WRRC Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

The Water Center has recently hired three new faculty members to fill some long vacant positions. As is usual at WRRC, these new people are 50% at WRRC and 50% in another department. The new hires and their fields of specialization are:

Leah Bremer
Assistant Specialist WRRC and University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization

Office: Saunders Hall 504
Phone: (808)956-7938
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  • PhD Geography, 2012 University of California at Santa Barbara San Diego State University
  • M.S. Conservation Biology, 2004 Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand-Macquarie University, Australia
  • B.A. Psychology (Spanish minor), 2001 Northwestern University

Fields of interest:

  • Ecosystem services
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Watershed management and conservation
  • Environmental justice
  • Joint social and ecological outcomes of land-use and climate change
  • Water resources

Nicole Lautze
Associate Researcher, Water Resources Research Center and Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

Office:POST 619E
Phone: (808) 956-3499
Fax: : (808) 956-3188

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  • Ph.D., University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2006

Fields of interest:

  • Geothermal/Sustainable Energy
  • Physical Volcanology
  • Natural Hazards

Jonghyun Harry Lee
Assistant Professor, Water Resources Research Center and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office: Holmes Hall 336
Phone: (808) 956-7658


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2009
  • B.S., Civil, Urban and Geosystem Engineering, Seoul National University, 2007

Fields of interest:

  • Groundwater flow and reactive transport modeling in high performance computing environment and model upscaling
  • Numerical linear algebra
  • Large-scale inverse modeling with uncertainty quantification
  • Optimal control and stochastic optimization of water resources system
  • Big environmental data analysis with machine learning