Expertise

My research interests are in the design of sustainable systems using ecological engineering principles for the recovery of pollution and the provision of biomass, all ecological services that should be expanded in an increasingly technological society. I am interested in the engineering of cultivation systems for photo-autotrophic organisms to balance societal hetertrophic processes. Understanding the coupling between autotrophic and heterotrophic systems that include humans is key for designing sustainable systems in the future. My research seeks to model those couplings through candidate eco-technologies such as algae cultivtion for process and performance yields.


  • Remediation of water and wastewater with algae cultivation (process design and systems modeling);
  • Algae biomass production for carbon sequestration and biofuels feedstock;
  • Surface engineering for filamentous algae cultivation and colonization;
  • Resource waste recovery from aquaculture production;
  • Food production form aquaponics systems;
  • Phytoremediation of groundwater with hybrid poplar row systems;
  • Modeling of ecological systems and ecologically-engineered systems;
  • Primary production measurement in impacted and restored aquatic systems (lakes, rivers, wetlands);
  • Feedback control systems and self-organization in ecologically-engineered systems
  • Emergy synthesis, life cycle analysis, and sustainability engineering.
Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Biosystems Engineering Department, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University
2013 - current

Graduate Student, Biological Resources Engineering Department, University of Maryland
2000 - 2008

ERIE Program Coordinator, Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo (past)
2008 - 2011

Research Assistant Professor , Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo (past)
2011 - 2013

Communities
Agriculture, Agriculture
Degrees
PhD, University of Maryland, Biological Resources Engineering, 2010
MS, University of Maryland, Biological Resources Engineering , 2004
BS, University of Notre Dame, Civil Engineering, 1993
Keywords
agricultural engineering agricultural waste management biological engineering environmental engineering waste water treatment bioengineering environmental science water pollution waste management wetlands ecosystems bioremediation waste water water quality environmental restoration or remediation nonpoint source pollution riparian ecosystem environmental sustainability
Associations
American Ecological Engineering Society
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers