UMass Boston

Areas of Expertise

Sea Level Rise Hydrodynamics, Water Resources and Climate Change Modelling, Hydrodynamic Modelling


PhD, Water Resources Engineering, Tufts University
MS, Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire
BS, Hydrology, University of New Hampshire

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Ellen Douglas is a hydrologist and engineer with broad expertise in the analysis of water-related issues. Ellen’s research interests include evaluating the impacts of climate change on New England hydrology, assessing the vulnerability of coastal communities to flooding, improving methods for sustainable water resource management, and monitoring the performance of river restoration through dam removal. She has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and technical reports. She was a contributing author for the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment and the IPCC Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports. Dr. Douglas was awarded a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholarship to work in Australia with the CSIRO on the Water Values and Benefits project. Ellen had dreamed of being a scientist since she read a book in fourth grade entitled “How a jet flies” but did not have the confidence or resources to start her college education until she was 31. Ellen is now a first-generation college graduate and one of only two members of a large extended family to earn a Ph.D.  Since her promotion to full professor, Ellen has put a lot of effort into mentoring young undergraduate and graduate women in science.  She started Growing Women in Science (GWIS, pronounced Gee-whiz) in the spring of 2018 which is still going strong!

Ellen Douglas CV