Please see my new website at mcmillanhydrology.org


Hilary McMillan is an Associate Professor of Water Resources in the Geography Department at San Diego State University (Curriculum Vitae).

My students and I study hydrology and water resources in a range of landscapes from groundwater recharge in upland headwaters to interactions of people and water in highly modified catchments. We focus on the value and use of many types of hydrologic data to improve understanding of hydrologic processes and build accurate quantitative models to predict river flow, soil moisture, groundwater recharge and other quantities.

Hilary has previously worked in the UK and New Zealand and continues many collaborative projects with scientists around the world, from flood forecasting in New Zealand to tracking soil moisture patterns with scientists in France. She is chair of the IAHS hydrological decade 2013-2022 with the theme `Panta Rhei: Change in Hydrology and Society'.

Recent News:

  • [22 March 2017] Congratulations to Shane Zack, former undergraduate student, on winning an internship at San Diego Canyonlands to work on GIS for canyon restoration.
  • [10 Jan 2017] Congratulations to Dr Tanja Euser, former visiting PhD student, on her successful PhD Defense at TU Delft, Netherlands! Hilary travelled to Delft to be an External Examiner for Tanja's defense.
  • [5 Jan 2017] Welcome to Ivan Horner, starting his PhD this week in the hydraulics-hydrology research group at the IRSTEA research institute, Lyon, France. Ivan's PhD will focus on using multiple hydrologic indices to constrain a large-scale hydrologic model. Hilary is a member of Ivan's PhD Supervising Committee.
  • [11-16 Dec 2016] Thanks to all the presenters at the AGU session on "H51M Hydrology, Society, and Environmental Change: Coupled Human-Water Dynamics across Scales", convened by Hilary McMillan, Siva Sivapalan, Alfonso Meija and Taikan Oki. Special thanks to our invited speakers Nandita Basu and Sally Thompson. The session was very successful with 42 presentations and 2 oral sessions.