Chuck Kroll
Hydrology, Water Resources and Ecological Engineering,
Environmental Modeling, Ecosystem Processes and Restoration



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Recruiting New Graduate Students

Urban Ecosystem Modeling and Restoration

Ted Endreny and myself were recently awarded a 3-year USDA Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) award to develop, test, and distribute a new set of spatially distributed modeling tools for urban forest planning and management.  This project builds off the i-Tree/Urban Forest Effects Model structure (see www.itreetools.org), with the goal to develop usable integrated tools that have a sound scientific backing.  The project will involve the coupled modeling of air and water quality, water quantity, heat island, and forest biogenics, while developing a decision support system for planners and managers to understand and plan for the impact of future changes in the urban forest canopy. We often have opportunities to hire new students on this project.  Students with strong computational skills (e.g. mathematical modeling, computer science, stochastic systems), and experience with and/or interest in atmospheric chemistry, forest biogenics, and/or urban hydrology are especially encouraged to apply. 

Hydromorphology and Hydrologic Prediction

I am always seeking new graduate students to participate in ongoing research in hydrology and water resource engineering, with a specific focus on hydrologic prediction at ungaged basins (PUBs) as well as using a hydromorphologic perspective.  PUBs is a critical problem in hydrology, with applications both in the United States and abroad. A hydromorphologic perspective considers the hydrosphere as a blend of natural and human systems shaped by climate, water engineering, land management, consumptive uses, and governance, in addition to natural terrestrial hydrologic processes.  A hydromorphologic perspective provides the necessary framework for understanding today’s global water system and for addressing critical policy challenges concerning water use, land use, agriculture, urbanization and energy that will help to distinguish between sustainable and unsustainable pathways into the future.  Funding opportunities exist for graduate students with strong quantitative skills and a holistic perspective of global water resources issues.  While preference will be given to PhD students, MS students are also encouraged to apply. 

Water Resources & Ecological Engineering

I am also recruiting PhD, MS, and MPS students for graduate studies in the general areas of Water Resources and Ecological Engineering.  This experience will be a blend of course work and independent projects, research, or internships.  Students not attracted to the detailed projects outlined above are invited to consider projects in the areas such as integrated water resource management, hydrologic regionalization, green infrastructure, sustainability analyses, watershed resilience, and other topics of particular interest to the candidate.  While strong quantitative and communication skills are useful, of greatest importance are students with the interest and passion to address local-to-global environmental issues.  While our training is rigorous, we also provide a supportive environment for you to grow professionally and personally so that you can evolve into one of tomorrow’s environmental leaders. 

Environmental Science

I am also actively involved with 4 study areas in the Graduate Program in Environmental Science (GPES) at SUNY ESF: Environmental Monitoring and Modeling (Study Area Leader), Water and Wetland Resource Studies, Ecosystem Restoration and Coupled Natural and Human Systems.  This programs provide a multidisciplinary approach to environmental understanding, problem solving and stewardship, and are ideal for students looking to obtain a broad perspective of environmental issues. 



Undergraduate Student Research

I also encourage undergraduate students to participate in my research projects.  I am particularly looking for students with strong quantitative and computational skills who are self-motivated and able to work independently on research projects. Opportunities exist to collaborate with graduate students, researchers at other institutions, local professionals and our partners at federal, state, and local agencies. Typically these are paid positions.

 

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