THE MOUNTAIN HYDROLOGY LABORATORY
Recent News & Announcements
December 2015: The MHL is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to investigate climate change impacts on freshwater ecosystems in the Appalachian Mountains region of the eastern US. The area of research will be focused on intensification of the hydrologic cycle and quantifying feedbacks between land cover, climate, and hydrology from stream reach to regional scales. More info here.
Dr. Charley Kelly (WVU) is looking to fill an exciting new MSc GRA position in Forest Soils & Ecohydrology. More info can be found here.
I will be offering a new graduate course titled Climate and Watersheds (FHYD 693B) in the upcoming Spring 2016 semester. This is a project-based course that will explore the coupling of land-atmosphere dynamics on watershed hydrology. The course will meet Mondays from 1-350 pm. Please email me if you have any questions.
Also being offered this Spring is Watershed Management & Land use Hydrology (FHYD 444). This course meets MWF from 11-1150.
Also be sure to check out our Disturbance Hydrology: Assessing the Impacts of Abrupt Landscape Changes on Watershed Hydrology (H029) on Wednesday, December 16. We have 2 oral and 1 poster session with exciting invited talks by Fabian Nippgen (Duke), Sean Carey (McMaster), Shelia Murphy (USGS), and Diego Riveros-Iregui (UNC). The complete schedule can be found here.
September 2015: The water resources community here at WVU got a great boost with the funding of our NSF proposal for the Appalachian Freshwater Initiative (NSF), and exciting new multidisciplinary project that aims to understand the complex interactions between society, climate, and mountain ecosystems in the region. Read more here.
April 2015: The Mountain Hydrology Lab will be teaming up with professor Emily Corio of the WVU Journalism School to develop the Stream Lab which aims to educate journalists in field-based science, data collection, and story telling. We will assist with sensor selection and placement to monitor water quality in and around Morgantown, WV. Additional partners are the WV Public Broadcasting and the Charleston Gazette.
March 2015: A big thanks to Tyler Roman from Kim Novick's lab at Indiana (http://www.indiana.edu/~iubiomet/) for leading a great sap flux sensor building workshop. This workshop was sponsored by Eddie Brzostek 's ecology lab and the Mountain Hydrology Lab at WVU.
December 2014: David Young successfully defended his MS Thesis titled "Catchment streamflow responses to climate change conditioned by historic alterations of landuse". Following his defense, David hopped a plane to present in the Disturbance Hydrology session at AGU. Great work David!
August 2014: Brandi Gaertner joins the Mountain Hydrology Lab as PhD candidate. Brandi is the the recipient of the prestigious WVU Mountains of Excellence PhD Fellowship in Water Resources. Brandi's research will be assessing the historic and future state of Appalachian water resources. Check back at the PEOPLE page for Brandi's bio.
June 2014: Nicolas Zégre presents at the 6th International Conference in Climate Change: Impacts & Responses. Reykjavik, Iceland - Zégre, N., J. Shanmugasundaram, D. Young, C. Wright, E. Lee. 2014. Are headwater catchments resilient to warming climate? An Ecohydrological Case Study from the central Appalachian Mtns. 6th International Conference in Climate Change: Impacts & Responses. Reykjavik, Iceland
Nicolas Zégre and Leighia Eggett present as invited speakers at the West Virginia Allegheny Highland Climate Change Impacts Initiative Conference in at Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. Nicolas discussed water cycle intensification in the Highlands region and Leighia discussed her thesis research characterizing the sensitivity of Canaan Valley and the Blackwater River to climate change. link:
May 2014: Carson Wright defends his MS thesis titled "The Hydroclimatology of West Virginia Spatial and Temporal Trends and their Relationship with the North Atlantic Oscillation". Congrats Carson.
Welcome to the Mountain Hydrology Laboratory!
In this lab, we focus on all aspects of water resources with a particular emphasis on watershed processes, patterns, and trends to ultimately understand how freshwater ecosystems and services respond to environmental change (disturbance) and climate change .
Much of our research takes place in high energy, steep mountain catchments where complex topography, land cover, and weather interact to produce highly dynamic stream systems and extreme events. As such, we aim to understand how watersheds work to better understand how anthropogenic and natural disturbances such as climate change, land-use/land cover change, and energy development ultimately affect water quantity and water quality. Because of the complex nature and climate of mountain catchments and the mosaic of landscape disturbances, we employ a wide range of research tools including field experimentation, numerical and statistical modeling, stable isotopes, and geochemistry. Please see the RESEARCH tab for a description of current and prior projects.
Research Topics: Watershed and forest hydrology, disturbance hydrology, land-use & climate change, ecosystem services, environmental change, hydroclimatology, ecohydrology,catchment processes, change detection, hydrologic modeling and statistics, water quality, best management practices.
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