• Professor Emeritus, Ocean Engineering
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Wofford Cain Chair I Professor
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe

Educational Background

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

Research Interests

    • Coastal ecosystems
    • Hydrogeomorphology
    • Ecohydrology
    • River basin functioning and organization
    • Stochastic modeling 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.

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.