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Interdisciplinary PhD in Hydrologic Sciences|WRESE

Faculty and Staff

The following faculty participate in the WRESE program. Please contact either individual faculty members or the Program Chair for more information or to make contact with people in the program

David M. Bagley

David M. Bagley

Department Head, Professor
Civil and Architectural Engineering
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.

Jonathan A. Brant

Jonathan A. Brant

Assistant Professor
Civil and Architectural Engineering
Office: Room 3054, Engineering Building
(307) 766-5446 | jbrant1@uwyo.edu | View website

Dr. Brant’s research focuses on the development and implementation of new technologies and techniques for treating a range of source waters for beneficial uses. Example applications that his research work focuses on include desalination, water reuse, drinking water, and oil and gas produced water management.

Patricia J.S. Colberg

Patricia J.S. Colberg

Professor
Civil and Architectural Engineering
(307) 766-6142 | pczoo@uwyo.edu | View website

Colberg’s research interests include both basic and applied topics, but is largely focused on anaerobic processes:  microbial transformations of organic contaminants in soils, sediments and ground water; microbial immobilization of heavy metals; electron transport in metal-reducing bacteria; iron cycling in cold alpine lakes; impact of carbon sequestration on subsurface microbial processes; fate and transport of nanoparticles in environmental systems; reversal of passivation of Fe° permeable reactive barriers.

Carrick Eggleston

Carrick Eggleston

Associate Professor
Geology and Geophysics
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.

Robert Ettema

Robert Ettema

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

Brent Ewers

Brent Ewers

Associate Professor
Botany
Office: Aven Nelson, 120
(307) 766-2625 | beewers@uwyo.edu | View website

Dr. Brent Ewers and his lab group investigates how plants control mass and energy fluxes at scales ranging from organs to watersheds. Their work fits primarily within the emerging field of ecohydrology and uses both empirical and process modeling approaches. Current research projects include quantifying changes in water budgets from bark beetle mortality in forested watersheds, improving predictive understanding of evapotranspiration controls from various vegetation types and incorporating plant hydraulic knowledge into water cycling investigations.

Carol Frost

Carol D. Frost

Professor
Geology and Geophysics
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.

Frederico Furtado

Frederico Furtado

Professor
Mathematics
(307) 766-4321 | furtado@uwyo.edu | View website

Axel Garcia

Axel Garcia

Assistant Professor
Plant Sciences
(307) 754-2223 ext. 12 | agarci17@uwyo.edu | View website

My research intends to cover both, basic and applied studies on Agronomy of Irrigated Crops. The main goal of my research program is to contribute for the practice of a sustainable irrigated agriculture in the State. Specific areas of research are: Irrigated Agriculture & Agrometeorology, Water Use & Water Productivity of Crops, Plants Response to Abiotic Stressors, Cropping Systems and Water Conservation, The Impact of Climate Change and Climate Variability on Crops Growth and Yield.

Victor Ginting

Victor Ginting

Assistant Professor
Mathematics
(307) 766-4018 | vginting@uwyo.edu | View website

I am an associate professor in the mathematics department, University of Wyoming. I came from Indonesia, an archipelago country in South East Asia, trapped in between Asia and Australia. My current research interest is in the mathematical and numerical aspects of multiscale phenomena as found in many applications, such as porous media flow. Before coming to Laramie, I spent a two-year postdoctoral work just down the road, in the mathematics department, Colorado State University. Currently, I serve as an Advisory Editor for Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics.

Robert Hall

Robert Hall

Associate Professor
Zoology and Physiology
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.

Jeff Hamerlinck

Jeff Hamerlinck

Research Scientist
Geography and WYGISC
Office: Room 335, Agriculture C
(307) 766-2736 | itasca@uwyo.edu | View website

Kristiana Hansen

Kristiana Hansen

Assistant Professor
Agricultural & Applied Economics
(307) 766-3598 | khanse18@uwyo.edu | View website

Kristi Hansen is Assistant Professor and Extension Water Resource Economist in the UW Dept. of Agricultural & Applied Economics. Current water-related research projects include water markets in the western United States, hydro-economic modeling of the Upper Colorado River Basin, and payment for ecosystem services markets for water and wildlife habitat.

Interests: Water resource economics, “payment for ecosystem services” markets, hydro-economic modeling and policy simulations, environmental and natural resource economics, experimental economics

Neil Humphrey

Neil F. Humphrey

Professor
Geology and Geophysics
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
Renewable Resources
Office: Ag C 1015
(307) 766-4279 | tkellene@uwyo.edu | View website

Carl Legleiter

Carl Legleiter

Assistant Professor
Geography
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.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller

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

Jay Norton

Jay Norton

Assistant Professor
Renewable Resources
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
Civil and Architectural Engineering
(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
Renewable Resources
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.

KJ Reddy

KJ Reddy

Professor
Renewable Resources
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
Geology and Geophysics
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
Geography
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
Geology and Geophysics
(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.

Michael Urynowicz

Mike A. Urynowicz

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

Michael Urynowicz is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering within the Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming, Director of the Coal Bed Natural Gas Center of Excellence and a Licensed Professional Engineer. He is also Co-founder and President of Wyoming-based ENWYO, a technology start-up company at the University of Wyoming.

George Vance

George Vance

Professor Emeritus
Renewable Resources
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.

Dave Williams

Dave Williams

Director and Professor
Renewable Resources
(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
Geology and Geophysics
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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