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2022

The 16th Annual Symposium took place April 7-8, 2022 in SEEC and on Zoom.

The Annual Hydrologic Sciences Symposium at CU Boulder is organized by students affiliated with the interdisciplinary Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program and is open to all aspects of hydrologic sciences; interdisciplinary entries are particularly encouraged (e.g. hydrogeology, hydroecology, aquatic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental and water resource engineering, etc.). 

The symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline. Abstracts are accepted from graduate and undergraduate students, researchers and faculty at CU Boulder and other Colorado colleges and universities as well as Colorado hydroscience researchers from the community and institutions such as USGS, NOAA, or NCAR.


Who is invited?

The Symposium welcomes anyone interested in hydrologic sciences. 

2022 Schedule


Present your research

Student abstracts were accepted February 11 to March 25, 2022.

Details for Presenters


Keynote Speakers

Melisa Diaz Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Danica Schaffer-Smith  The Nature Conservancy and Arizona State University

Invited Speakers

Melissa Foster US Bureau of Reclamation

Adrienne Kroepsch Colorado School of Mines

Katherine Lininger Department of Geography, CU Boulder

Ben Livneh Department of Civil Engineering, CU Boulder

Nicole Rowan Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Sara Sanchez Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, CU Boulder

Vicki Scharnhorst Tetra Tech

Joel Sholtes Colorado Mesa University

Willem Vervoort School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney

Michelle Walvoord US Geologic Survey 

Steve Wondzell US Forest Service


2021-2022 Student Steering Committee


Hosted by

  • INSTAAR - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research 

Participating Units

  • CU Graduate School

  • ATOC - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 

  • CEAE - Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering 

  • EBIO - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

  • ENVS - Environmental Studies 

  • GEOG - Geography 

  • GEOL - Geological Sciences 


     

2021

The 15th Annual Symposium took place April 8-9, 2021 on Zoom.

Theme: IN HOT WATER: Climate Change and Water Resources


    Who is invited?

    The Symposium welcomes anyone interested in hydrologic sciences. 


    Present your research

    Abstracts were accepted February 12 to March 12, 2021.


    Keynote Speakers

    Guest Speakers


    Steering Committee

    Hosted by

    • CWEST - Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology 
    • INSTAAR - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research 

    Participating Units

    • CU Graduate School
    • ATOC - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 
    • CEAE - Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering 
    • EBIO - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
    • ENVS - Environmental Studies 
    • GEOG - Geography 
    • GEOL - Geological Sciences 

    2020

    cancelled due to the COVID19 Pandemic


    2019

    2019 Theme:The Power of Water


    Location

    SEEC Auditorium Room 120, CU Boulder East Campus

    Abstracts

    • Submission opens 21 Feb, 2019.
    • Abstract deadline 22 Mar, 2019. 
    • Register and Submit Abstract Here
    • Email hydrogrd@colorado.edu for any questions or assistance

    Keynote Speakers

    • Rosemary Carroll: Associate Professor of Hydrology, Desert Research Institute (DRI).
    • Irena Creed: Executive Director and Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan.
    • Matthew Rodell: Chief of Hydrologic Sciences, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center.
    • Arash Zamyadi: Assistant Professor, Polytechnique Montréal, University of Montreal, Canada.

    Invited Speakers

    • Lisa Dilling: Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado Boulder.
    • Brian Ebel: Research Hydrologist, Water Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey.
    • Douglas Kenney: Senior Research Associate, Getches-Wilkinson Natural Resources Law Center and Director of the Western Water Policy Program, University of Colorado Boulder.
    • John McCray: Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines.
    • Daniel McGrath: Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Colorado State University.
    • Donald Rosenberry: Research Hydrologist, Water Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey.
    • Collette Wilfong: Environmental Education Intern, Geoscientist-in-Parks Program, Rocky Mountain National Park.

    Hosted by

    • CWEST - Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology 
    • INSTAAR - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research 

    Participating Units

    • CU Graduate School
    • ATOC - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 
    • CEAE - Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering 
    • EBIO - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
    • ENVS - Environmental Studies 
    • GEOG - Geography 
    • GEOL - Geological Sciences 

    Overview

    The symposium consists of posters and presentations by CU-Boulder students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as presentations by faculty and Boulder area researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, NCAR). In addition, there will be keynote and guest speakers by influential members of the hydrosciences field.

    The annual symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline.

    2018

    2018 Theme
    Hydrology Horizons:
    Innovations in Water Science

    Location

    SEEC Auditorium Room 120, CU Boulder East Campus

    Abstracts

    • Submission opens 19 Feb, 2018.
    • Abstract deadline 23 Mar, 2018. 
    • Email hydrogrd@colorado.edu for a link to the abstract submission page.

    Keynote Speakers

    • Masaki Hayashi: Professor of Geoscience, University of Calgary; 2018 Henry Darcy Lecturer. 
    • Erin Hotchkiss: Assistant Professor of Biology, Virginia Tech. 
    • Cindy Paulson: Senior VP & Chief Technical Officer, Brown & Caldwell. 

    Local Guest Speakers

    • Jennifer Back: National Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Co-Lead, NPS. 
    • Rebecca Barnes: Assistant Professor of Env. Science, Colorado College. 
    • Tzahi Cath: Professor of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines. 
    • Sheila Murphy: Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey. 
    • Sara Rathburn: Professor of Geology, Colorado State University. 
    • Mike SanClements: Scientist, National Ecological Observatory network.

