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Rafael O. Tinoco

 Rafael O. Tinoco
Rafael O. Tinoco
Assistant Professor
(217) 265-6931
3124 Digital Computer Lab

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Education

  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2011
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2008
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 2005

Biography

Rafael O. Tinoco holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2005). He conducted his graduate studies at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, where he earned his M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2011) in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology.

After graduation, Dr. Tinoco worked as a lecturer and postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, before taking a postdoctoral researcher position at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of Cantabria. He later returned to Cornell University as a visiting instructor, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on fluid mechanics and transport and mixing processes, before joining the Faculty at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois during Fall 2015.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, August 2015 - Present
  • Instructor, Cornell University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, May 2015 - July 2015
  • Visiting Instructor, Cornell University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, May 2014 - December 2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Environmental Hydraulics Institute of Cantabria, July 2012 - May 2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, January 2012 - July 2012
  • Instructor, Cornell University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, August 2011 - December 2011

Professional Registrations

  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences, IAHS, 2008 - Present
  • American Geophysical Union, AGU, 2007 - Present

Research Statement

Dr. Tinoco's research focuses on the interactions between hydrodynamics and aquatic ecosystems. His research group employs state of the art experimental techniques coupled with high-resolution numerical modeling to solve fundamental questions about physical and biological processes on Ecohydraulics and Ecomorphodynamics. Understanding such complex phenomena allow us to develop solutions to environmental problems, such as stream restoration and coastal protection, with the objective to maximize both ecosystem health and the services provided by those ecosystems.

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Tinoco, R.O., Diaz-Gonzalez, D., Blahnik, L., Freitag, B. & Carlstrom, S., “Thermal Mixing at Vegetated Stream Confluences”, 38th IAHR World Congress, September 1-6, 2019, Panama City, Panama.
  • King, A.T., Rueda-Valdivia, F.J., Tinoco, R.O., & Cowen, E.A., "Modeling flow and transport through aquatic vegetation in natural water bodies", In Water Engineering for a Sustainable Environment, Proceedings of the 33rd IAHR Congress, Vancouver BC, Canada, August 13, 2009.
  • Tinoco, R.O. & Cowen, E.A., “Experimental study of flow through macrophyte canopies”, In Water Engineering for a Sustainable Environment, Proceedings of the 33rd IAHR Congress, Vancouver BC, Canada, pp. 6160-6166. 2009
  • Tinoco, R.O. & Cowen, E.A., “Effects of aquatic vegetation density on low speed flows”, Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, Concepción, Chile, January 13, 2009. p. 510-515

Pending Articles

  • Ranjan, P., Dutta, S., Mittal, K., Fischer, P. & Tinoco, R.O., "Numerical investigation of flow through emergent aquatic-vegetation: Potential improvement for experimental data collection and selection of relevant parameters for vegetation-sediment dynamics", J Fluid Mechanics - Major Revisions
  • George, A.E., Stahlschmidt, B.H., Carlson, C.L., Prada, A.F., Tinoco, R.O., & Chapman, D.C. Development of sensory systems in larval grass carp evaluated by behavior: implications for dispersal and settlement, Journal of Fish Biology, Submitted May 2019 - Under Major Revision

Magazine Articles

  • Tinoco, R.O., & Jaime, A., 2005. La carrera de Ingeniería Civil: una prospectiva (Expectations of the programs of Civil Engineering). Civil Engineering Journal from the CICM, 425(52), September 2004, in Spanish.

Reports

  • Rutherford, C., Pinter, N., Gamez, J., Harder, L., Lobbestael, A., Musgrove, M., Tinoco, R.O., Bernhardt, M., Mofarraj, B., Uong, M.D., & Heddlesten, A. Preliminary Observations of Levee Performance and Damage following the 2015-16 Midwest Floods in Missouri and Illinois, USA. GEER Report.
  • Tinoco, R.O., & Jaime, A., 2005. Evolución de las carreras de Ingeniería Civil (Evolution of the Civil Engineering programs), FICA Book series, 2005, in Spanish.

