I am a native of central Appalachia, and live in Riegelsville PA near the Delaware River about 10 miles south of campus (see red dots above – and yes, I do like old maps). My areas of expertise are hydrology and environmental engineering, and I teach courses in fluid mechanics, water resources engineering, hydrology, water quality, environmental engineering, sustainability, and environmental studies. My research in hydrology and hydraulics involves quantifying the effects of urbanization on streamflow at the watershed scale, correlating baseflow and peak flows with watershed physical characteristics, detention basin outflow structure hydraulics, and stream quality assessment. In addition, I have been interested in raptors and their migration patterns for a long time, and I am involved in interdisciplinary collaborative research on movement ecology and the impacts of wind energy on Golden Eagles and other raptors. My specialty is mathematical modeling of terrain updrafts and raptor migration pathways, an interesting application of my background in fluid mechanics.
As a strong believer in doing, I am involved in local projects with students that fall under the broad heading of “sustainability”…for example, establishing the Lafayette College garden (now dubbed “LaFarm”); designing and monitoring a constructed wetland at Sullivan Park near campus; design and installation of a solar-powered irrigation system and wash station at LaFarm; establishing pollinator gardens on campus; and working on retrofits to reduce bird collisions with windows on campus.