    CU Professor Guest Speakers

    • Katja Friedrich: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department. 
    • Eve-Lyn Hinckley: Environmental Studies Program. 
    • Joe Ryan: Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department. 

    Hosted by

    • CWEST - Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology 
    • INSTAAR - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research 

    Participating Units

    • CU Graduate School
    • ATOC - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 
    • CEAE - Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering 
    • EBIO - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
    • ENVS - Environmental Studies 
    • GEOG - Geography 
    • GEOL - Geological Sciences 

    Overview

    The symposium consists of posters and presentations by CU-Boulder students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as presentations by faculty and Boulder area researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, NCAR). In addition, there will be keynote and guest speakers by influential members of the hydrosciences field.

    The annual symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline.

    Who's Invited?

    The Symposium is open to all CU-Boulder students (grad & undergrad) and faculty working in any aspect of hydrologic sciences, especially those doing interdisciplinary research (e.g. hydrogeology, hydroecology, aquatic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental and water resource engineering, etc.). We also invite hydroscience researchers in the Boulder area to submit an abstract (ie, USGS, NOAA, NCAR). Submitting a poster or talk that you have already presented at another conference is fine, as long as it does not violate an agreement you made with the other conference. Making a presentation of a collaborative study for which you are not first author is fine too, as long as you made a substantial contribution and are familiar with all aspects of the study.


    2017

    The 2017 Symposium will take place April 6-7, 2017

    Hydroscience presentations by students, faculty, and Boulder-area researchers.  Keynotes and guest talks by distinguished scientists.


    2017 Theme
    Collaboration and Connections:
    Protecting and Restoring Water Resources


    Location

    SEEC Auditorium Room 120, CU Boulder East Campus


    Abstracts

    • Submission opens 20 Feb, 2017.
    • Abstract deadline 10 Mar, 2017. 
    • Email hydrogrd@colorado.edu for a link to the abstract submission page.

    Keynote Speakers

    • Jill Baron: Senior Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado State University - Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
      "Scaling Nitrogen Effects and Management Issues from Small Watersheds to the Globe: Towards an International Nitrogen Management System"
    • Laurel Larsen: Assistant Professor of Physical Geography, University of California, Berkeley
      "Unraveling Complexity from Two Directions: Hydroecological Systems Seen Through the Lenses of Modeling and Data"
    • Otto Strack: Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota
      "Application of Elementary Solutions in Groundwater Modeling"
    • Brad Udall: Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar, Colorado State University - Colorado Water Institute
      "The Collision of 19th Century Water Law, 20th Century Water Infrastructure and 21st Century Climate Change: Navigating the New Realities"

    Guest Speakers

    • Laura Belanger: Water Resources and Environmental Engineer, Western Resource Advocates
      "Engineering and the Environment: Informing and Influencing Policies and Projects"
    • Anne Castle: Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment, University of Colorado, Boulder
      "The Colorado River: Where Water Scarcity Sparks Collaboration"
    • James Eklund: Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board
      "Implementing Colorado's Water Plan"

    Participating Units

    Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) - Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology (CWEST) - CU Graduate School - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) - Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering (CEAE) - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) - Environmental Studies (ENVS) -Geography (GEOG) - Geological Sciences (GEOL)


    Overview

    The symposium consists of posters and presentations by CU-Boulder students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as presentations by faculty and Boulder area researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, NCAR). In addition, there will be keynote and guest speakers by influential members of the hydrosciences field.

    The annual symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline.


    Who's Invited?

    2 female students posing in front of research display

    Theresa Denison (Centaurus High School), and Veronica Carrasco (Centaurus High School) pose with their science fair poster illustrating seasonal changes in the chemistry and redox state of dissolved organic matter, Nymph Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. Their work was done under the mentorship of INSTAAR graduate student Rose Cory. Their project won several prizes in regional science fairs in spring 2004 including 1st place in the Earth and Space Science category at the Colorado-Wyoming Junior Academy of Science. They were invited to participate in the National Science Fair in Washington DC.

    The Symposium is open to all CU-Boulder students (grad & undergrad) and faculty working in any aspect of hydrologic sciences, especially those doing interdisciplinary research (e.g. hydrogeology, hydroecology, aquatic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental and water resource engineering, etc.). We also invite hydroscience researchers in the Boulder area to submit an abstract (ie, USGS, NOAA, NCAR). Submitting a poster or talk that you have already presented at another conference is fine, as long as it does not violate an agreement you made with the other conference. Making a presentation of a collaborative study for which you are not first author is fine too, as long as you made a substantial contribution and are familiar with all aspects of the study.

    More information

    Abstracts should be no longer than 3000 characters (about 400 words). Up to three figures may be submitted. See the "Submit Abstract" page for more details. Other questions? Email us at hydrogrd@colorado.edu


    2016


    11th Annual Hydrologic Sciences Student Research Symposium
    March 31 and April 1, 2016
    University Memorial Center
    University of Colorado Boulder

    Welcome

    The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder welcomes you to the Eleventh Annual Hydrologic Sciences Research Symposium. Thank you for joining us in showcasing the diversity of ongoing hydrologic research at and around the University of Colorado. Keynote speakers Matt Cohen, Amy East, Tom Painter and Rob Runkel will address issues at the forefront of hydrology. Talks and posters from students and invited faculty include projects on measuring and modeling snowpack and soil moisture dynamics, surface water and groundwater flow and depletion, biogeochemical processes, hydrologic engineering, and the politics that have shaped our past and dictate the future of hydrology. Join us as we celebrate hydrologic research.