Presentations

  • Tinoco, R.O. & Prada, A.F., A laboratory study on preferential paths of fish eggs and larvae through submerged vegetation, International Symposium of Ecohydraulics, Lyon, France, November , 2020.
  • Tinoco, R.O., & Tseng, C-Y. “From substrate to surface: the effect of vegetation-generated turbulence on surficial gas transfer.”, River Flow 2020, Delft, Netherlands, July 7-10 2020.
  • Ranjan, P., San Juan, J., Fischer, P. & Tinoco R.O., “Investigation of Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport within Emergent Vegetation Canopy”, River Flow 2020, Delft, Netherlands, July 7-10 2020.
  • Prada, A.F., George, A.E., Stahlschmidt, B.H., Jackson, P.R., Chapman D.C., & Tinoco, R.O., "Using turbulence as a mechanism to control the spread of Grass carp in streams at early life-stages.", Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference 2020 Springfield IL, January 26-29, 2020.
  • Prada, A.F., George, A.E., Stahlschmidt, B.H., Jackson, P.R., Chapman D.C., & Tinoco, R.O., “Invasive carp and their relation with turbulence: How flow turbulence can influence the mortality of grass carp eggs and the swimming behavior of larvae”, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2019.
  • Tinoco, R.O., Ranjan, P., & Prada, A.F. “Particle Capture by Aquatic Vegetation Patches: Application to Eggs and Larvae Traveling in Streams”, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2019.
  • Tseng, C.Y., & Tinoco, R.O., “Quantifying the Effect of Aquatic Vegetation on Interfacial Gas Transfer in Streams”, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2019.
  • Tseng, C.Y., Duemler, K.H., & Tinoco, R.O, “Laboratory Study of Gravity Currents over Submerged Vegetation Canopies”, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2019.
  • Tinoco, R.O., Qin, J., Oeij, J., Cienciala, P., Suski, C., Rhoads, B.L., “Fish Response to Coherent Flow Structures: A 3D Characterization of Turbulent Features Affecting Swimming Capabilities of Fish”, AGU Fall Meeting, December 2019.
  • San Juan, J.E., Tinoco, R.O., "Three-dimensional distribution of vegetation-induced turbulence and its effect on suspended sediment concentration profiles in oscillatory flows", RCEM 2019, November 2019, Auckland NZ.
  • Tinoco,R.O. "Wave-dominated or current-dominated? A study on turbulence-driven sediment resuspension on combined flows through aquatic vegetation", RCEM 2019, Auckland NZ, November 2019.
  • Tinoco, R.O., "Beyond scales: Bridging the gap between Ecomorphodynamic processes in the laboratory and in the field ", 1st International Coastal Resilience Symposium, Merida, Mexico.
  • Tinoco, R.O., Blahnik, L., Diaz, D., Freitag, B., Carlstrom, S., "Thermal mixing at vegetated stream confluences", 38th IAHR World Congress, Panama City, Panama, September 2019.
  • Tinoco, R.O., & Coco, G. "Erosion control by coastal vegetation: An experimental investigation", Accepted abstract, IAHR 27th Latin American Hydraulics Congress", Lima, Peru, September 2016.
  • Cowen, E.A., Schweitzer, S.A., Citerone, V.R., King, A.T., Johnson, E.D., & Tinoco, R.O. "Exploiting Surface Turbulence Metrics and Secondary Flows in Straight River Reaches and Open Channels", 8th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics-River Flow 2016, St Louis, MO, July 2016.
  • Harder, L.F., Rutherford, C.J., Bernhardt, M.L., Gamez, J., Lobbestael, A., Mofarraj, B., Musgrove, M., Pinter, N., Rosenblad, B., Tinoco, R.O., & Uong, M.D. "Preliminary observations of levee performance and damage following the 2015-16 midwest floods in Missouri and Illinois", Annual Conference of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016.
  • San Juan Blanco, J.E., Veliz, G. & Tinoco, R.O., "Effects of Vegetation Morphology on Mean Velocity and Turbulence Intensity under Oscillatory Flows and Their Implications for Sediment Transport in Benthic Zone", AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2016.
