Faculty and Researchers

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Participating Delaware State University (DSU) Agency:  Dept. of Agriculture & Natural Resources (DSU-AG)

Participating University of Delaware (UD) Agencies:  Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources (AG),  Arts & Sciences (AS), Engineering (E), Human Services, Education, and Public Policy (CHEP), Earth, Ocean, & Environment (EOE), and Cooperative Extension, Delaware Geological Survey & Water Resources Agency. 

Dept. / Agency


Research Interests

Aquaculture (DSU-AG)

McIntosh, Dennis

Aquaculture water quality, effluent  reduction/reuse


Herson, Diane

Physiology of organisms in water and soil

Bioresources Engineering (AG)

Balascio, Carmine C., P.E.

Stormwater Management and Surface Water Hydrology

Bioresources Engineering (AG)

Chirnside, Anastasia E. M.

Agricultural Practices/Waste Management, Reconstructed Wetlands, Water Quality, Fate of Pollutants, Bioremediation

Bioresources Engineering (AG)

Glancey, James L.


Bioresources Engineering (AG)

Inamdar, Shreeram

Identifying watershed hydrologic flow paths
Impact of riparian and wetland ecosystems
Contaminant transport and fate
Modeling hydrologic and water quality processes

Bioresources Engineering (AG)

McCann, Ian

Irrigation management for crop production and environmental protection Development of computer models/web tools for water users and agencies

Bioresources Engineering (AG)

Ritter, William


Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CHEP)

Byrne, John

Political economy; sustainable development; environmental justice; technology, environment and society.

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CHEP)

Wang, Young-Doo

Sustainable water resources management; Water demand forecasting; Least cost water supply options; Drought demand rates; Water conservation technologies; Water conservation and stream flows; Conflict resolution in watershed management.

Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHEP)

Ames, David


Civil and Environmental Engineering (E)

Allen, Herbert


Civil and Environmental Engineering (E)

Chiu, Pei

Fate of organic pollutants in aquatic and subsurface environments; Accelerated bioremediation of contaminated groundwater; Development of new technology for treatment of groundwater and industrial wastewater

Civil and Environmental Engineering (E)

Dentel, Steven

Optimized design and control of contaminant removal processes.  New methods for accelerating biodegradation with energy generation from sludges, sediments, contaminated groundwater. Analysis and biological generation of trace gaseous contaminants.  Philosophy and engineering of sustainable future societies.  Local policies to encourage water and energy conservation.

Civil and Environmental Engineering (E)

Di Toro, Dominic M.

Water quality modeling

Water quality criteria and standards

Sediment quality criteria (metals, pesticides, PAHs, mixtures)

Modeling stormwater impacts in surface water  Modeling control systems (stormwater retention, treatment devices)

Civil and Environmental Engineering (E)

Huang, Chin Pao

Environmental physical-chemical processes including the chemistry of heavy metal and its control, industrial and hazardous waste management, soil and groundwater remediation, environmental sonochemistry, implications and applications of nanotechnology, sustainable technology, impacts of climate change to the water environment.

Civil and Environmental Engineering (E)

Imhoff, Paul T.

Transport of fluids and contaminants in multiphase systems, including groundwater transport, stormwater infiltration, and movement of leachate through landfills;  mass transfer processes in subsurface environments; mathematical modeling

Consumer Studies (CHEP)

Morrison, James L.

Consumer and the Environment Global Trends in Business  Bottled Water Consumption Strategies

Delaware Geological Survey

Andres, A. Scott


Delaware Geological Survey

Baxter, Stefanie


Delaware Geological Survey

He, Changming

Numerical modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport; Aquifer characterization; Stochastic hydrogeology

Delaware Geological Survey

McKenna, Thomas (Tom) E.

Regional hydrogeology (field studies and ground-water modeling); Geographic information systems for spatial analysis;  Surface and borehole geophysics (focus on shallow-depth geology and hydrogeology); Sedimentary-basin modeling (burial history, multiphase-fluid and heat flow);Water resources.

Delaware Geological Survey

Laughlin, Jr., Peter P.

Stratigraphy; Micropaleontology; Sedimentology; Aquifer
geology/hydrogeology; Water resources.

English (AS)

Jenkins, McKay

Relationship Between Humans and Water through Literature

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (AG)

*Gingrich, Jack

Assessment of Stormwater BMP’s and Wetlands Restoration Areas as Sites for Breeding of West Nile Virus Vectors

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (AG)

Hough-Goldstein, Judith

Biological controls, wetlands restoration

Applied Economics and Statistics (AG)

Duke, Joshua M

Demand-side management, law with respect to wetlands, and land use

Applied Economics and Statistics (AG)

Hastings, Steven


Applied Economics and Statistics (AG)

Ilvento, Thomas


Applied Economics & Statistics (AG)

Mackenzie, John


Geography (AS)

Claessens, Luc

Hydrology, biogeochemistry, hydrometeorology, GIS

Geography (AS)

DeLiberty, Tracey

Climatology, GIS, remote sensing

Geography (AS)

Leathers, Dan

Snow Hydrology, Delaware Water Resources

Geography (AS)

Legates, David R.

Hydroclimatology, precipitation and climate change, computational methods.

Geography (AS)

Levia, Delphis F.

Forest hydrology, biometeorology, biogeochemistry, field methods and instrumentation.

Geography (AS)

Meierding, Thomas


Geography (AS)

Schreuder, Yda


Geography (AS)

Willmott, C. J.

Global climate patterns, climatic change, hydroclimatology, computational and statistical methods

Geography (AS)

Yancheski, Tad


Geology (EOE)


Geology (EOE)

Hydrogeology, water supply sustainability, geostatistical modeling

Geology (EOE)

Pizzuto, James E.

