Shirley Papuga

Shirley Papuga

Associate Professor


 0244.5 Old Main

Curriculum Vitae


Ecohydrology and Hydrometeorology Lab:

AGU Ecohydrology:

Wayne State Campus Weather Station:

Social Media

Shirley Papuga

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Water; hydrology; ecohydrology; hydrometeorology; urban ecosystems; semiarid ecosystems; green infrastructure.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • 1998, B.A. Mathematics, Kalamazoo College
  • 2006, Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Colorado

Awards and Grants

  • 2012 NSF Career Award - Hydrologic Sciences

Selected Publications

 34. Biederman, J., Scott, R.L., Arnone III, J.A., Jasoni, R.L., Litvak, M.E., Moreo, M.T., Papuga, S.A., Ponce-Campos, G.E., Schreiner-McGraw, A.P., and E.R. Vivoni. (2017) Shrubland carbon sink depends upon winter water availability in the warm deserts of North America. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

33. Brantley, S.L., Eissenstat, D.M., Marshall, J.A., Godsey, S.E., Balogh-Brunstad, Z., Karwan, D.L., Papuga, S.A., Roering, J., Dawson, T.E., Evaristo, J., Chadwick, O., McDonnell, J.J., and K. Weathers. On the role of trees in building and plumbing the Critical Zone, Biogeosciences 14, 5115–5142.

32. Sanchez-Mejia, Z. PhD and S.A. Papuga. Empirical modeling of planetary boundary layer dynamics under multiple precipitation scenarios using a two-layer soil moisture approach: an example from a semiarid shrubland, Water Resources Research 53. 2016WR020275.

31. Yao, Y., Liang, S., Li, X., Zhang, Y., Chen, J., Jia, K., Zhang, X., Fisher, J.B., Wang, X., Zhang, L., Xu, J., Shao, C., Posse, G., Li, Y., Magliulo, V., Varlagin, A., Moors, E.J., Boike, J., Macfarlane, C., Kato, T., Buchmann, N., Billesbach, D.P., Beringer, J., Wolf, S., Papuga, S.A., Wohlfahrt, G., Montagnani, L., Ardö, J., Paul-Limoges, E., Emmel, C., Hörtnagl, L.H., Sachs, T., Gruening, C., Gioli, B., López-Ballesteros, C., Steinbrecher, R., and B. Gielen. (2017). Estimation of high-resolution terrestrial evapotranspiration from Landsat data using a simple
Taylor skill fusion method. Journal of Hydrology 553:508-526.

30. Biederman, J., Scott, R.L., Bell, T.W., Bowling, D.R., Dored, S., Garatuza-Payane, J., Kolb, T., Krishnanf, P., Krofcheck, D.J., Litvak, M., Maurer, G.E., Meyers, T.P., Oechel, W.C., Papuga, S.A., Ponce-Camposa, G.E., Rodriguez, J.C., Vargas, R., Watts, C.J., Yepez, E.A., and M.L. Goulden. (2017) CO2 exchange and evapotranspiration across dryland ecosystems of southwestern North America. Global Change Biology: DOI:10.1111/gcb.13686.

29. Wang, Z., C.B. Schaaf, Q. Sun, J. Kim, A.M. Erb, F. Gao, M.O. Román, Y. Yang, S. Petroy, J.R. Taylor, J.G. Masek, J.T. Morisette, X. Zhang, and S.A. Papuga. (2017) Monitoring land surface albedo and vegetation dynamics using high spatial and temporal resolution synthetic time series from Landsat and the MODIS BRDF/NBAR/albedo product. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 59:104-117.

28. Johnson, J.E., Hamann, L.MS, Dettman, D.L., Kim-Hak, D., Leavitt, S.W., Monson, R.K., and S.A. Papuga. (2017) Performance of induction module-cavity ring-down spectroscopy (IM-CRDS) for measuring δ18O and δ2 H values of soil, stem, and leaf waters. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: 31:547-560.

27. Guido, Z.PhD, McIntosh, J.C., Papuga, S.A., and T. Meixner. (2016) Seasonal glacial meltwater contributions to surface water in the Bolivian Andes: A case study using environmental tracers. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 8: 260-273.

