Native and Invasive Plant Communities
Botanist Chris Martine and students are exploring the forests and meadows throughout the Susquehanna region, including several studies assessing the impact of invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed on native riparian plant communities.Read more ...
Land Surface-Atmosphere Boundary Layer
Richard Crago and students explore the complex dynamics of watershed hydrology and river hydraulics, looking especially at evapotranspiration processes and water budgets in a nonstationary climateRead more
NSF-sponsored field station underway
Remediating groundwater contamination requires innovative geotechnical engineering solutions. Mike Malusis, Jeff Evans, and Rob Jacob are designing and installing our own instrumented slurry wall that can be used for teaching and research for decades to come.Read More ...
Geomorphic controls on stream habitat
Jessica Newlin, Ben Hayes, Craig Kochel, and Sean Reese are studying Pennsylvania watersheds that have been dammed and logged for two centuries and assessing their impact on native brook trout habitats today.Read more ...
Alan Marchiori is leading teams of computer science and electrical engineering students design and build multi-parameter hydroclimatic sensor networks that use low-cost microprocessors and wireless communication devices to measure and transmit weather, flow, and water quality.Read more ...
Climate and fluvial systems in disequilbrium
The September 2011 floods from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee caused catastrophic flood in north-central Pennsylvania. Craig Kochel, Ben Hayes, and Jessica Newlin are studying the impact of such extreme weather events on streams, bridges, and communities.Read more ...
Carl Kirby has been studying the geochemistry of the acidic discharge of metal-laden waters from abandoned coal mines in Pennsylvania. He is using these findings to design and build limestone wetlands that passively treat the contaminated discharges and improve water quality downstream.Read more ...
Hellbender biology and conservation
Mizuki Takahashi and students are using aquatic mesocosms and eDNA molecular analyses to study the ecology and evolution of hellbenders and other amphibians. Their work extends from the Susquehanna watershed to other regions around the world.Read more ...
Daylighting streams and creating off-channel wetlands on Bucknell's campus.
"The stream was once diverted underground through a culvert, but now flows through a natural channel shaded by native plants, with wetlands to capture and filter stormwater runoff."Read More ...
Ellen Herman is studying the flow of water and sediment from sinkholes and streams, through underground caves, fractures, and aquifer conduits, and back to the surface as springs. A significant portion of the land's surface is underlain by karst aquifers, which are especially vulnerable to pollution.Read more ...
Click on the top menus to view current conditions in the river at Milton or Danville, PA.
We are monitoring water quality at several locations in the Susquehanna River and developing software and hardware solutions that stream the data back to campus, store it in archival databases, and display it visually in dashboards and websites such as above.Read More ...
Treating agricultural runoff
Matthew Higgins has partnered with the Union County Conservation District to design and construct wetlands that capture runoff from two different farms.Read more
Much of the Susquehanna River valley is pock-marked by old gravel pits, used to mine the sand and gravel deposited by the glacio-fluvial outwash deposits. Most are ecologically barren and remain as deep isolated pools. Ben Hayes and Richard Crago are working with a local mining company to actively create wetland habitat in the gravel pit as mining commences.Read more ...
Bucknell is one of a few universities in the United States with a major river that borders its campus.
The Susquehanna River is the lifeline of central Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay and has long been cherieshed by Bucknell's faculty, students, and alumni.
The Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program connects people to the river and it builds upon Bucknell's existing strengths in science and engineering by creating new watershed-based teaching, research, and outreach activities.
Its faculty, staff, and students also partner with local, state, and federal organizations on watershed research, stewardship, and conservation projects.
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9 AM to 3 PM
Elaine Langone Center
All events are free and open to the public
The Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program offers summer research projects for students in biology, geology, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, environmental studies, geography, and history.
We developed a stream restoration plan for Miller Run that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and PA Department of Environmental Protection used to restore a large section of the stream that used to flow underground through a pipe buried beneath our golf course driving range.
Each fall, we offer the Susquehanna River Symposium, which attracts hundreds of students and faculty from over 12 colleges throughout the Susquehanna and Chesapeake Bay region.
Our mission is four-fold:
(1) enrich our watershed-based teaching,
(2) develop new interdisciplinary research,
(3) offer community outreach events, and
(4) help serve the university.
