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Erin Brooks

Erin Brooks

Associate Professor, Agricultural Engineer


James Martin Building, Room 78



Mailing Address

Department of Soil and Water Systems
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2060
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2060

Ph.D., University of Idaho, 2003
M.S., University of Minnesota, 1997
B.S., Washington State University, 1993

  • Landscape hydrology, precision agriculture
  • Nutrient cycling and transport, water quality
  • Erosion, sediment transport
  • Hydropedology, ecohydrology
  • Geospatial modeling, remote sensing
  • Watershed management, precision agriculture

  • Kelley, C.J., C.K. Keller, E.S. Brooks, J.L. Smith, C. Orr. R.D. Evans. 2017. Water and nitrogen movement through a semi-arid dryland agricultural catchment: Seasonal and decadal trends. Hydrological Processes,
  • Brooks, E.S., M. Dobre, W.J. Elliot, J.Q. Wu, and J. Boll. 2016. Watershed-scale evaluation of the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model in the Lake Tahoe basin. Journal of Hydrology, 533:389-402.
  • Brooks, E.S., S.M. Saia, J. Boll, Z.M. Easton, T.S. Steenhuis. 2015. Assessing BMP effectiveness and guiding BMP planning using process-based modeling. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 51(2):343-358.
  • Sanchez-Murillo, R, E.S. Brooks, L. Sampson, J. Boll, and F. Wilhelm. 2012. Ecohydrological analysis of Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) habitat in an effluent dependent stream in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Ecohydrology Journal DOI: 10.1002/eco.1376.
  • Brooks, E.S., J. Boll, and P.A. McDaniel. 2012. Hydropedology in seasonally dry landscapes: The Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest, USA. In: Hydropedology, Lin, H. (ed.) 1st Edition, Chapter 10, 329-350.
  • Brooks, E.S., J. Boll, A. Snyder, K.M. Ostrowski, S.L. Kane, J.D. Wulfhorst, L.W. Van Tassell, and R. Mahler. 2010. Long term sediment loading trends in the Paradise Creek Watershed. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 65:6-331-341, doi:10.2489/jswc.65.6.331.
  • Brooks, E.S. J. Boll, P.A. McDaniel. 2007. Distributed and Integrated Response of a geographic information system-based hydrologic model in the eastern Palouse region, Idaho. Hydrol. Process. 21:110-122.
  • Walter, M.T., E.S. Brooks, D.K. McCool, L.G. King, M. Molnau, J. Boll. 2005. Process- based snowmelt modeling: Does it require more input data than temperature-index modeling? J. Hydrol. 300(1-4): 65-75.
  • Brooks, E.S., J. Boll, and P.A. McDaniel. 2004. A hillslope scale experiment to measure lateral saturated hydraulic conductivity, Water Resources Research. 40, W04208, doi:10.1029/2003WR002858.
  • Walter, M.T., M.F. Walter, E.S. Brooks, T.S. Steenhuis, J. Boll, K.R. Weiler. 2000. Hydrologically Sensitive Areas: Variable Source Area Hydrology Implications for Water Quality Risk Assessment. J. Soil and Water Conserv. 3:277-284. 

Erin Brooks research focuses on the site-specific management of complex ecosystems through extensive field-based experimentation and process-based spatially-explicit models. He has been the PI or Co-PI on 15 grants awarded since 2011 totaling over $30M. This work has included fundamental landscape level hydrologic field experiments examining surface and subsurface nutrient transport, GIS-based distributed hydrologic, soil erosion, and crop modelling, in-stream sediment transport and nutrient cycling, forest fuel management and post wildfire mitigation treatments, spatial patterns in crop response and crop nitrogen uptake with remote sensing and modeling. His research has been conducted in widely diverse ecosystems including dryland agroecosystems, snow-dominated management forests, rangeland, tropical agricultural and forested ecosystems, perennial grasslands, deciduous forests and mixed urban environments. He has authored over 60 publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals with 36 published since 2011.


University of Idaho

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2340
Moscow, ID 83844-2340

Phone: 208-885-0111