Jonathan A. Czuba has been named assistant professor of biological systems engineering. 

He is one of a number of new faculty members hired in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this academic year. New positions were identified to bring talent to the college's focus areas, including food, health, the environment, and community viability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension. The Department of Biological Systems Engineering is in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering. 

Czuba performs fundamental, quantitative research on physical processes in rivers and their linkages to water quality, nutrients, vegetation, and biota, and the interactions between these processes and humans. His current research includes watershed-scale dynamics of sediment, nutrients, and biota; river-floodplain-vegetation morphodynamics; and river hydraulics and sediment transport; utilizing theory; numerical modeling; and field measurements.

As a doctoral student, Czuba was the recipient of a 2015-16 Interdisciplinary doctoral fellowship, 2015-16 Edward Silberman Fellowship, and 2015 Alvin G. Anderson Award. Czuba also has over five years of experience working for the U.S. Geological Survey in Illinois and Washington State.

Czuba received both his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and his master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota.