skip page navigationOregon State University
Forestry:     Forest Engineering, Resources & Management | Forest Ecosystems & Society | Wood Science & Engineering
McDnnell Lab
Academic Programs

template image
About the Department

Luisa Hopp
Dep. of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
204 Peavy Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

office: 017 Peavy Hall
Tel.: (541) 737-8719
Fax: (541) 737-4316
E-mail: luisa.hopp<at>


  • Dr. rer. nat. (PhD), Department of Hydrology, University of Bayreuth, Germany, October 2005
    ("Environmental fate of arsenic and chromium in a soil contaminated by wood preservatives")
  • Diploma (M.S.) in Agricultural Sciences, University of Kiel, Germany, January 2000
Work Experience
  • 2007-date: Research Associate at Oregon State University, Department of Forest Engineering
  • 2006: Research Associate at Technical University of Braunschweig, Department of Soil Science and Soil Physics
  • 2000-2005: Research assistant at the University of Bayreuth, Department of Hydrology
    (“Optimization of groundwater risk assessment procedures: Implementation of column experiments, batch tests, soil water sampling and transport models”, funded by the Bavarian State Department of Environment)
  • 2000: CSIRO, Division of Tropical Agriculture, Brisbane, Australia
    ("Assessing the possibility for N pollution in groundwaters in sugar growing areas in north Queensland")
Research Interests
  • Interactions between hillslope variables controlling the generation of subsurface stormflow on the hillslope scale
  • Modeling of water and solute transport across scales
  • Spatial and temporal variability of water flow processes in the vadose zone
  • Parameterization of preferential flow
  • Fate and transport of heavy metals in soils


  • "Hydrological performance of cover systems at the Greens Creek Mine: A combined field-modeling analysis", funded by Hecla (Kennecott) Greens Creek Mining Company, Juneau, AK (2006-2010)
  • Pre-construction design modeling of experimental hillslopes at Biosphere 2 (2008-2009)
  • Hillslope-scale modeling of subsurface stormflow generation at Savannah River Site (Poster presentation at AGU Fall Meeting 2010) (2008-date)


  • Hopp, L., C.R. Jackson and J.J. McDonnell: Subsurface stormflow generation in low-relief terrain - field and modeling work at the Savannah River Site, South Carolina. In prep.
  • Lanni C., J.J. McDonnell, L. Hopp, R. Rigon: Hydrological controls on shallow landslide triggering: the role of soil depth and bedrock topography. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, in review.
  • Gerrits, A.M.J., L. Hopp, J.J. McDonnell, H.H.G. Savenije, L. Pfister: The effect of throughfall hotspots on soil moisture patterns and the generation of subsurface stormflow. Journal of Hydrology, in review.
  • Hancock, G.R., K.G. Evans, J.J. McDonnell, L. Hopp: Ecohydrological controls on soil erosion and landscape evolution. Ecohydrology, DOI: 10.1002/eco.241.
  • Hopp, L. and J.J. McDonnell: Examining the role of throughfall patterns on subsurface stormflow generation. Journal of Hydrology 409, 460-471, (DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.08.044).
  • Hopp, L., J.J. McDonnell and P. Condon (2011): Lateral subsurface flow in a soil cover over waste rock in a humid temperate environment. Vadose Zone Journal 10, 1-13, DOI:10.2136/vzj2010.0094.
  • Hopp, L, C. Harman, S.L.E. Desilets, C.B. Graham, J.J. McDonnell, and P.A. Troch (2009):Hillslope hydrology under glass: confronting fundamental questions of soil-water-biota co-evolution at Biosphere 2. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 13, 2105-2118, DOI: 10.5194/hess-13-2105-2009.
  • Hopp, L. and J.J. McDonnell (2009): Connectivity at the hillslope scale: Identifying interactions between storm size, bedrock permeability, slope angle and soil depth. Journal of Hydrology 376, 378-391, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.07.047
  • Hopp, L., P.S. Nico, M.A. Marcus, and S. Peiffer (2008): Arsenic and chromium partitioning in a podzolic soil contaminated by chromated copper arsenate. Environmental Science & Technology 42 (17), 6481-6486, DOI: 10.1021/es800615f.
  • Hopp, L., S. Peiffer, and W. Durner (2006): Spatial variability of arsenic and chromium in the soil water at a former wood preserving site. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 85 (3-4), 159-178, DOI:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2006.01.005.
  • Hopp, L., P. Nico, and S. Peiffer (2006): Effect of Fe(II) Treatment on solid phase partitioning of arsenic and chromium. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 8, SRef-ID: 1607-7962/gra/EGU06-A-06723.
  • Hopp, L. and S. Peiffer (2005): The applicability of batch tests for assessing the mobility of arsenic and chromium. Vom Wasser 103(4): 3-34 – Journal of the German Chemical Society.
  • Buczko U., L. Hopp, W. Berger, W. Durner, S. Peiffer, and M. Scheithauer (2004): Simulation of chromium transport in the unsaturated zone for predicting contaminant entries into the groundwater. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 167: 284-292.
  • Hopp, L., U. Buczko, S. Peiffer, and W. Durner (2004): Simulation of water flow and solute transport in a hydrophobic sandy soil. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 6, SRef-ID: 1607-7962/gra/EGU04-A-04650.

Personal Interests

Enjoying Oregon’s outdoors, horseback riding, gardening.

template image