The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences College of Sciences

Chu-Lin Cheng

Assistant Professor
School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences
Joint appointment: Department of Civil Engineering

EPHYS 1122
(956) 665-2464

Curriculum Vitae & Personal Web Page



2009 Ph.D. Environmental Science/Engineering, Iowa State University
2006 M.S. Water Resources and Geology, Iowa State University
1998 M.S. Hydrogeology, National Cheng-Kung University
1996 B.S. Earth Science, National Cheng-Kung University

Areas of Interest

Sustainable Water/Energy Resources Development
Non-Destructive Testing Applications in Engineered and Natural Porous Media
Multiphase Flow and Transport in Porous Media and Environment
Geo-/Hydro-Informatics (Numerical Modeling and GIS)

Research Overview

Recent Publications

  • Donnelly, B., E. Perfect, L.D. McKay, P.J. Lemiszki, V.H. DiStefano, L.M. Anovitz, J. McFarlane, R.E. Hale, and C.-L. Cheng. 2016. Capillary Pressure – Saturation Relationships for Gas Shales Measured Using A Water Activity Meter. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Special Issue: Advanced Theoretical and Numerical Approaches and Applications to Enhanced Gas Recovery. doi: 10.1016/j.jngse.2016.05.014.
  • Wei W., J. Cai, X. Hu, P. Fan, Q. Han, J. Lu, Chu-Lin Cheng, and F. Zhou. 2015. A numerical study on fractal dimensions of a current streamlines in two-dimensional and three-dimensional pore fractal models of porous media. Fractals. doi: 10.1142/S0218348X15400125.
  • Cheng, C.L., E. Perfect, B. Donnelly, H.Z. Bilheux, A.S. Tremsin, L.D. McKay, V.H. DiStefano, J.C. Cai, and L.J. Santodonato. 2015. Rapid imbibition of water in fractures within unsaturated sedimentary rock. Advances in Water Resources. doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.01.010.
  • Cai J., E. Perfect, C.L. Cheng, and X. Hu. 2014. Generalized Modeling of Spontaneous Imbibition Based on Hagen–Poiseuille Flow in Tortuous Capillaries with Variably Shaped Apertures. Langmuir 30(18), 5142-5151.


ENVR 3301 - Natural Resources Conservation
GEOL 3402 - Hydrologic Systems
ENVR 4303 Environmental Sciences Research Project

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