Li Li

Cofunded Faculty Member
Titles and Affiliations
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Summary

The Li Reactive Water group is interested in questions regarding how the structure of Critical Zone—Earth’s living skin from the tree tops to the bottom of groundwater (the zone that supports life)—regulates its functioning and response to climate change and human perturbations. We are particularly interested in the interactions of water with soils, rocks, roots, and microbes along its flow paths to rivers and streams and how such interactions regulate water quantity, chemistry, and quality.

Research group: https://lireactivewater.wixsite.com/group

Twitter: @LiReactiveWater

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Recent Publications

Climate Controls on River Chemistry

Li, L., Stewart, B., Zhi, W., Sadayappan, K., Ramesh, S., Kerins, D., Sterle, G., Harpold, A. & Perdrial, J., Jun 2022, In: Earth's Future. 10, 6, e2021EF002603.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Streams as Mirrors: Reading Subsurface Water Chemistry From Stream Chemistry

Stewart, B., Shanley, J. B., Kirchner, J. W., Norris, D., Adler, T., Bristol, C., Harpold, A. A., Perdrial, J. N., Rizzo, D. M., Sterle, G., Underwood, K. L., Wen, H. & Li, L., Jan 2022, In: Water Resources Research. 58, 1, e2021WR029931.

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BioRT-Flux-PIHM v1.0: A biogeochemical reactive transport model at the watershed scale

Zhi, W., Shi, Y., Wen, H., Saberi, L., Ng, G. H. C., Sadayappan, K., Kerins, D., Stewart, B. & Li, L., Jan 17 2022, In: Geoscientific Model Development. 15, 1, p. 315-333 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Drivers of Dissolved Organic Carbon Mobilization From Forested Headwater Catchments: A Multi Scaled Approach

Adler, T., Underwood, K. L., Rizzo, D. M., Harpold, A., Sterle, G., Li, L., Wen, H., Stinson, L., Bristol, C., Stewart, B., Lini, A., Perdrial, N. & Perdrial, J. N., Jul 6 2021, In: Frontiers in Water. 3, 578608.

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Predicting algal blooms: Are we overlooking groundwater?

Brookfield, A. E., Hansen, A. T., Sullivan, P. L., Czuba, J. A., Kirk, M. F., Li, L., Newcomer, M. E. & Wilkinson, G., May 15 2021, In: Science of the Total Environment. 769, 144442.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

The Chesapeake Bay program modeling system: Overview and recommendations for future development

Hood, R. R., Shenk, G. W., Dixon, R. L., Smith, S. M. C., Ball, W. P., Bash, J. O., Batiuk, R., Boomer, K., Brady, D. C., Cerco, C., Claggett, P., de Mutsert, K., Easton, Z. M., Elmore, A. J., Friedrichs, M. A. M., Harris, L. A., Ihde, T. F., Lacher, L., Li, L., Linker, L. C., & 11 othersMiller, A., Moriarty, J., Noe, G. B., Onyullo, G., Rose, K., Skalak, K., Tian, R., Veith, T. L., Wainger, L., Weller, D. & Zhang, Y. J., Sep 15 2021, In: Ecological Modelling. 456, 109635.

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Toward catchment hydro-biogeochemical theories

Li, L., Sullivan, P. L., Benettin, P., Cirpka, O. A., Bishop, K., Brantley, S. L., Knapp, J. L. A., van Meerveld, I., Rinaldo, A., Seibert, J., Wen, H. & Kirchner, J. W., Jan 1 2021, In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 8, 1, e1495.

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Spatiotemporal Drivers of Hydrochemical Variability in a Tropical Glacierized Watershed in the Andes

Saberi, L., Crystal Ng, G. H., Nelson, L., Zhi, W., Li, L., La Frenierre, J. & Johnstone, M., May 2021, In: Water Resources Research. 57, 5, e2020WR028722.

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Deepening roots can enhance carbonate weathering by amplifying CO2-rich recharge

Wen, H., Sullivan, P. L., MacPherson, G. L., Billings, S. A. & Li, L., Jan 5 2021, In: Biogeosciences. 18, 1, p. 55-75 21 p.

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The Limits of Homogenization: What Hydrological Dynamics can a Simple Model Represent at the Catchment Scale?

Wen, H., Brantley, S. L., Davis, K. J., Duncan, J. M. & Li, L., Jun 2021, In: Water Resources Research. 57, 6, e2020WR029528.

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Signatures of Hydrologic Function Across the Critical Zone Observatory Network

Wlostowski, A. N., Molotch, N., Anderson, S. P., Brantley, S. L., Chorover, J., Dralle, D., Kumar, P., Li, L., Lohse, K. A., Mallard, J. M., McIntosh, J. C., Murphy, S. F., Parrish, E., Safeeq, M., Seyfried, M., Shi, Y. & Harman, C., Mar 2021, In: Water Resources Research. 57, 3, e2019WR026635.

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Vertical Connectivity Regulates Water Transit Time and Chemical Weathering at the Hillslope Scale

Xiao, D., Brantley, S. L. & Li, L., Aug 2021, In: Water Resources Research. 57, 8, e2020WR029207.

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From hydrometeorology to river water quality: Can a deep learning model predict dissolved oxygen at the continental scale?

Zhi, W., Feng, D., Tsai, W. P., Sterle, G., Harpold, A., Shen, C. & Li, L., Feb 16 2021, In: Environmental Science and Technology. 55, 4, p. 2357-2368 12 p.

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Nitrate removal and young stream water fractions at the catchment scale

Benettin, P., Fovet, O. & Li, L., Jun 15 2020, In: Hydrological Processes. 34, 12, p. 2725-2738 14 p.

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Depth of Solute Generation Is a Dominant Control on Concentration-Discharge Relations

Botter, M., Li, L., Hartmann, J., Burlando, P. & Fatichi, S., Aug 1 2020, In: Water Resources Research. 56, 8, e2019WR026695.

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