Biological and Environmental Engineering
Ecohydrology Group

NYS Water Resources Inst., Director

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.

CORNLL UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS: Does planting trees in riparian area improve stream health? - Program Description

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


2016 SUNY Chancellorís Award for Student Excellence
Sarah Nadeau

Defended PhD Dissertation
Lauren McPhillips

Boston Marathon
Sarah Nadeau (3:27:34)

A CALS 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
Allison Truhlar

1st place environmental engineering poster - BEE Research Symposium
Sheila Saia

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

New Jobs
Pete Marchetto: Faculty Position - Biosystems Engineering, U. Minnesota
Rosemary Yardley: Engineering Consultant - The Stone House Group, Bethlehem, PA
Briane Smith (former undergraduate and Masters student) - Faculty Position - Brooklyn College
Chaozi Wang - Postdoc - UC Davis (w/ Helen Dahlke)

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

Passed A-exam
Chelsea Morris
Allison Truhlar

EPA STAR Graduate Research Fellowship
Sheila Saia

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
honorable mention: Christine Georgakakos
honorable mention: James Knighton
honorable mention: Lisa Watkins

CBCC-IGERT Traineeship
Chelsea Morris

Intertribal Timber Council Research Grant
Grace BullTail

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