The general area of my research is nonpoint source pollution. More specifically, I am interested in monitoring and modelling the effectiveness of low impact development, green infrastructure, and best management practices.
My dissertation research focuses on assessing the use of willow (Salix spp) as a short rotation woody crop (SRWC) in a restored agricultural riparian buffer for both environmental benefits and biofuel energy production. Benefits of restored riparian buffers include nutrient retention, sediment control, streambank stabilization, shading, temperature control, wildlife habitat and biodiversity enhancement. However, adoption of agricultural riparian buffers is not widespread. There has been a growing interest in the northeastern and northern Midwest United States in using short rotation willow for bioenergy production as it can be used in co-firing with coal, direct-fired generation, and bio-gasification. While willow appears to be a suitable source for bioenergy production, little is known about its use as a managed riparian buffer. My research will include evaluating the effectiveness of a short rotation willow buffer in treating corn crop related pollutants in surface and ground water as well as calculating the energy value of the harvested biomass.
My dissertation research is funded by a United States Department of Agriculture Hatch grant.
Rosa, David J., John C. Clausen, and Michael E. Dietz, 2015. Calibration and Verification of SWMM for Low Impact Development. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-12. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12272
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