Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Research opportunities including biological and chemical aspects of water quality and remediation; water resources engineering including surface and groundwater hydrology, hydroclimatology and adaptive environmental management; and coastal engineering, river and estuarine mixing and transport processes.

Faculty:

Current Projects:

  •  “Evaluating potential for lake water quality decline by partnering with citizen scientists”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Aria Amirbahman
    • PhD Student: Jeremy C. Deeds; MS student: Nicholas J. Messina
  •  “Controls on Phosphorus Export from Agricultural Fields to the Aroostook River, Maine”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Aria Amirbahman
    • MS Student: Gregory J. McDonald
  •  “Contaminants cycling in and efflux from aquaculture sediments,” part of the NSF-EPSCoR project: The nexus of coastal marine social-environmental systems and sustainable ecological aquaculture
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Aria Amirbahman
  • “The development of a titania-based photocatalyst to enhance the degradation of taste and odor compounds in drinking water”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Aria Amirbahman
    • PhD Student: Sudheera Yaparatne
  • “Isolating residual flow drivers in a macrotidal estuary”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lauren Ross
    • PhD student: Sohaib Alahmed
  • “Seasonal changes in the lateral variability of subtidal flows”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lauren Ross
    • MS student: Rachel Chambers
  • “Quantifying the effects of wind on wave and turbulence mechanics”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lauren Ross
    • MS student: Taylor Bailey
  • “Sensing storm surge: A Maine citizen science effort”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Huguenard
    • MS student: Preston Spicer
  • “Numerical and analytical approaches to modeling wave attenuation with kelp farms”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Huguenard
    • PhD student: Longhuan Zhu
  • “Experimentation of rapidly deployable, modular floating breakwater systems”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Huguenard & Dr. Lauren Ross
    • MS student: Rick Perry
  • “Hydrodynamic impacts of expanding aquaculture”
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Huguenard
    • MS student: Zhilong Liu
  • “Mixing of river water into the coastal ocean and the role and structure of the outer edge of the discharge” 
    • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Huguenard & Dr. Kelly Cole (Oceanography)
    • PhD student: available
  • “The Emergent Risks of Food Waste Recovery: Characterizing the Contaminants in MSW Organics from Different Sources” 
    • Faculty Advisors: Dr. Jean MacRae, Dr. Balu Nayak (Food & Agriculture) , Dr. Cindy Isenhour (Anthropology & Envir. Policy) , Dr. Travis Blackmer (Economics), Dr.Linda Silka (Sustainability)
    • MS students: Usha Humagain & Astha Thakali
    • BS student: Peter Larson
  • “Making Maine’s Local Food System Sustainable: Opportunities to Address Hunger and Reduce Waste”
    • Faculty Advisors: Deborah Saber (Nursing) , Dr. Jean MacRae, Dr. Balu Nayak (Food & Agriculture) , Dr. Cindy Isenhour (Anthropology & Envir. Policy) , Dr. Travis Blackmer (Economics), Dr.Linda Silka (Sustainability)
    • MS student: Andrew Flynn

Recent Publications:

See faculty links above for Publications