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Interdisciplinary MS Program in Water Resources|WARE

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David M. Bagley

David M. Bagley

Department Head, Professor
Office: Engineering 4055
(307) 766-2500 | bagley@uwyo.edu | View website

I am interested in sustainable wastewater treatment. Sustainable wastewater treatment provides economic and resource benefits over many current wastewater treatment practices where wastewater is considered to be a waste to be treated and then thrown away. This is both costly and inefficient. In sustainable wastewater treatment, wastewater is considered to be a raw material that can be converted to useful products such as energy, nutrients and especially water. Where possible, the water will be reused directly and only thrown away to the environment when no other options are available. Because the useful products may sold, the net economic cost versus current practice is reduced. Because the useful products reduce the demand for these products directly from the environment while also reducing the discharge of contaminants, the net environmental cost of sustainable wastewater treatment is also reduced versus current practice.

Harold Bergman

Harold L. Bergman

Professor
Office: Biological Sciences 42
(307)766-2022 | bergman@uwyo.edu | View website

Edward Bradley

Edward Bradley

Associate Professor
Office: AG 309
(307) 766-2386 | ebradley@uwyo.edu | View website

Roger Coupal

Roger Coupal

Associate Professor
Office: AG 207
(307) 766-2386 | coupal@uwyo.edu | View website

My extension, research and teaching programs are concerned with natural resource policy and community development. My objective is to provide educational opportunities and information for students, community groups, and public officials engaged in policy issues that reside in the nexus of community development and natural resource policy.

Thomas Edgar

Thomas V. Edgar

Associate Professor
Office: Engineering 3087
(307) 766-6220 | tvedgar@uwyo.edu | View website

Carrick Eggleston

Carrick Eggleston

Associate Professor
Office: ESB 3020
(307) 766-6769 | carrick@uwyo.edu | View website

Our research group has recently focused on interactions between minerals and microbes.  At present we study the manner in which certain proteins control electron transfer between iron-reducing bacteria and ferric minerals. This field is fascinating, in part because of the interesting chemistry involved but also because Fe(III) is thought to be the most common respiratory electron acceptor after oxygen worldwide and because Fe(III) respiration is thought to have been among the earliest respiratory strategies used by life. In addition, these organisms still play a very important role in global iron and organic matter cycling, and are of interest because they have the ability in some cases to reduce and help immobilize contaminants such as uranium, chromium, and other metals. Currently, we have both NSF and DOE funding to pursue this research.

Robert Ettema

Robert Ettema

Professor
Office: Engineering 2085
(307) 766-4395 | rettema@uwyo.edu | View website

Carol Frost

Carol D. Frost

Professor
Office: ESB 3044
(307) 766-6254 | frost@uwyo.edu | View website

Carol Frost joined the University of Wyoming faculty in 1983 as an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, where she established the radiogenic isotope geology laboratory. Her research interests include the origin and evolution of the continental crust, the classification and petrogenesis of granites and related rocks, and the application of environmental isotopes to problems related to energy and environment. Although her geological research spans the globe from Norway to New Zealand, many of the critical observations that catalyzed new ideas and interpretations have come from the spectacular exposures in Wyoming of some of the world’s oldest and best-preserved ancient crust.

William Gribb

William Gribb

Associate Professor
Office: Arts and Sciences 402
(307) 766-6253 | planning@uwyo.edu | View website

Robert Hall

Robert Hall

Associate Professor
Office: Bio Sciences 404
(307) 766-2877 | bhall@uwyo.edu | View website

I study the ecology of streams and rivers including biogeochemistry, production ecology, and food webs.

Paul Heller

Paul L. Heller

Professor
Office: GE 311B
(307) 766-3386 | heller@uwyo.edu | View website

Neil Humphrey

Neil F. Humphrey

Professor
Office: GE 320
(307) 766-2728 | neil@uwyo.edu | View website

My research has emphasized the study of cold regions, however undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral co-workers are studying a breadth of projects. Most of the projects have received outside funding, and much of my research is collaborative with other universities and is carried out at remote field sites.