    Overview

    The symposium consists of posters and presentations by CU-Boulder students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as presentations by faculty and Boulder area researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, NCAR). In addition, there will be keynote speakers by influential members of the hydrosciences field.

    The annual symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline.

    2016 Keynote Speakers

    • Matthew Cohen, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • Amy East, U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA
    • Thomas Painter, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
    • Robert Runkel, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Water Science Center, Denver, CO

    Sponsors
    Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering - Geography - Geological Sciences - Environmental Studies - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research - CU Graduate School

    Many Thanks to
    The planning committee: Anna Bergstrom, Jordan Carroll, Keith Jennings, and Christa Torrens
    Faculty Advisors: Michael Gooseff and John Pitlick

    Who's Invited?

    The Symposium is open to all CU-Boulder students (grad & undergrad) and faculty working in any aspect of hydrologic sciences, especially those doing interdisciplinary research (e.g. hydrogeology, hydroecology, aquatic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental and water resource engineering, etc.). We also invite hydroscience researchers in the Boulder area to submit an abstract (ie, USGS, NOAA, NCAR). Submitting a poster or talk that you have already presented at another conference is fine, as long as it does not violate an agreement you made with the other conference. Making a presentation of a collaborative study for which you are not first author is fine too, as long as you made a substantial contribution and are familiar with all aspects of the study.

    More information

    Abstracts should be no longer than 3000 characters (about 400 words). Up to three figures may be submitted. Use the links in the upper right sidebar to submit your abstract and for more details.

    Day 1 Talks - Thursday, March 31, 2016
    9:00   Coffee & Muffins/Registration
    9:45 John
    Pitlick
    Welcome Address
    10:00 Peter
    Shellito
    Evaluation of SMAP soil moisture drying rates
    10:20 Daphne
    Szutu
    Linking sap flow and stable isotope techniques to understand transpiration dynamics in a semiarid shrubland
    10:40 Holly
    Barnard 
    Examining Diel Patterns of Soil and Xylem Moisture Using Electrical Resistivity Imaging
    11:00 Matthew
    Cohen
    Keynote address- A Sensor Driven Transformation in the Hydrologic Sciences: How New Tools are Enabling New Insights in Catchment and River Processes
    12:00   Lunch/Poster Session (pizza and drinks provided)
    1:00 Mark
    Schutte
    Geomorphic Response of Fall River to the 2013 Flood
    1:20 Charles
    Shobe
    Big Blocks And River Incision: A Numerical Modeling Perspective
    1:40 Amy
    East
    Keynote address- Fluvial Response to Dam Removal: A Synthesis Perspective
    2:40   20 min break
    3:00 Alia
    Khan
    Dissolved black carbon in Antarctic lakes: Chemical signatures of past and present sources
    3:20 Garrett
    Rue
    Chemostatic Cradle to Grave: Dissolved Organic Matter and the Biogeochemical Impacts of the 2013 Boulder Flood
    3:40 Kaelin
    Cawley
    Characterization and spatial distribution of particulate and soluble carbon and nitrogen from wildfire impacted sediments
    4:00 Robert
    Runkel
    Keynote address- Acid Mine Drainage In Colorado: A Wicked Problem With No End In Sight
    5:00   End

     

    Day 2 Talks - Friday, April 01, 2016
    9:30   Coffee & Muffins/Registration
    10:00 Kelsey
    Dailey
    Groundwater's role in mitigating mountain water resource impacts from a changing climate: Geochemical insights from a subalpine, headwater catchment, Colorado, USA
    10:20 David
    Barnard
    Transpiration phenology along an elevational gradient in montane coniferous forests
    10:40 Theodore
    Barnhart
    Streamflow Sensitivity to Changes in Snowpack Across Trans-Basin Diversions
    11:00 Thomas
    Painter
    Keynote address- Entering a New Era of Water Science and Management: The Maturation of Snow Remote Sensing
    12:00   Lunch and Panel Discussion
    1:00 Adam
    Wlostowski
    Continuous modeling of hyporheic exchange explains chemostasis in glacial meltwater streams, Antarctica
    1:20 Timothy
    Clarkin
    Exploring the effects of constraints on multiobjective evolutionary algorithm optimization efficiency and effectiveness in water resources
    1:40 Joseph
    Kasprzyk
    Many objective decision support for water and environmental problems under deep uncertainty
    2:00   20 min break
    2:20 Dominik
    Schneider
    Estimating snow depth from observations of remotely-sensed snow covered area and the terrain's snow holding capacity
    2:40 Mark
    Raleigh
    Vulnerability of an operational snowmelt model to unusual snow conditions and melt drivers
    3:00 Andrew
    Barrett
    How much water do glaciers and snow cover contribute to runoff from High Mountain Asia
    3:30   Student awards and closing
    3:45   End

     

    Poster Session - Thursday, March 31, 2016, 12:00 - 12:55

    1. Curtis Beutler: Insights on Snow Measurement Technique and Site Area Representation at Niwot Ridge from the 2016 Snow Hydrology Internship
    2. Eryan Dai: L-band Soil Moisture Mapping Using Small UnManned Aerial System
    3. Joshua Darling: Temperature Effects On The Growth Rates Of Diatoms From Streams In The McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica
    4. Ursula Rick: Western Water Assessment: Innovative Research in Partnership with Decision Makers
    5. Sarah Evans: Effects of warming on groundwater flow in mountainous snowmelt-dominated catchments
    6. Harrison Gray: Modeling and observations of luminescence in river sediment from the US Mid-Atlantic Region: implications for obtaining sediment transport information
    7. Steven Henning: Dynamic response of watershed subsurface systems to extreme precipitation events - Implications for the 2013 Colorado Front Range Floods
    8. Alice Hill: Capturing hydrologic regime changes over regional scales: Lagrangian sampling and rapid hydro assessment methodologies
    9. Jenna Stewart: A physically based modeling framework for analyzing the effects of climate change and land-cover disturbance on suspended sediment transport in the Colorado Front Range
    10. Chris Williams: Data Analysis Methods for Measuring Impact of a Conservation-Focused Residential Irrigation Inspection Program
    11. Taylor Winchell: Early snowmelt decreases ablation period carbon uptake in a high elevation, subalpine forest, Niwot Ridge, Colorado, USA

    2015


    10th Annual Hydrologic Sciences Student Research Symposium

    Water in Motion: The Role of an Irreplaceable Resource
    April 2nd & 3rd, 2015
    University Memorial Center
    University of Colorado Boulder

    Welcome

    The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder welcomes you to the Tenth Annual Hydrologic Sciences Research Symposium. Thank you for joining us in showcasing the diversity of ongoing hydrologic research at and around the University of Colorado. Keynote speakers Dr. Jay Famiglietti, Dr. Sally Thompson, and Dr. Andrew Fahlund will address issues at the forefront of hydrology. Talks and posters from students and invited faculty include projects on measuring and modeling snowpack and soil moisture dynamics, surface water and groundwater flow and depletion, biogeochemical processes, hydrologic engineering, and the politics that have shaped our past and dictate the future of hydrology. Join us as we celebrate hydrologic research.

    2015 Keynote Speakers

    • Andrew Fahlund, Deputy Director, California Water Foundation, Sacramento, CA
    • Dr. James Famiglietti, Professor of Earth Systems Science, University of California, Irvine and Senior Water Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Dr. Sally Thompson, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

    Sponsors and Donors

    • Wilson Water Group
    • Corona Environmental Consulting

    Overview

    Theme for the 2015 Symposium: Water in Motion: The role of an irreplaceable resource

    The symposium consists of posters and presentations by CU-Boulder students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as presentations by faculty and Boulder area researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, NCAR). In addition, there will be keynote speakers by influential members of the hydrosciences field.
    The annual symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline.

    Who's Invited?

    The Symposium is open to all CU-Boulder students (grad & undergrad) and faculty working in any aspect of hydrologic sciences, especially those doing interdisciplinary research (e.g. hydrogeology, hydroecology, aquatic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental and water resource engineering, etc.). We also invite hydroscience researchers in the Boulder area to submit an abstract (ie, USGS, NOAA, NCAR). Submitting a poster or talk that you have already presented at another conference is fine, as long as it does not violate an agreement you made with the other conference. Making a presentation of a collaborative study for which you are not first author is fine too, as long as you made a substantial contribution and are familiar with all aspects of the study.

    More information

    Abstracts should be no longer than 3000 characters (about 400 words). Up to three figures may be submitted.

     

    Day 1 Talks - Thursday, April 2, 2015
    8:30   Coffee & Muffins/Registration
    9:00 Diane
    McKnight 
    Welcome Address
    9:15 Jeffrey
    Rosen
    Developing And Deploying A Dynamically Updated Source Water Assessment And Response Tool
    9:30 Eric
    Small
    Monitoring The Terrestrial Water Cycle With Reflected GPS Signals
    9:45 Ben
    Livneh
    Establishing Proximal Causes Of Soil Moisture Deficits Accompanying Great Plains Drought Development
    10:00 Eryan
    Dai
    L-band Soil Moisture Mapping using UAS for Validation of SMAP
    10:15   Coffee Break
    10:30 Theodore
    Barnhart
    Sensitivity Of Hydrologic Partitioning To Snowpack Dynamics
    10:45 Dominik
    Schneider
    Establishing Transferable Sub-Pixel Relationships For Estimating Snow Depth From Remotely-Sensed Snow Covered Area And A DEM 
    11:00 Jay
    Famiglietti
    Keynote address: How The West Was Lost
    12:00   Lunch/Poster Session (pizza and drinks provided)
    1:00 Karl
    Rittger
    Determining Snow And Ice Melt Contributions Using MODIS And A Temperature Index Melt Model In The Hunza River Basin
    1:15 Elizabeth
    Houle
    Inter-Model Diagnostics For Two Snow Models Across Multiple Western U.S. Locations And Implications For Management
    1:30 Garret
    McKay
    The Effect Of Temperature On The Quantum Yield Of Photochemical Hydroxyl Radical Production From Dissolved Organic Matter
    1:45 Aleah
    Sommers
    Inside The Ice: Insights From Thermo-Mechanically Coupled Modeling Of High-Elevation Regions Of The Greenland Ice Sheet
    2:00  Sally
    Thompson
    Keynote address: Streams, Soils, Strategies And (Stressed Out?) Survivors - Ecohydrology In Seasonally Dry Climates
    3:00   15 Minute Break
    3:15 Roseanna
    Neupauer
    Effects Of Time-Varying Streambed Hydraulic Properties On Stream Depletion
    3:30 Ellen
    Wohl
    The Brief, Tumultuous Life Of Logjams In Rocky Mountain National Park
    3:45 Alia
    Khan
    Biogeochemical Cycling Of Black Carbon In The Taylor Valley Of The McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica
    4:00 Scott
    Summers
    U.S. EPA STAR National Center For Innovation In Small Drinking Water Systems
    4:15 Cameron
    Bracken
    A Spatial Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling Approach For Precipitation Extremes
    4:30 Arista
    Hickman
    Water Resource Engineering In Colorado: Evolution Of A Complex South Platte Operations And Planning Model

