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Undergraduate Research in ERE

The following projects are representative of the types of research in which undergraduate students engage with faculty in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering. Projects are often undertaken through enrollment in a research methods course, and occasionally provide funded support. Products include the spectrum of project reports, oral presentations, poster display and published papers. Each year, the Department promotes student participation in the College's Spotlight on Student Research & Outreach. Contact the Department or the project advisor for further information.

Hyporheic Exchange and the Effect of Stream Bed Topography. Utilizes hydraulic flume in the James M. Hassett Laboratory for the Study of Hydrology and Hydraulics to assess water fluxes across the water/sediment interface in stream beds. Dr. Ted Endreny.

Determination of Percolation Rates from Biosolids-amended Solvay Waste. Analyze data from 20 pan lysimeters installed at a willow-based evapotranspiration landfill cover demonstration project to determine the percolation component of the site water budget. Professor Doug Daley.

Development of a Water Budget for a Rain Garden. Analyze roof drainage flow data into/from a rain garden on the SUNY ESF campus to determine performance characteristics such as retention time, ET rate, percolation rate. Professor Doug Daley.

Analysis of Lead Distribution in Rain Garden Soils receiving Roof Drainage. Using portable XRF, determine lateral and vertical distribution of lead in rain garden soils that can be attributed to wash-off of atmospheric deposition on roof surfaces. Professor Doug Daley.

Detection and Prediction of Invasive Insects in the Northeastern United States and Canada. Prepare an annotated bibliography of published literature regarding use of remote sensing techniques to detect the presence and/or effects of invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorn beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, and Sirex woodwasp. Dr. Lindi Quackenbush.

Spatial analysis of extreme climatic events using NASA-derived products. This NASA-sponsored project focused on geographic analysis of land surface temperatures as measured by satellite sensors. The goal is to understand extreme climatic changes (e.g. repeated temperatures above expected averages) and their associated spatial and temporal extents. Dr. Giorgos Mountrakis.

Solids-liquid Separation of Digested Dairy Manure. Design and construction of 2 biofilters and 2 constructed wetlands and construction and operation of 6 pebble filters supporting research evaluating treatment effectiveness applied to dairy farm digester waste stream. Dr. Wendong Tao.

Composting of Thickened Dairy Manure. Designed, constructed and operated a composter for treatment of thickened dairy manure to determine process efficiency based on temperature and water content. Dr. Wendong Tao.