Thijs Kelleners

Thijs Kelleners

Assistant Professor
Office: Ag C 1015
(307) 766-4279 | tkellene@uwyo.edu | View website

David Legg

David Legg

Assistant Professor
Office: Ag C 64
(307) 766-3369 | dlegg@uwyo.edu | View website

My research is concentrated in three general areas. First, I am an interdisciplinarian in Ecosystem Science and Management. That allows me to use my quantitative and systems-level skills to work with colleagues in entomology, soil science, reclamation, and water quality. Second, I have various projects of my own that involve the development and use of various sampling and population models. Third, I enjoy writing computer programs that perform some very useful tasks and some of those programs can be found on the World Wide Web (http://w3.uwyo.edu/~dlegg/dlegg.htm).

Carl Legl

Carl Legleiter

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
cleglei1@uwyo.edu | View website

Research interests focus on fluvial geomorphology and the development and application of remote sensing techniques for examining river channel morphology and dynamics.  Field sites include the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Soda Butte Creek in northeastern Yellowstone, sand-bed rivers in Nebraska, and supraglacial streams on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet.

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James R. Lovvorn

Professor

Don McLeod

Don McLeod

Associate Professor
dmcleod@uwyo.edu | View website

I am interested in Water planning and policy; particularly the least cost approach to achieving policy goals such as habitat protection, in-stream flow and alternative allocation mechanisms. Been working on natural resource management issues since 1994.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller

Associate Professor
Office: Ag 314
(307) 766-4274 | snmiller@uwyo.edu| View website

Jay Norton

Jay Norton

Assistant Professor
Office: Ag C 48
(307) 766-5082 | jnorton4@uwyo.edu | View website

My research focuses on nutrient cycling in natural, disturbed, and agricultural settings from the perspective of landscape and soil organic matter dynamics. I am interested in learning how interactions among landscapes, plant communities, and land use affect resiliency and degradation-recovery processes as applied to on-the-ground ecological restoration and sustainable management.

Fred Ogden

Fred Ogden

Professor
(307) 766-6171 | fogden@uwyo.edu

Prof. Fred Ogden is a hydrological model developer with interests in field data collection to test hydrological model formulations.  He is a co-developer of the US Army Corps of Engineers GSSHA model, and has developed novel infiltration solvers.   Currently he is performing rainfall simulator tests with electrical resistivity tomography to diagnose preferential flow in tropical watersheds.

Ginger Paige

Ginger Paige

Associate Professor
Office: Ag C 1006
(307) 766-2200 | gpaige@uwyo.edu | View website

The main focus of my extension programs is to work with watershed groups across the state and region to improve water quality monitoring and assessment. In addition, I work on several water related projects across the region including assessment of the impacts of energy development on soil and water resources and improved implementation of hydrologic instrumentation within the state. My research program is focused on rangeland watershed hydrology and the impacts of landuse on water resources and water quality. I conduct watershed research on the measurement and modeling of surface water processes and how these processed change with scale.

Stephen Prager

Steven D. Prager

Associate Professor
sdprager@uwyo.edu | View website

I recieved my PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in 2002 following nearly seven years of time split between the Puget Sound area and Vancouver, BC. Towards the latter part of this time period I began working, initially as a contractor and then later in a full capacity, for the Advanced Simulation Center, a division of Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support. Though my time at LM put some distance between my degree and my first tenure track position, this was very valuable in that I was able to hone a variety of skills ranging from software engineering to project management. In addition, I was involved in cutting edge research and development which was ultimately a segue into my current GIScience position.

KJ Reddy

KJ Reddy

Professor
Office: Ag C 8
(307) 766-6658 | katta@uwyo.edu | View website

Professor KJ Reddy studies natural resources issues that pose major challenges to maintain sustainable environment. His research goals are to 1) develop a viable solution to millions of people around the world suffering from arsenic contaminated drinking water, 2) develop effective point-source carbon dioxide (CO2) mineralization technology to become a part of the solution to the climate change problem, and 3) create beneficial uses for produced water generated from energy resource extraction and energy production processes.

