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Kelly Caylor
Kelly Caylor

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Program in Environmental Studies, the Princeton Environmental Institute

Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 2003
B.A. with High Distinction, Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 1996

Room: E405 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-4614

Webpage: Princeton EcoHydrology Lab

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Early Career Hydrologic Sciences Award, American Geophysical Union
  • 2009 E. Lawrence Keyes, Jr./Emerson Electric Co. Faculty Advancement Award, Princeton University
  • 2009 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
  • 2004 Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowship, National Center for Earth Dynamics
  • 2003 Clayton Postdoctoral Fellowship, Princeton Environmental Institute

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)


  • CEE307/EEB305 Field Ecohydrology
  • CEE599 Environmental Biophysics
  • CEE599 Research Topics in Ecohydrology


Research Areas

  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
  • Environmental Sensor Systems
  • Sensors and Remote Sensing
  • Surface Hydrology and Hydrometeorology

Research Interests

My lab group’s research addresses the coupled feedbacks between terrestrial vegetation and surface hydrological dynamics, with a focus on the causes and consequences of spatial patterns in plants and their accompanying root systems within water-limited landscapes. My research approaches integrate theoretical development, field observations, and simulation modeling to develop new insight into the complex ecohydrological controls on water balance in water-limited landscapes. I examine these topics at a number of spatial and temporal scales; from patch-level experimental and observational work to regional-scale investigations that rely heavily on numerical modeling and the application of remote sensing technologies.

Research Areas

  • Land degradation and surface water balance partitioning
  • Geophysical methods for soil moisture and vegetation characterization
  • Optimal vegetation organization in drylands
  • Catchment ecohydrology of drylands
  • Couplings between biogeochemistry, plants, and water

Updated: March 3, 2016