The Miller Geoecohydrology Research Group is part of the Civil Engineering department at Texas A&M University and is led by Assistant Professor Gretchen Miller. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on groundwater sustainability, examining multiple aspects of the connections between the atmosphere, vegetation, soil, and groundwater. Our current work has three main focus areas: 1) determining vegetation water requirements in groundwater dependent ecosystems, as needed to predict plant response to groundwater extraction; 2) improving the representation of hydrological and biogeochemical processes in Earth system models, which are vital to accurately predicting changes to climate and the hydrologic cycle; and 3) examining subsurface biogeochemical processes in engineered systems, such as in bioretention cells and under wastewater application sites, which is important for protecting water quality.
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March 14, 2014 - Dr. Miller is thrilled to announce her NSF CAREER proposal has been funded. The grant is entitled "CAREER: Science for Sustainable and Resilient Groundwater Management" and is being funded by the NSF Environmental Sustinability program. This five-year award will allow the group to futher develop its models of groundwater dependent ecosystems and create improved metrics for assessing the sustainablity of groundwater.
March 5, 2014 - Congrats to Andrea Dumont for successfully defending her MS thesis, "Hillslope hydrological processes in a Costa Rican premontane rainforest: Water supply partitioning using isotope tracers."
March 3, 2014 - Congrats to Jingqiu Zhang for successfully defending her MS thesis, "Reactive Transport Modeling of Natural Attenuation in Stormwater Bioretention Cells and Under Land Application of Wastewater."
January 8, 2014 - Si's paper, "Mapping Potential Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems for Sustainable Management," has been accepted for publication in Groundwater. The early view pdf is available here.
December 20, 2013 - Big congrats to Si Gou, for winning the Outstanding Student Paper Award for her poster at the AGU meeting last week, entitled “Simulating Groundwater-Plant-Atmosphere Interactions in a Semiarid Savanna.” The award is given to the top 3-5% of student presentations.
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