Clifford Riebe

Clifford S. Riebe

Assistant Professor
Office: ESB 2008
(307) 766-3965 | criebe@uwyo.edu| View website

I seek quantitative insight on processes that break rock down and move sediment across landscapes. To obtain it, I use a variety of geochemical, isotopic, and geophysical methods to measure properties of the surface and shallow subsurface. Together these measurements reveal patterns of erosion, weathering, regolith formation, and biogeochemical cycling. This work is vital to making advances in understanding the role of humans and natural processes in shaping Earth's dynamic surface.

Jacqueline Shinker

Jacqueline Shinker

Assistant Professor
Office: Arts and Sciences 206
(307) 766-3320 | jshinker@uwyo.edu | View website

My research focuses on several main themes: Developing a process-based understanding of modern seasonal and inter-annual climate variability; Examining large-scale synoptic patterns that lead to extreme climate events and hazards such as droughts and floods; Applying process-based analysis of climate variability to paleoclimatic reconstruction; Visualization of the climate system through computer-based animated map sequences.

Bryan Shuman

Bryan N. Shuman

Associate Professor
(307) 766-6442 | bshuman@uwyo.edu| View website

Water is a vital resource. Water affects vegetation, natural processes like wildfire, and human society. Availability of water, however, changes constantly because of climatic factors. Future conditions, like those of the past, will deviate from modern norms. Yet, we know little about the potential for change beyond that experienced in recent centuries. Ongoing work focuses on documenting and mapping changes in the levels of lakes throughout North America over the past 15,000 years. Through comparison with vegetation and fire history data, geochemical data, archeological data, and climate model simulations, the results demonstrate patterns of climatic variation and attendant impacts on landscapes and societies.

David Taylor

David "Tex" Taylor

Professor
(307)-766-5682 | ttaylor@uwyo.edu| View website

Michael Urynowicz

Mike A. Urynowicz

Associate Professor
Office: Engineering 3081
(307) 766-4398 | murynowi@uwyo.edu| View website

George Vance

George Vance

Professor
Office: Ag C 1007
(307) 766-2297 | gfv@uwyo.edu| View website

After nearly 23 years of teaching, conducting research and providing outreach for the University of Wyoming, Dr. Vance retired August 2012. He served as president of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation and the Western Society of Soil Science, and was chair of Soil Science Society of America's S-11 division on soil and environmental quality, and national and regional committees (WCC-21 - revegetation and stabilization of deteriorated and altered lands committee and W-170 - chemistry and bioavailability of waste constituents in soils committee). He was head of the soil science section and the soil science graduate degree coordinator.

Steve Williams

Stephen E. Williams

Professor
Office: Ag C 2
(307) 766-2683 | sewms@uwyo.edu| View website

Dave Williams

Dave Williams

Director and Professor
(307) 766-2494 | dgw@uwyo.edu | View website

Dr. Williams’ lab group investigates ecohydrological processes in water-limited ecosystems with a focus on arid and semi-arid grasslands and shrublands and snow-dominated forested catchments in the Rocky Mountains. Studies employ isotopic tracers and plant biomarker signals to understand how plant physiological responses modulate hydrological fluxes at ecosystem scales and over timescales from minutes to millennia .

Ye Zhang

Ye Zhang

Assistant Director
Office: GE 220
(307) 766-2981 | yzhang9@uwyo.edu | View website

Ye Zhang received her B.S. degree in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology from Nanjing University, People’s Republic of China (1998); her M.S. degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Minnesota (2004) with a M.S. Minor in Civil Engineering; and her Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from Indiana University (2005) with a Ph.D. Minor in Scientific Computing. She is currently an Associate Professor of Hydrogeology at the Department of Geology and Geophysics and the Nielsen Energy Fellow at the School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming. Her main interests include geologic modeling/geostatistics, upscaling, inversion, and uncertainty analysis in subsurface simulations. She has also worked on topics such as coupled modeling of hydrocarbon reservoirs and fluid flow and gas migration in unconventional sedimentary basins.


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