Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 2004 (cum laude)
M.S., University of Amsterdam, 1999 (cum laude)
Jasper Vrugt, Ph.D., is the first hire at UC Irvine for the new Environmental Institute initiative, which will bring together scientists to identify new research needed for an improved understanding of society's response to a changing climate, and for environmental science to better respond to societal needs.
Vrugt specializes in environmental systems modeling, and develops optimization and uncertainty analysis methods that analyze the discrepancy between model predictions and actual observations to improve the theory, understanding and predictability of environmental systems. Much of his work is within the context of surface hydrology and soil physics, but also spans the fields of ecology, hydrogeophysics, hydrometeorology, and geophysics.
Vrugt earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (cum laude, 1999 and 2004, respectively) from the University of Amsterdam. He recently received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the European Geosciences Union, and was named one of the Elsevier Top 50 Most Talented Young People from the Netherlands in 2009. He received an Early Career Award in Soil Physics from the Soil Science Society of America in 2007, the Hydrology Prize 2004-2006 from the Dutch Hydrological Society in 2007, and a J. Robert Oppenheimer Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship from LANL in 2006. He has published more than 50 papers in peer reviewed international journals, and is associate editor of the journals Water Resources Research, Vadose Zone Journal, and Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. He is also on the Editorial Board of the journal Environmental Modeling & Software.