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 Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • Wiman, Charlotte, Hamilton, Brynnydd, Dee, Sylvia G., Muñoz, Samuel E. (2021). Reduced Lower Mississippi River Discharge During the Medieval Era. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(3). 10.1029/2020GL091182
  • S.E. Muñoz, T.J. Porter, A. Bakkelund, J. Nusbaumer, S.G. Dee, B. Hamilton, L. Giosan, J.E. Tierney, Lipid Biomarker Record Documents Hydroclimatic Variability of the Mississippi River Basin During the Common Era, Geophysical Research Letters, 47(12), 2020, e2020GL087237
  • J.R. Walsh, J.R. Corman, S.E. Muñoz, Coupled Long-Term Limnological Data and Sedimentary Data Reveal Novel Control on Water Quality in a Eutrophic Lake, Limnology & Oceanography, 64(S1), 2019, S34-S48
  • S.E. Muñoz, L. Giosan, J. Blusztajn, C. Rankin, G.E. Stinchcomb, Radiogenic Fingerprinting Reveals Anthropogenic and Buffering Controls on Sediment Dynamics of the Mississippi River System, Geology, 47(3), 2019, 271-274
  • S.E. Muñoz, 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. Muñoz, S.G. Dee, El Niño Increases the Risk of Lower Mississippi River Flooding, Scientific Reports, 7, 2017, 1772
Plastics are a pervasive source of pollution. And they might also be significantly altering the Earth’s carbon cycle and our ability to monitor it, according to research by Northeastern’s Aron Stubbins. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University


Jul 07, 2021

Stubbins and Munoz Published in Science for Plastics in the Earth System

A research paper, titled, “Plastics in the Earth System” by Associate Professor Aron Stubbins, MES/COS/CEE, and Assistant Professor Samuel E. Muñoz, MES/CEE, was published in the journal Science.

abstract of lab and field work


Apr 28, 2021

Designing Storm Strength Simulations to Predict and Mitigate Coastal Flooding

MES/CEE Assistant Professor Samuel Muñoz and CEE/MES Professor Qin Jim Chen, in collaboration with Jeffrey Donnelly from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, were awarded a $590K NSF grant for “Morphodynamic simulations of coastal storms and overwash to characterize back-barrier lake stratigraphies.”

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Dec 01, 2020

Studying Core Samples to Learn About Climate Patterns

MES/CEE Assistant Professor Samuel Muñoz is using sediment cores collected from the bottom of water sources that have compacted over thousands of years to help predict the future of our climate.


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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