Past Symposia

The annual symposium started in 2006

 
 

2017


12th Annual Hydrologic Sciences Student Research Symposium

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?

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

PDF Schedule

See our 2017 Program (1.5 MB PDF)

Thursday Talks, April 06, 2017

9:00 Coffee & Muffins/Registration
9:30 John
Pitlick
Welcome Address
9:45 Harihar
Rajaram
A Reflection on the First 50 Years of Water Resources Research
10:00 Michael
Rush
Projecting Hydrologic Responses to Warming on Montane Hillslopes: A Surface Energy Balance Approach
10:15 Qinghuan
Zhang
Streamflow Simulations Under Future Climate Scenarios in the Boulder Creek Watershed, Colorado
10:30 Emily
Carbone
Generating a Global Soil Evaporation Dataset Using SMAP Soil Moisture Data and the Surface Water Balance
10:45 Joseph
Kasprzyk
Improving the Holistic Calibration of Simulated Hydrologic Processes using Multiple Objectives
11:00 Brad
Udall
Keynote address- The Collision of 19th Century Water Law, 20th Century Water Infrastructure and 21st Century Climate Change: Navigating the New Realities
12:00 Lunch/Poster Session (pizza and drinks provided)
1:15 Otto
Strack
Keynote address- Application of Elementary Solutions in Groundwater Modeling
2:15 John
Greene
Remediation of Uranium-Contaminated Groundwater Using Engineered Injection and Extraction
2:30 Greg
Lackey
Surface Casing Pressure as an Indicator of Well Integrity Loss and Stray Gas Migration in the Wattenberg Field, Colorado
2:45 Lauren
Reising
A Mechanistic Approach to Designing Active Spreading Injection and Extraction Sequences for In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater
3:00 Megan
Brown
The Influence of Wastewater Injection Wells on Induced Seismicity in the Denver Basin Combined Disposal Zone, Weld County, Northeast Colorado
3:15 15 min break
3:30 Anne
Castle
Guest speaker - The Colorado River: Where Scarcity Sparks Collaboration
4:00 Amy
Kremen
Working In Support Of Greater Groundwater Use Optimization In The Ogallala Aquifer Region, To Sustain Food Production Systems, Rural Communities And Ecosystem Services: Overview Of The Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project
4:15 Rebecca
Smith
Connecting Water Managers, Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithms, and Multivariate Regression Trees to Support Water Utility Planning on the Front Range
4:30 Melissa
Estep
Comparison of Water Markets in Multiple Countries and the Potential for Multi-Objective Optimization in the Chilean Elqui Valley
4:45 Kaelin
Cawley
The National Ecological Observatory Network Aquatic Sampling: Dissolved Gas Concentrations, Stratification Conditions in Lakes, and Reaeration Rates in Streams
5:00   End

 

Friday Talks, April 07, 2017

9:30   Coffee & Muffins/Registration
10:00 Laura
Belanger
Guest speaker- Engineering and the Environment: Informing and Influencing Policies and Projects
10:30 Jordan
Carroll
Dynamics of Solute Transport and Rare Earth Element Response in Acid Mine Drainage Impacted Alpine Rivers
10:45 Brian
Straight
Aerial Drones Used to Sample Pit Water Reduce Monitoring Costs and Improve Safety
11:00 Laurel
Larsen
Keynote address- Unraveling Complexity from Two Directions: Hydroecological Systems Seen Through the Lenses of Modeling and Data
12:00   Lunch and Career Panel Discussion
1:15 James
Eklund
Guest speaker- Implementing Colorado's Water Plan
1:45 Theodore
Barnhart
Disentangling the Importance of Snowmelt Rate, Timing, and Amount on Runoff Production
2:00 Keith
Jennings
Cold Content and Snowmelt Dynamics in the Alpine and Subalpine, Niwot Ridge, Colorado, USA
2:15 Sarah
Evans
Potential Shifts in the Seasonality of Groundwater Discharge as Snowmelt-Dominated Watersheds Warm
2:30   15 min break
2:45 Ryan
Webb
Using Ground Penetrating Radar to Assess the Variability of Snow Water Equivalent and Melt in a Mixed Canopy Forest, Northern Colorado
3:00 Mark
Raleigh
What is the Dominant Source of Uncertainty When Mapping Basin-Wide SWE with Airborne Lidar and a Snow Model
3:15 Joel
Singley
Characterizing the Role of Hyporheic Exchange Processes in Transient Electrical Conductivity-Discharge Relationships Over Multple Timescales
3:30 Jill
Baron
Keynote address- Scaling Nitrogen Effects and Management Issues from Small Watersheds to the Globe: Towards an International Nitrogen Management System
4:30   Student awards and closing
4:45   End

 

Poster Session - Thursday, April 06, 2017, 12:00 - 1:15

1 Joshua
Aikins
Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds: The Idaho Experiment (SNOWIE)
2 Suzanne
Anderson
High-Intensity Rain Storm Connects Hillslopes to Channels an a Steep Semi-Arid Catchment
3 Anna
Bergstrom
Annual and Interannual Variability of Albedo on Glaciers and Ice- Covered Lakes of the Taylor Valley, Antarctica
4 Clea
Bertholet
Snow Bedform Growth as a Function of Wind Speed and Snow Age
5 Andrew
Birch
Land Use Effects on Major Ion Biogeochemistry and Hydrologic Flowpaths in the Panama Canal Watershed
6 Margaret
Bowman
Linking Soil Organic Matter Composition to Physical and Geochemical Properties in Soil; Understanding Implications for Organic Matter Transport
7 Sidney
Bush
Assessing the Impact of Land-Use on Runoff Generation within the Panama Canal Watershed
8 Kelsey
Cody
Institutional Adaptation, User-Governed Irrigation Systems, and Climate Change: San Luis Valley of Colorado
9 Ryan
Harmon
Connecting Evapotranspiration and Groundwater Fluxes in the Critical Zone
10 Aaron
Heldmyer
Simulation of Current and Projected Montane Snowpacks for the Preservation of the Wolverine in the Western U.S.
11 Cara
Lauria
How do Stable Isotope Values of Vegetation and Bulk Soil Organic Matter Record Drought Conditions in the Shortgrass Prairie Ecosystem of Southwestern Kansas, USA?
12 Matthew
Olivier
The Effects of Climate Change on an Alpine Lake System: A Mesocosm Experiment
13 Sayedeh
Sayedi
Impact of Climate Change and Land Use on Hydrologic Ecosystem Services in the Zayanderood Watershed in Iran
14 Christa
Torrens
Temporal Signatures of Hyporheic Exchange and Stream Metabolism in Glacial Meltwater Streams, Antarctica
15 Meredith
Tyree
Improving Diatom Enumeration Methods for Use in Predictive Bioassessment Models
16 James
Vernon
Multi-Objective Optimization Using Water Treatment Plant Simulation Model for Wildfire Conditions
17 Colleen
Wilson
Increased Stream Temperature in Response to Extreme Precipitation Events


 


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.

PDF Schedule

See our 2016 Program (PDF)

 

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.

Thursday Talks, 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

 

Friday Talks, 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.

PDF Schedule

See our 2015 Program (1 MB PDF)

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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: “Drought-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.

STUDENT PRIZES DONATED BY:
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Chris Jaros measuring high flow, Harnish Creek, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, 2002. Photo: Lee Turner (INSTAAR).

 

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