SOIL AND WATER RESEARCH

 

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. 

WATERSHED HYDROLOGY RESEARCH

 

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. 

EXPERIMENTAL AND OBSERVATIONAL NETWORKS 

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.

October 2020

 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) invites Cielo to be the keynote speaker for the Louis-Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation honorary induction ceremony.

Cielo shared her experiences during the 2020 LSAMP induction ceremony at the WPI campus. She was also recently highlighted as a notable alumni in this story here describing her experiences serving and leading the local chapter  of the National Society of Black Engineers .

Congratulations to Cielo for joining the Agents of Change Fellows Program!

Agents of Change is an ongoing series featuring the stories, analyses and perspectives of next generation environmental health leaders who come from historically under-represented backgrounds in science and academia. The goal of Cielo's work during this fellows program will be to develop skills for writing compelling articles on stories related to environmental health, environmental justice, and climate change. There is also an interview component on Dr. Zota's podcast! 

September 2020

Cielo is awarded the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center proposal grant for proposed work entitled: "Engineering Justice: Social and Hazard Resilience in a Changing Climate”!

The grants funded were selected according to the Center's  "... recognition that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change and that the success of climate adaptation depends upon the dismantling of systemic racism. [NE CASC is] therefore seeking applicants with a dual commitment to climate adaptation/resilience and the pursuit of a more just society through combating racist oppression in its many forms. Students with demonstrable interest and experience in both areas are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those belonging to historically underrepresented groups. ".

Amanda is selected as a Edwin V. Sisson Doctoral Fellow for 2020/2021!

The fund will supports incoming first-year PhD candidates whose research focuses on renewable and alternative energy, climate change, and other environmental topics. Amanda will be focusing on Water Quality Analysis of the Wachusett Reservoir in coordination with the Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

August 2020

Cielo presents her work at the Technical Research Exhibition (TRE) of the National Society of Black Engineers 46th Annual Convention!

The Technical Research Exhibition (TRE) is a competition designed to showcase the NSBE members' skills in technical writing, theoretical research, and poster presentation and incorporates two tracks: Preliminary and Showcase. TRE is held during National Convention and is judged by technical professionals. Only select abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentations.

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 2019

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.

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