Meet the Faculty

Fengjing Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science
207 Foster Hall
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5390


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.S., Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • B.S., Lanzhou University in China

Research Focus

  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Watershed Management
  • Water Quality and Biogeochemistry


Fengjing Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture & Environmental Science. He teaches watershed-related environmental science courses, primarily Hydrology (ENV450/550) and Applied Watershed Management (ENV425/525). His research focuses on watershed hydrology, watershed management, water quality, and biogeochemistry. He is particularly interested in hydrologic processes controlling contaminant transport, effects of changes in land use/cover on stream water quality, and effects of climate change on hydrologic cycles and water quality from watersheds to regional scales. He is a modeler, with expertise in physically based and spatially distributed hydrologic models. He is also an experimentalist, with expertise in isotope hydrology and geochemical tracers. His recent research projects have been primarily funded by National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of US Department of Agriculture through Evans-Allen program and Capacity Building Grants. He published over 30 research articles and has been a frequent reviewer for top hydrologic and environmental journals such as Water Resources Research, Environmental Science and Technology, Hydrologic Processes, and Journal of Hydrology.


  • Frisbee, M. D., F. M. Phillips, A. R. Campbell, F. Liu, and S. A. Sanchez (2011), Streamflow generation in a large, alpine watershed in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado: Is streamflow generation simply the aggregation of hillslope runoff responses? Water Resources Research, 47, W06512, doi: 10.1029/2010WR009391.
  • Liu, F., R. C. Bales, M. H. Conklin, and M. E. Conrad (2008), Stream flow generation from snowmelt in semi-arid, forested and seasonally snow-covered catchments, Valles Caldera, New Mexico, Water Resources Research, 44, W12443, doi:10.1029/2007WR006278.

  • Liu, F., R. Parmenter, P. Brooks, M. Conklin, and R. C. Bales (2008), Intra- and inter-annual variation of streamflow pathways in semiarid, forested catchments, Valles Caldera, New Mexico, Ecohydrology, 1(3), 239-252, doi: 10.1002/eco.22.

  • Williams, M., M. Knauf, N. Caine, F. Liu, and P. Verplanck (2006), Geochemistry and source waters of rock glacier outflow, Colorado Front Range, Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 17(1), 13-33.

  • Liu, F., M. Williams, and N. Caine (2004), Source waters and flow paths in an alpine catchment, Colorado Front Range, USA, Water Resources Research, Vol. 40, W09401, doi: 10.1029/2004WR003076.