Whether the focus is on hydrology, geomorphology, sociology, anthropology, etc., research on the environment has turned more recently to meticulous, interdisciplinary, cross-validating forms of observations and inquiry on the various systems that affect and are affected by soil and water. 



Watersheds are systems within which the hydrological cycle accumulates, stores, and discharges of rainwater that falls in its topographical boundaries. Mountainous watersheds can have a variety of slopes and diversity of flow patterns and runoff mechanisms. Land use can reflect a local populations' dependence on soil and water resources for livelihood and can also demonstrate the local climatic limitations and benefits. 


Researchers gain new knowledge and make strides through the advancement of experimental and observational networks that can reveal the dynamics of soil and the hydrological cycle. These networks must extend into the hard-to-reach and overlooked landscapes supplying water to local and downstream communities.

March 2020

Amanda Carneiro Marques joins UMass EWRE research program!

Amanda will be coadvised by Drs. Emily Kumpel and Christian Guzman and will further advance research conducted on water quality in the Wachusett and Quabbin reservoirs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

February 2020

Cielo wins First Place at LSAMP Conference!

The Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NE LSAMP) receives funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen the preparation, representation, and success of historically under-represented minority students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.The program is designed to implement and enhance programs that encourage and support students in the STEM fields. Cielo has participated in research, conferences, and mentorship within NE LSAMP since her freshman year at WPI. The yearly symposium highlights excellence in research.

January 2020

Jacob Cowley starts independent research on the Mill River !

We are pleased to welcome Jacob to the research team for the Spring semester as he conducts independent research on water quality in the Mill River, a tributary of the Connecticut River Basin, MA. 



Christian visits Ethiopia !

As research plans begin to formulate for the 2020 year and beyond, UMass made connections to Bahir Dar University (Bahir Dar) and the International Water Management Institute (Addis Ababa) through this visit. Further events included providing a seminar for students of the Integrated Water Management PhD program of the Civil and Water Resources Engineering Department at Bahir Dar University and visiting the Debre Mawi Hydrological Research Station.

December 2019

Cielo and Christian present research at the American Geophysical Union !

Cielo Sharkus presented her preliminary findings on Social Vulnerability and Hydrological Risk in Massachusetts in San Francisco. Christian presented work on decadal stable water isotope trends in the Inland Pacific Northwest in addition to an invited talk on the Integration of socio-cultural-environmental data in the Columbia River Basin. 











September 2020

Dr. Christian Guzman and Cielo Sharkus  inaugurate the Watershed Hydrology Research Team at UMass

Dr. Guzman is pleased to join the EWRE faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UMass and is excited to welcome Cielo Sharkus to the research lab. Please visit the research page for more information on our planned and ongoing research.