Welcome to the Morales Lab

We are a new group in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. The goal of our research is to deepen the understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes that regulate transport and fate of dissolved and suspended substances in soils. To this end, we use various experimental and modeling tools to identify and quantify the links between the physico-chemical and biological interactions between fluids/suspensions and the pore space, the resulting flow fields, and the effective transport behavior.  Applications of our research include studies on the impacts of agricultural management strategies on groundwater quality, spreading of groundwater pollutants, disposal/storage of hydraulic fracturing wastewater, and customizing soil amendments for sustainable agriculture. To find out more about our projects visit the Research page.  




Zoe has been selected to receive the Dennis L. Salisbury and Patricia K. Salisbury Award. Congratulations Zoe!

Janis successfully advanced to candidacy this May 5th. Well done Janis!

Our latest work on colloidal aggregate filtration has been accepted for publication in Environmental Science & Technology 

Veronica and Zoe attended the Lorentz Center workshop on “Mixing in Porous Media”  presenting their work on "Particle dynamics in porous media: colloid filtration and anomalous transport" and "Predicting the distribution of primary-flow paths from pore-network structure"

Welcome Mackenzie (MS/PhD) and Helen (MS), our newest group members!


Our entire lab presented the most recent work on preferential flow, colloid filtration, and surface forces at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting 

Nov 12, 2019: Invited seminar and visit by Prof Peter Kang (University of Minnesota) on "Flow and Reactive Transport in the Subsurface"

Our review on recent advances in anomalous transport models is now published in Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering

Veronica receives a 2019 Hellman Fellows Award

Over the summer, Veronica visited the group of Pietro de Anna at UNIL to work on flow heterogeneity and colloid filtration

Veronica is guest editing a special issue in the journal Water on Colloid and Pathogen Transport in Groundwater

Janis Patino has received the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for the second time. Congratulations Janis!

Veronica Morales has been awarded the NSF CAREER grant to work on fundamental controls of transport attributes from porous media microstructure


Congratulations to Zain Azzaino for finishing his Masters of Science this Dec 20, 2018. Well done Zain!

Welcome Zoe, our newest MS/PhD student!

Janis Patino and Veronica Morales presented their latest work, respectively, on 3D printed soil micromodels and preferential flow predictions at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington D.C.

Nov 27, 2018: Invited seminar and visit by Dr Jeffrey Hyman (Los Alamos National Lab) on "Influence of Multiple Scales in Fractured Media on Flow and Transport Properties"

Nov 2, 2018: The Morales Lab contributed to making the 13th Annual Northern California Community College STEM Transfer Day a success. Happy to be a part of the MESA program at UCD! 

Sept 4, 2018: Prof Alberto Tiraferri (Politecnico di Torino) visits our lab to share perspectives on surface chemistry, membrane filtration and environmental remediation

The Women for Water Research swim team completed the 2018 Trans Tahoe Relay for the love of science. Go team! 

Veronica Morales gave an invited talk on Intermittent Pore-Scale Particle Motion at the GRS/GRC Flow and Transport in Permeable Media

This spring, Alejandro and Valerie completed their Bachelor degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Well earned guys! 

This year Zain Azzaino won the 2018-2019 Summer GSR Award. Congratulations Zain!

Janis Patino presented her latest work on Colloid Immobilization in Porous Media at the InterPore annual meeting in New Orleans 

Our very own Janis Patino has been awarded the 2018 -2019 P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship. Congratulations Janis!

Welcome Valerie, our new undergrad research assistant!

Back to back, our latest work on feedback mechanisms between biofilm development and porescale hydrodynamics is now published in Water Research and Water Resources Research



Congratulations to Dr Maxence Carrel for successfully defending his PhD thesis on "Pore-Scale Investigation of Biofilm Growth in

Three-Dimensional Porous Media" on Oct 25, 2017 at ETH Zürich. Well done Max!

Oct 31, 2017: Invited seminar by Prof Arturo Keller (University of California, Santa Barbara) on "Assessing the Risk of Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment with the NanoFate Model"

Welcome Janis and Zain, our incoming MS/PhD students!

Our latest work on anomalous transport is now published in Geophysical Research Letters

Aug 3, 2017: Invited seminar by Prof Diogo Bolster (University of Notre Dame) on "Incomplete Mixing & Reactions in Heterogeneous Porous Media" 

Welcome Alejandro, our undergrad research assistant!

Maxence's first publication is online in PLoS ONE

Maxence Carrel is visiting our group this spring from ETH Zürich as a Swiss National Science Foundation Scholar

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