National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Announces Faculty Fellows, 2014-2015

May 19, 2014

Three NRES faculty members are among the list of six National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) Faculty Fellows being sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for academic year 2014-2015.  The purpose of the program is to facilitate collaborations between NGGREC and the University of Illinois that enhance the center’s research mission and that take advantage of its infrastructure.

The primary mission of NGRREC, a partnership between the University of Illinois and Lewis and Clark Community College, is to pursue research that makes significant contributions to our understanding of large rivers, the watersheds associated with these rivers, and society’s connections to large rivers. The major research facility of the center, the 32,000 square-foot Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in East Alton, Illinois, is strategically located at the confluence of the Illinois, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers and contains hydrological and ecological laboratories. 

2014-2015 fellows James L. Best

Departments of Geology & Geography and Geographic Information Science
Best will explore bedform dynamics in the Mississippi River using the Confluence Field Station, support visits to the U of I and NGRREC by prominent international scientists working on large rivers, and initiate new international research collaborations focusing on the Mekong, Brahmaputra, and Amazon Rivers. 

Mark B. David

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
David will develop novel sensor networks to investigate scale-related effects on nitrate loads in streams and rivers in the Mississippi River basin.

Angela D. Kent

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Kent will examine the dynamics of microbial communities in restored and natural floodplain wetlands and the importance of these dynamics in structuring wetland ecosystems and ecosystem services.

Jeffrey W. Matthews

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Matthews will evaluate wetland restoration in flood-impacted landscapes on the floodplain of Mississippi River.

Wendy H. Yang

Departments of Plant Biology & Geology
Yang will probe the fate of nitrate in agricultural soils, including nitrogen cycling processes and the export of nitrate to streams and rivers.

Also serving as a continuing Fellow is Bruce L. Rhoads, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science. Selected as a Fellow in 2012, Rhoads currently serves as Faculty Coordinator for the Fellows program and his fellowship activities focus on mixing of solutes and suspended solids in river systems, the effects of this mixing on water quality, and on the production, transport, and storage of sediment in river systems in the Midwest.

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