26. Novick, K.A., Ficklin, D.L., Stoy, P.C., Williams, C.A., Bohrer, G., Oishi, A.C., Papuga, S.A., Blanken, P.D., Noormets, A., Sulman, B.N., Scott, R.L., Wang, L. and R.P. Phillips. (2016) The increasing importance of atmospheric demand for ecosystem water and carbon fluxes. Nature Climate Change: 6:1023-1027.

25. Cendrero-Mateo M.P.PhD, Moran, M.S., Papuga, S.A., Thorp. K.R., Alonso, L., Moreno, J., Ponce-Campos, G., Rascher, U. and G. Wang. (2016) Plant chlorophyll fluorescence: active and passive measurements at canopy and leaf scales with different nitrogen treatments, Journal of Experimental Botany: 67 (1): 275-286.

24. Cendrero-Mateo, M.P.PhD, Carmo-Silva, A.E., Nearing, G.S., Porcar-Castell, A., Hamerlynck, E.P., Papuga, S.A. and M.S. Moran. (2015) Dynamic response of plant chlorophyll fluorescence to light, water and nutrient availability, Functional Plant Biology:

23. Field, J.P., Breshears, D.D., Law, D.J., Villegas, J.C., López-Hoffman, L. Brooks, P.D., Chorover, J., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Gallery, R.E., Litvak, M.E., Lybrand, R.A., McIntosh, J.C., Meixner, T., Niu, G.-Y., Papuga, S.A., Pelletier, J.D., Rasmussen, C.R., and P.A. Troch. (2015) Critical zone services: Expanding context, constraints, and currency beyond ecosystem services. Vadose Zone Journal.

22. Bunting, D.P.PhD, Kurc, S.A., Glenn, E., Nagler, P., and R.L. Scott. (2014) Insights for empirically modeling evapotranspiration influenced by riparian and upland vegetation in semiarid ecosystems, Journal of Arid Environments.

21. Biederman, J.A., A.A. Harpold, D. Gochis, B.E. Ewers, D.E. Reed, S.A. Papuga, P.D Brooks. (2014) Increased evaporation following widespread tree mortality limits streamflow response, Water Resources Research, 50: 5395-5409.

20. Sanchez-Mejia, Z. M.PhD, S.A. Papuga, J.B. SwetishBS, W.J.D. van Leeuwen, D. SzutuMS, and K. Hartfield (2014), Quantifying the influence of deep soil moisture on ecosystem albedo: The role of vegetation, Water Resources Research, 50: 4038-4053.

19. Sanchez-Mejia, Z.PhD and S.A. Papuga (2014) Observations of a two-layer soil moisture influence on surface energy dynamics and planetary boundary layer characteristics in a semiarid shrubland, Water Resources Research, 50: 306–317.

18. Nelson, K.MS, Kurc, S.A., John, G.P.BS, Minor, R., and G.A. Barron-Gafford (2014) Influence of snow cover duration on soil evaporation and respiration efflux in mixed-conifer ecosystems, Ecohydrology, 7: 869–880.

17. Rosolem, R., Shuttleworth, W.J., Zreda, M., Franz, T., Zeng, X. and S.A. Kurc (2013) The effect of atmospheric water vapor on the cosmic-ray soil moisture signal, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 14:1659–1671.

16. Pelletier, J.P., Barron-Gafford, G.A., Breshears, D.D, Brooks, P.D., Chorover, J., Durcik, M., Harman, C.J., Huxman, T.E., Lohse, K.A., Lybrand, R., Meixner, T., McIntosh, J.C., Papuga, S.A., Rasmussen, C., Schaap, M., Swetnam, T.L., and and P.A. Troch (2013) Coevolution of nonlinear trends in vegetation, soils, and topography with elevation and slope aspect: A case study in the sky islands of southern Arizona, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Sciences, 118:741–758.

15. Bunting, D.P.PhD, Kurc, S.A., and M.R. Grabau. (2013) Long-term vegetation dynamics after high-density seedling establishment: implications for riparian restoration and management, River Research and Applications, 29:1119–1130

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.