Fluvial Geomorphology, Sediment transport

Geology (EOE) Trembanis, Art

Measuring and modeling hydrodynamics; Near bed turbulence; Boundary layer processes; Scour evolution; Scour forecasting; Water quality monitoring; Marine robotics; Seafloor morphology; Bedform dynamics

Halophyte Biotechnology Center (EOE)

Gallagher, John L.

Ecology, propagation and transformation of halophytes; mechanisms of salt tolerance in plants

Institute for Public Administration (CHEP)

Hugg, David


Institute for Public Administration, Water Resources Agency (CHEP)

Dworsky, Bernard

Institute for Public Administration, Water Resources Agency (CHEP)

Kauffman, Gerald J

Regional Watershed Management  Water Supply Planning and Management   Intergovernmental Water Policy Relationships  

Institute for Public Administration, Water Resources Agency (CHEP)

Minni, Nicole

Geographical Information Systems

Watershed Mapping and Data Management

Institute for Public Administration, Water Resources Agency (CHEP)

Settles, Alex

Geographical Information Systems Comprehensive Planning

Institute for Public Administration, Water Resources Agency (CHEP)

Svatos, Vern

In Memoriam July 3, 2004

Institute for Public Administration, Water Resources Agency (CHEP)

Wollaston, Martin W.


Marine Biology / Biochemistry (EOE)

Kirchman, David

Microbial ecology of heterotrophic bacteria in aquatic environments (mainly estuaries and oceans); bacterial and degradation of macromolecules and other organic compounds; inorganic nutrient cycling of heterotrophic bacteria; phylogenetic structure of bacterial assemblages as revealed by molecular techniques.

Marine Policy (EOE)

Anderson, Lee

Fisheries economics

Marine Policy (MS); School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (CHEP)

Kempton, Willett

Marine Policy   Environmental Values   Energy policy   Citizen's environmental values and actions

Math and Science Education Research Center (CHEP)

Kutch, Michelle

Watershed Education Curriculum for Delaware Middle Schools

Mechanical Engineering (E)

Glancey, James L.


Mechanical Engineering (E)

Prasad, Ajay

Environmental fluid dynamics, experimental methods for fluid mechanics, bio-fluid mechanics, heat transfer in the environment, advanced measurement techniques for temperature and velocity.

Oceanography (EOE) and Chemistry (AS)

Church, Thomas 

Use of lead and its isotopes as tracers to quantify atmospheric inputs to and biogeo- chemical processes in the surface waters of the North Atlantic off Bermuda and initiation of similar research in the South Atlantic. 
Determination of atmospheric deposition and sources of metalloids in the coastal environment and identification of its fate in coastal waters
and sediments AIRMoN Long-term trends in coastal precipitation chemistry events. 
Loading of trace elements in tributaries of Chesapeake Bay. 
Fate of atmospheric trace elements in watersheds and coastal waters.

Oceanography (EOE)

Luther, George W.

Editor-in-chief of Aquatic Geochemistry. Redox reactions in the environment, trace element speciation in freshwater and marine waters and sediments including metal-ligand complexes, biogeochemical processes in freshwater and  marine environments, application of molecular orbital theory to geochemical processes, in situ electrochemistry and microelectrode technology.

Oceanography (EOE)


Scudlark, J. R.

Environmental chemistry; biogeochemical cycles of trace elements in coastal ecosystems; atmospheric sources, transport and deposition of nutrients and trace element.

Oceanography (EOE)

*Sharp, Jonathan

Estuarine, coastal, and oceanic microbial biogeochemistry

Oceanography (EOE)

*Ullman, William J


Geochemical Cycles; Coastal, Estuarine and Near Shore Processes; Early Diagenesis of Sediments; Rock/Water Interactions; Role of Bacteria and Metabolic Products on Rock/Water Interactions; Groundwater Chemistry; Geochemistry of Halogens; Non-Marine Evaporite Deposits; Fate of Aquatic and Marine Pollutants.

Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (EOE)

Muenchow, Andreas

Inner shelf dynamics DE/NJ/MD;  South American shelves; Arctic shelves, slopes, and canyons;  Baffin Bay

Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (EOE)

Svendsun, Ib Arne

In Memoriam December 19. 2004

Plant and Soil Sciences (AG)

Jin, Yan

Measurement and modeling of contaminant fate and transport in soil and groundwater. Recent projects include: 1) fate and transport of viruses in porous media, 2) fate and transport of volatile organic compounds and non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) in unsaturated porous media, and 3) colloid-facilitated transport of radionuclides in the vadose zone.

Plant and Soil Sciences (AG)

*Sims, J. Thomas  Director, Delaware Water Resources Center

Nutrient cycling, fate, and transport in soils. Development of agricultural management practices for water quality protection. Beneficial, environmentally sound use of agricultural, municipal and industrial by-products as soil amendments

Plant and Soil Sciences (AG)

Sparks, Donald L.

Kinetics and Mechanisms of Soil Chemical Reactions

Plant and Soil Sciences (AG)

Vasilas, Bruce

Intern field oriented projects dealing with freshwater wetlands addressing: * Improvement of accuracy in identifying and delineating wetlands. *  Functional assessment of wetlands for mitigation purposes. *  Functional assessment of wetlands for water quality purposes. * Plant and wildlife ecology of wetlands. * Hydrology of wetlands. Interns will be trained in plant identification, plant ecology, soil science, and hydrology.

Plant and Soil Sciences (AG)

Wommack, K. Eric

Environmental Virology; Marine Biology and Biochemistry

Political Science and International Relations (AS)

Johnson, Janet B.

Riparian Buffers and Landowner Attitudes Watershed Protection Policy

School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (CHEP)

Jacobson, Eric


School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (CHEP)

Warren, Robert


Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service (EOE)

*Farrell, Joseph



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