  • Tinoco, R.O., Goldstein, E.B., & Coco, G. "A Data-Driven Approach to Develop Physically Sound Predictors: Application to Depth-Averaged Velocities and Drag Coefficients on Vegetated Flows", AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2016
  • J. San Juan and Tinoco, R.O. "Vegetation generated turbulence and 3D coherent structures on oscillatory flows through aquatic vegetation", RCEM2017, Padova, Italy, September 2017.
  • Tinoco, R.O., and Coco, G. "Vegetation impact on bed morphology: Laboratory studies on arrays of rigid cylinders on a sandy bed under combined flows", RCEM2017, Padova, Italy, September 2017.
  • Tinoco, R.O., San Juan, J. & Prada, A., "The Effect of Stem- and Canopy-Scale Turbulence on Sediment Dynamics within Submerged Vegetation", AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, December 2017.
  • Ranjan, P., Dutta, S., Mittal K., Fischer, P. & Tinoco, R.O. "Investigation of oscillatory flow through emergent aquatic-vegetation patches using high-resolution numerical simulations", ISEH, Indiana, June 4-7, 2018.
  • Leman, A. & Tinoco, R.O., "Hydrodynamic Characterization of an Open Racetrack Flume for Algae Cultivation", ISEH, Indiana, June 4-7, 2018.
  • Prada, A., Tinoco, R.O., George, A., Stahlschmidt, B., & Chapman, D., "Drifting patterns of Asian carp eggs from spawning to hatching: a laboratory study". ISEH, Indiana, June 4-7, 2018.
  • Tinoco, R.O., Prada, A., George, A., Stahlschmidt, B., & Chapman, D., "Drifting and swimming patterns of Asian carp larvae in altered flows: a laboratory study". ISEH, Indiana, June 4-7, 2018.
  • George, A.E., Prada, A.F., Tinoco, R.O., Stahlschmidt, B.H. & Chapman D.C. " Hydrodynamic transport of Asian carp eggs and larvae in a flume: implications for sampling", 42nd Annual Larval Fish Conference, Victoria, BC, Canada, June 24-28.
  • Prada, A., Tinoco, R.O., George, A., Stahlschmidt, B., & Chapman, D., "Drifting and swimming response of Asian carp eggs and larvae to different flow conditions in a laboratory flume experiment", 42nd Annual Larval Fish Conference, Victoria, BC, Canada, June 24-28.
  • Tinoco, R.O., Mullarney, J., San Juan, J, "Simplification Bias: Lessons From Laboratory and Field Data on Vegetation-Flow-Sediment Interactions", CORE2018, Nanjing, China, October 19-21, 2018.
  • Tinoco, R.O., San Juan, J. "Experimental study of flow-vegetation-sediment interactions: submerged vegetation under oscillatory flow", YCSEC-A 2019, November 9-11, Merida, Mexico.
  • Jin, C., Coco, G., San Juan, J., Tinoco, R.O., & Goldstein, E. Laboratory Experiments on Flow Structure over Transient Ripples Geometry, AGU Fall Meeting 2018.
  • Ranjan, P., Dutta, S., Fischer, P. & Tinoco, R.O., High-resolution numerical investigation of hydrodynamics and sediment transport within emergent vegetation, AGU Fall Meeting 2018
  • San Juan, J. & Tinoco, R.O., Experimental study of the temporal and spatial distribution of turbulence within vegetation under oscillatory flows, AGU Fall Meeting 2018
  • Tinoco, R.O., Prada, A., George, A., Stahlschmidt, B., & Chapman, D., Grass carp response to flow turbulence: egg mortality and larvae response to altered flows, AGU Fall Meeting 2018.
  • Prada, A.F., Tinoco, R.O., George, A.E.,. Stahlschmidt, B.H. & Chapman D.C, "Location, location, location: Identifying preferential drifting and swimming paths for grass carp eggs and larvae under different flow conditions.", Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference 2019, Cleveland OH, January 27-30 2019.
  • George, A.E., Stahlschmidt, B.H., Carlson, C.L., Tinoco, R.O., Prada, A.F., & Chapman D.C , Sensory development and navigation in larval grass carp, Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference 2019, Cleveland OH, January 27-30 2019.
