Zhen (Jen) Li

Saleska Lab
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  • Postdoc, University of Arizona, affiliated with Lawrence Berkeley National lab (2020-Present)
  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (2016-2020)
  • M.S. in Reservoir Engineering, China University of Petroleum (2013-2016)
  • B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (2009-2013)


  • Li, Z., Vanderborght, J., & Smits, K.M. (2020) The effect of the top soil layer on moisture and evaporation dynamics. Vadose Zone Journal. 19:e20049.
  • Li, Z., Vanderborght, J., & Smits, K. M. (2019). Evaluation of model concepts to describe water transport in shallow subsurface soil and across the soil–air Interface. Transport in Porous Media, 128(3), 945-976.
  • Schwartz, M., Li, Z., Sakaki, T., Moradi, A., & Smits, K. M. (2019). Accounting for temperature effects on the performance of soil moisture sensors in sandy soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 83(5), 1319-1323.
  • Wang, S., Feng, Q., Javadpour, F., Xia, T., & Li, Z. (2015). Oil adsorption in shale nanopores and its effect on recoverable oil-in-place. International Journal of Coal Geology, 147, 9-24.