Shirley Papuga

Shirley Papuga

Associate Professor


 0244.5 Old Main

Curriculum Vitae


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Social Media

Twitter Handle: @MIHappyFamily

Twitter Handle: @AGUecohydro

Shirley Papuga

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  water; hydrology; ecohydrology; hydrometeorology; urban ecosystems; semiarid ecosystems; green infrastructure

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • 1998 BA Mathematics, Kalamazoo College
  • 2006 PhD Geological Sciences, University of Colorado

Awards and Grants

  •  2012 NSF Career Award - Hydrologic Sciences

Currently Teaching

  • GEL - 3100 Air and Water in Environmental Systems (4 units; Fall Sessions)

    We are constantly surrounded by air and water, but how much do we really know about these two very
    different fluids? Development of quantitative skills related to applying an understanding of the basic
    properties of air and water and the dynamics of these fluids at rest and in motion is critical to addressing
    almost any environmental issue. Applications will include the role of air and water in environmental
    problems at multiple scales (and in both urban and natural settings) and integrating a systems approach.
  • GEL - 5610 Special Topics in Geology | Global Change and the Ecohydrology of Cities (1 unit)

    In this course we explore how the interrelated hydrology and ecology of cities are influenced by global change.  We look at recent advances in how hydrology and ecology are studied and valued in urban ecosystems.  We also look at how these advances are being developed in a way that can be understood by the general public to engage them in global change issues.  We incorporae Detroit-specific issues into our learning experience.

    Register for an additional unit of Directed Study 3990 or 7990 for an integrated hands-on experience of setting up a Wayne State meteorological station and of learning how to use the data from it.


  •  GEL - 5360 Hydrology of Natural and Urban Environmentals (4 units; Winter Sessions)

    A lecture-laboratory combination, with field trips, emphasizing the practical aspects of hydrology. This course looks at how water movement, storage and transformation on the Earth’s surface is influenced by landscape characteristics, including human modifications of those characteristics, and weather. As such, this course will focus on surface water processes. However, this course offers a brief introduction to groundwater as it pertains to hydrologic processes in natural and urban environments.