Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe, hydrologist who forged a new science linking water to ecosystems, dies at 80

Oct. 27, 2022

Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe, who traced the underlying patterns of river networks and explored the interaction of water and the environment as a founder of the discipline of ecohydrology, died Sept. 28 in Venezuela. He was 80.

Rodríguez-Iturbe, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus, was among the premiere hydrologists of his generation. A recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize and the American Geophysical Union’s Bowie Medal, Rodríguez-Iturbe conducted pioneering research in several areas of hydrology during his career.

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