Join the Water Faculty Initiative

The Water Faculty Initiative connects Penn Staters who have a connection to or an interest in water resource research and education by faculty and researchers from across Penn State, including the Commonwealth campuses.

Interested? Contact the Andrew Warner (awt11@psu.edu).


Researcher Name Title Research Summary
Charles W. Abdalla College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics

Applied studies on a variety of natural resource development and environmental issues and policies including land use conflicts, water quantity and quality management, air/water impacts from animal

Richard Alley College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences

Mechanisms and possibility of recurrence of abrupt climate change, ice-bed interactions with implications for fast glacier flow and sea-level change, improved measurement of ice-core properties,

Sridhar Anandakrishnan College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geosciences

Glaciology, reflection seismology, ice stream migration, time-series investigations, polar regions and Antarctic ice sheet studies and Antarctic tectonics.

Michael Arthur College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Geosciences

Marine geology, stable isotope geochemistry, sedimentary geochemistry, paleoclimatology and the origin and nature of ancient black shales such as Devonian Marcellus Shale.

Jennifer Baka College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Assistant Professor of Geography Energy geographer interested in understanding the interconnected political and biophysical processes shaping and shaped by systems of energy provision.
Mary Barbercheck College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Entomology

Biological soil quality and sustainability; impact of agricultural practices on soil biodiversity and function; biology and ecology of entomopathogenic nemotodes and fungi for use as conserved or

Iliana Baums Eberly College of Science Associate Professor of Biology

Ecological and evolutionary processes that shape populations of reef-building corals with a focus on adaptive trait variance related to temperature, association with endosymbiont strains, and oil e

Robert D. Berghage College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Horticulture

Phytoremediation and bioremediation for greenhouse waste and irrigation water.

David M. Beyer College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Plant Pathology

Improvement in crop yield and compost substrate efficiencies; spent mushroom compost.

Seth Blumsack College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Professor of Energy Policy and Economics

Energy and electric power systems; regulation and deregulation of network industries; congestion pricing and management; complex systems and network theory; green design of products, processes, and

Elizabeth W. Boyer Elizabeth W. Boyer College of Agricultural Sciences IEE Assistant Director - Water Resources

Coupled hydrological, ecological, & biogeochemical processes that affect streamflow and water quality; design of land management programs & policies to mitigate the effects of pollution, an

Victoria Braithwaite College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Fisheries and Biology

Interaction between ecology and cognition; examines how and why animals vary in their cognitive abilities and their behavior.

Susan Brantley College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Distinguished Professor of Geosciences

Aqueous geochemistry, geochemical kinetics and microbial biogeochemistry; coupling between weathering and erosion; chemical, biological, and physical weathering.

Kathryn Brasier College of Agricultural Sciences Professor of Rural Sociology

Collective action, networks and public participation related to agricultural, natural resource, and environmental issues; social and economic impacts of natural resource extraction; land use change

James Brasseur College of Engineering Faculty Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Mathematics

Fluid mechanics, turbulence physics, atmospherics dynamics, polymer drag reduction, large-eddy simulation and subgrid modeling of turbulent flows, direct numerical simulation, wind turbine aerodyna

Rachel Brennan College of Engineering Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering

Bioremediation of hazardous wastes and emerging contaminants; biological, chemical, and physical treatment of acid mine drainage; enzymatic biocatalysis of endocrine disrupting chemicals in wastewa

William Brune College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Distinguished Professor and Head of Meteorology

Atmospheric/air chemistry; laser techniques to measure hydrogen oxides and analyze their key roles in global air pollution.

Mary Ann Bruns College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor of Soil Science/Microbial Ecology Soil microbial responses to anthropogenic disturbance and of microbes’ roles in mitigating disturbance effects; nitrogen transformations in agricultural and urban soils; microbe-mineral-plant interact
William Burgos College of Engineering Professor of Environmental Engineering

Bioremediation of soil, sediment and groundwater; integrative hydrobiogeochemistry; biological metal oxidation in coal mine drainage; biological iron(III) reduction; biological uranium(VI) reductio

Fred Cannon College of Engineering Professor of Environmental Engineering

Activated carbon and surface chemistry; tailoring of activated Carbon to remove specific compounds; and advanced oxidation/adsorption for reducing air pollution in foundries (green sand); granular

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