Bio

On August 1, 2021, Dr. Marc Parlange was appointed President of the University of Rhode Island. Prior to this, he was provost and senior vice president of Monash University in Australia.

From 2013 to 2017, Dr. Parlange was the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science here at UBC, and a Professor in our Department. He also served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at Davis.

His research in the broad area of environmental fluid mechanics primarily relates to the measurement and simulation of air and water flows over complex terrain, with a focus on how air turbulence and atmospheric dynamics (atmospheric boundary layer flow) influence water evaporation and transpiration in plants and soil.

Dr. Parlange received numerous awards for his academic achievements, including the Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union in 1997 and the Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2007. He has a master of science degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University and a bachelor of science degree from Griffith University in Australia.

Research Interests

Water Resources; Atmospheric Boundary Layer; Wind engineering; Evaporation; Turbulence; Large Eddy Simulation; Soil and snow physics; Environmental wireless sensor networks; Watershed and eco-hydrology; Lidar.