     

    Day 2 Talks - Friday, April 3, 2015
    9:00   Coffee & Muffins/Registration
    9:30 Hannah
    Miller
    Water/Rock Reactions In Oman Hyperalkaline Aquifers And Implications For Microbial Habitability
    9:45 Amy
    Piscopo
    Optimization Of Active Spreading Strategies To Remediate Contaminated Groundwater During In Situ Chemical Oxidation
    10:00 Jessica
    Ebert
    Evolution Of Dissolved Organic Matter Under A Perennially Ice Covered Lake, Antarctica
    10:15   Coffee Break
    10:30 Andrew
    Fahlund
    Keynote address: Why Isn't Water Considered Valuable?
    11:30 Jorge
    Figueroa
    Water For A Brave New World: Commonsense Solutions For The Front Range Of Colorado
    11:45 Todd
    Doherty
    New Approaches For Protecting The Water-Dependent Natural Environment In Boulder Valley
    12:00   Lunch, Panel Discussion, and Break
    1:15 Kelsey
    Cody
    Explaining Variability In Performance And Collective Action In Self-Governed Irrigation Systems Under Climate Change: The Case Of The San Luis Valley Of Colorado
    1:30 Lauren
    Tomkinson
    The Center For Water, Earth Science And Technology (CWEST)
    1:45 Kathleen
    Miller
    An Approach For Assessing The Drought-Resilience Of Colorado's Transbasin Water Diversions
    2:00 Abigail
    Watson
    Incorporating Deeply Uncertain Factors Into The Many Objective Search Process: Improving Adaptation To Environmental Change
    2:15   15 Minute Break
    2:30   Student Awards and Closing
    2:45   End of Symposium

    Poster Session - Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 12:00 - 12:55

    1. Sarah Evans: Characterization Of Groundwater Storage In The Heihe Headwater Watershed, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China
    2. Mehran Ghandehari: Density-Based Stream Network Extraction From Digital Elevation Models
    3. Alice Hill: Characterizing The Role And Controls Of Snowmelt In Alpine Groundwater Recharge
    4. Josh Jones: Examination Of Storm Cycles In A Rocky Mountain Subalpine Snowpack Using d18O Analysis And Seasonal Snow Pit Data
    5. Simon Mostafa: Photochemical Inactivation Of E. Faecalis In The Presence Of Organic Matter
    6. Mark Raleigh: Which Forcing Data Errors Matter Most When Modeling Seasonal Snowpack?
    7. Carleigh Samson: Modeling the Impact of Climate Change on TOC Threshold Exceedances for Meeting DBP Regulations
    8. Peter Shellito: Soil Hydraulic Properties Modeled From Meter To Kilometer Scales Based On In Situ And SMOS Soil Moisture Data
    9. Bill Szafranski: Simulation Of Daily Flow Data Using A Stochastic Nonparametric Model (K-Nearest Neighbor)
    10. Matthew Weingarten: High-Rate Injection Is Associated With The Increase In U.S. Mid-Continent Seismicity
    11. Alana Wilson: Age And Origin Of Waters: What Hydrogen And Oxygen Isotopes In A Glacierized Catchment Can Tell Us
    12. Qinghuan Zhang: Hydrologic Simulations In Two Subcatchments Of The Boulder Creek Watershed

    Sponsors
    Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering - Geography - Geological Sciences - Environmental Studies - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research - CU Graduate School

    Many Thanks To
    The planning committee: Alice Hill, Kelsey Dailey, Taylor Winchell, Nora Catolico, Mandi Hohner, Caitlin Glover, Peter Shellito, and Kaelin Cawley
    Faculty Advisors: John Pitlick and Diane McKnight

    Student Prizes Donated by
    Wilson Water Group
    Corona Environmental Consulting

    Prior Schedules

    To get a sense of past symposia, you can look at our Past Symposia page and Abstracts Archive


    2014


    9th Annual Hydrologic Sciences Student Research Symposium

    Water: Our Global Solvent
    April 3rd & 4th, 2014
    University Memorial Center
    University of Colorado Boulder

    2014 Keynote Speakers

    • Roger Bales, Professor, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, University of California Merced
    • Bonnie Colby, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona
    • Stephen Osborn, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, California State Polytechnic University

    Sponsors and Donors

    • Boulder area consulting firm, AMEC Consulting, sponsors the student awards. 
    • CU departments, GEOG, GEOL, ENVS, and CEAE, contributed funds to cover the costs of the symposium. 
    • INSTAAR and the Graduate School provide financial support for the Hydrologic Sciences Program.

    Overview

    Theme for the 2014 Symposium: Water: Our Global Solvent

    The symposium consists of posters and presentations by CU-Boulder students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as presentations by faculty and Boulder area researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, NCAR). In addition, there will be keynote speakers by influential members of the hydrosciences field.
    The annual symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline.

    Day 1 Talks - Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
    9:00   Coffee & Muffins/Registration
    9:15   Welcome Address
    9:30 Jeff Writer & 
    Sheila Murphy
    Temporal and Spatial Controls on Post-Wildfire Water Quality in the Colorado Front Range
    10:00 Eryan  
    Dai
    L-band Soil Moisture Mapping using UAS for Validation and Calibration of SMAP
    10:15 Amy  
    Piscopo
    Multi-Objective Optimization of Engineered Injection and Extraction to Enhance In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater
    10:30 Joe  
    Ryan
    Fate and Transport of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Organic Compounds
    10:45   15 Minute Break
    11:00 Stephen 
    Osborn
    Keynote Address: Water Quality and Natural Gas Production: A Tale of Two Shales 
    12:00   Lunch/Poster Session (Free pizza and Drinks)
    1:15 John  
    Knowles
    The Relative Contributions of Alpine and Subalpine Ecosystems to the Water Balance of a Headwater Catchment
    1:30 Margaret  
    Burns
    Variability of Hillslope Dissolved Organic Matter Transport and Transformation in a Semi-arid Catchment
    1:45 Hallie  
    Adams
    Linking Topography, Hydrology, Climate, and Ecology in Semiarid Forests: Within Catchment Annual Tree Growth and Water Use Efficiency
    2:00 Erin  
    Berryman
    Terrain Modulates Hydrological Couplings with Soil Respiration within the Boulder Creek Drainage
    2:15   15 Minute Break
    2:30 Cameron  
    Bracken
    Seasonal Variability of Western US Extreme Precipitation
    2:45 Robert  
    Brakenridge
    Satellite Measurements of River Discharge and Runoff 
    3:00 Martyn  
    Clark
    Science to support water resource planning and management: Understanding sensitivity to climate change and improving hydroclimatic monitoring and prediction products
    3:15   15 Minute Break
    3:30 Kelsey  
    Cody 
    Emergence of Collective Action in a Groundwater Commons: Irrigators in the San Luis Valley of Colorado
    3:45 Douglas  
    Kenney
    Empowering Municipal Water Utilities to Pursue Aggressive Conservation Programs
    4:00 Ken  
    Neubecker
    A 21st Century paradigm for rivers and water in the West: adding ethics and biology to an engineering solution
    4:15 Yilma  
    Seleshi
    Nile Hydrology and Ethiopian Dams, Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as a case study
    4:30   End of Day

     

    Day 2 Talks - Friday, April 4th, 2014
    8:30   Coffee & Muffins/Registration
    9:00 Hari  
    Rajaram
    Enlargement of Englacial Conduits in Cold Ice - Verification of Basic Theory Against Simple Experiments, and Some New Insights
    9:15 Aleah  
    Sommers
    Temperature and Velocity Profiles Inferred By Thermal Flowline Modeling for High Elevation Regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet
    9:30 Adrian  
    Harpold
    Evaluating the Importance of Snowmelt Infiltration to Soil Water Availability Across Western U.S. Mountain Ecosystems
    9:45 Ryan  
    Utz
    The National Ecological Observatory Network: An Update on Construction Progress and Introduction to the STReams Experimental Observatory Network (STREON)
    10:00 Alana  
    Wilson
    Using hydrochemistry data to constrain the role of snow and ice meltwater in the hydrology of Langtang Valley, Nepal
    10:15 Jim  
    Prairie
    Facilitating water supply and demand planning efforts in the Colorado River Basin
    10:30 Eric  
    Gordon
    Making Science Relevant: How Hydroclimate Research Gets Integrated Into Decision Making
    10:45 John  
    Carron
    Hydros Consulting Inc., Background and Operation
    10:50   10 minute break
    11:00 Rogers 
    Bales
    Keynote Address: Mountain Hydrology, Forest Management and Water Security in the Sierra Nevada
    12:00   Lunch Round Table (Free sandwiches and Drinks)
    1:00   15 minute break
    1:15 Bonnie 
    Colby
    Keynote Address: â€œDrought-Proofing” Regional Water Supplies - How Effective Can We Be?
    2:15 Andrea  
    Sack
    An isotopic perspective on water and carbon sources in complex geochemical setting of the Appalachians
    2:30   15 minute break
    2:45 Emily  
    Graham
    The Role of Dissolved Organic Matter in Mercury Methylation in the Duluth-Superior Port
    3:00 Julie  
    Korak 
    Fluorescence Spectroscopy As An Indicator For Cyanobacteria Organic Matter Release By Oxidation Processes/td>
    3:15 Hannah  
    Miller
    Low temperature H2 production and habitability of serpentine aquifers
    3:30 Farrokh  
    Shoaei 
    The Importance Of Instantaneous Flow Structures to Total Mixing And Reaction Of Gamete Filaments In Broadcast Spawning
    3:45   Student Awards and Closing
    4:15    End of Symposium 
    Start of Happy Hour

    Poster Session - Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, 12:00 - 1:15p

