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Richard Vogel

Research Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Emeritus

Richard Vogel

Research Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Emeritus

Phone 617-627-4260
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
water resources, hydrology, natural hazards, environmental statistics

Richard Vogel is a research professor of civil and environmental engineering and has been at Tufts University since 1984. His primary expertise lies in the areas of hydrology, water resource engineering, environmental statistics, and natural hazards. His current research program focuses on the areas of hydrologic and environmental statistics, water allocation, regional hydrology, regional water assessment, flood and drought management, climate change impacts, and watershed modeling, as well as natural hazards including floods, droughts, rainfall, landslides, bird and plant extinctions, and earthquakes. His consulting experiences have included water resource assessment, flood frequency analysis, water allocation, hydropower feasibility analyses and water supply investigations for several major cities, floodplain delineations, stormwater modeling, dam safety analyses, ice jam control, and climate change impact assessments.

Ph.D., Water Resource Systems, Cornell University, 1985
M.S., Environmental Science and Hydrology, University of Virginia, 1979
B.S., Engineering Science and Systems, University of Virginia, 1977
Professional Experience: 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2016-present: Research Professor and Professor Emeritus
  • 1984-2016: Professor

Research Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Participation Program, funded by Department of Energy - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in association with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)


Director, Water Area, Tufts Institute of the Environment


Visiting Associate Professor, Division of Applied Environmental Science, Harvard University


Visiting Fellow, Department of Civil and Agricultural Engineering, University of Melbourne


Dufresne-Henry, Inc.

  • 1980-1981: Department Head, Hydrology
  • 1979-1980: Hydrologist
Research Interests: 

Richard Vogel's primary expertise is in the areas of hydrology and water resource engineering with emphasis on hydrologic and statistical methods for analyzing water resource systems. His current research program focuses upon the areas of natural hazards, watershed modeling and management, water quality, regional hydrology, environmental statistics, and the new field of hydromorphology.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2014: Water Resources Research Editor's Choice Award
2011: John W. Oliver Leadership Award, Water Resources Research Center, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
2009: Julian Hinds Award, ASCE
2004: Outstanding Practice Oriented Paper, ASCE
1995: Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE
1989: Outstanding Research Oriented Paper, ASCE Division of Water Resources Planning and Management
Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE-0112: Hydrology and Water Resource Engineering
CEE-0202: Environmental Statistics
CEE-0214: Environmental and Water Resource Systems Engineering