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Always digging himself into some hole or another (in northern Thailand, 2009)

Alan D. Ziegler



Geography Department

1 Arts Link, Kent Ridge


National University of Singapore


Brief summary

Research Area: Water resources; hydro-geomorphological processes;

Publications: 107 journal articles | H-index = 23 | 1589 citations;

Grants: 37 grants for a total of $5,330,000; 8 active ($1,533,000);

Supervision:  4 Research Fellows; 8 PhD students; 7 MSS students; and 20 BSc Honors students

Teaching: Hydrology; Geomorphology; Physical geography 

Awards: 3 teaching awards and 2 research awards at NUS



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Alan Ziegler CV
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My research addresses the interactions of physical, ecological, and human systems, with water resources serving as a common nexus. My work typically involves developing environmental monitoring programs that facilitate understanding catchment processes, as they vary both naturally and anthropogenically over different spatial and temporal scales. One current research focus area is determining if intensive agrarian systems on sloping lands in SE Asia are environmentally sustainable in terms of water availability, water quality, land degradation processes (e.g., erosion, landslides), biodiversity, and carbon sequestration. In particular, how does the environmental footprint of intensified systems, such as permanent cultivation, greenhouse agriculture, and monoculture plantations of rubber and oil palm, compare with that of traditional swidden practices? Other emerging focus areas are (1) determining the extent of co-facilitation among of mangroves, seagrass, and coral ecosystems; (2) modelling environmental processes with artificial intelligencemodels; and (3) examining the linkage between hydrological processes, infectious disease, and human health in developing countries.




1993 - 2000         PhD, Geography, University of Hawai`i, Honolulu, Hawai`i, USA

1988 - 1991         MA, Geography, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA  

1985 - 1988         BS, Mathematics & Computer Science, University of Kansas, USA




Ziegler, AD (PI, NUS). 2014-2015. Reconstruction of palaeoflood histories on mainland SE Asian Rivers (R-109-000-174-646). NUS, HSS Strategic budget ($32,000): Thailand

Liong, S-Y. (PI), E Clews, DL Higgitt, HTW Tan, DCJ Yeo, AD Ziegler.  2013-2015. Nee Soon Swamp forest biodiversity and hydrology baseline studies – Phase 2 (R347-000-198-490) NParks Singapore ($487,000): Singapore.

Ziegler, AD. D Taylor (PI, NUS). 2013-2016. Developing and maintaining a state-of-the-art Earth Systems Science.  NUS Office of the present / FASS, Strategic Initiative ($448,000): Singapore.

Ziegler, AD (PI, NUS). 2013-2015. Identification of at-risk rural communities to protozoan diarrheal illnesses in Thailand. Faculty Research Fund (R109-000-157-112) ($80,000): Thailand.

Hu Jiangyong (PI, NUS), Chew Soon Hoe; Ong Bee Lian; Chui Ting Fong, May; Lim Han She; Alan D. Ziegler; Lee Lai Yoke. 2011-2014. Noble bioretention systems development for sustainable stormwater management. Public Utilities Board ($269,000): Singapore.

Ziegler, AD (PI, NUS). Anthropogenic and Natural Controls on Stream Chemistry at Multiple Scales. 2012-2015. Ministry of Education (MOE) Academic Research Fund (AcRF, R-109-000-134-112), Singapore ($388,000): Thailand.

y (U Auckland). 2011-2013. River Rehabilitation: An integrated approach to flood hazard management in Asian cities. NUS Global Asia Institute ($178,862): Singapore, China, India.


Ziegler AD (PI, NUS), PA Todd (PI, NUS), T Bouma (PI, NIOO-CEME), PMJ Herman (NIOO-CEME). 2009-2012. Towards designing innovative coastal protection using ecosystem-based approaches; deriving underlying ecological knowledge.  SDWI/Eco-Shape/Building with Nature grant (R-303-001-020-414), Singapore & The Netherlands ($476,680): Thailand.


Fox, JM (PI, E/W Center, Hawaii), TW Giambelluca (Co-PI, UHM), Qi Chen (Co-PI , UHM), AD Ziegler (Co-PI, UHM).  The expansion of rubber and its implications for water and carbon dynamics in Montane Mainland Southeast Asia. 2008-2012. NASA project #NNX08AL90G ($960,000): Laos, Thailand, Cambodia




Ziegler AD, J Phelps, Yuen JQ, D Lawrence, EL Webb, TB Bruun TB, C Ryan, S Leisz, O Mertz, U Pascual, LP Koh, W Dressler, JM Fox, C Padoch. 2012. Carbon outcomes of major land-cover transitions in SE Asia: Great uncertainties and REDD+ policy implications. Global Change Biology (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02747.x): 1-13.

Ziegler, AD, HS Lim, RJ Wasson. 2012.  Reduce urban flood vulnerability.  Nature 481, 145.

Ziegler, AD, RH Andrews, C Grundy-Warr, P Sithithaworn, TN Petney. 2011. Fighting liverflukes with food safety education.  Science 331: 282-283.

Ziegler, AD, JM Fox, Webb, EL, C Padoch, et al. 2011. Rapid land use changes and the role of swiddening in SE Asia. Conservation Biology 25: 846-848.

Ziegler, AD., PP Wong, C Grundy-Warr. 2009 Still vulnerable to killer tsunamis.  Science 326: 1188-1189.

Ziegler, AD., JF Fox, JC Xu. 2009. The rubber juggernaut. Science 324: 1024-1025.

Ziegler, AD, JN Negishi, RC Sidle, T Gomi, S Noguchi, Abdul Rahim Nik. 2007.  Persistence of Road Runoff Generation in a Logged Catchment in Peninsular Malaysia.  Earth Surface Processes & Landforms 32: 1947-1970.

Ziegler, AD, JN Negishi, RC Sidle, P Preechapanya, RA Sutherland, TW Giambelluca, S Jaiarree. 2006. Reduction of stream suspended sediment concentration by a riparian buffer: filtering of road runoff.  Journal of Environmental Quality 35: 151-162. 

Ziegler, AD, J Sheffield, EP Maurer, B Nijssen, EF Wood, DP Lettenmaier.  2003. Detection of Intensification of Continental-Scale Hydrological Cycles: Temporal Scale of Evaluation.  Journal of Climate 16: 535-547.

Ziegler, AD, TW Giambelluca, RA Sutherland. 2002. Improved method for modeling sediment transport on unpaved roads using KINEROS2 and dynamic erodibility.  Hydrological Processes16: 3079-3089.

Ziegler, AD, RA Sutherland, TW Giambelluca.  2001.   Acceleration of Horton overland flow & erosion by footpaths in an agricultural watershed in Northern Thailand.  Geomorphology 41: 249-262.

Ziegler, AD, TW Giambelluca.  1997.  Importance of rural roads as source areas for runoff in mountainous areas of northern Thailand.  Journal of Hydrology  (1/4): 204-229.




GE1101: GE 1101 Place, Space, and Society

GE3240: Geographical Research: Developing Ideas

GE3230A: Field studies

GE4211: Catchment Processes and Management

GE4880: Topics in Geography

GE6770: Graduate Research Seminar


FASS Faculty teaching award: 2010; 2011; 2012




NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Faculty Research Committee

Environmental Cluster Steering Committee Head


NUS Geography Department

Research Committee

Honors Coordinator & Level 4000 module coordinator

Tropical Environmental Cluster Deputy Chair

Ethics and Standards Sub-Committee

Safety Committee




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