Graduate Students

Doug Brugger

Doug Brugger

Office: CHCB 344
Office Hours:

By request, Wednesdays work best

Personal Website

Current Position

T.A. - Grader


Hydrology (GEO 421) & Hydrogeology (GEO 420)


Fall 2013 - Present: PhD Student in Geosciences at The University of Montana-Missoula

2013 M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Water Resources Engineering Program) from The University of Wisconsin-Madison

2010 B.A. in Physics from The University of Montana-Missoula

Research Interests

I'm broadly interested in the behavior of Human actors in hydrologic systems.  My research focus is on the response of agricultural water users to water stress.

Field of Study

Computational Hydrologic Modelling

Integrated Water Resource Management


2014 Awardee of a Montana Water Center Fellowship

2013-14 Fellowship from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, part of the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR Track-1 program

2011 Arthur D. Frasier Fellow for the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UW-Madison

Specialized Skills

Programming experience in Python, MATLAB, R, & FORTRAN

Experience running the hydrologic models SWAT, HEC-HMS, & HydroCAD, the analytic groundwater model MODFLOW, and the river hydraulics model HEC-RAS.

Other software experience includes extensive use of ArcGIS, as well as the University of Wisconsin models FEHT (Finite Element Heat Transfer) & WinSTABL (for slope stability analysis)

Teaching Experience

I had the fantastic opportunity to lecture Introductory Physics for two semesters (Summer-Fall 2010) at the University of Montana.

Professional Experience

I've been a non-stop student so far, though I worked on a temporary consulting project with my advisor at UW-Madison, Prof. Kenneth Potter.  We advised a manufacturing firm that was invloved in a lawsuit over the return period of a flood that destroyed one of their facilities.


Vice President of the Graduate Student Association

Board member for the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Network