Jan Hopmans, PhD
Associate Dean, International Programs Office
Dr. Jan W. Hopmans graduated with a Master degree in Hydrology at Wageningen Agricultural University (Netherlands) in 1981 and received his PhD in 1985 at Auburn University (USA) in soil physics. He is Professor of Vadose Zone Hydrology at UC Davis.
Dr. Hopmans’ tenure with the UC Davis began in 1988 when he accepted a faculty position with the department of Land, Air, and Water Resources. His research and teaching activities focus on the development of experimental and mathematical methods to better understand the fundamental processes controlling soil water flow and transport in the vadose zone across spatial scales, and include interests in pore-scale processes, soil water-plant relationships, irrigation water and nutrient management, and climate change impacts on California hydrology. He has about 170 peer-reviewed publications in soil science and water resources journals.
Dr. Hopmans is Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and the American Geophysical Union, and he received the 2003 Soil Physics Don and Betty Kirkham Award. He was Chair of the department of Land, Air, and Water Resources and Chief Editor of Vadose Zone Journal. From 2009-2014 he served as Programmatic Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. He was the 2014 President of the Soil Science Society of America, and served as the Associate Vice Provost of Global Affairs at UC Davis in 2015. Dr. Hopmans currently serves as Associate Dean of the International Programs Office in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis.