Ohio University

Xizhen "Jenny" Schenk

Xizhen "Jenny" Schenk Profile Picture
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Clippinger 212

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Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 2 p.m., or by appointment


Ph.D. in Geology, 2012, Florida State University

Research Interests

  • Hydrology

My research interests focus on better understanding of the impacts of anthropogenic land use activities and climate variation on surface water and groundwater quality, quantity, and sustainability using both field and numerical approaches. Some of my past projects involved quantifying and differentiating impacts of climate variation, instream modification, and anthropogenic land use change on river hydrological and geomorphologic processes in the Red River of the North basin; understanding the effects of sea level rise on Northwest Florida salt marshes using SLAMM models; and assessing impacts of saltwater encroachment on the Upper Floridan Aquifer in the Southern Water Use Caution Area in Southwest Florida.

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Geosystems
  • Introduction to GIS and Cartography
  • Intermediate GIS
  • Spatial Analysis

Professional Appointments

2019 – present, Assistant Professor of Instruction

Recent Publications

Schenk, X., 2020. Impacts of climatic variability on northward flowing rivers in North America, using a paired basin approach. River Research and Applications, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3619

Schenk, X., 2017. Quantifying the Dynamics of Freshwater and Saltwater Interface in the Upper Floridan Aquifer. Universities Council on Water Resources Annual Conference. Invited presentation. June 13-15, Fort Collins, CO.

Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2013. Southern Water Use Caution Area Recovery Strategy. Five-year Assessment for FY2007-2011.

Ray, P., X. Du and J. Rivard, 2013. Analysis of Prospective Systems for Fog Warnings. Technical Report for FDOT. Contract Number BDK83 977-19.


American Geophysical Union

Association for Women Geoscientists

American Water Resources Association

Geological Society of America

Society of Exportation Geologists