Mehmet Evren Soylu

Research Engineer II
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M. Evren Soylu is a research faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Soylu received his Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a specialization in hydrologic sciences (2011) and his BS and MS degrees in Hydrogeological Engineering at Hacettepe University, Turkey, in 2001 and 2004, respectively. He completed his postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2014. He worked at various environmental consulting companies before joining Georgia Tech as a research engineer in 2018. 


Dr. Soylu’s research aims to improve the understanding of the linkages between groundwater, land surface processes, and climate with a particular emphasis on incorporating field observation and numerical models to understand the interrelations of surface / subsurface hydrological processes and vegetation dynamics under changing climate, land cover, and human activities. 

  • PhD | University of Nebraska - Lincoln | 2011
  • MSc | Hacettepe University | 2004
  • BS | Hacettepe University | 2011

Soylu, M. E., & Bras, R. L. (2021). Global Shallow Groundwater Patterns From Soil Moisture Satellite Retrievals. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 15, 89-101.

Soylu, M. E., & Bras, R. L. (2021). Detecting shallow groundwater from spaceborne soil moisture observations. Water Resources Research, 57, e2020WR029102.

Soylu, M. E., Loheide, S. P., & Kucharik, C. J. (2017). Effects of root distribution and root water compensation on simulated water use in maize influenced by shallow groundwater. Vadose Zone Journal, 16(10), 1-15.

Zipper, S. C., Soylu, M. E., Kucharik, C. J., & Loheide II, S. P. (2017). Quantifying indirect groundwater-mediated effects of urbanization on agroecosystem productivity using MODFLOW-AgroIBIS (MAGI), a complete critical zone model. Ecological Modelling, 359, 201-219.

Soylu, M. E., Kucharik, C. J., & Loheide II, S. P. (2014). Influence of groundwater on plant water use and productivity: Development of an integrated ecosystem–Variably saturated soil water flow model. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 189, 198-210.

Soylu, M. E., Lenters, J. D., Istanbulluoglu, E., and Loheide, S. P. (2012), On evapotranspiration and shallow groundwater fluctuations: A Fourier-based improvement to the White method, Water Resour. Res., 48, W06506, doi:10.1029/2011WR010964.

Soylu, M. E., Istanbulluoglu, E., Lenters, J. D., and Wang, T. (2011), Quantifying the impact of groundwater depth on evapotranspiration in a semi-arid grassland region, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 787–806,, 2011.