Biological and Environmental Engineering
Teaching

Current Courses


Physcial Hydrology for Ecosystems (BEE 3710)
spring, odd years, 3cr
This is an introductory course in physical hydrology with topical ecosystem applications. This course is designed to emphasize hydrological concepts while providing useful set of analytical tools for either interpretting hydrological data or simulating hydrological processes. Working proficency in introductory calculus is valuable albeit not essential to successfully completing this course. Because this course is taught in Ithaca's spring, many field measurements and analyses are relegated to the fall course Water Sampling and Measurement (BEE 4270). However, labs in this course will include many field activities, including snow surveys, saturated hydraulic conductivity measures, and stream discharge measures.

Watersed Engineering (BEE 4730)
fall, 4cr
This course is intended to provide engineers and other environmental scientists with the tools needed to apply their basic science to real water resources problems. Course assignments are designed to be as real-life-ish as possible with many being acutal designs requested by local engineers, agencies, departments, and land owners. Although pre-requisist courses in hydrology and fluid mechanics are invaluable, the course can be successfully completed without them. Course topics include engineering risk analysis, hydraulic design, water quantity engineering, and water quality analysis concepts,especially nonpoint source pollution prevention.

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Ecohydrology (BEE 6740) - spring, even years, 3cr
soon to be renamed: Principals of Ecohydrological Modeling
This course is an introduction to simulation modeling of ecohydrological systems. The objective of this course is to develop proficiency in fundamental modeling principles used to describe watershed hydrology and various associated ecosystem functions, primarily, plant dynamics and biogeochemical processes.


Groundwater (BEE/EAS 4710) - co-taught with Larry Cathles (EAS) and Tammo Steenhius (BEE) - spring, odd years 3cr
This is an introductory groundwater hydrology course. The course format is designed to be interactive; students will read assigned material and do problems in advance of each class and then explain solutions and answer questions for each other in class. The instructors lead discussions and present material that is difficult for the students to explain. Each year the course is designed around a contemporary theme (e.g. groundwater contaminatio by gas-well drilling) to provide tangible applications for course material.

Terrestrial Hydrology in a Changing Climate (BEE 4940) - co-taught with Peter Hess (BEE) - spring, even years 3cr
This course explores the current research on the interactions between climate and hydrology.


Past Courses


Stream Restoration (BEE 6490; cross listed in Nat. Res and Hort.) - spring 2006, 3cr
Co-instructors: Flecker (EEB), Kraft (NTRS), Nagel (Visiting Scholar), Walter (BEE), Whitlow (HORT)
This course was a multidisciplinary course in which the instructors and students explore the underlying principles, perspectives, and practices of modern stream restoration. Students and instructors take turns chosing bi-weekly readings and leading lectures / discussion sessions. Several field trips provide field perspectives of restoration practitioners.

Departmental Seminar (BEE 7010) - co-coordinated with Dr. John March - spring, 1cr
This seminar series features presentations crisscrossing the interests, expertise, and activities that define Cornellís Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering.



Other Teaching Experience


Title
Institution
Dates
Hydrology
1999-2001
Geohydrology  
2001
Limnology  
2000
Intro. Environmental Science  
1999-2001
Computer Programming  
1999-2001
Intro. to ArcView  
2000-2001
Intro. to GPS  
2000-2001
Physics II  
2000
Fluid Mechanics
1999
Statics and Dynamics  
1999
Surveying  
1999
Maps, Topography, and GIS  
1999
Watershed Engineering
1995-1999
Mechanics of Earth Systems  
1997
Hydrology & the Environment  
1996-1998
Introduction to Hydrology
1995
Fluid Mechanics  
1995
Irrigation and Drainage
1992-1994
Soil & Water Conservation  
1992-1994
Computer Programming (TA)
1987-1990