Diane McKnight
Professor

Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology, Director

Department: Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Education: B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975, 1978, 1979)
Teaching: CVEN 3434 Applied Ecology, CVEN 5323 Applied Stream Ecology
Research: Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Reactive transport of metals and organic material in streams and rivers

Office: ECES 124 or LITR 115

Honors and Distinctions:

  • John Dalton Medal, European Geophysical Union
  • American Geophysical Union, Hydrology Career Award
  • Distinguished Research Lectureship, CU-Boulder
  • US Geological Survey: Meritorious Service Award
  • American Geophysical Union: Fellow
  • National Academy of Engineering: Member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow
  • Humic Sciences and Technology Conference XI: Honorary Chair
  • American Geophysical Union: Langbein Lecturer
  • John Dalton Medal, European Geophysical Union
  • Hydrology Career Award, American Geophysical Union

Recent Publications with undergraduate students:
* indicates undergraduate student

  1. Darling, J.P.*, Garland, D.D.**, Stanish, L.F.**, Esposito, R. M. M., Sokol, E. R., McKnight, D. M. 2017. Thermal autecology describes the occurrence patterns of four benthic diatoms in McMurdo Dry Valley streams. Polar Biology. doi.org/10.1007/s00300-017-2151-y.
  2. Smith, H. J.*, Foster, R. A., McKnight, D. M., Lisle, J. T., Littmann, S., Kuypers, M. M. M., Foreman, C. M. 2017. Microbial formation of labile organic carbon in Antarctic glacial environments. Nature Geoscience. 10:356, D10.1038/NGEO2925.
  3. Cawley, K. M., V. Koerfer*, D. M. McKnight. 2013.The role of dissolved organic matter (DOM) quality in the growth enhancement of Alexandrium fundyense (Dinophyceae) in laboratory culture. Journal of Phycology 49:546-554, DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12063.
  4. Lyons, W. B., D. L. Leslie, R. S. Harmon, K. Neumann, K. A. Welch, K. Bisson*, D. M. McKnight. 2013. The carbon stable isotope biogeochemistry of streams, Taylor Valley, Antarctica. Applied Geochemistry 32: 26-36, DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2012.08.019 
  5. Esposito, R. M. M., S. L. Horn*, D. M. McKnight, M. J. Cox*, M. C. Grant, S. A. Spaulding, P. T. Doran, and K. D. Cozzetto. 2006. Antarctic climate cooling and response of diatoms in glacial meltwater streams. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, LXXXXX, doi:10.1029/2006GL025903.

Recent Publications with graduate students:
** indicates undergraduate student

  1. McAdams, B. C.**, Aiken, G. R., McKnight, D. M., Arnold, W. A., Chin, Y-P. 2018. High Pressure Size Exclusion Chromatography (HPSEC) Determination of Dissolved Organic Matter Molecular Weight Revisited: Accounting for Changes in Stationary Phases, Analytical Standards, and Isolation Methods. Environ. Sci. Technol 52(2):722-730.
  2. Darling, J.P.*, Garland, D.D.**, Stanish, L.F.**, Esposito, R. M. M., Sokol, E. R., McKnight, D. M. 2017. Thermal autecology describes the occurrence patterns of four benthic diatoms in McMurdo Dry Valley streams. Polar Biology. doi.org/10.1007/s00300-017-2151-y.
  3. Rue, G. P.**, Rock, N. D., Gabor, R. S., Pitlick, J., Tfaily, M., McKnight, D. M. 2017. Concentration-discharge relationships during an extreme event: Contrasting behavior of solutes and changes to chemical quality of dissolved organic material in the Boulder Creek Watershed during the September 2013 flood. Water Resources Research. 53:5276-5297, DOI; 10.1002/2016WR019708.
  4. Khan, A. L.**, Wagner, S., Jaffe, R., Xian, P., Williams, M., Armstrong, R., McKnight, D. M. 2017. Dissolved black carbon in the global cryosphere: Concentrations and chemical signatures. Geophysical Research Letters. 44:6226-6234, DOI 10.1002/2017GL073485.
  5. Khan, A. L.**, Dierssen, H., Schwarz, J. P., Schmitt, C., Chlus, A., Hermanson, M., Painter, T. H., McKnight, D. M. 2017. Impacts of coal dust from an active mine on the spectral reflectance of Arctic surface snow in Svalbard, Norway. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. 122:1767- 1778, DOI 10.1002/2016JD025757. 
  6. Miller,M. P.Boyer,E. W., McKnight, D. M. , Brown, M. G., Gabor, R. S.**, Hunsaker, C. T.,  Iavorivska, L., Inamdar, S., Johnson, D. W., Kaplan, L. A., Lin, H, , McDowell, W. H., Perdrial. J. N. 2016Variation of organic matter quantity and quality in streams at Critical Zone Observatory watershedsWater Resources Research 52,82028216,doi:10.1002/2016WR018970.