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Jason Hubbart


Professor, Hydrology, Water Quality West Virginia University - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design


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Research Summary

Dr. Hubbart’s research interests lie in the integrated fields of physical hydrology, water resources, water quality, biogeochemistry, environmental biophysics, and ecology. He is keenly interested in the interactions of biota and hydrologic disturbance, climate change, droughts, flooding, biogeochemistry and issues related to conservation and sustainability of fresh water resources.

Professional Affiliations

Selected Publications

  1. Zeiger, S., and J.A. Hubbart. 2016. A SWAT Model Validation of Nested-Scale Contemporaneous Stream Flow, Suspended Sediment and Nutrients from a Multiple-Land-Use Watershed of the Central USA. Science of the Total Environment, 572:232-243. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.07.178
  2. Kutta, E., and J.A. Hubbart. 2016. Reconsidering Meteorological Seasons in a Changing Climate. Climatic Change, 16:1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1704-3
  3. Hubbart, J.A., R. Guyette, and R-M. Muzika. 2016. More than Drought: Precipitation Variance, Excessive Wetness, Pathogens and the Future of the Western edge of the Eastern Deciduous Forest. Science of the Total Environment, 566-567:463-467. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.108
  4. Sunde, M., H.S. He, J.A. Hubbart, and C. Scroggins. 2016. Forecasting streamflow response to increased imperviousness in an urbanizing Midwestern watershed using a coupled modeling approach. Applied Geography, 72:14-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.05.002
  5. Kellner, E., and J.A. Hubbart. 2016. Continuous and Event-Based Time Series Analysis of Observed Floodplain Groundwater Flow under Contrasting Land-Use Types. Science of the Total Environment, 566-567:436-445. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.036
  6. Simpson, M., J.A. Hubbart, and N.I. Fox. 2016. Ground Truthed Performance of single- and Dual-Polarized Radar Rain Rates at Large Ranges. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10873
  7. Simpson, M., and J.A. Hubbart. 2016. Spatial Trends of Precipitation Chemistry in the Central Plains Region of the United States. Environmental Earth Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-016-5526-4
  8. Nichols, J., and J.A. Hubbart. 2016. Using Macroinvertebrate Assemblages and Multiple Stressors to Infer Urban Stream System Condition: A Case Study in the Central US. Urban Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-016-0534-4
  9. Zeiger, S., and J.A. Hubbart. 2016. Quantifying Suspended Sediment Flux in a Mixed-Land-Use Urbanizing Watershed using a Nested-Scale Study Design. Science of the Total Environment. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.10.096
  10. Kellner, E., and J.A. Hubbart. 2016. A Comparison of the Spatial Distribution of Vadose Zone Water in Forested and Agricultural Floodplains a Century after Harvest. Science of the Total Environment. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.10.080
  11. Hubbart, J.A., and D.G. Larson. 2016. Understanding the Cultural Anthropology of Water by Investigating the History of World's Fairs: An Alert for needed Research. International Education and Research, 2(7):17-19. E-ISSN: 2454-9916.
  12. Kellner, E., J.A. Hubbart, and A. Ikem. 2016. Corrigendum to: A comparison of forest and agricultural shallow groundwater chemical status a century after land use change. Science of the Total Environment. 529:487. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.05.052.
  13. Zeiger, S., and J.A. Hubbart. 2015. Quantifying Urban Stormwater Temperature Surges: A Central US Watershed Study. Hydrology. 2(4): 193-209; DOI: 10.3390/hydrology2040193
  14. Zeiger, S., and J.A. Hubbart. 2015. Nested-Scale Nutrient Yields from a Mixed-Land-Use Urbanizing Watershed. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10716
  15. Kellner, E., and J.A. Hubbart. 2015. Agricultural and Forested Land Use Impacts on Floodplain Shallow Groundwater Temperature Regime. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10645
  16. Zeiger, S., J.A. Hubbart, S.H. Anderson, and M.C. Stambaugh. 2015. Measuring and Modeling Stream Water and Air Temperature Relationships in a Multiple Land Use Urban Watershed of the Central USA. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10617
  17. Kellner, E., J.A. Hubbart, A. Ikem. 2015. A Comparison of Forest and Agricultural Shallow Groundwater Chemical Status a Century after Land Use Change. Science of the Total Environment. DOI: 529:82-90.
