Lauren E. L. Lowman

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Areas of Interest: Land-atmosphere interactions, Hydrometeorology, Ecohydrology, Remote sensing, Fluid dynamics, Numerical and statistical modeling

Link to CV

Postdoctoral Scholars

I'm an environmental scientist and, specifically, an ecohydrologist. I'm interested in the role of vegetation in coupling the fluxes of water and carbon between land and atmosphere. My over-arching research objective is to connect scientific advances spanning several scales. For example, how does the anatomy of plant xylem drive its behavior to droughts? I'm currently a postdoc studying wildfire spread and the vegetation dynamics pre- and post-fire. As an engineer by training, I'm interested in applying tools from physics and engineering to my environmental science questions. Such tools are graph theory, percolation theory, and the calculus of variation.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Duke University in 2020 and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2016.

Graduate students


M.A. Mathematics WFU '20

M.A.Ed Secondary Science WFU '12

B.S. Physics UNCW '11

B.A. Mathematics UNCW '11

Nick Corak

My academic interests are in climate modeling, dynamical systems, applied mathematics, and STEM education. I'm a member of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Mathematics of Climate Research Network (MCRN), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). I taught high school in the Lyceum Academy of New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC for six years before returning to graduate school. Outside of work, I like exploring Winston-Salem with my wife Kate, spending time at the beach, and playing volleyball as a member of the WFU Men's Club team. I look forward to joining the Lowman Environmental Dynamics Lab team!

Paul David Carchipulla Morales

I am an Ecuadorian environmental engineer who graduated from Escuela Politécnica Nacional in 2021. My main interests are ecosystem monitoring, remote sensing, hydrology modeling, and meteorology. I am currently part of the CUAHSI community and the International Water Association. I was SDG Coordinator at SDSN Youth Andes, Research Assistant at Escuela Politécnica Nacional, and Research Assistant at the University of Minnesota. These experiences drove me to promote STEM research and open science. I am glad to meet my goals as part of the Environmental Dynamics Lab team.

Undergraduate students

Matthew Barnes

Physics ('24)

Haley Corbett

Engineering ('23)

Sarah Marmolejos

Engineering ('24)

Kirstin Murr

Environmental Science ('25)

Mireya Reyes

Engineering ('24)

Janelle Wargo

Engineering ('23)

Visiting Students

Past Group Members

Lainey Drake

Physics ('22)

Julia Gass

Engineering ('22)

Luis Dil Godoy

Mechanical Engineering ('21)

Polytechnical University of Catalonia, Barcelona

Noah Handwerk

Engineering ('21)

Max Hazlin

Engineering ('22)

Jack Holekamp

Engineering ('21)

Aubrie Leonard

Biology ('21)

Sam Matterazzo

Economics ('22)