Our faculty and staff provide close, personal attention to students in the classroom, laboratory, and in the field. They are active researchers who involve students in their work.
Since it began as the "Susquehanna River Initiative" in 2005, the Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program has brought in over $1.4 million dollars in external funding, which it uses to offer new courses, fund new research, and establish field research stations on the Susquehanna River and nearby wetlands and streams.
"I'm fascinated by the geology, hydrology, and ecology of streams and wetlands. Getting to explore these systems with Bucknell students and faculty is fabulous."
• fluvial geomorphology and river hydraulics
• wetlands hydrology and restoration
• impacts of land use and climate change
"Rivers are complicated, but what makes them complicated also makes them fascinating." I'm currently exploring:
• stream ecology and river metabolism
• carbon and nutrient dynamics in ecosystems
• ecosystem restoration and management
• human impact on aquatic ecosystems
"Our watersheds are impacted by climate change and a growing demand for water. Good science and engineering studies are critical to finding solutions." My interests include:
• fluvial hydraulics and geomorphology
• impacts of land use and climate change
• groundwater and surface water interactions
"Understanding Earth's complex hydroclimatic and surfical processes is critical to interpreting the past and predicting the future of any given watershed." My interests include:
• geomorphology and surficial processes
• catchment hydrology and flooding
• groundwater and surface water interactions
"I study the interaction between the land surface and atmosphere - evapotranspiration, transfer of energy and water, and atmospheric boundary layer dynamics." My interests include:
• surface water hyrology
• hydraulics of open channel flow
• remote sensing & GIS in hydrology
"In order for future watershed management strategies to be sustainable, we must engineer ways to treat our waste water and stormwater runoff with less energy." My interests include:
• passive wetland treatment systems
• endocrine disrupters in water
• industrial wastewater treatment
"Limestone aquifers and their complex network of caves and karst ecosystems fascinating and are especially vulnerable to pollution." My interests include:
• karst geology and hyrology
• sediment transport in karst aquifers
• subsurface fluid flow and cave development
"I'm coupling microprocessors, waterproof circuits, and communication devices to deploy low-cost, wireless networks in local streams and wetlands." My interests include:
• wireless sensor networks
• microprocessors and data aquisition
• data mining and visualization
"I use geophysical tools to non-invasively map the Earth's surface and subsurface and gain insights into it's geology, hydrology, and history." My interests include:
• environmental geophysics and hydrology
• digital mapping and modeling
• gravity, seismic, and electromagnetic fields
"As an aqueous geochemist, I look for ways to remediate watersheds impacted by acid rain and discharge from abandoned coal mines." My interests include:
• metal precipitation rates in mine discharge
• impact of shale gas extraction on watersheds
• dealing with municipal solid waste ash
"I'm fascinated by the natural history and evolution of plants and landscapes, and look for fingerprints of a watershed's glacial and fluvial history in its forests and riparian today."
• pollination and seed dispersal
• invasive plant biology and management
• plants and forests of the Susquehanna region
"Civil engineers are discovering new ways to contain and remove contaminants from our atmosphere, oceans, lakes, streams, and aquifers." My interests include:
• contaminant transport and waste containment
• polymer-clay nanocomposits
• waste-soil compatibility
Studying the impact an invasive crayfish specieshas on aquatic marcrophytes and benthic invertebrates. I got to work outside all summer and help other students in the field too.biology
Getting access to the program's stream gaging networks and weather station to use real hydroclimatic data in my classes, and getting Senior Design students involved with local stream and wetland restoration projects.Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Conducting both laboratory and field studies of crayfish diets in the Susquehanna and electrofishing one of its tributary streams.biology
It helps connect my interests to the mission of a much bigger interdisciplinary research program on campus. I feel more significant.Associate Professor of Biology
Getting to work on a research boat on the river all summer, then presenting my work at a national conference.civil & environmental engineering
It provides a scholarly nexus for interdisciplinary studies of aquatic ecology, fluvial processes and landscape change.Professor of Geology
Studying endangered mussels in Buffalo Creek, a tributary to the Susquehanna River.biology
Connecting to a team of scientists and engineers studying complex, watershed-scale processes and river hydraulics.Assistant Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
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