    1. Henry Brandes: Evaluating the effects of precipitation and wind speed on snow water equivalence along an elevation gradient using 30 years of LTER snow-pit data
    2. Benjamin Castellani: Comparing the Annual Pattern of Snowfall and Accumulation at Summit, Greenland
    3. Clara Chew: Surface soil moisture estimations using GPS-Interferometric Reflectometry: error sources and sensing limits
    4. Steven Crisp: Quantifying long-term geomorphological change in Dry Valley streams: integrating survey data with subsequent LiDAR surveys
    5. Rachel Gabor: More than just the sum of the catchment: In-stream processing of water-soluble soil organic matter
    6. Amanda Hohner: Assessing wildfire impacted source water quality and treatability in the Cache la Poudre watershed through monitoring and a lab-based leaching study
    7. John Meyer: Characterizing fire impacted dissolved organic matter (DOM) before and after coagulation treatment
    8. Brett Poulin: Mercury transformation and release dynamics under saturation conditions in contaminated riparian soils
    9. Mark Raleigh: Spatial and interannual variability of snow interception in coniferous forest canopies
    10. Garrett Rue: Increasing ARD and rare earth metal concentrations in an alpine watershed
    11. Dominik Schneider: Combining remotely-sensed snow water equivalent with in-situ measurements to produce a real-time SWE product
    12. Brooke Stamper: Drier Soils in a Warming World? Examining the Relationship Between Soil-Water Stress and Snow Persistence in the Mountain West

    Sponsors
    Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering • Geography • Geological Sciences • Environmental Studies • Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research • CU Graduate School

    Many Thanks to:
    The planning committee: Jessica Dehart, Daniel Broman, Ben Livneh, Christopher Florian, Kaelin Cawley, Theodore Barnhart, Garrett Rue, and Elizabeth Koebele for organizing the symposium. Faculty Advisors: John Pitlick and Diane McKnight for advising.

    Students Prizes Donated by:
    AMEC Earth & Environmental is AMEC’s full-service engineering, environmental, and construction management division. AMEC’s Colorado offices have provided quality water resources management services throughout the state of Colorado since 1983. Our Colorado offices are staffed with civil/drainage/water resources engineers, water system and hydrologic modelers, geoscientists, environmental scientists, planners, and GIS and CAD specialists. These specialists form multi-disciplinary teams to unlock value for our clients. Our success is built upon maintaining the “best in industry staff”, providing technical innovation, and delivery of cost effective solutions.


    2013


    Welcome

    The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder welcomes you to the Eighth Annual Hydrologic Sciences Student Research Symposium. Thank you for joining us in showcasing the diversity of ongoing hydrologic research at the University of Colorado. Keynote speakers Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier, Dr. Patty Limerick and Dr. Patrick Belmont will address issues at the forefront of hydrology. Talks and posters from students and invited faculty include projects on the role of water in geologic and biogeochemical processes, ecosystems functions, decision-making, and global elemental cycling. Join us as we celebrate the future of hydrologic research.

    Keynote Speakers:

    11am Monday 
    Dr. Dennis Lettenmaier: Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington-Seattle

    4pm Monday March 18th 
    Dr. Patty Limerick: Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West, Professor of History, University of Colorado-Boulder

    2:30pm Tuesday March 19th 
    Dr. Patrick Belmont, Assisstant Professor, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University


    Day 1 Talks - Monday March 18, 2013
    10:30

     

    Coffee & Muffins/Registration

     

    10:45

     

    Welcome Address

     

    11:00 -12:00

     

    Dennis
    Lettenmaier*

     

    Climate change and the water resources of the western U.S. 

     

    12:00 - 1:45

     

    Lunch/Poster Session (Free Pizza and Drinks)

     

    1:45-2:00

     

    Sabre  
    Duren

     

    Wetland Photochemistry as a Major Control on the Transport of Metals in an Acid Mine Drainage Impacted Watershed 

     

    2:00-2:15

     

    Jessica  
    Ebert

     

    Modeling Microbial Contributions to Dissolved Organic Matter Using Parallel Factor Analysis 

     

    2:15-2:30

     

    Tyler  
    Kohler

     

    Hydrologic controls on microbial mat communities in the McMurdo Dry Valley streams of Antarctica 

     

    15 minute break

     

    2:45 - 3:00

     

    Stephanie  
    Higgins

     

    Land subsidence at aquaculture facilities in the Yellow River Delta, China 

     

    3:00 - 3:15

     

    Keli  
    Goodman

     

    The Aquatic Program at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) 

     

    15 minute break

     

    3:30 - 4:00

     

    Justice Gregory
    Hobbs

     

    Into the Grand, the Four Corners of History, Poetry, The Law and Judging 

     

    4:00-5:00

     

    Patty
    Limerick*

     

    A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water 

     

    6:00 Dinner at Diane McKnight's house

     

     


     

    Day 2 Talks - Tuesday, March 18, 2013
     

     

     

     

     

     

    9:00

     

    Coffee & Muffins/Registration

     

    9:15 - 9:30

     

    Pablo  
    Mendoza

     

    Towards a better understanding of hydrologic sensitivity to climate change: impact of hydrologic model choices 

     

    9:30 - 9:45

     

    Naoki  
    Mizukami

     

    Impact of Different Large-scale Hydrologic Model Forcing Data on Hydrologic Simulations over Mountainous Regions 

     

    9:45 - 10:00

     

    Leif  
    Anderson

     

