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.
|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||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
|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
|Shirley Clark||Penn State Harrisburg||Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering; Science, Engineering, and Technology||Impact of stormwater runoff on the physical, chemical and biological quality of surface water bodies. Development of effective treatments at the source to reduce chemical impacts of runoff.|