Dr. Passalacqua is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at the University of Texas. She received a PhD in Civil Engineering in 2009 from the University of Minnesota.
My research interests lie at the intersection of water resources engineering, hydrologic sciences, and geomorphology. The goal of my research program is to advance our understanding of how topographic patterns arise, evolve, and interact with climate and ecosystems, in order to improve predictions of the response of the Earth-surface to disturbance and change and develop sustainable management solutions. I focus in particular on channel networks and connectivity (structural, dynamical, and process connectivity) in a variety of environments; watersheds, urban environments, and coastal areas.
My research group and I are working on a variety of projects that span humid to arid landscapes, and landslide-prone environments to coastal areas. Our research merges the analysis of remote sensing data (high resolution topographic data - lidar Light Detection and Ranging - and satellite images), numerical modeling, statistical analysis, and field work. Specific research topics related to current sponsored projects include the interaction among drainage patterns, vegetation, and climate in humid uplands; transport of environmental fluxes through the Wax Lake Delta (LA); the identification of delta forming processes and signature of vegetation in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Jamuna Delta.