Biological and Environmental Engineering
Ecohydrology Group

Associate Professor

The Ecohydrology Group is part of the Cornell Soil and Water Lab, a diverse group of highly collaborative researchers. Our work focuses largely on understanding interactions between physical hydrology and ecosystems, with the ultimate goal of developing better strategies for protecting water quality and the "natural" environment. Research activities are distributed more or less evenly among field work, analytical and numerical modeling, laboratory experimentation, and remote data acquisition, typically in combination. We are also continually in search of developing and/or applying new ways to measure, observe, or otherwise characterize environmental systems and processes.

My personal interests are broad and include hydrology-microbial ecology interactions, environmental fluid mechanics, hydrological transport processes, cold-regions hydrology, watershed modeling, environmental biophysics, and watershed biogeochemistry.

MASTERS OF ENGINEERING: Flood Risk and Aquatic Passage - Program Description


A CALS 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
Allison Truhlar

Engineering Learning Initiatives Undergraduate Research Grant
Abigail Brown

3rd place poster - Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium
Sheila Saia

New Jobs
Becky Marjerison: postdoc - Cornell Adapt-N program
Breann Leibermann: Water Resources Extension Position - Clemson University
Pete Marchetto: Faculty Position - Biosystems Engineering, U. Minnesota
Rosemary Yardley: Engineering Consultant - AMEC, Atlanta, GA
Briane Smith (former undergraduate and Masters student) - Faculty Position - Brooklyn College

Defended PhD Dissertation
Pete Marchetto
Becky Marjerison
Chaozi Wang

Completed Masters Degree!
Rachel Brooks
Christine Georgakakos
Katy Hofmeister
Breann Leibermann
Chelsea Morris
Will Pluer

Dr. Ephrahim Garcia Excellence in Mentoring award
Sheila Saia
Nominated by Luyan Sun

Passed A-exam
Pete Marchetto
Chaozi Wang

EPA STAR Graduate Research Fellowship
Sheila Saia

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Katy Hofmeister
honorable mention: Natalie Morse

CBCC-IGERT Traineeship
Elizabeth Kreitinger

Intertribal Timber Council Research Grant
Grace BullTail

Graduate School
Shane Degaetano - NC State (MS/PhD)
James Knighton (PhD)
Elizabeth Kreitinger - Cornell (MS/PhD)
Selene Leung - Cornell (MEng)
Daniela Rosero - Cornell (PhD)
Emily Vail - Cornell (MS)
Lisa Watkins - Cornell (MS/PhD)

Biological and Environmental Engineering
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-5701
office: (607) 255-2488
lab: (607) 255-2463
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Affiliate Professor:
Environmental Science
University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Hwy.
Juneau, AK 99801


Cornell Chornical
Spring runoff is really salty

Groundwater is safe in potential N.Y. fracking area
For more information
Journal of Hydrology - RS

International Innovation Environmental Science & Technology

A recent paper describes how it works