Postdoctoral Fellow (Stormwater)
The Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to assist in a Chesapeake Bay Trust-funded research project. The project will evaluate the impacts of traditional and “low impact development” (LID) stormwater control measures (SCMs) on channel stability. Minebank Run and Tributary 104 to Little Seneca Creek will be modeled using an urban watershed model (SWMM) and a channel evolution model (CONCEPTS), which will be coupled using an existing external control program, RSWMM. The two watersheds represent extremes in development patterns, i.e., nearly no control to extensive implementation of LID controls. Both watersheds have detailed data records sufficient to develop and test coupled models. Study results will compare the impact of traditional and LID practices on channel stability for each watershed and provide insight into the causes and potential solutions to channel degradation resulting from urbanization.
The selected individual will work with Drs. Theresa Thompson and David Sample of Virginia Tech, and Dr. Andy Miller of University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The selected individual will lead model development and programming efforts, and will also participate in field data collection.