Environmental / Water Resources Engineering Research

At PSU, we have core strength in environmental and water resources engineering. Our faculty have diverse interests in the field and conduct research in many areas described in the table below. In addition, faculty direct the following key labs:

Faculty contact information is listed in our Faculty & Staff Directory.

Environmental / Water Resources Engineering Research Faculty

Faculty Title Research Areas
Chris Berger Research Assistant Professor Water quality modeling of lakes, estuaries, and rivers; hydrodynamic modeling, numerical methods
Bill Fish Associate Professor Transformation and transport of heavy metals and other contaminants in soil, surface water, sediment, and groundwater systems; treatment of stormwater and wastewater.
Samantha Hartzell Assistant Professor  
David Jay Professor Tidal analysis, fluid mechanics research on the impact of the Columbia River plume on oceanic dynamics as they relate to tides, fish migration up the Columbia, and impacts of dams and dikes on fish habitat in the lower Columbia River.
Li Li Postdoctoral Scholar  
Wentai Luo Senior Research Associate  
Gwynn Johnson Associate Professor Groundwater hydrology, subsurface contaminant transport and fate, and environmental chemistry.
James Pankow Professor Design of autonomous water samplers for surface waters, gas/particle (G/P) partitioning, air quality model development, chemistry of tobacco products.
Scott Wells Professor Surface water quality and hydrodynamic modeling, fluid particle dynamics.
Zhonglong Zhang Research Professor  

Environmental / Water Resources Engineering Research Facilities

Laboratory Location Primary Contact Additional Contact Description
Hydraulics Research Laboratory EB 120 Annette Dietz Tom Bennett Fluid mechanics, hydraulics, and environmental flow work.
Water and Soil Quality Laboratory EB 210 Bill Fish, Gwynn Johnson   Wet-chemistry in the study of toxins in the environment. 
Water Quality Research Group Laboratory EB 220 Scott Wells Chris Berger Water quality and hydrodynamic modeling of rivers, lakes, reservoirs and estuaries. Project sponsors include NSF, EPA, OR DEQ, Idaho DEQ, Washington Ecology. Development of open source software for modeling with funding from the Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiments Station.
Water Quality Control Laboratory (Rainwater Lab) EB 225 Annette Dietz, Bill Fish   Process rainwater captured on EB roof to be used in first floor restrooms.
Water Resources and Remote Sensing Lab EB 226     Inverse modeling and data assimilation, hydrologic and hydraulics modeling, uncertainty quantification, risk analysis, hydroinformatics, remote sensing, climate change impact assessment, extreme event analysis, and water resources management.
Air Quality Modeling Laboratory EB 230 Jim Pankow Wentai Luo Modeling laboratory.
Environmental Laboratory D EB 275 Scott Wells Chris Berger Particle characterization, settling dynamics of particles, sedimentation processes, flocculation and filtration in water and watsewater treatment as well as in natural systems (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, estuaries).
Fluvial, Oceanic, and
Water-level Sciences
(FLOWS) Laboratory
EB 280 David Jay   Fluid mechanical research on the impact of the Columbia River plume on oceanic dynamics as they relate to tides, fish migration up the Columbia, and impacts of dams and dikes on fish habitat in the lower Columbia River.
Containment Transport and Chemistry Laboratory EB 285 Gwynn Johnson   Wet-chemistry in the study of toxins in the environment.
Advanced
Instrumentation
Laboratory for
Environmental
Chemical Analysis
EB 490 Jim Pankow Wentai Luo Aerosol, air quality, and chemistry testing.