News & Awards

Below is a collection of accomplishments by OSU water faculty and students. These items are also posted in H2OSU, the weekly campus water newsletter. To add to this list, please email


Jordan Beamer, Water Resources PhD Candidate, Selected for 2014 CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship (04/01/2014)

Jordan Beamer, Ph.D. candidate in the Water Resources Graduate Program, was one of six students selected for the prestigious 2014 CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship. This fellowship provides funding for students to travel to another location in order to pursue collaborative work related to their thesis project. Jordan's PhD work focuses on quantifying coastal freshwater discharge into the Gulf of Alaska, and Prince William Sound in particular. He will be traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska, in order to collaborate with Dr. Anthony Arendt of the Geophysical Institute on the topic of glacial meltwater contributions to coastal runoff. Jordan is supervised by Dr. David Hill from the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. Congrats, Jordan!

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PhD Candidate Thomas Mosier Admitted to Third International Summer School in Glaciology (03/14/2014)

Thomas Mosier, Ph.D. candidate in WRE / MIME (dual major) was one of 12 US students admitted to the Third International Summer School in Glaciology, to be held in August 2014 in McCarthy Alaska. Organized by the University of Alaska, the School brings together top PhD students studying glaciers and glacial processes and exposes them to top international faculty in the field. Bears are a possibility and crampons are a requirement. Thomas is supervised by Dr. David Hill, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Dr. Kendra Sharp, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Congrats, Thomas!

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New White Paper "Monitoring Restoration in South Sister Creek" (01/15/2014)

OSU PhD student Greer Harewood has recently prepared a final report on research funded by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on the effects of in-stream restoration on stream temperatures in South Sister Creek, located in Eastern Oregon. The project was prompted by interest in restoration projects and a comparison of pre and post-treatment sites. The full report can be found at the IWW website under 'White Papers.

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New Research Video Tutorial on Creating 3D Models from Digital Photos (01/10/2014)

Master’s student Jon Sanfilippo recently completed a short, informative video on Agisoft technology. Read more about the motivations behind the project below. Click here to watch the video!

In an era of ever evolving technology, we are always looking for new ways to obtain better data for research; Agisoft ( presents a unique opportunity for just that.  The program makes use of digital photographs that can be translated into a 3 dimensional model.  In the study of streams and stream morphology, the current methods used for resolving bed topography and stream bed roughness have included auto levels, total stations, Wolman pebble counts, and potentially green LiDar (very expensive).  Agisoft in the right situation, low turbidity and shallow water, can resolve bed formations, topography, and roughness with a water proof camera, a reasonably priced software package, and for larger areas a glass bottom viewer. 

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View a Webinar by Stan Gregory on "Potential Responses of Native and Non-native Fish Communities to Thermal Changes in the Willamette River" (01/01/2014)

For those of you who could not participate, wish to view it again or share with others, Dr. Stan Gregory's recent seminar on "Potential Responses of Native and Non-native Fish Communities to Thermal Changes in the Willamette River" can now be viewed onlined at:  He gave the seminar in December 2013 for the Willamette Water 2100 Project Learning and Action Network.

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WRGP Student Allison Marshall Wins AWRA Student Presenter Competition (11/25/2013)

Congratulations to Allison Marshall, whose presentation entitled, "Ask The Experts: Collaborative Modeling to Assess Climate Impacts on Water Resources in the Big Wood Basin, Idaho"  was chosen as the winner of the oral portion of the Student Presenter Competition at the 2013 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference, held in Portland Oregon this past November.

The Oregon State University community was well-represented by a large number of graduate students and faculty presenting and presiding at this meeting.

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Fall 2013 OSU Water Resources Seminar Series: Human Dimensions of Water (10/04/2013)

Join the OSU Water Resources Graduate Program every Wednesday October 2-December 4 in Owen 102 for a free seminar - Human Dimensions of Water.

Free and open to the public.

Enroll for graduate credit:Seminar - WRP 507 (CRN 14866); CE 507 (CRN 12097); CE 407 (CRN 17464)

Journal Club - WRS 505, CRN 55646.  Meets Wednesdays 12-12:50 pm in the Gilmore Annex.

Click here for the full schedule.

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PhD candidate, Adriana Debora Piemonti, presents research at the 2013 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress (08/28/2013)

The World Environmental & Water Resources Congress is hosted annually by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute. The goal of this conference is to allow people from around the world to present projects and research on environmental and water-related issues. This year's conference, hosted in Cincinnati, OH, was built around the theme “Showcasing the Future”; recognizing the contribution of the USEPA over the course of the past 100 years; guiding the past and modeling the future. More than 700 presentations in 14 Technical sessions with 28 distinct tracks were held From May 19th - 23rd at the Duke Energy Convention Center. With support from the Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW), Adriana presented her work titled “Comparison of Optimized Conservation Practices in Agricultural Watershed Based on Land Tenure and Stakeholder Attitudes.”

Read Adriana's report here

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John Selker Receives National Ground Water Association Award (08/26/2013)

Every year, the National Ground Water Association presents the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering in recognition of a significant, recent scientific or engineering contribution to the understanding of groundwater. Dr. John Selker was nominated and selected as the recipient of this prestigious award for 2013 and will be honored at the NGWA Groundwater Expo in December.

Dr. John Selker is a professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering and the Water Resources Graduate Program.  His research focuses on hydrologic instrumentation, vadose zone hydrology, and contaminant transport -- read more about these topics on his web page.

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New ECourse - Global Environmental Change: Using Data to Inform Decision (08/12/2013)

Biological and Ecological Engineering is offering a new online course this fall.  It will be taught by Dominique Bachelet.

BEE 411/511 - Global Environmental Change: Using Data to Inform Decision (3 credits, CRN 20804-004)

Course Description:
In this course students will explore global environmental change questions using an online data sharing and mapping platform, Data Basin ( This course will guide students through 1) an introduction to geographic information resources (GIS) and online mapping resources, 2) an exploration and critique of conservation data and information using on-line tools and; 3) a practical application developing an approach and gathering spatial datasets to address a global environmental change question.

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