    The effects of interannual climate variability on paleoclimate estimates derived from glacial moraines 

     

    15 minute break

     

    10:00 - 10:15

     

    Darren  
    Larsen

     

    Asynchronous Little Ice Age Glacier Fluctuations in Iceland and Europe linked to subpolar North Atlantic circulation 

     

    10:30- 10:45

     

    Brian  
    Macpherson

     

    Enthalpy-Based Models for Ice Sheets and Improving Understanding of Cryo-Hydrologic Warming 

     

    10:45 - 11:00

     

    Benjamin  
    Hudson

     

    Estimating Freshwater Discharge from the Greenland Ice Sheet with MODIS 

     

    15 minute break

     

    11:15-11:30

     

    Laura  
    Snider

     

    What is Newsworthy in Scientific Research? Perspectives from the CU Communications Office 

     

    11:30-12:00

     

    Tom  
    Yulsman

     

    Running Dry: Water and Journalism Both? 

     

    12:00 - 1:00

     

    Lunch Round Table (Free sandwiches and Drinks)

     

    1:00 -1:15

     

    Amy  
    Piscopo

     

    Many-Objective Design of Engineered Injection and Extraction Sequences to Optimize In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater 

     

    1:15 - 1:30

     

    Gregory  
    Lackey

     

    Varying Stream Channel Conductance and its Effects on Stream Depletion Estimations 

     

    1:30 - 1:45

     

    Warangkana
    Larbkich

     

    Introduction Of Solute Age To Assess Aquifer Vulnerability And Direct Simulation Of Mean Groundwater Age 

     

    10 minute break 

     

    1:55 - 2:10

     

    Jessica  
    Dehart

     

    Fate and Transport of 8 Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Organic Compounds 

     

    2:10 - 2:25

     

    Michael
    Fitch

     

    Hydraulic Fracturing Water Usage: Activist Perceptions and the Controversial Technique 

     

    5 minute break 

     

    2:30 - 3:30

     

    Patrick
    Belmont*

     

    Landscape Erosion and Sediment Routing Under Non-stationary Hydrologic Conditions 

     

    3:30

     

    Student Prizes Awarded

     

    4:00 Happy Hour for students and invited speakers  (At the Med)

     


    Posters

    1. Daniel Broman: Climatic Variability of the West African Monsoon and its Influence on Meningococcal Meningitis Susceptibility
    2. Logan Callihan: Robust Decision Strategies for Climate Change Assessment
    3. Kelsey Cody: Climate Change, Growth, and Regional Integration: Lessons for Municipal and Industrial Water Providers
    4. Lianne Daugherty: Application of Stochastic Weather Generator based Seasonal Ensemble Streamflow Forecasts to Water Resources Management
    5. Brian Ebel: Wildfire and hillslope aspect impacts on subsurface hydrologic response
    6. Solomon Erkyihun: Modeling Large Scale Climate Indicators Using Wavelet-based Time Series Method
    7. Sarah Evans: Sensing Vegetation Growth and Senescence with Reflected GPS Signals
    8. Shahen Huda: Modeling the Effects of Bed Topography on Fluvial Erosion by Saltating Bed Load 
    9. Roseanna Neupauer: An Adjoint Approach to Estimating Stream Depletion
    10. Nadine Reitman: 3D modeling of groundwater flow and solute transport in a watershed underlain by salt deposits in southeast Utah
    11. Dominik Schneider: A regression-based approach for blending remotely sensed and in-situ snow water equivalent estimates in the Colorado River Basin
    12. Robert Semborski: Small Scale Spatial Variations Within the Snowpack on Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research Site
    13. Eli Townsend: Correlating the spectroscopic properties of organic matter to the photochemical formation of hydroxyl radical in natural waters
    14. Julia Traylor: Optimal Initial Configuration of Treatment Solution for In Situ Remediation with Engineered Injection and Extraction in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Aquifers
    15. Yanto Yanto: Investigating ENSO Signal in Ciliwung Streamflow Variability, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Sponsors
    Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering • Geography • Geological Sciences • Environmental Studies • Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research • CU Graduate School

    Many thanks to:
    The planning committee: Sara Tabatabaie, Bill Szafranski, Ben Livneh, Katya Hafich, Kaelin Cawley, Rebecca Smith, Abby Kuranz, Rachel Gabor, Logan Callihan, Brian Buma, and Andy Wickert for organizing the symposium.
    Faculty Advisors: John Pitlick, and Diane McKnight for advising.

    Student Prizes Donated by:
    AMEC Earth & Environmental is AMEC’s full-service engineering, environmental, and construction management division. AMEC’s Colorado offices have provided quality water resources management services throughout the state of Colorado since 1983. Our Colorado offices are staffed with civil/drainage/water resources engineers, water system and hydrologic modelers, geoscientists, environmental scientists, planners, and GIS and CAD specialists. These specialists form multi-disciplinary teams to unlock value for our clients. Our success is built upon maintaining the “best in industry staff”, providing technical innovation, and delivery of cost effective solutions.

     


    2012


    2012 Keynote Speakers

    • Dr. Mary Hill , Senior Research Hydrologist at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
    • Dr. Nandita Basu, Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa 
    • Dr. Emily H. Stanley, Professor of Zoology and Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin

     


    2011


     

    Summary Schedule 2011

    Thursday, March 31 (UMC Aspen Rooms, 2nd floor)

    10:30 Welcome/Registration

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