Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (2019)
- Dissertation: Representing subgrid scale topographical effects on coarse grid hydrodynamic and
transport model for shallow coastal marshes.
- Advisor: Dr. Ben Hodges
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of California at Berkeley (2014)
B.S.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2013)
B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2013)
 Li, Z. and Hodges, B.R., 2019, On modeling subgrid-scale macro-structures in narrow twisted channels, Advances in Water Resources, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2019.103465
 Li, Z. and Hodges, B.R., 2019, Modeling subgrid-scale topographic effects on shallow marsh hydrodynamics and salinity transport, Advances in Water Resources, (129) 1-15,
 Li, Z. and Hodges, B.R., 2019, Model instability and channel connectivity for 2D coastal marsh simulations, Environ Fluid Mech, (19): 1309,
Li, Z. and Hodges, B.R., 2018. Modeling effects of subgrid scale topography in shallow coastal marshes, Gulf Estuarine Research Society (GERS) Biennial Meeting, Galveston, TX, USA.
Li, Z. and Hodges, B.R., 2018. Effects of bathymetric errors on salinity modeling in a shallow river delta, The Second International Symposium on Hydraulic Modeling and Measuring Technology (ISHMMT), Nanjing, China.
Hodges, B.R. and Li, Z., 2017. Challenges in Modeling the Spatial Variation of Salinity in a Shallow River Delta, 4th International Symposium on Shallow Flows, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Li, Z. and Hodges, B.R., 2017. Combining satellite photographs and raster LiDAR data for channel connectivity in tidal marshes, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Li, Z., Hodges, B.R., Tunnell, J. and Schoenbaechler, C.A., 2015. Modeling the Managed Freshwater Inflows for Restoring the Nueces Delta. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015, Austin, TX, USA.
Li, Z., Carothers, R., Lin, Y.X., Passalacqua, P. and Hodges, B.R., 2015. High-resolution Hydrodynamic Modeling of Nueces Delta and Guadalupe Bayou. 2015 Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting, Port Aransas, TX, USA.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Geoscience Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Aug. 2019 - Now
Chair, Simulation Technology of Water Ecological Environment Session, ISHMMT, Jun. 2018
Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin, Sept. 2014 - May 2019
Teaching Assistant, Computational Method, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Jan. 2012 - May 2013
Teaching Assistant, Structural Analysis, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Sept. 2012 - Dec. 2012
Undergraduate Research Assistant, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, May 2012 - Sept. 2012