Our group is within the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in southwestern Virginia. Our department has a core group of engineers/scientists focussing on many aspects of watershed science. We work closely with other faculty and graduate students across Virginia Tech, primarily in the departments of Biology, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, Forestry, and Geosciences. Our work combines field-scale monitoring and experimentation, laboratory measurements and studies, and quantitative modeling.

PI: Durelle Scott (Scotty), office locations 302k Habb1 and 202a Seitz Hall

Lab: Habb1 building on the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street (see map below)


Recent papers:

W. M. Wollheim, S. Bernal, D. A. Burns, J. A. Czuba, C. T. Driscoll, A. T. Hansen, R. T. Hensley, J. D. Hosen, S. Inamdar, S. S. Kaushal, L. E. Koenig, Y. H. Lu, A. Marzadri, P. A. Raymond, D. Scott, R. J. Stewart, P. G. Vidon, and E. Wohl. River network saturation concept: factors influencing the balance of biogeochemical supply and demand of river networks. Biogeochemistry, 141(3):503–521, Dec 2018.

N. M. Schmadel, J. W. Harvey, R. B. Alexander, G. E. Schwarz, R. B. Moore, K. Eng, J. D.Gomez-Velez, E. W. Boyer, and D. Scott. Thresholds of lake and reservoir connectivity in river networks control nitrogen removal. Nature Communications, 9(1):2779, 2018.

T. A. Keys and D. T. Scott. Monitoring volumetric fluctuations in tropical lakes and reservoirs using satellite remote sensing. Lake and Reservoir Management , 34(2):154–166, 2018.

T. A. Keys, H. Govenor, C. N. Jones, W. C. Hession, E. T. Hester, and D. T. Scott. Effects of large wood on floodplain connectivity in a headwater Mid-Atlantic stream. Ecological Engineering, 118:134–142, 2018.

E. T. Hester, K. E. Brooks, and D. T. Scott. Comparing reach scale hyporheic exchange and denitrification induced by instream restoration structures and natural streambed morphology. Ecological Engineering, 115:105 – 121, 2018.

J. Harvey, J. Gomez-Velez, N. Schmadel, D. Scott, E. Boyer, R. Alexander, K. Eng, H. Golden, A. Kettner, C. Konrad, R. Moore, J. Pizzuto, G. Schwarz, C. Soulsby, and J. Choi. How hydrologic connectivity regulates water quality in river corridors. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 0(0), 2018, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/1752- 1688.12691.

C. C. Carey, R. P. McClure, J. P. Doubek, M. E. Lofton, N. K. Ward, and D. T. Scott. Chaoborus spp. Transport CH4 from the Sediments to the Surface Waters of a Eutrophic Reservoir, But Their Contribution to Water Column CH4 Concentrations and Diffusive Efflux Is Minor. Environmental Science & Technology , 52(3):1165–1173, 2018.

Current Students and researchers:

Connor Brogan, MS 2018
Alex Domaino, BS 2019
Alyssa Ford, BS 2019
Tyler Keys, PhD candidate
Elaina Passero, BS 2018
Madeline Ryan, MS candidate
Mohammad Nayeb Yazdi, PhD candidate

Recent Students:

Nathan Jones, PhD 2015, postdoctoral researcher in the McLaughlin group at Virginia Tech
Breanne Ensor, MS 2016, Environmental Engineer at KCI
Dylan Cooper, MS 2016, Environmental Engineer at Angler Environmental
Jean Janvier, BS 2017
Tyler Weiglein, BS 2015, Environmental Scientist in Strahm Group at Virginia Tech
Colette Julson, BS 2016, Engineer at Eastern Environmental Group (ERG)
Emma Withers, BS 2016, Field Engineer at FM Global
Joseph Kleiner, BS 2016, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Robyn Goad, BS 2015, Americorps – The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia
David Strickland, BS 2015, graduate student
Lindsay Carr, BS 2015, USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics
Kinsey Hoffman, MS 2015, Hazen and Sawyer
Katie Brill Shoemaker, MS 2014, Environmental Engineer at EEE consulting
David McCann, MS 2014, minister at NLCF in Blacksburg
Dan Torre, B.S. 2014, U. Delaware graduate student
Michael Nassry, Ph.D. 2013, postdoc at PSU
Andrew Vermilyea, postdoc 2010-2012, Asst. Professor Castleton State
Jenae Pinney, M.S .2011, Whitman Requardt and Associates
Kyle Herrman, postdoc 2006-2008,  Asst. Professor University Wisconsin Stevens Point
Stephen Walters, M.S., UNL 2010
Martha Griffith, M.S. UNL 2008