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Gil Bohrer

Associate Professor for Ecological Engineering

Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering 
417E Hitchcock Hall 
2070 Neil ave., Columbus, OH, 43210 
(614) 292-4178, fax (614) 292-3780




Current Students


Miriam Handler

I am a MS student in the Environmental Science Graduate Program. Currently, I study how variable atmospheric conditions influence species migration by simulating an ocean, land, and atmosphere model (OLAM).  Specifically, under the speculation that birds are navigated by their olfactory system, I am modeling how smells are released in the atmosphere, while linking this to physical samples of air meant to represent volatile organic carbon (VOC) concentrations in the areas of interest.




Dominique Hadad





Golnaz Mirfenderesgi


I am an environmental engineering PhD candidate in the department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering with a background in meta-modeling and evolutionary optimization for water resources management, data assimilation and remote sensing. My current research mainly focuses on the eco-hydrology, numerical and land surface modeling.

I have developed the finite difference ecosystem-scale tree crown hydrodynamics model version 2 (FETCH2). FETCH2 is a tree-scale hydrodynamic model of transpiration which resolves the fast dynamics of stomatal conductance at the tree level through a multi-layer canopy. While highly simplified, this approach brings additional realism to the simulation of transpiration by linking stomatal responses to stem water potential rather than directly to soil moisture, as is currently the case in the majority of land surface models. 





Austin Rechner


I am an undergraduate student in the Environmental Engineering program. I study how greenhouse gases are absorbed and released within wetland systems. I also assist in the collection of data for the study of how these gases are released from the soil systems through various plants.






Camilo Rey-Sanchez


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP)
interested in studying gas exchange between the atmosphere and the
biosphere/hydrosphere. I focus on measuring fluxes of methane, carbon dioxide and
water vapor on different ecosystems, in particular wetlands, to later create models
that can use a set of environmental variables to predict these fluxes. For my Ph.D.
project I am working on understanding the effect of disturbance on the
generation, oxidation, and transport of methane in peat bogs in Ohio



Jorge A. Villa



I am a wetland scientist with a keen interest in the study of services offered by freshwater ecosystems, especially the service of climate regulation derived from the cycling of carbon and nitrogen. As a scientist, I aim to promote and conduct studies that provide stakeholders with sound science for their decision-making process regarding ecosystems management.

My experience includes the measurement of carbon sequestration and methane fluxes along hydrological gradients in different types of tropical and subtropical wetlands. The focus of my work in the Ecohydrology and Forest-Meteorology Lab is in the combined use of microsite observations and analysis techniques to link microbial activity with its environmental drivers to apply and help develop better models that can predict greenhouse gas emissions from freshwater aquatic ecosystems. 



Chante' Vines


I am a Civil Engineering Ph.D. student in the Civil, Environmental, and Geodectic Engineering
department. I study land cover contributions to methane emissions in a heterogeneous area. I
use flux footprint analysis and eddy covariance measurements to approximate methane
contribution from the Old Woman Creek wetland patch types. I am also working on
developing a footprint model using the Parallelized Large Eddy Simulation Model for
Atmospheric and Oceanic Flows (PALM).




Previous Group Members 

Ashley Matheny (PhD, Post Doc) 
Timothy Morin (PhD)
Somayeh Dodge (Post Doc) 
Steven R. Garrity (Post Doc) 
Vasilia Velissariou (Post Doc) 
Liel Naor-Azrieli (MS ESGP) 
Tony Bova (MS) 
Dekel Shlomo (MS) 
Tony Zhu (MS) 
Scott Mesi (Undergraduate Research) 
Michele Kingrey (Undergraduate Research) 
Robert Jones (Undergraduate Research) 
Gregory Scannell (Undergraduate Research) 
Kevin Meyer (Undergraduate Honors Thesis)