  • Strailey, K., Tinoco, R.O., Cienciala, P., Rhoads, B., Suski, C. "Energetics and swim behavior of fish swimming in turbulent flows". FEF2019, Chicago, March 31-April 4, 2019
  • Ranjan, P., Dutta, S., Fischer, P., Tinoco, R.O., Stratification effects in a sediment-laden vegetated open channel flow, FEF2019, Chicago, March 31-April 4, 2019.
  • Jaime. A., & Tinoco, R.O., “Evolución de la carrera de Ingeniería Civil en México (Evolution of the programs of Civil Engineering in Mexico)”, 31st National Engineering Conference, ANFEI, Tijuana, Mexico, June 2004.
  • Jaime. A., & Tinoco, R.O., “Enfoque educativo de la investigación en Ingeniería Civil (An educational approach to research in Civil Engineering)”, First Congress on Research in Colleges and Schools, Ciudad Universitaria, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico, March 2005.
  • Jaime. A., & Tinoco, R.O., “La carrera de Ingenieria Civil en México (The Civil Engineering programs in Mexico)”, 32nd National Engineering Conference, ANFEI, Toluca, Mexico, June 2005.
  • Tinoco, R.O. & Cowen, E.A., “Low speed flows through flexible aquatic vegetation”, 2007 Hydraulic Measurements and Experimental Methods Conference, Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Lake Placid, NY, September 2007.
  • Tinoco, R.O. & Cowen, E.A., “Mass and momentum transport in low speed flow through flexible aquatic vegetation”, 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Orlando, Florida, March 2008
  • Tinoco, R.O. & Cowen, E.A., “Experimental study of vegetated flow: Three-dimensional flow structures and direct measurement of drag in aquatic canopies”, Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at Earth's Surface, Burnaby, BC, Canada, August 4, 2011.
  • Cowen, E.A., Tinoco, R.O., Muriel, D., Holst-Warhaft, G., Steenhuis, T.S., Filardo, B.P. & Shan, B. “Development of a low-cost, robust, sustainable water-powered pump”. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Sustainability Panel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 26, 2012.
  • Coco, G., Olabarrieta, M. van Maanen, B., Zhou, Z., Tinoco, R.O. “Morphodynamics of tidal networks: advances and challenges”, Invited talk, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 7, 2012.
  • Tinoco, R.O., Cowen, E.A. & Coco, G. “Flow and drag on submerged obstructions: from flow through aquatic vegetation to sediment transport in communities of benthic organisms”. 8th Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, RCEM 2013, Santander, Spain, June 2013.
  • Tinoco, R.O. & Coco, G. “On the onset of sediment motion and resuspension in the presence of submerged cylinders”. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 2014.
  • Muriel, D., Tinoco, R.O., & E.A. Cowen. “The Filardo Pump: a self-powered water pump and its applications for renewable energy”, Congreso Latinoamericano de Hidráulica, Santiago, Chile, August 2014.
  • Tinoco, R.O., & Coco, G. “A laboratory study on sediment resuspension within arrays of rigid cylinders”, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 18 2015.

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers ranked as Excellent by their Students, Fall 2018 (CEE555) (Fall 2018)
  • List of Teachers ranked as Excellent by their Students, Spring 2017 (CEE498eh). (Spring 2017)

Research Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award (2018)

Other Honors

  • Augusto Gonzalez Linares Fellowship to attract international talent in strategic areas, University of Cantabria, Spain (2012 - 2014)

Courses Taught

  • CEE 350 - Water Resources Engineering
  • CEE 432 - Stream Ecology
  • CEE 498 - Ecohydraulics
  • CEE 555 - Mixing in Environmental Flows
  • CEE 595 - Hydro Seminar
  • GEOG 459 - Ecohydraulics
  • IB 450 - Stream Ecology

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