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Samuel Munoz

Assistant Professor,  Marine and Environmental Sciences
Assistant Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Research Focus

sedimentary records of environmental change, paleoclimate and climate change, rivers and fluvial processes, hydroclimatic extremes


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015

Research Overview

sedimentary records of environmental change, paleoclimate and climate change, rivers and fluvial processes, hydroclimatic extremes

Selected Publications

  • S.E. Munoz, L. Giosan, M.D. Therrell, J.W. Remo, Z. Shen, R.M. Sullivan, J.P. Donnelly, Climatic Control of Mississippi River Flood Hazard Amplified by River Engineering, Nature, 556(7699), 2018, 95-98
  • S.E. Munoz, S.G. Dee, El Niño Increases the Risk of Lower Mississippi River Flooding, Scientific Reports, 7, 2017, 1772
  • J.R. Walsh, S.E. Munoz, M.J. Vander Zanden, Outbreak of an Undetected Invasive Species Triggered by a Climate Anomaly, Ecosphere, 7(12), 2016, 1-17
  • S.E. Munoz, K. Gruley, A. Massie, D.A. Fike, S.S. Schroeder, J.W. Williams, Cahokia’s Emergence and Decline Coincided with Shifts of Flood Frequency on the Mississippi River, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(20), 2015, 6319-6324
  • V.C. Radeloff, J.W. Williams, B.L. Bateman, K.D. Burke, S.K. Carter, E.S. Childress, K.J. Cromwell, C. Gratton, A.O., Hasley, B.M. Kraemer, A.W. Latzka, E. Marin-Spiotta, C.D. Meine, S.E. Munoz, et al., The Rise of Novelty in Ecosystems, Ecological Applications, 25(8), 2015, 2051-2068
  • S.E. Munoz, S. Schroeder, D.A. Fike, J.W. Williams, A Record of Sustained Prehistoric and Historic Land use from the Cahokia Region, Illinois, USA, Geology, 42(6), 2014, 499-502


Jun 06, 2019

Reassessing Flood Management After Historic Flooding in Midwest

COS/CEE Assistant Professor Samuel Munoz answers questions about the recent record-breaking flooding in the Midwest.


May 21, 2018

2018 GRI Seed Grant Awardees

Congratulations to the four COE teams out of eight total receiving 2018 Seed Grant funding from the Global Resilience Institute (GRI). The resilience project topics range from coastal flooding prediction to combating opioid addiction. This year’s pool of proposals was particularly robust, with submissions demonstrating both strengths in their interdisciplinary approaches and in their promise […]


May 15, 2018

Determining Effect of Climate on Mississippi River Flooding

MES/CEE Assistant Professor Samuel Munoz will be leading a $595K NSF grant for “Extreme floods on the lower Mississippi River in the context of late Holocene climatic variability” in collaboration with Liviu Giosan and Jeffrey Donnelly from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Zhixiong Shen from Coastal Carolina University.


Apr 05, 2018

River Engineering of the Mississippi Might Lead to Severe Flooding

MES/CEE Assistant Professor Samuel Munoz is researching how the re-engineering of the Mississippi River to straighten and channelize it has had the unintended consequences of increasing the risk of severe flooding.


Sep 01, 2017

New Faculty Spotlight: Samuel Munoz

Samuel Munoz joins the Civil and Environmental Engineering department in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Marine and Environmental Sciences.

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