  18. Hubbart, J.A., T.E. Link, and J.A. Gravelle. 2015. Forest Canopy Reduction and Snowpack Dynamics in the Continental-Maritime Region of the U.S. Forest Science. DOI:
  19. Zell, C., E. Kellner, and J.A. Hubbart. 2015. Land Use Impacts on Subsurface Floodplain Storage Capacity: A Midwest Case Study of Agricultural and Remnant Hardwood Forest Land Use Types. Environmental Earth Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-015-4700-4
  20. Knapp, B.O., K. Stephan, and J.A. Hubbart. 2015. Structure and Composition of an Oak-Hickory Forest after 60 years of Repeated Prescribed Burning in Missouri, U.S.A. Forest Ecology and Management, 344: 95-109. DOI:
  21. Chinnasamy, P., and J.A. Hubbart. 2015. Stream and Shallow Groundwater Nutrient Concentrations in an Ozark Forested Riparian Zone of the Central USA. Environmental Earth Sciences. DOI:
  22. Chinnasamy, P., and J.A. Hubbart. 2014. Potential of MODFLOW to Model Hydrological Interactions in a Semikarst Floodplain of the Ozark Border Forest in the Central United States. Earth Interactions, 18, 1–24. DOI:
  23. Kutta, E., and J.A. Hubbart. 2014. Improving Understanding of Microclimate Heterogeneity within a Contemporary Plant Growth Facility to Advance Climate Control and Plant Productivity. Journal of Plant Sciences, 2(5): 167-178.
  24. Hooper, L.W., and J.A. Hubbart. 2014. Water Management in Kenya: Toward an Ethic of Sustainability. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 3(9): 1144-1152.
  25. Hubbart, J.A., E. Kellner, L. Hooper, A.R. Lupo, P.S. Market, P.E. Guinan, K. Stephan, N.I. Fox and B.M. Svoma. 2014. Localized Climate and Surface Energy Flux Alterations across an Urban Gradient in the Central U.S. Energies, 7: 1770-1791. doi:10.3390/en7031770
  26. Lupo, A.R., I.I. Mokhov, Y.G. Chendev, M.G. Lebedeva, and J.A. Hubbart. 2014. Studying Summer Season Drought in Western Russia. Advances in Meteorology, 2014: 1-9. DOI:10.1155/2014/942027.
  27. Sunde, M.G., H.S. He, B. Zou, Hubbart, J.A., and A. Spicci. 2014. Imperviousness Change Analysis Tool (I-CAT) for simulating pixel-level urban growth. Landscape and Urban Planning, 124: 104-108.
  28. Kellner, E., and J.A. Hubbart. 2014. Quantifying Urban Land-Use Impacts on Suspended Sediment Particle Size Class Distribution: A Method and Case Study. Stormwater Journal, 15(2):40-50.
  29. Chinnasamy, P., and J.A. Hubbart. 2014. Measuring and Modeling Shallow Groundwater Flow between a Semi-Karst Border Stream and Ozark Forested Riparian Zone in the Central U.S. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 3(6): 844-865.
  30. Du, E., T.E. Link, J.A. Gravelle, and J.A. Hubbart. 2013. Validation and Sensitivity Test of the Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model (DHSVM) in a Forested Mountain Watershed. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10110
  31. Hubbart, J.A., and C. Zell. 2013. Considering Streamflow Trend Analyses Uncertainty in Urbanizing Watersheds: A Case Study in the Central U.S. Earth Interactions, 17(5):1-28.
  32. Hubbart, J.A., Kellner, E., and G. Freeman. 2013. A Case Study Considering the Comparability of Mass and Volumetric Suspended Sediment Data. Environmental Earth Sciences. 10.1007/s12665-013-2788-y
  33. Chinnasamy, P., J.A. Hubbart, and G. Agoramoorthy. 2013. Using Remote Sensing Data to Improve Groundwater Supply Estimations in Gujarat, India. Earth Interactions, 17:1-17.
  34. Hubbart J.A., G. Freeman and K. Beaven. 2013. Comparing Volumetric and Gravimetric Suspended Sediment Concentration Data from a Midwest Stream. Stormwater Journal, 14(5):36-41.
  35. Zell, C., and J.A. Hubbart 2013. Interdisciplinary Linkages of Biophysical Processes and Resilience Theory: Pursuing Predictability. Ecological Modelling, 248:1-10.
  36. Hubbart, J.A., and E. Kellner. 2013. Bryophyte Mass to Stem Length Ratio: a Potential Metric for Eco-Physiological Response to Land Use. Open Journal of Ecology, 3(1):1-10. 10.4236/oje.2013.31001.
  37. Bulliner, E., and J.A. Hubbart. 2012. An Improved Hemispherical Photography Model for Stream Surface Shortwave Radiation Estimations in a Central U.S. Hardwood Forest. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9524.
  38. Zell, C.C., and J.A. Hubbart. 2012. An Evaluation of Light Intensity Functions in Determining Shaded Reference Stream Metabolism. Journal of Environmental Management, 97:69-77.
  39. Hubbart, J.A. 2012. Elemental Hair Analysis of the California Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi): An Investigation of Age Class, Gender, Seasons and Habitats. Journal of Biology and Life Sciences, 3(1)20-34.
