Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

Distinguished University Professor

Distinguished TEES Research Professor

Rodriguez-Iturbe, Ignacio

Office: HEB 139B
Phone: 979.458.3141

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Research Interests

  • Coastal Ecosystems
  • Hydrogeomorphology
  • Ecohydrology
  • River Basin Functioning and Organization
  • Stochastic Modelling of Natural Phenomena

Awards & Honors

  • Namesake Research Prize “Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe”, the best paper of the year in journal “Ecohydrology”, established 2016.
  • 2014 Donald R. F. Harleman Memorial Water Resources Lecture, Pennsylvania State University, Oct. 2014.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012
  • Namesake Research Prize “Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe” Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, established 2011.
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.A.), 2010.
  • Member, United States National Academy of Engineering, 1988.


  • Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1967
  • M.S., California Institute of Technology, 1965
  • C.E. Universidad del Zulia, 1963

Selected Publications

Ecohydrology of Water Controlled Ecosystems: Soil Moisture and Plant Dynamics, by I. Rodríguez-Iturbe and A. Porporato, Cambridge University Press, 450 pp., December 2004.

Fractal River Basins: Chance and Self-Organization by I. Rodríguez-Iturbe and A. Rinaldo, Cambridge University Press, 580 pp., May 1997.

Schaffer, B., Nordbotten, J., and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Plant biomass and soil moisture dynamics: analytical results, Proceedings of Royal Society A, PRSA, 471, 23pp., 2015.

Dalin, C., Qiu, H., Hanasaki, N., Mauzerall, D., and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Balancing water resource conservation and food security in China, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS, 112 (15), 4588- 4593, 2015.

Del Jesus, M., Rinaldo, A., and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, Point rainfall statistics for ecohydrological analyses derived from satellite integrated rainfall measurements, Water Resources Research, 51, doi:10.1002/2015 WRO, 2974-2985, 2015.