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John J. Ramirez-Avila (John)


Office: Walker 224
Phone: (662) 325-9885
Alt. Phone: (662) 325-2681

Box 9546
235 Walker Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762


John J. Ramirez-Avila is an Agricultural Engineer holding a Master’s degree in Soil Sciences and a Doctoratal degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with emphasis in Water Resources Engineering.

John is an Assistant Research Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at MSU performing investigation designed to test, validate and improve analytic tools for the prediction of nutrient loads from watersheds, with a particular focus on the Mississippi Delta. He also pursues research focused on the determination of sediment sources and development of a regional sediment management plan, and on streambank erosion and sediment transport monitoring and modeling at reach and watershed scales.

His past work experience involves research in the evaluation, enhancement, and conservation of environmental and water quality and nutrient management. He was engaged in studies pertaining to the assessment of soil erosion and nutrient losses at plot, field and watershed scale. He also participated in the development, evaluation and implementation of BMPs and management plans to reduce non-point pollution of surface waters, and in the evaluation of the costs imposed by water pollution and soil degradation.

Research Interests

Soil and water quality, soil and water management and conservation, soil erosion, nutrient transport from soils and watersheds, nutrient management, streambank erosion, suspended sediment transport, channel evolution, channel and watershed modeling.

Prince Czarnecki, J. M., van der zwaag, J., Ramirez-Avila, J. J., Linhoss, A., & Schauwecker, T. J. (2020). Augmented Reality as a Tool for Technology-driven Conservation. 75th Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference. Virtual: Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Ramirez-Avila, J. J., Chavarro-Chaux, L., Ortega-Achury, S. L., Richardson, B., Prince Czarnecki, J. M., & Schauwecker, T. J. (2020). Stream Health and Water Quality Conditions Associated to Livestock Production in the Catalpa Creek. Proc. Mississippi Water Resources Conference. Virtual: Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute.

Ramirez-Avila, J. J., Prince Czarnecki, J. M., Schauwecker, T. J., Ortega-Achury, S. L., & Langendoen, E. J. (2019). Streambank Erosion Assessment in the Catalpa Creek in Mississippi. SEDHYD 2019 11th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference and 6th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference. Reno, NV.

Ramirez-Avila, J. J., Schauwecker, T. J., Prince Czarnecki, J. M., & Ortega-Achury, S. L. (2019). Physical, Chemical and Biological Assessment of the Catalpa Creek in Mississippi: Preliminary Results. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. Pittsburgh, PA.

Ramirez-Avila, J. J., Ortega-Achury, S. L., Schauwecker, T. J., Prince Czarnecki, J. M., & Martin, James L. (2019). Evaluation of Spatial and Temporal Variation in Stream Water Quality: a Case Study for a Mississippi Urban Headwater. Mississippi Water Resources Conference. Jackson, MS. [Abstract]