  40. Hubbart, J.A. 2012. The California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi): Characterizing an Adaptive Fossorial Vertebrate for Improved Science-Based Management Decisions. Journal of Biology and Life Sciences, 3(1):1-12.
  41. Hubbart, J.A. 2012. Using Sediment Particle Size Class Analysis to Better Understand Urban Land-Use Effects. International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 2(1):12-27.
  42. Jachowski, D.S. and J.A. Hubbart. 2012. Seasonal Variation in Pelage Coloration of California Ground Squirrels (Otospermohilus beecheyi) in Areas of Differing Land Use. Journal of Biology and Life Sciences, 3(1):13-19.
  43. Hubbart, J.A. 2012. Hair Analysis as an Environmental Health Bioindicator: A Case-Study using Pelage of the California Ground Squirrel. The International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 2(3):277-294.
  44. Hubbart, J.A. 2011. An Inexpensive Alternative Solar Radiation Shield for Ambient Air Temperature Micro-Sensors. Journal of Natural and Environmental Sciences, 2(2):9-14.
  45. Hubbart, J.A., R-M. Muzika, D. Huang, and A. Robinson. 2011. Bottomland Hardwood Forest Influence on Soil Water Consumption in an Urban Floodplain. The Watershed Science Bulletin, 3:34-43.
  46. Hubbart, J.A. 2011. Origins of Quantitative Hydrology: Pierre Perrault, Edme Mariotte, and Edmund Halley. Special edition, Water Resources Impact, 13(6):15-17.
  47. Hubbart, J.A., T. Link, and William J. Elliot. 2011. Implementation Strategies to Improve WEPP Snowmelt Simulations in Mountainous Terrain. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 54(4):1333-1345.
  48. Hubbart, J.A. 2011. Urban Floodplain Management: Understanding Consumptive Water-Use Potential in Urban Forested Floodplains. Stormwater Journal, 12(6):56-63.
  49. Jones, J.R., and J.A. Hubbart. 2011. Empirical estimation of non-algal light attenuation in Missouri reservoirs using deviation from the maximum observed value in the Secchi-Chlorophyll relationship. Lake and Reservoir Management, 27:1-5.
  50. Hubbart, J.A., D.S. Jachowski, and D.A. Eads. 2011. Seasonal and Among-Site Variation in the Occurrence and Abundance of Fleas on California Ground Squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi). Journal of Vector Ecology, 36(1):117-123.
  51. Hubbart, J.A. 2011. Current Understanding of the Alaska Marmot (Marmota broweri): A Sensitive Species in a Changing Environment. Journal of Biology and Life Sciences, 2(2):6-13.
  52. Smith, T., and J.A. Hubbart. 2011. Low Impact Development: New Tricks for Older Communities in the Central U.S. Erosion Control Journal, 18(2):52-58.
  53. Hubbart, J.A., and N.A. Gebo. 2010. Quantifying the Effects of Land-Use and Erosion by Particle Size Class Analysis in the Central U.S. Erosion Control Journal, 17(7):43-49.
  54. Hubbart, J.A. 2010. Water Resources Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Water Resource Professionals. Special edition, Water Resources Impact, 12(6):13-15.
  55. Hubbart, J.A., and G.W. Freeman. 2010. Sediment Laser Diffraction: A New Approach to an Old Problem in the Central U.S. Stormwater Journal, 11(7):36-44.
  56. Hubbart, J.A., J. Holmes, and G. Bowman. 2010. TMDLs: Improving Stakeholder Acceptance with Science-Based Allocations. The Watershed Science Bulletin, 01:19-24.
  57. Kochendorfer, J., and J.A. Hubbart. 2010. The Relative Roles of Climate and Rural Land-Use Changes in Streamflow Trends in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The American Meteorological Society, Journal of Earth Interactions, 14(20):1-12.
  58. Koeniger, P., J.A. Hubbart, T.E. Link, and J.D. Marshall. 2008. Isotopic Variation of Snowcover and Streamflow in Response to Changes in Canopy Structure in a Snow-Dominated Mountain Catchment. Hydrological Processes, 22(4):557-566.
  59. Hubbart, J.A., K.L. Kavanagh, R. Pangle, T.E. Link, and A. Schotzko. 2007. Cold air drainage and modeled nocturnal leaf water potential in complex forested terrain. Tree Physiology, 27:631-639.
  60. Hubbart, J.A., T.E. Link, J.A. Gravelle, and W.J. Elliot. 2007. Timber Harvest Impacts on water Yield in the Continental/Maritime Hydroclimatic Region of the U.S. In: Special Issue on Headwater Forest Streams, Forest Science, 53(2):169-180.
  61. Karwan, D.L., J.A. Gravelle, and J.A. Hubbart. 2007. Effects of Timber Harvest on Suspended Sediment Loads in Mica Creek, Idaho. In: Special Issue on Headwater Forest Streams, Forest Science, 53(2):181-188.
  62. Hubbart, J.A., T.E. Link, C. Campbell, and D. Cobos. 2005. An evaluation of a low-cost temperature measurement system. Hydrologic Processes, 19:1517-1523.