskan river discharge during the cold season is driven by recent warming. Environmental Research Letters, 18(2): 024042. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/acb661.
  4. González-Pinzón, R, *J Dorley, *J Singley, K Singha, M Gooseff, and T Covino. 2022. TIPT: The Tracer Injection Planning Tool. Environmental Modelling & Software, 156: 105504.
  5. Hudson, AR, DPC Peters, JM Blair, DL Childers, PT Doran, K Geil, M Gooseff, KL Gross, NM Haddad, MA Pastore, JA Rudgers, O Sala, EW Seabloom, and G Shaver. 2022. Cross-site comparisons of dryland ecosystem response to climate change in the US Long-Term Ecological Research network. BioScience, 72(9): 889-907.
  6. *Singley, JG, K Singha, MN Gooseff, R González-Pinzón, TP Covino, AS Ward, J Dorley, and ES Hinckley. 2022.  Identification of hyporheic extent and functional zonation during seasonal streamflow recession by unsupervised clustering of time-lapse electrical resistivity models. Hydrological Processes, 36(10): e14713.
  7. Hensley, R, J Singley, and M Gooseff. 2022. Pulses within pulses: Concentration-discharge relationships across temporal scales in a snowmelt-dominated Rocky Mountain catchment. Hydrological Processes, 35(9): e14700.
  8. *Torrens, CL, MN Gooseff, and DM McKnight. 2022. Dissolved organic carbon chemostasis in Antarctic polar desert streams. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 127, e2021JG006649, doi: 1029/2021JG006649.
  9. Gooseff, MN, DM McKnight, PT Doran, and A Fountain. 2022. Long-term stream hydrology and meteorology of a Polar Desert, the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Hydrological Processes, 36(6), e14623, doi: 10.1002/hyp.14623.
  10. *Emanuelson, K, T Covino, AS Ward, *J Dorley, and M Gooseff. 2022. Conservative solute transport processes and associated transient storage mechanisms: Comparing streams with contrasting channel morphologies, land use and land cover. Hydrological Processes, 36(4): e14564, doi: 10.1002/hyp14564. 
  11. Levy, JS, AG Fountain, MK Obryk, J Telling, C Glennie, R Pettersson, M Gooseff, and DJ Van Horn. 2018. Decadal topographic change in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica: Thermokarst subsidence, glacier thinning, and transfer of water storage from the cryosphere to the hydrosphere. Geomorphology, 323: 80-97. 
  12. *Wlostowski, AN, MN Gooseff, and BJ Adams. 2018. Soil moisture controls the thermal habitat of active layer soils in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences, 123(1): 46-59.
  13. *Webb, RW, SR Faccnacht, and MN Gooseff. 2018. Hydrologic flow path development varies by aspect during spring snowmelt in complex subalpine terrain. The Cryosphere, 12: 287-300.
  14. Pai, H, HF Malenda, MA Briggs, K Singha, R Gonzalez-Pinzon, MN Gooseff, SW Tyler, and AirCTEMPS Team. 2017. Potential for small unmanned aircraft systems for identifying groundwater-surface water exchange in a meandering river reach, Geophysical Research Letters, 44(23): 11,868-11,877.
  15. Gooseff, MN, JE Barrett, BA Adams, PT Doran, AG Fountain, WB Lyons, DM McKnight, JC Priscu, ER Sokol, C Takacs-Vesbach, ML Vandegehuchte, RA Virginia, and DH Wall. 2017. Decadal ecosystem response to an anomalous melt season in a polar desert in Antarctica. Nature Ecology & Evolution, doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0253-0.
  16. Fountain, AG, JC Fernandez-Diaz, M Obryk, J Levy, M Gooseff, DJ Van Horn, P Morin, and R Shrestha. 2017. High-resolution elevation mapping of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, and surrounding regions. Earth System Science Data, 9, 435-443.
  17. Geyer KM, CD Takacs-Vesbach, MN Gooseff, and JE Barrett. 2017. Primary productivity as a control over soil microbial diversity along environmental gradients in a polar desert ecosystem. PeerJ, 5:e3377
  18. *Singley, JG, *AN Wlostowski, *AJ Bergstrom, ER Sokol, *CL Torrens, C Jaros, *CE Wilson, *PJ Hendrickson, and MN Gooseff. 2017. Characterizing hyporheic exchange processes using high-frequency electrical conductivity-discharge relationships on subhourly to interannual timescales. Water Resources Research, 53(3): 4124-4141.
  19. Ward, AS, NM Schmadel, SM Wondzell, MN Gooseff, and K Singha. 2017. Dynamic hyporheic and riparian flow path geometry through base flow recession in two headwater mountain stream corridors. Water Resources Research, 53(3): 3988-4003.
  20. *Webb, RW, SR Fassnacht, and MN Gooseff. 2017. Defining the diurnal pattern of snowmelt using a beta distribution function. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 53(3): 684-696.