Ganming Liu


  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-0517
  • Email:
  • Address: Room 280, Overman Hall

Education & Experience:

Assistant Professor, School of Earth, Environment and Society, Bowling Green State University [2016-present]
Research Associate, School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University [2015-2016]
Post-doctoral Researcher, School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University [2011-2015]
Education: Ph.D., Environmental Science (specialization: Hydrology & Hydrogeology), The Ohio State University; M.S., Environmental Science, Sun Yat-sen University; B.E., Geological Engineering, Lanzhou University.

Specialty Areas of Interest:

Dr. Liu has broad research interests in the fields of hydrology/hydrogeology, geospatial science, landscape ecology, environmental science, and sustainability. His research group and collaborators are dedicated to developing new research ideas to solve critical water resources problems in regions and countries around the world. Specific examples of his research themes include:
• Influence of climatic variability/change on water resources and wetland habitats;
• Closed-basin lakes and paleoclimates;
• Watershed processes and modeling: predictions of ungauged river basins with integrated modeling and geospatial (remote sensing and GIS) technologies; watershed contaminant transport, etc.;
• Complexity of interacting surface-water and groundwater systems;
• Groundwater flow and mass transport in hydrogeological systems; and
• Inverse/optimization problems.

Research opportunities exist in Dr. Liu’s group for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing a B.S. (Geology; Environmental Science), M.S. (Geology; Applied Geospatial Science) or Ph.D. (through Biology department) degree. Financial support such as teaching and research assistantships will be available for top candidates. For more information, please contact Dr. Liu.

BGSU Courses:

ENVS 1010 Intro to Environmental Studies

SEES 2220 Water Resources and Issues

GEOL 5450 Hydrogeology

GEOL 6160 Applied Surface-water and Groundwater Modeling (operative title: Watershed Analysis and Modeling)

Recent and Current Research or Grants:

Exploring and understanding fate and transport of cyanotoxin in porous and fractured media: integrating numerical modeling, laboratory experiments, and field studies. Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI). PI: Ganming Liu. $90,286.00; 01/2020-06/2022.

Collaborative Research: Climatic and Anthropogenic Forcing of Wetland Landscape Connectivity in the Great Plains. NSF MacroSystems Biology Program, EF-1340648. PI: Frank Schwartz (The Ohio State University), Co-PI: Ganming Liu. $238,444.00; 06/2014-05/2018.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:

McIntyre, N., G. Liu, J. Gorzo, C. Wright, G. Guntenspergen, and F. W. Schwartz (2019). Simulating the effects of climate variability on wetlands and wetland-dependent birds in the Prairie Pothole Region. Ecosphere, 10, e02711. 10.1002/ecs2.2711.

Liu, G., F. W. Schwartz, C. K. Wright, N. E. McIntyre (2016). Characterizing the climate-driven collapses and expansions of wetland habitats with a fully integrated surface–subsurface hydrologic model. Wetlands, doi:10.1007/s13157-016-0817-9.

Liu, G., F. W. Schwartz, K. H. Tseng, and C. K. Shum (2015). Discharge and water-depth estimates for ungauged rivers: Combining hydrologic, hydraulic, and inverse modeling with stage and water-area measurements from satellites. Water Resources Research, 51, 6017–6035, doi:10.1002/2015WR016971.

Liu, G., and F. W. Schwartz (2014). On modeling the paleohydrologic response of closed-basin lakes to fluctuations in climate: Methods, applications, and implications, Water Resources Research, 50, doi:10.1002/2013WR014107.

Liu, G., and F. W. Schwartz (2012). Climate-driven variability in lake and wetland distribution across the Prairie Pothole Region: From modern observations to long-term reconstructions with space-for-time substitution. Water Resources Research, 48, W08526, doi:10.1029/2011WR011539.

Liu, G., and F. W. Schwartz (2011). An integrated observational and model-based analysis of the hydrologic response of prairie pothole systems to variability in climate. Water Resources Research, 47, W02504, doi:10.1029/2010WR009084.

Zhang, B., F. W. Schwartz, and G. Liu (2009). Systematics in the size structure of prairie pothole lakes through drought and deluge. Water Resources Research, 45, W04421, doi:10.1029/2008WR006878.

Other Peer-reviewed Publications:

Wang, J., G. Liu, and C. Zhu (2020). Evaluating precipitation products for hydrologic modeling over a large river basin in the Midwestern United States. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 65(7), 1221-1238.   

Schwartz, F. W., G. Liu, and Z. Yu (2020). HESS Opinions: The myth of groundwater sustainability in Asia. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24, 489–500,

Liu, G., F. W. Schwartz, K. H. Tseng, C. K. Shum, and S. Lee (2018). Satellite altimetry for measuring river stages in remote regions. Environmental Earth Sciences, 77 (639),   

Schwartz, F. W., G. Liu, P. Aggarwal, and C. M. Schwartz (2017). Naïve Simplicity: The Overlooked Piece of the Complexity-Simplicity Paradigm. Groundwater, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12570. 

Liu, K.T., K. H. Tseng, C. K. Shum, C. Y. Liu, C. Y. Kuo, G. Liu, Y. Jia, and K. Shang (2016). Assessment of the impact of reservoirs in the upper Mekong River using satellite radar altimetry and remote sensing imageries, Remote Sensing, 8, 367, doi:10.3390/rs8050367.

Gong, Y., G. Liu, and F. W. Schwartz (2015), Quantifying the response time of a lake-groundwater interacting system to climatic perturbation, Water, 7, 6598-6615, doi:10.3390/w7116598

McIntyre, N. E., C. K. Wright, S. Swain, K. Hayhoe, G. Liu, F. W. Schwartz, and G. Henebry (2014). Climate forcing of wetland landscape connectivity in the Great Plains. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12, 59-64.

Liu, G., F. W. Schwartz, B. Zhang and Z. Yu (2011). Modeling the hydrological response of prairie pothole water bodies to climate variability, In Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modeling: Managing Groundwater and the Environment, IAHS Publ. 341, pp. 79-88. ISSN 0144-7815.

Lee, E. S., G. Liu, F. W. Schwartz, Y. Kim, and M. Ibaraki (2008). Model-based evaluation of controlled-release systems in the remediation of dissolved plumes in groundwater. Chemosphere, 72, 165-173.

Updated: 09/09/2020 12:29PM