- 2005 CSIP Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering
I am an MS/PhD student in Environmental Fluid
Mechanics, in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering. Cornell's DeFrees Hydraulics lab uses several
technologies that can be adapted into tools for K-12 learning
opportunities. The most exciting of these include the RUSS,
or Remote Underwater Sampling Station, which gives realtime
physical, chemical, and biological conditions in Cayuga
Lake. Watching the diverse pieces of this complex system
evolve and interact over the year can be a springboard for
many different inquiry-based research projects. Students
can investigate the ecology of the lake, the flow patterns
within the lake, the ways in which peoples' actions in the
watershed effect the lake, statistics and their use in real
systems, or even chaos theory. Other technologies we can
leverage include field-ready thermometers which can be used
to get a spatial and temporal history of flows and flow
forcing in a region of interest. Turbidity meters can be
used to investigate soil runoff into streams and lakes,
or the Cayuga Lake floating classroom can be used to show
students firsthand some of the amazing topography and diversity
that lay under the water.
My research focuses on global warming and complex systems.
My main project is a laboratory study in visualizing the
physics of CO2 transfer across the air-ocean interface,
to help refine assumptions made in global climate models.
Other research areas of interest include sediment transport
& beach migration, the interaction of biology and fluid
flow in Cayuga Lake and Lake Ontario, and the structure
and function of food webs.