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Jose L. Chavez, PhD.


Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-6095   Office: 1372 Campus Delivery

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Hydrology
2.) Irrigation and Drainage

Areas of Interest

 Precision irrigationRemote sensing of vegetation evapotranspiration


Dr. José Luis Chávez is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He earned his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Universidade Federal da Paraiba in Brazil in 1992. In 1999 Dr. Chávez received his M.S. degree in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University. His Ph.D. was in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Utah State University in 2005. Dr. Chávez expertise includes estimating crop consumptive water use or evapotranspiration (ET) using multispectral remote sensing. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID), Irrigation Association, and a member of the tri-societies "Agronomy Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America." His research interests include mapping/modeling spatially distributed crop water use (ET), crop water management, irrigation scheduling, and precision irrigation. Dr. Chávez was part of a team that worked in the "irrigated areas mapping project - Irrigation Systems Management Studies" in the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2001. He collaborates with national researchers (e.g., USDA ARS) and international (e.g., Chile, Spain, Pakistan) as well.